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Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten


Birthdate: May 15, 1905

Deathdate: February 6, 1994

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Joseph Cheshire Cotten (May 15, 1905 – February 6, 1994) was an American actor of stage and film. Cotten achieved prominence on Broadway, starring in the original productions of The Philadelphia Story and Sabrina Fair. He is associated with Orson Welles, leading to appearances in Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Journey into Fear (1943), for which Cotte... ...detailed bio

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

In 1925 Anton Phibes, a horribly disfigured genius supposedly killed in a car crash, is convinced that his beloved wife died a victim of incompetent doctors, and begins elaborate plans to kill them. Inspector Trout suspects Phibes, but finds little support from Scotland Yard. Eventually Dr. Vesal...
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

A change-of-command ceremony aboard the Japanese battleship Nagato, flagship for the newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (S? Yamamura) takes place in 1941. He takes command from Zengo Yoshida (Junya Usami). The two discuss America's embargo that starv...
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Latitude Zero (1970)

Three men (Dr. Ken Tashiro, Dr. Jules Masson, and Perry Lawton) are trapped in a bathysphere due to seismic activity. They are rescued by the crew of the supersubmarine Alpha, captained by Craig Mackenzie (Cotten), who they learn is over 200 years old (and that the Alpha was launched in the early...
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The Grasshopper (1969)

Christine Adams Jacqueline Bisset, a cheerful 19-year-old from British Columbia, Canada, travels to Los Angeles to be with her fiance, who works there in a bank. When the relationship doesn't work out, she moves to Las Vegas. She finds work as a showgirl and meets Tommy Marcott Jim Brown, a forme...
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White Comanche (1968)

Drifter Johnny Moon (William Shatner) is frequently attacked as he is mistaken for his twin brother Notah who leads Comanche war parties in attacks on the white population whilst he is having visions on peyote. Johnny travels to a Comanche encampment where he challenges his brother to a fight to ...
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Petulia (1968)

The film has a non-linear construction with frequent flash-backs and flash-forwards (especially at the beginning of the film.) The title character is a young San Francisco socialite married to a savagely abusive man. She finagles a meeting with physician Archie Bollen, whom she first saw and with...
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The Hellbenders (1967)

Colonel Jonas is a fanatical and unrepentant Confederate who led a regiment called the Hellbenders in the recently ended Civil War. Similar to Edmond O'Brien's character in Rio Conchos, he is determined to reorganise the Southern Army and defeat the Union. With his sons Ben, greedy Nat, and rapis...
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The Oscar (1966)

As movie star Frankie Fane (Boyd) is about to hear if he won a best acting Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly (Bennett) reminisces about Fane's struggle to the top, beginning as a spieler for his stripper girlfriend Laurel (St. John). After moving to New York, Frankie dumps Laurel for a budding fashio...
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The Money Trap (1966)

The Money trap is a 1965 drama film directed by Burt Kennedy starring Glenn Ford, Elke Sommer and Rita Hayworth. The Money Trap is written by Walter Bernstein and based on the novel by Lionel White Joe Baron (Glenn Ford) is an under appreciated, under paid cop who has the ability to spend freely ...
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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

In 1927 southern belle Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) and lover John Mayhew (Bruce Dern) plan to elope during a party at the Hollis family's antebellum mansion in Ascension Parish, Louisiana; however, it is revealed that John is married to another woman. Charlotte's father detests the affair and ...
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The Last Sunset (1961)

Brendan O'Malley (Douglas) crosses the border into Mexico to escape justice for a murder. He arrives at the ranch of a former lover, Belle Breckenridge (Malone) and her husband, the drunkard and coward John Breckenridge (Joseph Cotten). O'Malley meets her daughter Melissa (Carol Lynley). He is im...
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Touch of Evil (1958)

The film opens with a three-minute, twenty-second tracking shot widely considered by critics as one of the greatest long takes in cinematic history. On the U.S.-Mexico border, a man plants a time bomb in a car. A man and woman enter the vehicle and make a slow journey through town to the U.S. bor...
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From the Earth to the Moon (1958)

Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, munitions producer Victor Barbicane (Joseph Cotten) announces that he has invented a new explosive, "Power X", which he claims is much more powerful than any previously devised. Metallurgist Stuyvesant Nicholl (George Sanders) scoffs at Barbicane's...
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The Halliday Brand (1957)

Daniel and Martha Halliday, son and daughter of the powerful Big Dan, strenuously object to his bigotry and violence. When he leads the lynching of her half-breed beau, Jivaro Burris, it is the last straw. Dan becomes estranged from his father and closer to his rival, Jivaro's father, while also ...
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The Killer Is Loose (1956)

An employee for a savings and loan company desperate for cash plans and successfully robs a bank as an inside job. At first bank employee Poole (Wendell Corey) is considered a hero during the bank robbery but the police quickly figure out he's involved in the crime. The police catch up with Poole...
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A Blueprint for Murder (1953)

Whitney "Cam" Cameron (Joseph Cotten) arrives at a hospital to be with his widowed sister-in-law Lynne (Jean Peters), whose stepdaughter Polly dies under mysterious circumstances. A doctor cannot determine the cause of the child's death. Cam has great affection for his young nephew Doug (Freddy R...
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Niagara (1953)

Ray and Polly Cutler (Showalter and Peters) on a delayed honeymoon at Niagara Falls, find their reserved cabin occupied by George and Rose Loomis (Cotten and Monroe). Rose tells them that George is asleep at last, and has recently been discharged from an Army mental hospital. The Cutlers politely...
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Othello (1952)

Othello is a 1952 drama film based on the Shakespearean play, made by Mercury Productions Inc. and Les Films Marceau and distributed by United Artists (1955). It was directed and produced by Orson Welles, who also played the title role. The screenplay was adapted by Welles and an uncredited Jean ...
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The Steel Trap (1952)

Joseph Cotten plays Jim Osborne, a bank officer in Los Angeles who is tempted to steal from his own bank and flee the country before he can be caught. His fantasy of doing this becomes a real plan when he learns that Brazil does not allow extradition; it is also an attractive destination and is c...
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The Man with a Cloak (1951)

In 1848 New York, a young Frenchwoman, Madeline Minot (Leslie Caron), arrives, looking for expatriate Charles Thevenet (Louis Calhern). She is initially turned away at the door by his mistress and housekeeper, Lorna Bounty (Barbara Stanwyck), but persists and presents Thevenet with a letter of i...