***We're looking for contributors***

Richard Widmark Movies

Summer Under the Stars: Richard Widmark

 

Lauren Bacall, Richard Widmark in The Cobweb

 

Richard WidmarkMonday, August 11, highlights on Turner Classic Movies:

Of the Richard Widmark vehicles that I've seen, the best one by far is Samuel Fuller's crime drama Pickup on South Street, a Cold War tale in which a handful of social outcasts end up saving the day. Widmark is fine as a pickpocket being pursued by Communist spies, but the film's two best performances are those of Jean Peters – probably the best thing she's ever done; too bad she married Howard Hughes and cut her career short – and Academy Award-nominee Thelma Ritter as a bag lady.

The Long Ships is a so-so Viking adventure tale directed by Jack Cardiff, the cinematographer of Richard Fleischer's superior The Vikings.

Run for the Sun is a weak remake of Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel's thrilling The Most Dangerous Game, with Widmark and the lovely Jane Greer as game being hunted by nut-case Trevor Howard.

And Coma is a silly but moderately entertaining thriller about the highly profitable organ-selling business. Tom Selleck is one of those who – quite literally – go under the knife.

Not recommended: Take the High Ground, which makes stuff like An Officer and a Gentleman and assorted John Wayne military flicks look intelligent and multi-layered.

Schedule (Pacific Time) and synopses from the TCM website:

11 Monday

3:00 AM Long Ships, The (1964)
Viking seamen battle a Moorish prince for possession of a golden bell. Cast: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Russ Tamblyn. Dir.: Jack Cardiff. Color. 126 mins. Letterbox Format

5:30 AM Law And Jake Wade, The (1958)
An outlaw forces his reformed buddy to lead him to buried loot. Cast: Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens. Dir.: John Sturges. Color. 87 mins. Letterbox Format

Richard Widmark in The Cobweb7:00 AM Cobweb, The (1955)
Inmates and staff at a posh asylum clash over love and lunacy. Cast: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame. Dir.: Vincente Minnelli. Color. 124 mins. Letterbox Format

9:30 AM Prize of Gold, A (1955)
A U.S. officer in postwar Berlin turns to crime to help a beautiful refugee. Cast: Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick. Dir.: Mark Robson. Color. 98 min.

11:30 AM Time Limit (1957)
An officer is court-martialed under suspicion of collaborating with the North Koreans. Cast: Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, June Lockhart. Dir.: Karl Malden. Black and white. 97 min.

1:30 PM Run for the Sun (1956)
A British traitor hunts humans in the jungles of Mexico. Cast: Richard Widmark, Jane Greer, Trevor Howard. Dir.: Roy Boulting. Black and white. 99 mins. Letterbox Format

3:15 PM Flight From Ashiya (1964)
A rescue service goes after a sinking cargo ship off the Japanese coast. Cast: Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris. Dir.: Michael Anderson. Color. 102 mins. Letterbox Format

Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter in Pickup on South Street5:00 PM Pickup on South Street (1953)
A petty thief accidentally steals a communist spy's purse. Cast: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter. Dir.: Samuel Fuller. Black and white. 80 min.

6:30 PM Take The High Ground ! (1953)
A tough drill sergeant prepares green recruits for service in the Korean War. Cast: Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Russ Tamblyn. Dir.: Richard Brooks. Color. 101 mins. Letterbox Format

8:30 PM Alvarez Kelly (1966)
A suave Mexican cattleman inadvertantly gets involved in the Civil War. Cast: William Holden, Richard Widmark, Janice Rule. Dir.: Edward Dmytryk. Color. 110 mins. Letterbox Format

10:30 PM Way West, The (1967)
A senator hires a veteran scout to accompany a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, Richard Widmark. Dir.: Andrew V. McLaglen. Color. 122 mins. Letterbox Format

Coma by Michael Crichton1:00 AM Coma (1978)
A lady doctor investigates a series of strange deaths and disappearing bodies at her hospital. Cast: Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley. Dir.: Michael Crichton. Color. 113 mins. Letterbox Format

If you liked the article Richard Widmark Movies, please recommend it to your friends. See floating share buttons on the left.
Follow Alt Film Guide on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

Continue Reading: Kim Novak Movies

Previous Post: North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Richard Widmark Movies © 2004–2017 Alt Film Guide and/or author(s).
Text NOT to be reproduced without prior written consent.

Leave a comment about 'Richard Widmark Movies'

UPDATED COMMENTING RULES: Our articles and/or other people's comments infuriate you?

Well, here's the good news: It's perfectly okay to disagree with our own and/or other commenters' views and opinions.

But ... *thoughtfulness* and *at least a modicum of sanity* are imperative.

In other words: Add something reasonable & coherent to the discussion.

Spammy, abusive, bigoted, baseless (spreading misinformation), trollish/inflammatory, and/or just plain demented comments will be zapped and offenders may be banned.

Also, bear in mind that links found in comments will generally be deleted.

Most recent comments listed on top.

1 Comment to Richard Widmark Movies

  1. Norman L.

    Richard Widmark was a VERY underrated actor. He should have won the Oscar for KISS OF DEATH. Also for PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET.