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Kirk Douglas

Director, Actor

Strange Love of Martha IversStrange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Dir. Lewis Milestone
Feat. Barbara Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas, Van Heflin
Compelling noir with Barbara Stanwyck as the eponymous rich bitch whose dark secret threatens to topple her off her ivory tower.
Out of the PastOut of the Past (1947) Recommended
Dir. Jacques Tourneur
Feat. Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas
Superbly crafted pulp, details the ominous voyage of doomed hero Robert Mitchum as he recalls the convoluted intrigues, involving femme fatale Jane…
ChampionChampion (1949)
Dir. Mark Robson
Feat. Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas is sensational as a hot–blooded prize–fighter who winds up hurting himself after alienating the friends and family who aided…
Letter to Three Wives, ALetter to Three Wives, A (1949)
Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Feat. Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
Three women each hear from a friend that she is about to run off with one of their husbands. Replete with characteristically sharp dialogue from the…
Young Man With a HornYoung Man With a Horn (Young Man of Music) (1949) Recommended
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall
Sharp biopic based on legendary jazz trumpeteer Bix Beiderbecke (played here by Kirk Douglas), who rose from obscurity to possess one of the most…
My Dear Secretary My Dear Secretary (1949)
Dir. Charles Martin
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day
Underrated comedy concerning an aspiring young writer (Laraine Day) hired as the new secretary for a top author (Kirk Douglas) who is bitterly…
Ace in the HoleAce in the Hole (The Big Carnival) (1951) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall
Cast in a hole until recently, this scathing editorial on media sensationalism and the human spectacle stars Kirk Douglas (never fiercer) as a…
Detective StoryDetective Story (1951)
Dir. William Wyler
Feat. Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, Cathy O'Donnell
Kirk Douglas is his grizzled, hard–bitten self as one of several detectives trying to get through the work day at a busy Brooklyn…
Bad and the Beautiful, TheBad and the Beautiful, The (1952) Aro Favourite
Dir. Vincente Minnelli
Feat. Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon
Masterpiece of Hollywood navel–gazing, with charismatic producer Kirk Douglas clawing his way to success on a Freudian subtext, using and…
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Dir. Richard Fleischer
Feat. Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
Kirk Douglas and Peter Lorre are shipwreck survivors aboard the Nautilus under the strange command of Captain Nemo (James Mason). From Jules Verne's…

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