The Kirk Douglas Collection

2 Weeks in Another Town
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson,
                    Syd Cherise & George Hamilton

The film industry swallows actor Jack Andrus, (Kirk Douglas in his Van Gough mode), up into a mental depression. He gets a call to join a film crew in Rome and ventures out into a world of Hollywood egos and movie mongrels, pushing him that little bit further over the edge. Based on an Irwin Shaw book.

For Love or Money
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, Julie Newmar,
                      Thelma Ritter, William Bendix & Gig Young


In this romantic comedy, Deke Gentry is a lawyer who gets an unusual assignment from Chloe Brasher, a wealthy widow, owner of a successful hotel chain, and one of his most prominent clients. Chloe has three daughters, sensible Kate, bohemian Jan, and heath food fanatic Bonnie, and she wants Deke to find them husbands. Though Deke protests that matchmaking is outside his traditional area of expertise, Chloe is insistent, and he ends up taking the job. To be sure that he's going through with it, Chloe assigns her security chief Joe  to keep his eye on Deke. Eventually, Deke fixes up Bonnie with Harvey Wofford, a meek IRS agent, and pairs Jan with artist Sam Travis, but Kate turns out to be the hardest Brasher sister to marry off, until he throws his own hat into the ring.

The Heroes of Telemark
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobson
                      & Michael Redgrave

In this tale of espionage and adventure set during World War II, Norway has fallen under Nazi occupation, and a factory is producing "heavy water" (a key ingredient in the manufacture of atomic weapons), under the order of the German military. Knut Straud, a leading figure in the Norwegian underground, joins forces with scientist Dr. Rolf Pederson, who is working with British intelligence agents to destroy the factory in hopes of keeping the Atomic Bomb out of Axis hands. However, while originally Straud and Pederson are only supposed to infiltrate the factory as a reconnaissance force while awaiting British troops, the English army is forced to retreat from their plans, leaving the Norwegians to destroy the factory and scuttle a shipment of the "heavy water" all by themselves. Inspired by a true story.

Last Train From Gun Hill
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn & Carolyn Jones

The wife of marshal Matt Morgan is raped and murdered. The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle, that Morgan recognizes as belonging to his old friend Craig Belden, now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill. Belden is sympathetic, until it transpires that one of the murderers is his own son Rick, whom he refuses to hand over. Morgan is determined to capture Rick and take him away by the 9:00 train; but he is trapped in the town alone, with Belden and all his men now looking to kill him.

Man Without a Star
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor,
                        Richard Boone & William Campbell


Dempsey Rae, a cowboy with no clear aim in life, winds up working on a spread with a hard lady owner just arrived from the East. She needs a tough new top hand and uses all her means of persuasion to get Rae to take the job. But he doesn't like the way the other settlers are getting treated and starts to side with them, despite their introduction of the barbed wire he loathes.

Mourning Becomes Electra
    Starring: Kirk Douglas & Rosalind Russell

Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving daughter (Lavinia). But Lavinia's ex-suitor, Adam Brant, has become Christine's lover, and together Adam and Christine plot to poison Ezra. When they succeed, Lavinia turns to her brother Orin to help bring the lovers to justice, but when they succeed, Orin goes mad and his suicide note may come between Lavinia and her new suitor, Peter Niles.

My Dear Secretary
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day, Keenan Wynn
                        & Helen Walker

Owen Waterbury, best-selling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury's idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables?

Out of The Past
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum
                    & Rhonda Fleming

Jeff Bailey, small-town gas pumper, has his mysterious past catch up with him one day when he's ordered to meet with gambler Whit Sterling. En route to the meeting, he tells girlfriend Ann his story. Flashback: Once, Jeff was a private eye hired by Sterling to find his mistress Kathie who shot Whit and absconded with $40,000. He traces her to Acapulco...where the delectable Kathie makes Jeff forget all about Sterling... Back in the present, Whit's new job for Jeff is clearly a trap, but Jeff's precautions only leave him more tightly enmeshed.

The Vikings
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine
                        & Janet Leigh
        Narrated by: Orson Welles

Einar and Eric are two Viking half-brothers. The former is a great warrior whilst the other is an ex-slave, but neither knows the true identity of the other. When the throne of Northumbria in Britain becomes free for the taking, the two brothers compete against one another for the prize, but they have very different motives - both involving the princess Morgana, however.

   



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