biography

Born William DeWolf Hopper Jr. in New York on January 26, 1915, William Hopper's parents were famed stage actor DeWolf Hopper and actress-turned-gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper. Hopper's parents entered films at around the time of his birth, but as his father was nearly 60 years old at the time, his mother had more success on the silver screen. Following her divorce from DeWolf Hopper in 1922, Hedda Hopper acted in many films until the late 1930s, when her now infamous newspaper column took off. As her son matured into a handsome young man, Hedda Hopper pushed him to become an actor. After doing summer stock and appearing in a few Broadway plays, at the age of 20 William Hopper signed a contract with Paramount. At about this time his estranged father died, so Hopper initially used the stage name DeWolf Hopper Jr.

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Handsome 1930s photo of William Hopper, taken around the time of his signing with Paramount

The young Hopper did not enjoy acting as his mother and father had, yet he stuck with the profession, moving to Warner Bros. in 1937. In the late 1930s, he briefly moved out of bit parts and had a couple of starring roles in such Warner Bros. second features as Over the Goal (1937; with June Travis) and Mystery House (1938; with Ann Sheridan). However, Hopper's lack of enthusiasm for the profession relegated him once again to bit parts soon after. He married actress Jane Gilbert in 1940, whom he met when each had a bit role in the Warner Bros. George Raft vehicle Invisible Stripes (1939). The couple welcomed a daughter, Joan, two years after the nuptials. During World War II, he entered the Coast Guard and upon his return in 1945, he threw in the towel and his acting career and became a car salesman, a profession he hated but stuck with until the mid 1950s. In early 1954 director William Wellman approached him for a role in the adventure The High and the Mighty (1954; with John Wayne). This time, however, Hopper was hooked and he quickly retooled his acting career, becoming a far more successful actor.

the films of william hopper

Public Wedding (1937)

William Hopper, Raymond Hatton, and Jane Wyman

William Hopper marries Jane Wyman as a publicity stunt in the Warner Bros. comedy Public Wedding

The Cowboy Quarterback (1939)

Marie Wilson, William Hopper, and Gloria Dickson

From the Warner Bros. comedy The Cowboy Quarterback with Marie Wilson and Gloria Dickson

Track of the Cat (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

William HopperTab Hunter and William Hopper

LEFT: As Arthur Bridges in the Warner Bros. adventure Track of the Cat. RIGHT: With Tab Hunter

One Desire (1955)

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Universal-International promotional photo from the Rock Hudson vehicle One Desire

Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Natalie Wood and William Hopper

Hopper portrays the father of love-starved Natalie Wood in the classic Warner Bros. teen angst drama Rebel Without a Cause

The Bad Seed (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

William Hopper

From the Warner Bros. horror cult favorite The Bad Seed

Good-Bye, My Lady (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Brandon De Wilde and William Hopper

With Brandon De Wilde in the heartwarming Warner Bros. drama Good-Bye, My Lady

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

William Hopper, Frank Puglia, and Joan TaylorWilliam Hopper and Thomas HenryWilliam Hopper

From Columbia's science fiction flick 20 Million Miles to Earth, which features special effects by Ray Harryhausen. LEFT: With Frank Puglia and Joan Taylor. CENTER: With Thomas Browne. RIGHT: Lobby card

The Deadly Mantis (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Universal-International's science fiction thriller The Deadly Mantis. LEFT and CENTER A: With Alix Talton. CENTER B and RIGHT: With Craig Stevens

Slim Carter (1957)

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Lobby card from Universal-International's comedy Slim Carter

Perry Mason (1957-1966 CBS TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

William Talman, Ray Collins, Barbara Hale, Raymond Burr, and William Hopper

Late 1950s CBS promotional photo from Perry Mason. Pictured are William Talman, Ray Collins, Barbara Hale, Raymond Burr, and William Hopper

later years

The zenith of Hopper's career came when he was cast as Paul Drake in the long-running CBS series Perry Mason. Initially, he tested for the title character role but lost out to Raymond Burr. Nevertheless, in 1959 he was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work on Perry Mason. That same year, he and his wife Jane divorced. Hopper stayed with the series for the entire nine-season run, and he took no film roles during his tenure on the series.. After the 1966 death of his mother and the cancellation of Perry Mason, Hopper settled into semi-retirement. In 1969 he took a small role in the film version of Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge. However, three months before the film's release, Hopper suffered a stroke in February 1970 and died of pneumonia on March 6, 1970, at the age of 55. He was survived by his second wife, a daughter, and a stepson.

