Lee Marvin

His Films and Career

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About the Book

Lee Marvin did not receive his first starring film role until he was 40, but in three short years—following the successes of Cat Ballou (for which he won the Academy Award as Best Actor), The Professionals and especially The Dirty Dozen—he was the most popular film actor in America. Marvin was a fascinating man, a loving husband and father, and one of the most natural, effective actors of his time.
This is a comprehensive reference of the Oscar-winning actor’s work. It includes biographical information on Marvin, an analysis of each of his 64 movies, chapters on his two television shows (M Squad and Lawbreaker), a listing of his television appearances, and a complete filmography (which includes video availability). The work is supplemented with dozens of photographs and film stills.

About the Author(s)

Robert J. Lentz works in the fields of movie distribution and theater management, and also reviews films for print and radio media. His website is filmbobbery.com. He lives in Randolph, New Jersey.

Bibliographic Details

Robert J. Lentz
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 238
Bibliographic Info: 76 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006 [2000]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2606-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0405-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS      ix

INTRODUCTION      1

Feature Films

You’re in the Navy Now (aka U.S.S. Teakettle) (1951)      3

Teresav (1951)      6

Hong Kong (aka Bombs Over Chinav) (1951)      8

Diplomatic Courier (1952)      9

We’re Not Married (1952)      11

The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)      14

Hangman’s Knot (1952)      16

Eight Iron Men (1952)      19

Seminole (1953)      21

Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953)      23

The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)      25

The Glory Brigade (1953)      28

Gun Fury (1953)      30

The Big Heat (1953)      32

The Wild One (1954)      36

Gorilla at Large (1954)      40

The Caine Mutiny (1954)      42

The Raid (1954)      45

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)      48

Violent Saturday (1955)      52

Not as a Stranger (1955)      55

A Life in the Balance (1955)      58

Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)      60

I Died a Thousand Times (1955)      62

Shack Out on 101 (1955)      64

Seven Men from Now (1956)      66

Attack (1956)      69

Pillars of the Sky (aka The Tomahawk and the Cross) (1956)      74

The Rack (1956)      77

Raintree County (1957)      79

The Missouri Traveler (1958)      82

The Comancheros (1961)      84

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)      88

Donovan’s Reef (1963)      92

The Killers (aka Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers) (1964)      95

Cat Ballou (1965)      98

Ship of Fools (1965)      103

The Professionals (1966)      106

The Dirty Dozen (1967)      110

Point Blank (1967)      116

Sergeant Ryker (1968) (Filmed in 1963)      119

Hell in the Pacific (1968)      122

Paint Your Wagon (1969)      125

Monte Walsh (1970)      129

Pocket Money (1972)      132

Prime Cut (aka Kansas City Prime) (1972)      134

Emperor of the North (aka Emperor of the North Pole) (1973)      136

The Iceman Cometh (1973)      139

The Spikes Gang (1974)      143

The Klansman (aka The Burning Cross, and KKK) (1974)      145

The Meanest Men in the West (1976)      148

The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday (aka Wildcat) (1976)      151

Shout at the Devil (1976)      153

Avalanche Express (1979)      156

The Big Red One (1980)      160

Death Hunt (1981)      164

Gorky Park (1983)      167

Dog Day (aka Canicule) (1984)      170

The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission (1985 TV movie)      172

The Delta Force (1986)      175

Documentaries, Short Films and Stage Plays      180

Television Appearances

M Squad      182

Lawbreaker      193

Other Television Episodes      194

Variety Shows and Interviews      202

BIBLIOGRAPHY      203

INDEX      219

Book Reviews & Awards

“valuable…recommended”—ARBA; “the photographs [are] well chosen and striking. Definitely recommended”—Nostalgia Westerns; “recommended”—Wrangler’s Roost; “if you are a Lee Marvin fan…this book is a must have”—Under Western Skies; “comprehensive…thoroughly detailed…. Must have reading”—Western Clippings; “complete and detailed credits and lengthy commentaries that combine synopses”—Classic Images; “detailed bibliography”—Psychotronic; “Mr. Lentz’s book explains all”—Film & History.