Larry Cohen

Larry Cohen

The prolific writer-producer-director Larry Cohen began his career in television creating hit shows like Branded and The Invaders.  His feature career took off with the killer baby trio of It’s Alive and two sequels.  Among his movie credits are Q – The Winged Serpent, Full Moon High, The Private Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Return to Salem’s Lot, Hell Up in Harlem and the screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular.  He also wrote and directed the Masters of Horror episode, Pick Me Up.

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The Big Sleep

1946
Warner Bros.
The famous example of the whodunit where none of the prestigeous writers, including...
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Park Row

1952
United Artists
A gritty newspaper saga about two battling tabloids shot like one of Fuller’s war...
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Buck Privates

1941
Universal
The peacetime draft in pre-Pearl Harbor America forms the background for Abbott & Costello’s...
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Hondo

1953
Warner Bros.
John Wayne’s contemporaneous version of Shane, directed on Mexican locations by the underrated John Farrow...
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Witness for the Prosecution

1957
United Artists
Billy Wilder’s trademark sardonicism lends welcome bite and wit to this twisting,...
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The Uninvited

1944
Paramount Pictures
Directed by Lewis Allen, this elegant ghost story from 1944 is a consistently creepy...
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The Omen

1976
Twentieth Century Fox
A supernatural take on The Bad Seed, director Richard Donner’s 1976 thriller about a...
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Bone

1972
New World
Of all the various titles this‚ subversive satire‚ has sported, our favorite is Dial R...
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How Green Was My Valley

1941
20th Century Fox
John Ford replaced William Wyler as director of this multi-Oscar nominated‚...
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East of Eden

1955
Warner Bros.
By the time he was nominated for Best Actor in Elia Kazan’s adaptation...
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Marnie

1964
Universal
Another elaborate personalized Hitchcock trailer. His “”sex mystery”” followup to The Birds has its adherents,...
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Q

1982
United Film Distribution Company
Larry Cohen gives us as much info as he can squeeze in about his guerilla...
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Charade

1963
Universal
Cary, Audrey, a clever Peter Stone script, sparkling direction by Stanley Donen on fabulous Paris...
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In the Navy

1941
Universal
Bud and Lou’s second WW II service comedy was another huge hit, but...
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Foreign Correspondent

1940
United Artists
Hitchcock’s second American movie is an up-to-the-minute, brilliantly designed (Wm Cameron Menzies) international espionage...
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Hell Up in Harlem

1973
AIP
Larry Cohen details the typically unorthodox story behind the hurry-up production of...
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Black Caesar

1973
AIP
Harlem gangster Fred “the Hammer” Williamson takes on the Mafia and crooked cops in...
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The Americanization of Emily

1964
MGM
Paddy Chayefsky’s thoughtful, witty adaptation of William Bradford Huie’s anti-war novel is...
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Drums Along the Mohawk

1939
20th Century Fox
We apologize for this monochrome trailer, which accompanied the 1947 black and...
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God Told Me To A.K.A. Demon

1976
New World Pictures
We know, we’ve already posted a commentary about this one,...
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El Cid

1961
Allied Artists
Another enormous Samuel L. Bronston historical spectacle with big stars and epochal Euro production...
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Black Sunday

1961
AIP
The worldwide success of Mario Bava’s official directorial debut spurred the brilliant cinematographer on...
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Invaders From Mars

1953
20th Century Fox
His 1935 “Things to Come” is more prestigious, but famed production designer Wm....
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Spartacus

1960
Universal
Credited to Stanley Kubrick, taking over from Anthony Mann (whose casting choices appear in abundance)after...
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