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List of John Farrow Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Ladies of the Mob (1928)
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Ladies of the Mob
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Starring:
Clara Bow, Mary Alden, Richard Arlen, Helen Lynch, Carl Gerard
Directed By:
William A. Wellman
2. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
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Mutiny on the Bounty
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Based on the 'Mutiny of 1788,’ this Academy Award-winning movie follows British Naval vessel HMS Bounty, captained by tyrannical Bligh, on its voyage to Tahiti. When Bligh’s ruthless discipline causes surgeon’s death, and he shackles crew-members in chains, ship’s Lieutenant Christian leads rebellious crew into mutiny, setting Bligh adrift in a boat. Later, midshipman Byam, though not part of the mutiny, faces court martial.

Starring:
Clark Gable, David Niven, Charles Laughton, James Cagney, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin, Eddie Quillan
Directed By:
Frank Lloyd
3. Seven Wonders of the World (1956)
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Seven Wonders of the World
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Starring:
Claude Dauphin, Lowell Thomas, Paul Mantz
Directed By:
Tay Garnett, John Farrow, Andrew Marton, Paul Mantz
5. Alias Nick Beal (1949)
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Alias Nick Beal
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District Attorney Joseph Foster wants to become a governor to bring down the criminal underworld. One day he makes a deal with a stranger named Nick Beal and begins rising up the ranks of power, but becomes corrupted. He finally manages to escape the deal with the help of his wife Martha and his friend Thomas. 

Starring:
Ray Milland, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready, Audrey Totter, Fred Clark
Directed By:
John Farrow
6. The Hitler Gang (1944)
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The Hitler Gang
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Starring:
Victor Varconi, Roman Bohnen, Martin Kosleck, Bobby Watson, Luis Van Rooten
Directed By:
John Farrow
7. The Four Feathers (1929)
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The Four Feathers
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Starring:
William Powell, Theodore von Eltz, Clive Brook, Richard Arlen, Fay Wray
Directed By:
Lothar Mendes, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
8. Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
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Night Has a Thousand Eyes
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The story focuses on a fake wizard, who earns his living by fortune telling at a nightclub. But trouble begins when he suddenly develops an occult power and all his predictions, especially those involving death, start becoming true.  One of his friends also earns millions by using his tips. But far from being happy, his new-found psychic power frightens him. 

Starring:
Edward G. Robinson, Virginia Bruce, William Demarest, Gail Russell, John Lund
Directed By:
John Farrow
9. You Came Along (1945)
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You Came Along
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Starring:
Julie Bishop, Robert Cummings, Charles Drake, Don DeFore, Lizabeth Scott
Directed By:
John Farrow
10. The Shrike (1955)
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The Shrike
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Jim Down is a stage director, who is quite successful in his career. However his life is unhappy, as he is married to a dominating wife Anne, who drives him to a mental breakdown. Eventually, he finds himself in a state-run mental hospital. Anne visits every day under the pretext of offering him her love and support. However, the truth is that she keeps on criticizing him, for his failings. Jim soon meets a young actress named Charlotte, who might be able to help him escape and start a new life.   

Starring:
June Allyson, José Ferrer, Joy Page, Nancy Kulp
Directed By:
José Ferrer
11. Hondo (1953)
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Hondo
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This romantic war drama western film tells the story of a US Army scout named Hondo Lane, who discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches. He develops sympathy for the duo, and feels that he needs to protect them.

Starring:
John Wayne, Geraldine Page, James Arness, Ward Bond, Michael Pate
Directed By:
John Farrow
12. His Kind of Woman (1951)
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His Kind of Woman
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Starring:
Robert Mitchum, Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Raymond Burr, Charles McGraw, Tim Holt
Directed By:
Richard Fleischer, John Farrow
13. Five Came Back (1939)
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Five Came Back
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On its way to Panama City from New York, due to a fierce nighttime storm, a plane crashes in a jungle that is inhabited by cannibals. Weeks go by, and they eventually manage to get the airplane repaired, but things get complicated because it can now carry only five passengers.

Starring:
Lucille Ball, John Carradine, Allen Jenkins, Chester Morris, Wendy Barrie
Directed By:
John Farrow
14. John Paul Jones (1959)
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John Paul Jones
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The movie tells the story of Scotland native, John Paul Jones, who becomes a legendary U.S. Naval officer through his many heroic feats after adopting USA as his home country. He even carries out personal missions from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Marie Antoinette, and Catherine the Great showing the respect he had earned. 

