The Unguarded Moment (film)
The Unguarded Moment is a 1956 American Technicolor crime film noir thriller film directed by Harry Keller and starring Esther Williams, George Nader, John Saxon and Edward Andrews. Lois Conway works as a music teacher at a local high school in a small town, where a woman was found murdered; when she starts receiving notes from an anonymous admirer, she suspects her favorite student Sandy is responsible, tells him they could never be lovers. The notes grow more violent and when, in her latest letter, she is invited to meet at the school's lockers at night, Lois decides to visit, hoping to stop the young man. There, she is attacked by an initial shadowy figure, whom she identifies as Leonard Bennett, the high school's star football player, she gets away, though drops her purse, is aided by Lieutenant Harry Graham. Graham advises her to press charges. Back at home, she notices her purse on her table, aware that the thief is in her home, orders him to leave; as he bashes through the door to get away, Lois is now certain.
Leonard is able to get home without his overbearing father noticing he is gone. Mr. Bennett lectures his son on the dangers of women, stimulated by the occurrence of him being left by his wife and Leonard's mother when he was ill; the following day, Lois reports the incident to the principal Pendleton, but when Leonard denies the whole matter, Pendleton protects the school's most valuable athletic asset by suggesting to Lois that she should provide evidence. Soon the story spreads around school, with gossip surrounding Lois pursuing Leonard, both her personal and professional life becomes a mess. One day, she pulls him out of class and tries to reason with him. Meanwhile, she grows closer to Graham. Nonetheless, she decides to visit the Bennetts, but the father does not want her to interfere with his son and accuses her of seducing Leonard, he is startled, upon finding out the police are now involved in the matter. Mr. Bennett is unaware that Leonard again sneaked out of his room to visit a waitress whom he has dated in the past.
Sometime Graham accompanies Lois to a football game, where Graham is inspired to retrieve Leonard's fingerprints from his locker. It turns out. At a school dance, she tries to warn Leonard about the police discovery, assuring him he will get into big trouble if he does not come clean. Leonard, for the first time, speaks truthfully to her, but they are interrupted by Mr. Bennett, who convinces Leonard Lois is manipulating him. Leonard asks her to meet him in the cloak room to discuss the matter, but Lois is unaware Mr. Bennett and Pendleton are hiding in the same room, her presence convinces them she must be having an affair with the teenager. Lois, being tricked by Leonard, falls into Graham's arms, allows him to arrest the kid. At the police station, the now suspended Lois is brought in by Graham to get an honest confession from Leonard. During the interrogation, the couple is informed that another man has admitted to having committed the murder. Graham wants to continue prosecuting Leonard for breaking into Lois' apartment, but she wants to drop the case and orders him to bring the boy home.
Back home, Lois is about to undress, when Mr. Bennett jumps out of her closet and starts assaulting her. At the same moment, impressed by having been forgiven by his teacher, confesses to Graham that his father is responsible for the murders. Graham decides to share the news with Lois and arrives at her home just in time to save her from being murdered by Mr. Bennett. Bennett suffers a heart attack after attempting to flee the scene, dies in front of Leonard. Esther Williams as Lois Conway George Nader as Lt. Harry Graham John Saxon as Leonard Bennett Edward Andrews as Mr. Bennett Les Tremayne as Principal Pendleton Jack Albertson as Prof Dani Crayne as Josie Warren John Wilder as Sandy Edward Platt as Attorney Briggs Eleanor Audley as Mr. Pendleton's Secretary Robert Williams as Detective The origin of The Unguarded Moment is as surprising as Esther Williams' casting in it. According to biographer Bernard F. Dick in Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell, the story idea came from writer Larry Marcus and Rosalind Russell, as a possible vehicle for herself.
The first draft of the screenplay by Marcus and Russell had a working title of Teach Me to Love and was completed by 1951. In a 1951 draft of the story, Harry Graham was a fellow teacher instead of a policeman, Leonard Bennett was revealed to be responsible for the murders, before being killed. In 1952 it was announced the story, called The Hidden Heart had been purchased by Benagoss Productions, who had made The Green Glove. Herbert Meadow had worked on the script and Rudolph Mate was to direct; the story had been set in France but was relocated to California. Possible female stars discussed in the press included Olivia de Havilland, Loretta Young and Teresa Wright; the movie was not made. Russell had no time to work on the screenplay as she became busy with back to back Broadway productions including Wonderful Town, The Girl Rush and Picnic; as a result, she didn't return to the project until 1955 when Marcus and scenarist Herb Meadow had made further revisions to the script under working titles of The Lie and The Hidden Heart.
