72 films of WILLIAM HOLDEN (1918 - 1981)by milam_ogden | created - 16 Nov 2015 | updated - 16 Nov 2015 | Public
God was sad this date in 1981 when William Holden passed away in Santa Monica, CA from a fall.
Signed a contract with Paramount in 1937 at age of 19, appeared in his first film one year later.
Appeared in 72 movies in a career than spanned 43 years.
82% of his movies were released during the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Major genres include: drama (41); romance (20); comedy (20); war (11); adventure (11) and western (11).
the IMDb data is as follows:
Mode = 6.8 (9) Median = 6.7 Mean = 6.7
Lowest IMDb rating - 4.3 When Time Ran Out (1980) Highest IMDb rating - 8.5 Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Holden was on April 17th, 1918 in O'Fallon, Illinois.
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4. Million Dollar Legs (1939)
Approved | 65 min | Comedy
At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »
6. Arizona (1940)
Approved | 125 min | Western
During the 1860s Tucson, a pioneer woman struggles to succeed in the freight and cattle business while at risk at the hands of corrupt and violent local businessmen and rampaging Indians.
9. I Wanted Wings (1941)
Approved | 135 min | Drama, War
Story follows the training and personal lives of three recruits in the Army Air Corps --- a wealthy playboy, a college jock and an auto mechanic. Love interest is supplied by a female ... See full summary »
10. The Fleet's In (1942)
Approved | 93 min | Musical, Romance
After a shy sailor is kissed by a female starlet as part of a publicity stunt, he becomes known as a stud; his friends then bet that he'll be able to defrost an icy nightclub singer.
11. The Remarkable Andrew (1942)
Unrated | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy
When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in ... See full summary »
12. Meet the Stewarts (1942)
73 min | Comedy
A young newlywed couple learns to make their new marriage work; trying to impress family, stay on budget, and remain as diplomatic towards each other as possible.
13. Young and Willing (1943)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy
For those, if any, who have wondered why so many Paramount contractees appeared in United Artists' films during the war years, this is another one of the Paramount productions that was sold... See full summary »
14. Variety Girl (1947)
Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical
Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »
15. Dear Ruth (1947)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
A family is befuddled when a World War II serviceman shows up to meet and marry his pen pal sweetheart. Everyone's in the dark about the romance by mail. Then they discover Ruth's younger sister was the culprit.
18. The Dark Past (1948)
Passed | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller
An escaped psychopathic killer who takes the family and neighbors of police psychologist hostage reveals a recurring nightmare to the doctor.
above average film noir classic
19. Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Western
A widowed farmer takes an indentured servant as his new wife, but the arrival of his old friend threatens their burgeoning relationship.
20. Apartment for Peggy (1948)
Approved | 96 min | Drama
A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.
24. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Passed | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir
A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.
one of best film noir classics ever
26. Union Station (1950)
Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A sharp-eyed woman spots a man with a gun on a train and her alert to the railroad police helps them in their search for a ruthless gang who have kidnapped a blind heiress.
an average film noir movie
27. Father Is a Bachelor (1950)
Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Family
William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their ... See full summary »
28. Submarine Command (1951)
Approved | 87 min | Drama, War
Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.
30. The Turning Point (1952)
Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.
31. Boots Malone (1952)
Approved | 102 min | Drama, Sport
Boots Malone is jockey's agent and a bit of a wheeler-dealer who went from living at the Ritz to living in a room at the stables when his star jockey was killed in an accident. After nearly... See full summary »
32. Stalag 17 (1953)
Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.
won Oscar for Best Actor
33. The Moon Is Blue (1953)
M/PG | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.
34. Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
Passed | 99 min | Western
During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.
Votes: 2,249 | Gross: $1.45M
an excellent western
36. Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953)
90 min | Comedy
Actress Patty O'Neill meets playboy architect Donald Gresham on the observation deck of the Empire State Building and accepts his invitation to join him for drinks and dinner in his apartment.
37. Sabrina (1954)
Passed | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.
38. The Country Girl (1954)
Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Music
A director hires an alcoholic has-been and strikes up a stormy relationship with the actor's wife, who he believes is the cause of all the man's problems.
39. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.
another excellent WW II flick
40. Executive Suite (1954)
Passed | 104 min | Drama
When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice presidents vie to see who will replace him.
a good look at the politics of an corporation
41. Picnic (1955)
Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance
Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.
42. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.
44. Toward the Unknown (1956)
Approved | 115 min | Drama, History, Romance
At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.
45. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.
Votes: 193,745 | Gross: $44.91M
another excellent war flick
46. The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
Approved | 126 min | Drama, Romance