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Phil Karlson

Director, Actor

Ladies of the ChorusLadies of the Chorus (1949)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Marilyn Monroe
Modest musical burlesque has the distinction of giving Marilyn Monroe her first sizeable role.
Kansas City ConfidentialKansas City Confidential (1952)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Lee Van Cleef, John Payne, Coleen Gray
A grimly tough crime drama set in the Kansas City underworld. Payne plays an ex–con who is jailed for an unrelated crime, and on release…
Tight SpotTight Spot (1955)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Ginger Rogers, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith
Tense crime melodrama in which Ginger Rogers is persuaded by attorney Edward G. Robinson to testify against her gangster boyfriend.
Kid GalahadKid Galahad (1962)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson, Joan Blackman
Musical remake sees Elvis enter the ring as an upstart boxer under the tutelage of grizzly Charles Bronson, who's not about to put the champ in…
Silencers, TheSilencers, The (1966)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi
Dean Martin stars as secret agent Matt Helm, the archetypal gun–toting womanizer, straight out of the kitsch 60's. Spawned 3 sequels, but this…
Wrecking Crew, TheWrecking Crew, The (1969)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate
Daft final outing for Martin as erotic photographer/super–spy Matt Helm with bonkers plot centering on a villain stealing a billion dollars…
Walking TallWalking Tall (1973)
Dir. Phil Karlson
Feat. Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman
A professional wrestler decides to become a sheriff after discovering his home town in Tennessee is beset by corruption, and sets about delivering a…

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