Starring:
Mia Farrow, Bette Davis, Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien
Directed By:
John Farrow
15. Two Years Before the Mast (1946)
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Two Years Before the Mast
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Charles Stewart, the spoilt son of a shipping tycoon, is pressganged on one of his father’s ship, ‘Pilgrim', commanded by heartless Captain Thompson, where he witnesses the crew’s hardships and daily floggings. He befriends Richard Dana, a novelist trying to get first-hand experience of ship life. After suffering a scurvy outbreak and brutality beyond limits of endurance, the crew rises in mutiny.

Starring:
Alan Ladd, Barry Fitzgerald, Brian Donlevy, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva
Directed By:
John Farrow
16. Comet Over Broadway (1938)
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Comet Over Broadway
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Comet Over Broadway is an American drama film which tells the story of Eve Appleton, who is the wife of a small-town garage owner, but hopes to become a theatrical star some day. When her husband is sent to prison for accidentally killing an actor, she decides to go away and pursue her dreams.   

Starring:
Susan Hayward, Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter, Kay Francis, Minna Gombell, John Litel
Directed By:
John Farrow, Busby Berkeley
17. Seven Days Leave (1930)
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Seven Days Leave
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Seven Days Leave is a drama film which tells the story of a soldier who is wounded while fighting during the First World War. While recovering in London, he is informed by a nurse that a Scottish widow has started believing him to be her son. In order to provide her with comfort, he decides to go along, and pretends to be her son.  

Starring:
Gary Cooper, Beryl Mercer, Daisy Belmore, Nora Cecil, Tempe Pigott
Directed By:
Richard Wallace
18. The Wolf Song (1929)
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The Wolf Song
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Starring:
Gary Cooper, Louis Wolheim, Michael Vavitch, Lupe Velez, Constantine Romanoff
Directed By:
19. Tarzan Escapes (1936)
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Tarzan Escapes
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Starring:
Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Benita Hume, John Buckler, William Henry
Directed By:
John Farrow, Richard Thorpe, James C. McKay
20. My Bill (1938)
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My Bill
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Starring:
Kay Francis, Anita Louise, Bobby Jordan, John Litel, Bonita Granville
Directed By:
John Farrow
21. Beyond Glory (1948)
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Beyond Glory
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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.  

Starring:
Donna Reed, Alan Ladd, George Coulouris, George Macready, Harold Vermilyea
Directed By:
John Farrow
22. Wake Island (1942)
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Wake Island
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Starring:
Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Albert Dekker, William Bendix, Macdonald Carey
Directed By:
John Farrow
23. The Showdown (1928)
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The Showdown
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Starring:
Evelyn Brent, Neil Hamilton, George Bancroft, Fred Kohler, Helen Lynch
Directed By:
Victor Schertzinger
24. China (1943)
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China
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During the Japanese invasion of China, a cynical and macho profiteer meets a beautiful schoolteacher. Along with his friend, he helps protect her, her schoolgirls as well as a baby from the Japanese military.

Starring:
Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, Philip Ahn, William Bendix, Iris Wong
Directed By:
John Farrow
25. Where Danger Lives (1950)
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Where Danger Lives
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Starring:
Robert Mitchum, Claude Rains, Charles Kemper, Faith Domergue, Maureen O'Sullivan
Directed By:
John Farrow
26. The Bad One (1930)
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The Bad One
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Starring:
Edmund Lowe, Dolores del Rio, Don Alvarado, Blanche Friderici, Adrienne D'Ambricourt
Directed By:
George Fitzmaurice
27. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
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Around the World in 80 Days
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Around the World in 80 Days is an Oscar winning adventure comedy film which is based on a novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The story revolves around Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman, living in the 19th century, who makes a bet that he can travel around the world in eighty days.  Along with his French valet Passepartout, he sets out on an adventurous journey.

Starring:
Marion Ross, Shirley MacLaine, Cantinflas, Peter Lorre, John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Red Skelton
Directed By:
Michael Anderson, John Farrow
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Adapted
28. Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
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Commandos Strike at Dawn
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A mild-mannered widower who lives in a small Norwegian village is enraged at the atrocities of the Nazis against his fellow peaceful villagers. He escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the Nazis. 

