Broderick Crawford was an American actor and radio performer, best remembered for his portrayal of ‘Willie Stark’ in ‘All the King's Men’ (1949). He won an ‘Oscar’ as well as a ‘Golden Globe Award’ for his groundbreaking role. He also starred as ‘Dan Mathews’ in the popular TV series ‘Highway Patrol’ (1955–1959). He started performing in theatre during the 30s. His most popular ‘Broadway’ production was ‘Of Mice and Men’ (1937), after which he moved to Hollywood. Crawford made his screen debut in the film ‘Woman Chases Man’ (1937). Some of his successful films were ‘Beau Geste’ (1939), ‘Start Cheering’ (1938), ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby’ (1940), ‘A Night Before Christmas’ (1942), ‘Born Yesterday’ (1950), ‘New York Confidential’ (1955), and ‘The Uppercrust’ (1981). Some of his least successful films are ‘The Vulture’ (1941), ‘Ransom Money’ (1970), ‘The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go’ (1978), and ‘There Goes the Bride’ (1980).
This romantic comedy drama film tells the story of Harry Brock, an arrogant business tycoon who hires a journalist named Paul Verall, to teach his girlfriend proper etiquette and make her more presentable. Soon Verall comes to relize that Harry is a corrupt crook, and meanwhile, Harry’s girlfriend starts to develop feelings for Verall.
In this 1951 gangster movie, detective Johnny Damico is suspended from the law force after a mishap. However, in reality, he is given a second chance to go undercover and discover the identity of the ruthless boss of the NY waterfront.
Impressed with hit-man Nick Magellan’s skills, New York’s organized crime boss Charlie Lupo hires him and the two form a bond. Charlie’s daughter Kathy is drawn to Nick, but he maintains his distance. When Kathy gets killed in car-crash, a distraught Charlie decides to cooperate with police. Afraid that he’ll expose them, the syndicate members contact Nick for a contract on Charlie.
The Candidate is a comedy drama film which tells the story of an idealistic young lawyer named Bill McKay, who is involved with civil rights, legal aid and ecological issues. He becomes a candidate for the US Senate; however, he has no hope of winning, and neither does he wish to. His only goal is to bring vital issues before the voters.
Beautiful torch singer Bijou Blanche is fired frequently because of her troublemaker image. At the Seven Sinners Café, she meets the well-mannered navy officer Dan Brent and the two fall for each other. However, given her image, she attracts concerns from Brent’s superior who think his career may get affected because of her. Meanwhile, a local mobster, too, is interested in Bijou.
When Joe Hufford accidentally kills the son of a powerful man, he is sent to prison by district attorney. George Knowland. However, he remains skeptical about Joe’s guilt and when he becomes the warden of the prison, where Joe is housed, he starts taking a special interest in him. But by then, Joe has mastered the prison’s code of silence.
After his partner gets murdered, an FBI agent takes over the three unrelated cases he was working on, in an attempt to find his killer.
After an American is found fatally stabbed in a Japanese inn, Tokyo police detectives follow the trail of the killer, which eventually leads them to New York City. There he is partnered with an American detective Ken Shuftan, with whom he tries to solve the mystery.
A young asthma patient runs away into the woods when a nurse approaches him with an injection syringe. There he is found by an extortionist, who demands a hefty ransom from his father. Although the boy dies while he is collecting the money, he buries the amount. Later, he is caught and put in jail with hardened criminals, who plot a breakout to get at the money.
Set against the backdrop of the Moro Rebellion in 1906, the film focuses on the bravery and dedication of a small American contingent stationed at the Philippine island of Mindanao, where the local population is being regularly killed and abducted by Moro guerrillas. The main task of the contingent is to train the native Philippine Constabulary so that they can defend themselves.
Sentenced to death for killing a shopkeeper over a teddy which he couldn’t afford for his daughter, John Resko receives last-minute reprieve and is transferred to Dannemora. After initial difficulties with inmates and news from family, a principal keeper helps him discover his talent for art that fetches appreciation. Released after 18 years, he reunites with his grown-up daughter.
Sam Gifford is a wealthy and arrogant southern cotton plantation owner who, after being drafted into the army during WWII, comes in conflict with his superior and is transferred to a punishment company run by a sadistic commanding officer. His outlook of life changes forever as he comes closer to the working-class people he once despised.
After WWII, a US soldier, an influential US businessman’s son, is kidnapped by Russians from West Berlin and taken to East Berlin. Col. Steve Van Dyke, assigned to investigate the case, runs into complex conspiracies, political pressures, treachery, and dual personalities. As he digs deeper for truth, he is not sure whether he can trust even his dependable associate and ex-girlfriend, Hoffy.
Anna is a young girl who was forced to turn to prostitution after being disowned by her cruel and alcoholic father. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law devises a plan to marry her off to a man named Rudolf, and also make some money in the process. Things get interesting as Rudolf takes an instant liking to her.
BJ Nolan, a former millionaire, is quite careless with his money as he spends most of it on his crazy schemes. However, his son, Kenneth, is quite the opposite, and gets a large inheritance from his mother. BJ enlists the help of a young architect named Virginia to con the money out of Kenneth.