In October 1955 it was announced Universal International had purchased the script and Go
Leadville Gunslinger is a 1952 American western film directed by Harry Keller and starring Allan Lane, Elaine Riley and Eddy Waller. The film's art direction was by Fred A. Ritter Allan Lane as U. S. Marshal Rocky Lane Black Jack as Rocky's Horse Eddy Waller as Nugget Clark Grant Withers as Jonathan Graves Elaine Riley as Carol Davis Roy Barcroft as Chet Yonker / Pete Yonker Richard Crane as Jim Blanchard I. Stanford Jolley as Cliff Saunders Kenneth MacDonald as Sheriff Nichols Mickey Simpson as Henchman Monk Ed Hinton as Deputy Ned Smith Art Dillard as Sentry Wes Hudman as Stagecoach Driver Al Ferguson as Peters Frank O'Connor as Murdered Banker Bernard A. Drew. Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide. Routledge, 2013. Leadville Gunslinger on IMDb
Fort Dodge Stampede
Fort Dodge Stampede is a 1951 western film produced and directed by Harry Keller and starring Allan Lane. This film is one of 34'B-movie' westerns filmed between 1947 and 1953 featuring Allan'Rocky' Lane and his horse Black Jack; the Pike gang steal $30,000 from the Adams Bank, but one of them double crosses the rest of the gang and hides the money in Fort Dodge, Nevada. As Fort Dodge is out of his jurisdiction, Deputy Sheriff'Rocky' Lane takes a vacation there and finds that everything is owned by'Skeeter' Davis, who knows nothing about the hidden money, but the Pike gang is in town looking for the money. When settlers come to town, Rocky devises a plan to catch the outlaws and retrieve the money for the Adams Bank. Allan Lane - Deputy Sheriff'Rocky' Lane Black Jack - Rocky's horse Chubby Johnson -'Skeeter' Davis Mary Ellen Kay - Natalie Bryan Roy Barcroft - Henchman Pike Hardin Trevor Bardette -'Sparkler' McCann Bruce Edwards - Jeff Bryan Wes Hudman - Henchman Butler William Forrest - W. I. Hutchinson Chuck Roberson - Henchman Ragan Rory Mallinson - Sheriff Jack Ingram - Henchman Cox Kermit Maynard - Wagon Train Scout Fort Dodge Stampede on IMDb
Tammy Tell Me True
Tammy Tell Me True is a 1961 American Eastmancolor comedy film directed by Harry Keller and starring Sandra Dee and John Gavin, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey and Julia Meade. Tammy is waiting to hear from her lover Pete, she decides to go to college to improve herself. Tammy falls for a handsome man. Sandra Dee as Tammy John Gavin as Tom Freeman Charles Drake as Buford Woodly Virginia Grey as "Miss" Jenks Julia Meade as Suzanne Rook Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Call Cecil Kellaway as Captain Joe Edgar Buchanan as Judge Carver Gigi Perreau as Rita Juanita Moore as Della Hayden Rorke as Joshua Welling Ward Ramsey as Caleb Slade Henry Corden as Captain Armand Don Dorrell as Roger Pat McNulty as Joan Stefanie Powers as Kay Lowell Brown as John Bill Herrin as Phil Catherine McLeod as Mrs. Bateman Ross Elliott as Professor Bateman Ned Wever as Dr. Stach The film was based on the 1959 novel, which the New York Times had described as "a cheerful change of pace from current novels of conflict and depression".
Sandra Dee was announced for the lead role in September 1960. The Chicago Tribune called it "calculated cuteness... relieved by a likeable performance from Sandra Dee." The Washington Post called it "infinitely inferior to the first Tammy, everything about the film is false the aggressive Sandra Dee, whose primpsy whimsy wardrobe cannot disguise the acquisitive gaze in her give-away eyes."In a 1974 interview, Gavin criticised the film but said it "haunts the tube like a permanent miasma. You can't do worse than that." Tammy Tell Me True at the TCM Movie Database Tammy Tell Me True on IMDb
Rose of Cimarron (film)
Rose of Cimarron is a 1952 Cinecolor Western produced by Edward L. Alperson for 20th Century Fox. Despite the title, it has nothing to do with Rose Dunn the actual "Rose of Cimarron"; the film is a revenge Western with a twist: the protagonist is a woman raised by the Cherokee avenging her parents who were murdered by whites. When a covered wagon heading for California is attacked by Comanche, the only survivor is a baby girl. A young Cherokee brave finds her and brings her to his parents where she is raised as a Cherokee but with intimate knowledge of the language and customs of white Americans, she is named Rose of Cimarron after a mountain lion. Rose's pleasant life ends, they are searching for three bank robbers and ask Lone Eagle's advice of which route would take the bank robbers out of the badlands. Rose and her brother Willie know the area due to their trapping and guide the sheriff and his men there; as soon as they leave the three bank robbers come ouf of hiding and demand Lone Eagle and his wife sell or trade fresh horses to them.