Starring:
Lillian Gish, Lloyd Bridges, Paul Muni, Anna Lee
Directed By:
John Farrow
29. Calcutta (1947)
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Calcutta
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Calcutta is a crime drama film, which revolves around Neale and Pedro, who fly cargo between Chungking and Calcutta. When their friend Bill gets murdered, they are drawn into the investigation. Neale meets Virginia, Bill’s fiancée, and soon becomes suspicious of a conspiracy. However, he also finds himself getting attracted to her.

Starring:
Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Lowell Gilmore, June Duprez, Gail Russell
Directed By:
John Farrow
30. White Gold (1927)
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White Gold
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Starring:
George Nichols, Jetta Goudal, George Bancroft, Kenneth Thomson, Bob Perry
Directed By:
William K. Howard
31. Back from Eternity (1956)
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Back from Eternity
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A commercial plane carrying eleven people crash lands into a South American jungle occupied by brutal cannibals. To escape, the plane has to be repaired and pilot Robert Ryan successfully manages to do that. However, the plane can now only carry five passengers. Who gets to return to safety?

Starring:
Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger, Barbara Eden, Gene Barry, Robert Ryan, Keith Andes
Directed By:
John Farrow
32. Adventures of Don Quixote (1933)
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Adventures of Don Quixote
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Starring:
George Robey, Frank Stanmore, Feodor Chaliapin Sr., Oscar Asche, René Donnio
Directed By:
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
33. Blaze of Noon (1947)
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Blaze of Noon
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Based on the best-selling novel by aviator and writer Ernest K. Gann, this film is about early air mail operations. Four McDonald brothers are hired by an airlines to fly the national air mail for the country's Air Mail Service when the company spots them performing stunt flying at a carnival.  

Starring:
Anne Baxter, William Holden, William Bendix, Sonny Tufts, Sterling Hayden
Directed By:
John Farrow
34. Shadow of the Law (1930)
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Shadow of the Law
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Starring:
William Powell, Paul Hurst, Natalie Moorhead, Marion Shilling, Regis Toomey
Directed By:
Louis J. Gasnier
35. Plunder of the Sun (1953)
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Plunder of the Sun
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American adventurer Al Colby is hired by a woman called Anna Luz and her antiquities collector husband to help them to smuggle an artifact from Havana into Mexico, where it can be properly valued. He agrees; but the process is not at all safe and easy.  

Starring:
Glenn Ford, Diana Lynn, Sean McClory, Patricia Medina, Francis L. Sullivan
Directed By:
John Farrow
36. The Sea Chase (1955)
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The Sea Chase
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Starring:
Lana Turner, Claude Akins, James Arness, John Wayne, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter, David Farrar
Directed By:
John Farrow
37. Their Mad Moment (1931)
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Their Mad Moment
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Starring:
Nance O'Neil, Zasu Pitts, Dorothy Mackaill, Warner Baxter, Lawrence Grant
Directed By:
Chandler Sprague, Hamilton MacFadden
38. King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)
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King of the Khyber Rifles
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Alan King is a British army captain who is serving in Colonial India. He faces discrimination when his fellow soldiers learn that his mother was a Muslim. Eventually, he is put in charge of training local recruits by Brig. General Maitland. Over some time, he begins to develop feelings for the General’s daughter. His life takes a turn when a local leader begins a revolt for freedom against the British Colonial rulers.

Starring:
Tyrone Power, Michael Rennie, Terry Moore, Guy Rolfe
Directed By:
Henry King
39. Submarine Command (1951)
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Submarine Command
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Submarine Commander Ken White, remembers his early years in his navy career, when two of his men were killed while following his orders. Even though he receives a promotion, the events still continue to haunt him, and also affect his marriage. When the Korean War flares up, he is called back to active duty again, and lead the submarine once more. 

Starring:
William Holden, William Bendix, Don Taylor, Nancy Olson, Arthur Franz
Directed By:
John Farrow
40. The Spectacle Maker (1934)
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The Spectacle Maker
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2
Starring:
Harvey Clark, Nigel De Brulier, Nora Cecil, Cora Sue Collins, Sumner Getchell
Directed By:
John Farrow
41. Easy Come, Easy Go (1947)
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Easy Come, Easy Go
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Starring:
Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, Dick Foran, Diana Lynn, Sonny Tufts
Directed By:
John Farrow
42. The Saint Strikes Back (1939)
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The Saint Strikes Back
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Starring:
Barry Fitzgerald, Wendy Barrie, Jerome Cowan, George Sanders, Jonathan Hale
Directed By:
John Farrow
43. Copper Canyon (1950)
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Copper Canyon
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Copper Canyon is a Western action adventure film, which revolves around a fugitive who is asked to help a few miners who are terrorized by some locals. 

