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List of Donna Reed Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
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It's a Wonderful Life
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A holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life is a feel-good movie that centers around a man, George Bailey, who broken down by the troubles of life wishes that he was never born. An angel appears to show him how the life of the people around him would have been if that was true and how he is loved by all.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Hatch
Director:
Frank Capra
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Carl Switzer, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers
2. From Here to Eternity (1953)
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2
From Here to Eternity
TV-PG
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2

The movie follows the lives and love interests of three US Army soldiers deployed in Hawaii and is set in the months leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This Academy Award-winning American war drama-romance is based on a 1951 novel of the same name.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alma aka Lorene
Director:
Fred Zinnemann
Genres:
War, Drama, Romance
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
3. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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2

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a horror drama mystery romance film which tells the story of Dorian Gray, a handsome and wealthy young woman, who, despite his intelligence, is quite naïve and easily manipulated. While visiting a tavern, he falls for a beautiful singer named Sibyl. Soon, a romance begins, despite disapproval from James, her brother.

As:
Cast
Role:
Gladys Hallward
Director:
Albert Lewin
Genres:
Horror, Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Romance
Star Cast:
Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Peter Lawford
4. Scandal Sheet (1952)
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2
Scandal Sheet
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Julie Allison
Director:
Phil Karlson
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller, Romance
Star Cast:
Broderick Crawford, Mel Blanc, Henry O'Neill, Rosemary DeCamp
5. They Were Expendable (1945)
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2
They Were Expendable
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lt. Sandy Davyss
Director:
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
John Wayne, Blake Edwards, Ward Bond, Robert Montgomery, Jack Holt
6. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
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2
Shadow of the Thin Man
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Ford
Director:
W.S. Van Dyke
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ava Gardner, Barry Nelson, William Powell, Myrna Loy
7. The Human Comedy (1943)
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3
The Human Comedy
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3
As:
Cast
Director:
Clarence Brown
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Robert Mitchum, Carl Switzer, Fay Bainter, James Craig, Frank Morgan
8. Trouble Along the Way (1953)
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2
Trouble Along the Way
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Singleton
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Sport, Comedy
Star Cast:
James Dean, John Wayne, Sherry Jackson, Charles Coburn, Tom Tully
9. Ransom! (1956)
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Ransom!
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Edith Stannard
Director:
Alex Segal
Genres:
Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Keith, Juano Hernandez
10. Green Dolphin Street (1947)
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2
Green Dolphin Street
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marguerite Patourel
Director:
Victor Saville
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Lana Turner, Frank Morgan, Van Heflin, Richard Hart
11. Eyes in the Night (1942)
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2
Eyes in the Night
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Barbara Lawry
Director:
Fred Zinnemann
Genres:
Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Ann Harding, Edward Arnold, Stephen McNally, Katherine Emery
12. Beyond Glory (1948)
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2
Beyond Glory
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2

Rocky feels guilty thinking that he may have caused the death of his commanding officer in Tunisia. He decides to pay a visit to the officer’s widow, and they soon fall for each other.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Ann Daniels
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Ladd, George Coulouris, George Macready, Harold Vermilyea
13. Babes on Broadway (1941)
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2
Babes on Broadway
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Busby Berkeley
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ava Gardner, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler
14. Hangman's Knot (1952)
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2
Hangman's Knot
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Molly Hull
Director:
Roy Huggins
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
Lee Marvin, Richard Denning, Frank Faylen, Randolph Scott
15. The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
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2
The Courtship of Andy Hardy
14
2

The Courtship of Andy Hardy is a comedy film which tells the story of a teenage boy,  who starts liking a girl, whose parents’ divorce are being handled by his father Judge Hardy. 

As:
Cast
Director:
George B. Seitz
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Ann Rutherford, Cecilia Parker, Fay Holden
16. The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
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The Benny Goodman Story
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2

This biographical film depicts some key events in the life of clarinetist Benny Goodman starting with him learning to play clarinet from a Chicago music professor at a young age. After playing for Ben Pollack's traveling band for years, he impresses jazz lover John Hammond and falls in love with his sister Alice, which upsets his mother.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alice Hammond
Director:
Valentine Davies
Genres:
Drama, Biography, Music
Star Cast:
Steve Allen, Herbert Anderson, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex
17. Chicago Deadline (1949)
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Chicago Deadline
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2

