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Robert Wise (1) (1914–2005)

Author of The Sound of Music [1965 film]

For other authors named Robert Wise, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Robert Wise

The Sound of Music [1965 film] (1965) — Director/Producer — 1,312 copies
West Side Story [1961 film] (1957) — Director — 686 copies
Citizen Kane [1941 film] (1941) — Film editor — 584 copies
Star Trek: The Motion Picture [1979 film] (1979) — Director — 261 copies
The Day the Earth Stood Still [1951 film] (1951) — Director — 241 copies
The Andromeda Strain [1971 film] (1971) — Director — 117 copies
The Magnificent Ambersons [1942 film] (1942) — Film editor — 92 copies
The Haunting [1963 film] (1963) — Director — 78 copies
The Sand Pebbles [1966 film] (1966) — Director — 73 copies
The Set-Up [1949 film] (1949) — Director — 39 copies
The Desert Rats [1953 film] (1953) — Director — 36 copies
Helen of Troy [1956 film] (1983) — Director — 26 copies
The House on Telegraph Hill [1951 film] (1951) — Director — 23 copies
The Body Snatcher [1945 film] (1945) — Director — 21 copies
Audrey Rose [1977 film] (1998) 20 copies
Star! [1967 film] (1993) — Director — 20 copies
I Want to Live! [1958 film] (1958) — Director — 19 copies
The Curse of the Cat People [1944 film] (2005) — Director — 18 copies
The Hindenburg [1975 film] (1975) — Director — 18 copies
Odds Against Tomorrow [1959 film] (1959) — Director — 17 copies
Born to Kill [1947 film] (1947) — Director — 16 copies
A Val Lewton Horror Double Feature: I Walked with a Zombie [and] The Body Snatcher (2005) — Director; Director; Director — 15 copies
Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 1 (2004) — Director — 13 copies
Somebody Up There Likes Me [1956 film] (1956) — Director — 13 copies
Executive Suite [1953 film] (1953) — Director — 12 copies
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Horror (2009) — Director — 10 copies
So Big [1953 film] — Director — 4 copies
MGM Classic Musicals Collection — Director — 4 copies
Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 2 — Director — 4 copies
A Storm in Summer [2000 TV movie] (2000) — Director — 3 copies
Destination Gobi [1953 film] (2012) — Director — 3 copies
Three Secrets [1950 film] (1950) 2 copies
Mystery in Mexico [1948 film] (2014) — Director — 2 copies
West Side Story/ Guys and Dolls [DVD] — Director — 1 copy
Mademoiselle Fifi [1944 film] (1944) — Director — 1 copy
Tribute to a Bad Man [1956 film] — Director — 1 copy
Two for the Seesaw [1962 film] (2006) — Director — 1 copy
Rooftops [1989 film] — Director — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge



This fun and flavorful RKO crime film set in Mexico gave William Lundigan better material and a bigger budget than he was used to for his lead efforts, making this one of his best films. Robert Wise’s sure direction and RKO’s trademark attention to detail, even in their mid-budget efforts, turned an average “B” crime entry into a lot of fun. Jacqueline White is pleasant and pretty as the girl Lundigan is chasing. A lovely song in the film is so good it could just as easily have been saved for a bigger budget film with more star power. RKO touches like this are only one of the reasons it is my favorite studio for classic films.

Steve Hastings (Lundigan) is an insurance detective more than happy to follow pretty Vickie Ames down to Mexico in search of her brother. The agency is still looking for both her brother and the necklace he may have stolen. Hastings needs to find out if either she or her brother are involved, and if not, just what happened. He starts cozying up to her on the plane and it doesn't stop when they get to Mexico, despite her initial cool reaction. We know, of course, they’ll get together and figure it all out, because we’ve seen this all before, but it’s still enjoyable.

In one unusual reversal of form for the time period, the Mexican cops are not only honest, but helpful. In another atypical twist, even though he’s basically a private detective, Lundigan’s character is treated on the square by the cops in Mexico. It’s a nice touch by Wise which will jump out at those of us who’ve seen a million of these. A little Spanish girl’s doll may hold all the answers when the bad guys appear to have the drop, but the best moment is saved for last, leaving a smile on the viewer’s face.

Nice locations and sets, an abundance of atmosphere, some tight direction from Wise, and a really nice cast of “B” players make this a pleasant surprise all around. By far one of Lundigan’s best films as the hero, and a terrific one for fans of this genre. A “B” to be sure, but a satisfying “B” from RKO.
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1 vote
Matt_Ransom | Nov 22, 2023 |
2023 movie #64. 1956. In a world before men's trousers were invented, two civilizations battle over a woman. You know the story. The battle scenes were decent but otherwise the movie was pretty dull with high school play level acting.
capewood | Aug 12, 2023 |
Perhaps greatest film of all time, certainly the best black & white.
Squirrel5 | 7 other reviews | Jul 24, 2023 |



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