Starring:
Hedy Lamarr, Ray Milland, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman, Harry Carey Jr.
Directed By:
John Farrow
44. Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938)
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Little Miss Thoroughbred
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2
Starring:
Frank McHugh, Ann Sheridan, John Litel, Janet Chapman, Eric Stanley
Directed By:
John Farrow
45. Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
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Ride, Vaquero!
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Bandit Jose Esqueda hates settlers in his Texas town and attacks them. Jose’s adoptive brother, Rio, teams up with new settler, King Cameron, and gets close to Cameron’s wife Cordelia. As Rio continues to save Cameron’s life and Cordelia falls in love with him, a final gunfight with Jose will decide all of their fates.   

Starring:
Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn, Robert Taylor, Howard Keel, Kurt Kasznar
Directed By:
John Farrow
46. California (1947)
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California
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During the Gold Rush, Lieutenant Jonathan Trumbo goes AWOL to guide a train to California. En route, he is joined by Lily Bishop, earning her enmity when he accuses her of cheating at cards. Lily later opens a salon in Pharaoh City and becomes friendly with powerful Pharaoh Coffin, who is against granting of statehood to California while Trumbo holds the opposite view.   

Starring:
Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald, George Coulouris, Albert Dekker
Directed By:
John Farrow
47. Red, Hot and Blue (1949)
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Red, Hot and Blue
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Eleanor is an actress who is dating many men, including Bunny Harris, unaware of the fact that he is a gangster. Harris is the financier for one of her shows, but when he suddenly gets murdered and is found dead in her apartment, Eleanor finds herself in deep trouble.

Starring:
Victor Mature, William Demarest, Betty Hutton, June Havoc, Jane Nigh
Directed By:
John Farrow
48. Women in the Wind (1939)
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Women in the Wind
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Starring:
Kay Francis, William Gargan, Victor Jory, Maxie Rosenbloom, Eddie Foy Jr.
Directed By:
John Farrow
49. A Woman of Experience (1931)
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A Woman of Experience
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Starring:
H.B. Warner, Zasu Pitts, Lew Cody, William Bakewell, Helen Twelvetrees
Directed By:
Harry Joe Brown
50. Botany Bay (1952)
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Botany Bay
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Botany Bay is a 1952 drama film, which takes us to the year 1787. It tells us the story of a wrongly imprisoned medical student, who is being shipped along with other prisoners to Botany Bay. He also finds himself being victimized by the ship’s captain.  

Starring:
James Mason, Alan Ladd, Cedric Hardwicke, Patricia Medina, Murray Matheson
Directed By:
John Farrow
51. The Common Law (1931)
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The Common Law
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Starring:
Lew Cody, Constance Bennett, Hedda Hopper, Joel McCrea, Robert Williams
Directed By:
Paul L. Stein
52. Sorority House (1939)
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Sorority House
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Starring:
Anne Shirley, J.M. Kerrigan, James Ellison, Pamela Blake, Marge Champion
Directed By:
John Farrow
53. Broadway Musketeers (1938)
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Broadway Musketeers
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Starring:
Margaret Lindsay, Ann Sheridan, Marie Wilson, John Litel, Janet Chapman
Directed By:
John Farrow
54. West of Shanghai (1937)
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West of Shanghai
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Starring:
Ricardo Cortez, Boris Karloff, Sheila Bromley, Beverly Roberts, Gordon Oliver
Directed By:
John Farrow
55. Red Mountain (1951)
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Red Mountain
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During the last days of the Civil War, rebel Confederate Captain Brett Sherwood, traveling across Colorado to join Quantrill, saves gold prospector Lane Waldron from being hanged for a killing committed by Brett. Lane is accompanied by his fiancée Chris who hates Quantrill for destroying her family. In a confrontation with Quantrill’s raiders, Lane gets killed, while Brett realizes the truth about mercenary Quantrill. 

