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Mark Robson


B: December 4, 1913 in Montréal, Québec
D: June 20, 1978 in London, England

Although he was born in Montreal, Mark Robson moved to the United States at a young age and graduated from UCLA. He gravitated toward the film business and gained some attention, although no screen credit, as a co-editor on the classic Citizen Kane. In the mid-1940s he directed a number of low-budget horror films for Val Lewton and by the mid-1950s he was coming into his own as a producer-director. He worked with some of the biggest names at the time. Just one example is the 1965 film Von Ryan’s Express which costarred Trevor Howard and Frank Sinatra. He received an Academy Award® nomination for Peyton Place and for The Inn of the Sixth Happiness. The movie version of Peyton Place had a role for Lorne Greene, who played the Prosecutor. The TV series based on the movie rain from 1964 to 1969 and costarred Canadian actors Barbara Parkins and Percy Rodriguez. Barbara Parkins also starred in Valley of the Dolls in 1967.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

My Home Town (1943)
The Seventh Victim (1943)
The Ghost Ship (1943)
Youth Runs Wild (1944)
Isle of the Dead (1945)
Bedlam (aka Chamber of Horrors, 1946)
Roughshod (1949)
My Foolish Heart (1949)
Home of the Brave (1949)
Champion (1949)

Edge of Doom (1950)
I Want You (1951)
Bright Victory (aka Lights Out, 1951)
Return to Paradise (1953)
The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1954)
Hell Below Zero (1954)
Phiffft (1954)
Trial (1955)
A Prize of Gold (1955)
The Harder They Fall (1956)
Peyton Place (1957)
The Little Hut (1957)
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

From the Terrace (1960)
Nine Hours to Rama (1963)
The Prize (1963)
Von Ryan’s Express (1965)
Lost Command (1966)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969)

Happy Birthday, Wanda Jane (1971)
Limbo (1972)
Earthquake (1974)
Avalanche Express (1979)

Von Ryan's Express, movie, poster,