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TELEVISION
Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1 [DVD](1957) DVD
The first 19 episodes from the series's debut season--including "The Case of the Restless Redhead," "The Case of the Angry Mourner," "The Case of the Crimson Kiss," "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse," and "The Case of the Haunted Husband"--are featured in a five-disc set. 16 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2 [DVD](1958) DVD
The remaining 20 episodes from the series's debut season--including "The Case of the Lonely Heiress," "The Case of the One-Eyed Witness," "The Case of the Daring Decoy," "The Case of the Lazy Lover," and "The Case of the Rolling Bones"--are featured in a five-disc set. 17 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 2, Vol. 1 [DVD](1958) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the series's second season--including "The Case of the Corresponding Corpse," "The Case of the Sardonic Sergeant," "The Case of the Married Moonlighter," "The Case of the Perjured Parrot," and "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 2, Vol. 2 [DVD](1959) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the series's second season--including "The Case of the Fraudulent Foto," "The Case of the Jaded Joker," "The Case of the Lost Last Act," "The Case of the Spanish Cross," and "The Case of the Lame Canary"--are featured in a four-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Perry Mason: Season 3, Vol. 1 [DVD](1959) DVD
The first 13 episodes from the series's third season--including "The Case of the Spurious Sister," "The Case of the Blushing Pearls," "The Case of the Bartered Bikini," "The Case of the Lucky Legs," and "The Case of the Wayward Wife"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 3, Vol. 2 [DVD](1960) DVD
The remaining 13 episodes from the series's third season--including "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor" "The Case of the Muthical Monkeys," "The Case of the Bashful Burro," "The Case of the Ominous Outcast," and "The Case of the Flighty Father"--are featured in a four-disc set. 10 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 1 [DVD](1960) DVD
The first 16 episodes from the fourth season--including "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Singular Double," "The Case of the Clumsy Clown," "The Case of the Nine Dolls," and "The Case of the Waylaid Wolf"--are featured in a four-disc set. 13 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **16 episodes on 4 discs. 13 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 4, Vol. 2 [DVD](1961) DVD
The final 12 episodes from the fourth season--including "The Case of the Wintry Wife," "The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff," "The Case of the Cowardly Lion," "The Case of the Duplicate Daughter," and "The Case of the Guilty Clients"--are featured in a three-disc set. 10 1/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **12 episodes on 3 discs. 10 1/3 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Four Season Pack [DVD] DVD
**124 episodes on 32 discs. 105 2/3 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 5, Vol. 1 [DVD](1961) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the fifth season--including "The Case of the Jealous Journalist," "The Case of the Malicious Mariner," "The Case of the Posthumous Painter," "The Case of the Renegade Refugee," and "The Case of the Roving River"--are featured in a four-disc set. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **15 episodes on 4 discs.**
Perry Mason: Season 5, Vol. 2 [DVD](1962) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the fifth season-including "The Case of the Shapely Shadow," "The Case of the Captain's Coins," "The Case of the Absent Artist," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," and "The Case of the Lonely Eloper"-are featured in a four-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 13 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 6, Vol. 1 [DVD](1962) DVD
The first 14 episodes from the sixth season--including "The Case of the Bogus Books," "The Case of the Hateful Hero," "The Case of the Stand-In Sister," "The Case of the Polka Dot Pony," and "The Case of the Bluffing Blast"--are featured in a four-disc set. 11 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **14 episodes on 4 discs. 11 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 6, Vol. 2 [DVD](1963) DVD
The remaining 14 episodes from the sixth season--including "The Case of the Prankish Professor," "The Case of the Surplus Suitor," "The Case of the Velvet Claws," "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet," and "The Case of the Witless Witness"--are featured in a four-disc set. 11 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **14 episodes on 4 discs. 11 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 7, Vol. 1 [DVD](1963) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the seventh season--including "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew," "The Case of the Reluctant Model," "The Case of the Bigamous Spouse," "The Case of the Accosted Accountant," and "The Case of the Capering Camera"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 2/3 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 7, Vol. 2 [DVD](1964) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the seventh season--including "The Case of the Bountiful Beauty," "The Case of the Arrogant Arsonist," "The Case of the Simple Simon," "The Case of the Drifting Dropout," and "The Case of the Ugly Duckling"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 2/3 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 8, Vol. 1 [DVD](1964) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the eighth season--including "The Case of the Missing Button," "The Case of the Sleepy Slayer," "The Case of the Nautical Knot," "The Case of the Tragic Trophy," and "The Case of the Frustrated Folksinger"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 8, Vol. 2 [DVD](1965) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the eighth season--including "The Case of the Thermal Thief," "The Case of the Feather Cloak," "The Case of the Fatal Fetish," "The Case of the Deadly Debt," and "The Case of the Mischievous Doll"--are featured in a four-disc set. 12 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 12 3/4 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 9, Vol. 1 [DVD](1965) DVD
The first 15 episodes from the ninth and final season are featured in a four-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 13 hrs.**
Perry Mason: Season 9, Vol. 2 [DVD](1966) DVD
The remaining 15 episodes from the ninth and final season are featured in a four-disc set. 13 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **15 episodes on 4 discs. 13 hrs.**
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.
The Restless Gun: The Complete Series [DVD] DVD
This 1957-59 NBC series featured John Payne as Vint Bonner, a retired but restless gunfighter who drifted from town to town in the post-Civil War Southwest seeking adventure and solving problems. Bonner's gun-toting skills belied his easy-going nature, and while he would seek peaceful resolutions to quarrels, he wouldn't back down from a fight. Guest stars included Dan Blocker, James Coburn, Claude Akins. Standard; Soundtrack: English. 78 episodes on 8 discs. 32 1/2 hrs.