Starring:
Alan Ladd, Arthur Kennedy, John Ireland, Lizabeth Scott, Jeff Corey
Directed By:
William Dieterle, John Farrow
56. Last of the Pagans (1935)
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Last of the Pagans
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2
Starring:
Mala, Lotus Long, Rudolph Anders, Chester Gan, Rangapo A. Taipoo
Directed By:
Richard Thorpe
57. Married and in Love (1940)
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Married and in Love
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Starring:
Helen Vinson, Patric Knowles, Alan Marshal, Barbara Read, Hattie Noel
Directed By:
John Farrow
58. Full Confession (1939)
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Full Confession
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Full Confession is a crime drama film which tells the story of a man named Michael O’Keefe, who is falsely convicted of a crime which was actually committed by another man named Pat McGinnis. Father Lona, a Catholic priest, knows the truth, but unfortunately he cannot reveal it, since he is bound by his vows. Therefore, he tries to convince Pat to reveal the truth himself.

Starring:
Elisabeth Risdon, Victor McLaglen, Sally Eilers, Barry Fitzgerald, Joseph Calleia
Directed By:
John Farrow
59. Reno (1939)
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Reno
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Starring:
Richard Dix, Laura Hope Crews, Paul Cavanagh, Anita Louise, Gail Patrick
Directed By:
John Farrow
60. The Unholy Wife (1957)
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The Unholy Wife
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A woman gets married to a rich wine producer although he is unaware of the fact that her eyes are on his wealth. Soon, she makes a new lover, with whom she plots to get rid of her husband.

Starring:
Rod Steiger, Beulah Bondi, Marie Windsor, Diana Dors, Tom Tryon
Directed By:
John Farrow
61. A Bill of Divorcement (1940)
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A Bill of Divorcement
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Starring:
May Whitty, Adolphe Menjou, Herbert Marshall, Fay Bainter, Maureen O'Hara
Directed By:
John Farrow
62. Men in Exile (1937)
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Men in Exile
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2
Starring:
Victor Varconi, June Travis, Dick Purcell, Olin Howland, Margaret Irving
Directed By:
John Farrow
63. A Dangerous Woman (1929)
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A Dangerous Woman
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2
Starring:
Olga Baclanova, Neil Hamilton, Clive Brook, Leslie Fenton, Clyde Cook
Directed By:
Rowland V. Lee
64. A Bullet Is Waiting (1954)
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A Bullet Is Waiting
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A small plane carrying a deputy sheriff Frank Munson and a handcuffed prisoner named Ed, crashes due to a storm, in the California wilderness. Frank and Ed soon find an isolated farm, where they take shelter, but soon Ed tries to escape from Frank, as Frank intends to kill him, rather than take him to the police.

Starring:
Rory Calhoun, Jean Simmons, Brian Aherne, Stephen McNally
Directed By:
John Farrow
65. Inside the Lines (1930)
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Inside the Lines
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Starring:
Montagu Love, Betty Compson, Ralph Forbes, Ivan F. Simpson, Reginald Sharland
Directed By:
Roy Pomeroy
66. The Invisible Menace (1938)
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The Invisible Menace
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2
Starring:
Henry Kolker, Regis Toomey, Boris Karloff, Marie Wilson, Eddie Craven
Directed By:
John Farrow
67. She Loved a Fireman (1937)
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She Loved a Fireman
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2
Starring:
Robert Armstrong, Dick Foran, Ann Sheridan, Eddie Acuff, Veda Ann Borg
Directed By:
John Farrow
68. The First Kiss (1928)
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The First Kiss
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Starring:
Gary Cooper, Paul Fix, Lane Chandler, Fay Wray, Leslie Fenton
Directed By:
Rowland V. Lee
69. Three Weekends (1928)
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Three Weekends
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2
Starring:
Clara Bow, Julia Swayne Gordon, Harrison Ford, Neil Hamilton, Lucille Powers
Directed By:
Clarence G. Badger
70. The Wheel of Life (1929)
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The Wheel of Life
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2
Starring:
Myrtle Stedman, Arthur Hoyt, Esther Ralston, Richard Dix, O.P. Heggie
Directed By:
Victor Schertzinger

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Empire (1962)
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Directed By:
Bernard McEveety, Abner Biberman, Leon Benson, Arthur Hiller, Frank Pierson

John Farrow Awards

Academy Awards
Around the World in 80 Days Best Writing, Best Screenplay - Adapted 1957