Nick’s bar-restaurant, ‘Pacific Street Saloon', is a place where the regulars are a group of misfits, each having their own story which slowly unfolds. The motley crowd includes an aspiring dancer-comedian, a broke hired as pianist, an imaginative cowboy, an ex-burlesque actress harassed by a bully, bar-owner Nick and wealthy enigmatic Joe who gently prods and nudges them to achieve their goals.
This Western drama film revolves around survivors of a massacred cavalry troop from the ruins of the destroyed frontier town of Dry Buttles, who along with a group of stagecoach passengers, battle for survival against Commanches at a desert ruin.
The film is dramatization of Edgar Hoover’s long career at the FBI. He was instumental in founding the FBI in 1935, and was its head till his death in 1972. He served under 8 US Presidents, and busts many a scandals. As his private files became public after his death, it lead to scandalous revelation of how he used the information, allegedly to blackmail people to maintain his position at bureau.
Noting the failing health of wealthy Henrietta Winslow, her greedy relatives gather around her isolated mansion hoping to inherit her fortune after her death. However, learning that she is in remission, someone murders her, following which it is revealed that no one will inherit anything until housekeeper Abigail Doone and all of her numerous cats die.
This adventure crime drama film tells the story of a bloody mutiny at sea planned by a band of dishonest seamen aboard the S S Berwind, and the attempt of the new captain to suppress it.
Start Cheering is a musical comedy film which tells the story of a Hollywood star, who is fed up of his life in movies, and decides to retire and enroll in a college using a fake name. He tries to fit in, but in the meantime, his managers are trying to find ways to get him expelled from the college, so that he resumes his career in the movies again.
A House is not a Home is a drama film which revolves around the journey of a poor immigrant girl, who eventually becomes the madam of a bordello. Later, she develops feelings for a musician named Casey Booth, but doesn’t reveal what she does for a living.
Bob Holliday, owner of the Bella Union saloon, sends his younger brother Jim to St Louis, Missouri, to escort back his childhood sweetheart Anne. However, on the way back home, Jim and Anne fall for each other, and get married. When a notorious group of robbers start terrorizing the people, Bob suggests that Jim should become the town marshal, in order to take them down. Bob hopes that Jim will be killed, and he can marry his widow.
Lone Star is a 1952 black-and-white Western film that tells the story of Devereaux Burke, a cattleman from Texas, who has to help the President of the US, to prevent the Republic of Texas from signing a treaty with Mexico.
Texas Rangers Ride Again is a western film which revolves around a group of rangers who are called in to stop a notorious group of cattle rustlers.
A concert pianist, Eric Philips, begins to think that he may be starting to lose his talent. Meanwhile, as the owner of an apartment building, he also deals with the grievances of his tenants.
During 1940s, a Texas teenaged farm-boy Jack falls in love with wealthy Ginny, town banker’s daughter. Despite stiff resistance from Ginny’s father, the two run away to Louisiana, where parental consent in not necessary for 17-years-old to marry. Jack gets a job and a pregnant Ginny visits town’s doctor. But soon family secrets come to light, casting shadows over the youngsters’ future.
After being infatuated by a magician during one of his shows, Anita leaves her fiance Don and gets married with the former. However, she later finds out that her life is not as magical as she expected it would be.
Don Sancho is a King in Spain, in the 10th century, who is known for his tyrannical ways. He is in league with the Moors when they invade the kingdom, and he banishes nobleman Fernán González from his kingdom. However, the latter returns with the help of Sancho’s daughter, and raises an army to march against the Moors.
Adapted from Richard Sale’s novel, the movie tells the tale of an actor, Frank Fane, who desperately desires to reach the top and win at the Academy Awards. In his ambitious pursuit, he ignores the difference between right and wrong and also manipulates those close to him including his best friend, acting coach, agent and girlfriend.
Known for the large number of cameo appearances by Hollywood's golden age actors and actresses, the movie is loosely based on the film debut of Rin Tin Tin, a male German shepherd, who follows an aspiring actress to Hollywood; but himself becomes an international star.
This horror mystery film takes us to the late 19th century. Someone has been killing the guests in the London wax museum of Claude Dupree, which is known for its collection of famous figures. When the owner of the museum is killed, his niece decides to continue their family business, and the museum also attracts a police investigator soon.
There Goes the Bride is a British comedy film which tells the story of Timothy, an advertisement executive, who creates havoc on the best day of his daughter’s life i.e. her wedding day. He gets obsessed with a dream girl whom he keeps seeing everywhere, but unfortunately is unable to catch her.
This fantasy thriller film revolves around a man who has a power that is able to change a person’s nature into the opposite. He soon faces a villain whose intent is global domination.
Hell’s Bloody Devils is an action crime drama film which tells the story of Mark Adams, an FBI agent, whose mission is to infiltrate a crime syndicate by posing as one of them. In order to finance their party, the group prints counterfeit US dollars. Mark soon learns more about the group, which is led by a World War II war criminal named Count von Delberg.
Broderick Crawford Awards
|All the King's Men||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1950|
|All the King's Men||Best Actor||1950|