Chicago reporter Ed Adams comes across a deceased girl, Rosita Jean d’Ur, in a shady boardinghouse and retrieves her address-book. Despite the police declaring cause of death as tuberculosis, Ed calls people from her address-book, who, though alarmed, deny knowing her. Growing suspicious, he tenaciously puts all the puzzle pieces together, but encounters underworld murders and finds his own life at risk. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Rosita Jean d'Ur
Director:
Lewis Allen
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Alan Ladd, Irene Hervey, Arthur Kennedy, June Havoc
18. Backlash (1956)
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Backlash
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Karyl Orton
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Western, Romance, Mystery
Star Cast:
Richard Widmark, Barton MacLane, John McIntire, William Campbell
19. Saturday's Hero (1951)
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Saturday's Hero
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Melissa
Director:
David Miller
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Sidney Blackmer, Alexander Knox, John Derek, Elliott Lewis
20. Three Hours to Kill (1954)
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Three Hours to Kill
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2

Framed for a murder he did not commit, Jim Guthrie barely escapes lynching and flees into wilderness. On returning home three years later, he finds that he is still a wanted man and must find the true killer within three hours if he wants to escape hanging. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Laurie Mastin
Director:
Alfred L. Werker
Genres:
Western, Mystery
Star Cast:
Carolyn Jones, Dana Andrews, Dianne Foster, Stephen Elliott
21. Convicted Woman (1940)
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2
Convicted Woman
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Nick Grinde
Genres:
Romance, Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Glenn Ford, Lola Lane, Rochelle Hudson, June Lang, Frieda Inescort
22. See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
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2
See Here, Private Hargrove
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2

An inept journalist enters the Army, hoping that he will be able to earn money writing about his experiences during training. However, he turns out to be an even more inept soldier. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Carol Holliday
Director:
Wesley Ruggles
Genres:
War, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Blake Edwards, Grant Mitchell, Ray Collins, Robert Walker
23. The Caddy (1953)
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The Caddy
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Kathy Taylor
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Sport, Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Barbara Bates, Joseph Calleia
24. Thousands Cheer (1943)
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Thousands Cheer
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Private Eddie Marsh has recently joined the army but possesses an entertainer’s spirit. On his way to arranging a grand show for his fellow soldiers, he falls in love with Colonel Bill Jones’ daughter Kathryn. Now he must put on the greatest show to impress the Colonel and get his blessings. 

As:
Cast
Director:
George Sidney
Genres:
Romance, Musical, Comedy, Drama
25. The Getaway (1941)
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2
The Getaway
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Maria Theresa O'Reilly
Director:
Richard Rosson, Edward Buzzell
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
Charles Winninger, Henry O'Neill, Robert Sterling, Dan Dailey
26. Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942)
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Calling Dr. Gillespie
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2

When a young man suffering from mental disorders suddenly goes on a killing spree, Dr Gillespie is called in to investigate.

As:
Cast
Role:
Marcia Bradburn
Director:
Harold S. Bucquet
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Ava Gardner, Phil Brown, Nat Pendleton
27. The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
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2
The Last Time I Saw Paris
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Marion Ellswirth
Director:
Richard Brooks
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Gabor, Roger Moore, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon
28. Gun Fury (1953)
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2
Gun Fury
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2

In this 3D Western, a notorious ex-Confederate outlaw Frank Slayton and his gang raid a California-bound stagecoach carrying rancher Ben Warren and his fiancée Jennifer, whom they abduct and leave Ben for dead. As he recovers, Ben, with the help of two men who have a grudge against the outlaw, pursues Slayton and his men to Mexican border to rescue his fiancée.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Jennifer Ballard
Director:
Raoul Walsh
Genres:
Western, Romance, Action, Crime, Adventure
Star Cast:
Rock Hudson, Lee Marvin, Philip Carey, Leo Gordon
29. The Far Horizons (1955)
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2
The Far Horizons
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2

The adventure drama follows Lt. William Clark and Captain Meriwether Lewis as they try to explore and document the untamed American frontier with the blessings of President Thomas Jefferson, following the Louisiana Purchase. As both men and nature create adversities, they are guided by Shoshone woman Sacagawea. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Sacajawea
Director:
Rudolph Maté
Genres:
Western, History
Star Cast:
Charlton Heston, Fred MacMurray, Barbara Hale, William Demarest
30. The Whole Truth (1958)
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2
The Whole Truth
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2