FILM
Hollywood Legends Of Horror Collection [DVD] DVD
"Doctor X" (1932) is an early shock classic with Lionel Atwill as a Long Island scientist suspected to be behind a series of gruesome slayings. Fay Wray co-stars. Humphrey Bogart's first--and last--horror role was in the in-name-only sequel "The Return of Doctor X" (1939), as a reporter tries to link a medical researcher to a succession of corpses that have been drained of blood. With Wayne Morris, Rosemary Lane. "The Mask of Fu Manchu" (1932) finds the infamous Asian mastermind (Boris Karloff) and his diabolical daughter (Myrna Loy) raiding the tomb of Genghis Khan. "Mad Love" (1935) stars Peter Lorre as a deranged surgeon obsessed with an actress in Paris' gory Grand Guignol theatre. Director Tod Browning's chiller "Mark of the Vampire" (1935) stars Lionel Barrymore as a vampire hunter who goes up against an undead family led by Bela Lugosi. And Browning's classic "The Devil Doll" (1936) stars Barrymore as a prison escapee who sends unique assassins after the men who wronged him...human beings shrunken to 12 inches high! With Maureen O'Sullivan. 7 hrs. total on three discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Stagecoach (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray](1939)
John Ford's Academy Award-winning landmark western charts the dramatic stagecoach journey of nine diverse passengers (including John Wayne in a star-making turn as outlaw the Ringo Kid) as they travel through Apache territory. While trying to avoid a run-in with Geronimo and his men, the occupants encounter plenty of thrills, excitement-riding into film history in the process. With Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, and, in an Oscar-winning performance, Thomas Mitchell. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; featurettes; interviews; radio play; theatrical trailer. Also includes the bonus feature "Bucking Broadway" (1917).
Stagecoach (Criterion Collection) [DVD](1939) DVD
John Ford's Academy Award-winning landmark western charts the dramatic stagecoach journey of nine diverse passengers (including John Wayne in a star-making turn as outlaw the Ringo Kid) as they travel through Apache territory. While trying to avoid a run-in with Geronimo and his men, the occupants encounter plenty of thrills, excitement-riding into film history in the process. With Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, and, in an Oscar-winning performance, Thomas Mitchell. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; featurettes; interviews; radio play; theatrical trailer. Also includes the bonus feature "Bucking Broadway" (1917). Two-disc set.
Nancy Drew, Reporter [DVD](1939) DVD
Bonita Granville returns as Carolyn Keene's teenager sleuth, and her winning of a journalism contest leads her down a trail of trouble as she tries to crack the case she's covering for the paper. Mystery and fun with John Litel, Joan Leslie. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access. Plays All Regions.
Flight Angels [DVD](1940) DVD
Sudser-in-the-skies focuses on the professional and romantic entanglements of a crew of flight attendants headed up by Virginia Bruce and Jane Wyman. Though Bruce is determined to land skirt-chasing pilot Dennis Morgan, there's turbulence ahead when his vision problems warrant a grounding from airline topkick Ralph Bellamy. Wayne Morris, John Litel also star. 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
James Cagney: The Signature Collection [DVD] DVD
Five-disc boxed set includes "The Fighting 69th," "Torrid Zone," "The Bride Came C.O.D.," "Captains of the Clouds," and "The West Point Story."
Lady Gangster [DVD](1942) DVD
Gritty crime drama starring Faye Emerson as a no-nonsense gun moll whose criminal ways are reformed with help from an understanding district attorney. With Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox and, in one of his first films, Jackie Gleason. 62 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