When they refuse they murder the both of them. Rose straps on a pair of a knife to avenge her parents. Though she has not witnessed the murders she can identify the horses the killers have stolen, a skewbald, a palomino and a sorrel. Arriving in town Rose demands the town marshal hang the murderers; the marshal offers to perform his duty within the law but advises Rose that sometimes the law can fail. Rose promises. Rose acquires a room in a boarding house without realising the man who offers it to her, George Newcombe is one of the murderers. With the law taking its time Rose identifies two of the murderers by their mounts; when she questions them the two move away but she draws her six-guns and shoots them dead. Despite the plea of self-defence, Rose is locked up where she meets Deacon an elderly criminal with a plan for a bullion robbery. George and his new accomplices free Rose from jail. On the trail escaping from the law and George discover each is out to kill the other. Mala Powers... Rose of Cimarron Jack Buetel...
Marshal Hollister Bill Williams... George Newcomb Jim Davis... Willie Whitewater Dick Curtis... Clem Dawley Lane Bradford... Mike Finch William Phipps... Jeb Dawley Bob Steele... Rio Alex Gerry... Judge Kirby Lillian Bronson... Emmy Anders Art Smith... Deacon Monte Blue... Lone Eagle Argentina Brunetti... Red Fawn Irving Bacon... Sheriff Tom Monroe... Townsman George Chandler... Deputy Sheriff John Doucette... Henchman Tommy Cook... Willie, as a Boy William Schallert... Gold Bullion Guard Wade Crosby... Henchman Kenneth MacDonald... Posse Sheriff Byron Foulger... Townsman Both Mala Powers and Jack Buetel were borrowed from Howard Hughes who had both under a personal contract. Outdoor scenes were filmed in Topanga Canyon. Though she had only ridden ponies and fired cap pistols, Powers was convincingly trained for several weeks in riding at the Ace Hudkins stables and in fast draws and weapons use by ace stuntmen Tom Steele and David Sharpe; the only scene she was doubled in was when stuntwoman Polly Burson climbed from a galloping horse onto a moving train.
All they have for us is a quick trial, a brief verdict and a short rope - Deacon Rose of Cimarron on IMDb
Desert of Lost Men
Desert of Lost Men is a 1951 American western film directed by Harry Keller and starring Allan Lane, Mary Ellen Kay and Irving Bacon. The film's art direction was by Frank Arrigo. Allan Lane as Rocky Lane Black Jack as Rocky's Horse Irving Bacon as Sheriff Skeeter Davis Mary Ellen Kay as Nan Webster Roy Barcroft as Henchman Link Ross Elliott as Dr. Jim Haynes Cliff Clark as Carl Landers Boyd'Red' Morgan as Henchman Frank Leo Cleary as Dr. Stephens Kenneth MacDonald as Bill Hackett Steve Pendleton as Posse member Roy Bucko as Posse Rider Ken Cooper as Henchman Joe Frank Ellis as Posse Member Herman Hack as Townsman Lew Morphy as Henchman Pitts, Michael R. Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films. McFarland, 2012. Desert of Lost Men on IMDb
The Witness Vanishes
The Witness Vanishes is a 1939 American drama film. Directed by Otis Garrett, the film stars Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie, Bruce Lester, it was released on September 22, 1939. Edmund Lowe as Mark Peters Wendy Barrie as Joan Marplay Bruce Lester as Lord Noel Stretton Forrester Harvey as Alistair Mac Nab Walter Kingsford as Ambrose Craven J. M. Kerrigan as Flinters Barlowe Borland as Lucius Marplay Boyd Irwin as Sinclair Ellis Vernon Steele as Nigel Partridge Reginald Barlow as Sir John Digby The Witness Vanishes on IMDb The Witness Vanishes at the TCM Movie Database