The Whole Truth is a crime drama mystery film which tells the story of a movie executive who becomes a suspect for the murder of a beautiful actress acting in his film, who is also his lover.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Carol Poulton
Director:
John Guillermin, Dan Cohen
Genres:
Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Gianna Maria Canale, Michael Shillo
31. The Man from Down Under (1943)
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The Man from Down Under
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2

An Australian soldier fighting in the First World War befriends a small Belgian orphaned boy and his sister on the night he is about to return home. He decides to take them home with him, and soon starts raising them himself.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Wilson
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Richard Carlson, Binnie Barnes, Christopher Severn
32. Gentle Annie (1944)
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2
Gentle Annie
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Lingen
Director:
Andrew Marton
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
James Craig, Marjorie Main, Harry Morgan, Paul Langton
33. Personalities (1942)
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2
Personalities
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2
As:
Cast
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, Greer Garson, Patricia Dane, Edward Arnold
34. Faithful in My Fashion (1946)
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2
Faithful in My Fashion
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jean 'Chunky' Kendrick
Director:
Sidney Salkow
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Edward Everett Horton, Sig Ruman, Spring Byington, Tom Drake
35. The Bugle Sounds (1942)
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2
The Bugle Sounds
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Thorpe, S. Sylvan Simon
Genres:
War, Drama
Star Cast:
Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, George Bancroft, Henry O'Neill
36. Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952)
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2
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
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2

Frankie Laine and Billy Daniels are two singers who try to help an aspiring actress, as her grandmother is opposed to her idea of launching a show-business career.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Gene Autry, Broderick Crawford, Ida Moore, Billy Daniels
37. Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case (1943)
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Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case
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2

Roy is a homicidal maniac who is being put away for murder, but Dr Gillespie gets him committed to an asylum instead. Sometime later, Roy’s ex-fiancee, is thinking of getting married to another man, a soldier. She goes to the doctor to ask for advice about Roy.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Willis Goldbeck
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Crime
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Alma Kruger, Keye Luke, Van Johnson
38. They Rode West (1954)
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2
They Rode West
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Laurie MacKaye
Director:
Phil Karlson
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Onslow Stevens, Philip Carey, Robert Francis, May Wynn
39. Beyond Mombasa (1956)
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2
Beyond Mombasa
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2

Beyond Mombasa is an adventure mystery film which tells the story of an American man who decides to go to East Africa, in order to investigate the death of his brother.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ann Wilson
Director:
George Marshall
Genres:
Adventure, Thriller, Mystery, Action
Star Cast:
Christopher Lee, Cornel Wilde, Leo Genn, Ron Randell
40. Apache Trail (1942)
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2
Apache Trail
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Rosalia Martinez
Director:
Richard Rosson, Richard Thorpe
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
Lloyd Nolan, William Lundigan, Ann Ayars, Connie Gilchrist
41. Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)
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2
Raiders of the Seven Seas
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Alida
Director:
Sidney Salkow
Genres:
Adventure
Star Cast:
John Payne, Lon Chaney Jr., Gerald Mohr, Anthony Caruso
42. Pepe (1960)
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2
Pepe
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2

Ranch hand Pepe’s world is turned upside down when alcoholic Hollywood director Mr.Holt buys his beloved friend, a white stallion from its owner. Pepe then goes on an extraordinary adventure through Hollywood, meeting celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, and others before being reunited with his beloved stallion. 

As:
Cast
Director:
George Sidney
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
43. Mokey (1942)
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Mokey
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1
As:
Cast
Role:
Anthea Delano
Director:
Wells Root
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas, Robert Blake, Dan Dailey, Cordell Hickman

TV Movie(s)

1. The Best Place to Be (1979)
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The Best Place to Be
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3
As:
Cast
Role:
Sheila Callahan
Director:
David Miller
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Betty White, Gloria Stuart, Mildred Dunnock, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Phillip Law
2. Deadly Lessons (1983)
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2
Deadly Lessons
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Wade
Director:
William Wiard
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Ally Sheedy, Bill Paxton, Larry Wilcox, David Ackroyd

TV Shows and Videos

Tales of Hans Anderson (1952)
Tales of Hans Anderson
As:
Cast
Director:
Karl Moseby, Tom D. Connochie, Thor L. Brooks, Åke Ohberg
Genres:
Family
Star Cast:
Christopher Lee, Robert Beatty

Donna Reed Awards

Academy Awards
From Here to Eternity Best Actress in a Supporting Role 1954
Golden Globe Awards
The Donna Reed Show Best TV Star - Female 1963