Yankee Doodle Dandy [DVD](1942) DVD
James Cagney is a bundle of energy in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Broadway legend George M. Cohan, from his vaudeville days with his family to fame as the writer of "Over There," "Give My Regards to Broadway," and countless other classic songs. Rosemary DeCamp and Walter Huston co-star in one of Hollywood's liveliest and best-loved musicals. 126 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary; documentaries; outtakes; bonus Cagney short "You, John Jones" (1943); bonus 1942 radio broadcast; cartoons; more. Two-disc set.
The High And The Mighty (Special Collector's Edition) [DVD](1954) DVD
The Oscar-winning progenitor of the airborne disaster film genre features a memorable turn by John Wayne as a veteran airline pilot unable to overcome surviving a crash which killed his wife and child. Serving as co-pilot to brash rival Robert Stack on a Honolulu-San Francisco passenger flight that sustains a midair emergency, Wayne must try to safely land the damaged plane before the fuel runs out. Among the passengers, whose personal crises are shown in flashbacks, are unhappily married couple Laraine Day and John Howard, playboy David Brian, mail-order bride Jan Sterling, and world-weary Claire Trevor; William Wellman directs. 148 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitl
Sitting Bull [DVD](1954) DVD
An exciting (and surprisingly pro-Indian) version of the events leading up to the Battle of Little Big Horn, with J. Carrol Naish as the proud, headstrong Sioux leader and Dale Robertson as a Cavalry major trying to make peace between the Indians and the government. Mary Murphy, Iron Eyes Cody also star. 106 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Track Of The Cat [DVD](1954) DVD
Noted for its subdued color cinematography and psychological subtexts, director William Wellman's compelling frontier drama is set in a snowbound farmhouse in 1880s Northern California. As jealousies and rivalries tear at the family members trapped inside, a deadly panther waits out in the wilderness. Robert Mitchum, Tab Hunter, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Beulah Bondi, and, as a 100-year-old Indian, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer star. 102 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.
Robbers' Roost [DVD](1955) DVD
A cowboy (George Montgomery) on the trail of his wife's killer joins up with a gang of outlaws who've been taken on as ranch hands for a massive cattle drive. Can he turn up the murderer before the rustlers spring their thieving agenda? Rousing take on the Zane Grey story also stars Richard Boone, Peter Graves, Bruce Bennett, Warren Stevens. 83 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Rebel Without A Cause [Blu-ray](1955)
James Dean became a national symbol for '50s teen angst in director Nicholas Ray's powerful character study of alienated youth. Dean stars as new kid in town Jim Stark, who faces problems at school, deals with his parents' constant arguing, participates in knife fights and chicken races, and finds friendship with fellow outcast Plato (Sal Mineo) and the beautiful Judy (Natalie Wood). With Jim Backus, Dennis Hopper. 111 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, French Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailer; documentary "James Dean Remembered" (1974).
Rebel Without A Cause [DVD](1955) DVD
James Dean became a national symbol for '50s teen angst with this powerful character study of an alienated young man who deals with rejection at school and inattentiveness from his parents by finding friendship with fellow outcasts Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. With Jim Backus, Dennis Hopper; Nicholas Ray directs. 111 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary; theatrical trailer; documentaries; deleted scenes; screen tests; more. Two-disc set.
