The Van Heflin Collection

Act of Violence
    Starring: Van Heflin, Janet Leigh & Robert Ryan

War veteran Frank Enley seems to be a happily married small-town citizen until he realizes Joe Parkson is in town. It seems Parkson is out for revenge because of something that happened in a German POW camp, and when a frightened Enley suddenly leaves for a convention in L.A., Parkson is close behind.

B.F.'s Daughter
    Starring: Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck
                        & Charles Coburn

Polly Fulton is the only daughter of rich industrialist B.F. Fulton. She is about to marry the man of her dreams, attorney Robert Tasmin, then she meets the intellectual Thomas Brett. They fall in love and soon they marry. Brett has always been opposed to the wasteful lifestyle of the rich, and the anger he feels, when he realizes that he has through his marriage become on of the rich, is turned against his wife.

Black Widow
    Starring: Van Heflin,
Ginger Rogers, Gene Tierney
                        & George Raft

Broadway producer Peter Denver takes in young actress Nanny Ordway while his wife is out of town. When Nancy is found murdered in his penthouse apartment, the two prime suspects are Peter and Brian, the neglected husband of Lottie a temperamental Broadway star, who had also been dallying with the dead girl. Detective Bruce figures out the true identity of the killer. Black Widow is a "film noir" at heart.

The Feminine Touch
    Starring: Van Heflin, Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche
                        & Kay Francis

John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy published. John and Julie go to Elliott Morgan Publishing to discuss his book. Being that it is highly technical and boring, Nellie wants to focus on the small part about couples that she thinks will sell. But it soon becomes apparent that everyone is more intrigued by Julie than the book. Elliott tries to make advances on Julie while Nellie is more interested in John than his book. Julie, however, is worried about John, while John, who wrote the book on jealousy, seems oblivious to it and thinks that he knows everything about jealousy.

Grand Central Murder
    Starring: Van Heflin & Patricia Dane

A convict being escorted in for retrial escapes at Grand Central and threatens his old girlfriend on the phone. She flees for her new beau's private railcar at the same station. When she is then found murdered the cops round up a motley group of suspects including the escapee, several guys feeling sore at the way the gold-digging broad had treated them, some jealous dames, and a private eye already on the case. Inspector Gunther soon has a problem - enough evidence to fry all of them.

Green Dolphin Street
    Starring: Van Heflin, Donna Reed & Lana Turner

Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later, Edmund returns with his son, William. Sophie's daughter, Marguerite, and William fall in love. Marguerite's sister, Marianne, also loves William. Timothy, a lowly carpenter, secretly loves Marianne. He kills a man in a fight, and Edmund helps him flee to New Zealand. William deserts inadvertently from the navy, and also flees in disgrace to New Zealand, where he and Timothy start a profitable business. One night, drunk, William writes Octavius, demanding his daughter's hand; but, being drunk, he asks for the wrong sister.

H. M. Pullman ESQ.
    Starring: Van Heflin, Hedy Lamarr & Robert Young

A man who lived his life as he was told he should, not as he would have chosen to, is brought out of his shell by a beautiful young woman.

Johnny Eager
    Starring: Robert Taylor, Lana Turner, Van Heflin,                                Edward Arnold, Robert Sterling
                   & Patricia Dane

Ruthless hood Johnny Eager is pretending to his parole officer that he has chucked the rackets and is now a full-time taxi driver. In fact he's as deep in as he ever was, and desperately needs official permission to open his new dog track. When he meets up with Lisbeth Bard he finds he not only has a stunning new girlfriend but a possible way to get his permit

The Kid Glove Killer
    Starring: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt & Lee Bowman

First feature film from director Fred Zinneman is a snappy little "B" feature that features Van Heflin as the head of a city crime lab who solves the murder of the town mayor by analyzing evidence from the crime.

Madame Bovary
    Starring: Van Heflin, Jennifer Jones & James Mason

French author Gustave Flaubert is on trial for writing the "indecent" novel "Madame Bovary." To prove that he wrote a moral tale, Flaubert narrates the story of beautiful Emma Bovary, an adulteress who destroyed the lives of everyone she came in contact with.

Once a Thief
    Starring: Van Heflin, Ann Margret, Jack Palance
                    & Alain Delon

Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie shot him, and the second wants him for one last heist.

The Prowler
    Starring: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes & John Maxwell

Webb Garwood is a cynical policeman who believes that success comes from lucky breaks. Responding to a prowler complaint at the home of Susan Gilvray, he is immediately attracted to her and her wealth. He returns to "check up" on Susan, and they begin an affair, conducted while listening to her husband William's all-night radio program. Feeling guilty, Susan ends the relationship, but Garwood remains obsessed. He pretends to be a prowler on the Gilvray property so he can respond to another police call. Drawing William outside, he shoots him and makes it appear accidental. When Garwood manipulates Susan's confusion about the shooting, she buys his story, and the lovers marry. However, upon discovering that Susan is pregnant "too soon," they flee to give birth in secret, but eventually Susan learns the devastating truth.

The Raid
    Starring: Van Heflin, Anne Baxter, Lee Marvin,
                        Richard Boone & Peter Graves

A group of confederate prisoners escape to Canada and plan to rob the banks and set fire to the small town of Saint Albans in Vermont. To get the lie of the land, their leader spends a few days in the town and finds he is getting drawn into its life and especially into that of an attractive widow and her son.

Seven Sweethearts
    Starring: Marsha Hunt ,Van Heflin, Kathryn Grayson,
                        & Cliff Danielson

Covering the tulip festival in Little Delft, Michigan, reporter Henry Taggart takes a room at an inn ran by an eccentric old Dutchman, Mr. Van Maaster and his seven daughters. The eldest, Regina, falls in love with the reporter. The two plan to wed, but it is a Van Maaster family tradition that no girls in the family can marry until the eldest has. So the pair must quickly help the other six daughters find husbands.

    Starring: Van Heflin, Ann Margret, Bing Crosby,
                    Red Buttons, Mike Connors, Stefanie Powers,
                    Slim Pickens & Kennan Wynn

Stagecoach passengers face attacks by Indians, dangerous outlaws and the unexpected birth of a baby on a long journey.

They Came to Cordura
Van Heflin, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth,
Tab Hunter, Dick York & Richard Conte

After a cavalry charge during the 1916 U.S. "war against Pancho Villa," unheroic awards officer Tom Thorn (who is obsessed with the nature of courage) recommends 4 men for the Medal of Honor. He is ordered back to Cordura with them...and prisoner Adelaide Geary, gringo who sheltered the enemy. On the arduous journey, Thorn's heroes show a different face, and Thorn may have one last chance to prove he's no coward.

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