Good-Bye, My Lady [DVD](1956) DVD
This beloved family melodrama comes loaded with pathos and warmth, and stars Brandon de Wilde as a young Mississippi orphan boy who adopts a stray dog that, strangely, never barks. The African Basenji pup soon becomes the lad's best friend, but when the animal's previous owner (William Hopper) appears and requests the pet's return, the boy is faced with a powerful dilemma. With Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, and an early appearance by Sidney Poitier. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The First Texan [DVD](1956) DVD
Joel McCrea delivers an unforgettable performance as famed Texas statesman, politician, and hero Sam Houston. After moving to the Lone Star State from Tennessee, he becomes an icon when he fights to prevent Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna from thwarting the Texas independence movement. With Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford. 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Bad Seed [Blu-ray](1956)
Classic shocker about the terrorized mother of a seemingly sweet little girl with a perverse propensity for luring people to their deaths. Based on a hit play, this chilling tale stars Patty McCormack, Nancy Kelly, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart. 129 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary by McCormack; featurette; theatrical trailer.
The Bad Seed [DVD](1956) DVD
Classic chiller about the terrorized mother of a seemingly sweet little girl with a perverse propensity for luring people to their deaths. All-time great shocker, based on a hit play, stars Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart. 129 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary by McCormack; "making of" documentary; theatrical trailer.
20 Million Miles To Earth (50th Anniversary Edition) (B&W/Color Versions) [DVD](1957) DVD
A spacecraft from the first Earth-Venus mission crashes off the Italian coast, and a canister containing a Venusian lifeform is recovered by a boy. The alien grows into a reptilian giant which eventually runs amok on the streets of Rome in this sci-fi tale with creature effects by Ray Harryhausen. William Hopper, Joan Taylor star. Includes both the original black-and-white and the newly colorized versions. 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; featurettes; audio commentary; interview; photo gallery; more. Two-disc set.
20 Million Miles To Earth (50th Anniversary Edition) (B&W/Color Versions) [Blu-ray](1957)
A spacecraft from the first Earth-Venus mission crashes off the Italian coast, and a canister containing a Venusian lifeform is recovered by a boy. The alien grows into a reptilian giant and eventually runs amok on the streets of Rome in this sci-fi tale with creature effects by Ray Harryhausen. William Hopper, Joan Taylor star. Includes both the original black-and-white and the newly colorized versions. 82 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French.
Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set [DVD] DVD
Six-disc set includes both the original black-and-white and the newly colorized versions of "It Came from Beneath the Sea," "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers," and "20 Million Miles to Earth," as well as an exclusive Ymir figurine.
The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection, Vols. 1 & 2 [DVD] DVD
"Dr. Cyclops" (1940) stars Albert Dekker as a mad scientist who shrinks five people to miniature size and holds them prisoner. A group of American G.I.s stumbles on the secret rituals of the snake-worshipping "Cult of the Cobra" (1955). Faith Domergue, David Janssen star. A lab experiment unleashes a rapidly growing "Tarantula" (1955). John Agar, Leo G. Carroll star. Archeologists Agar and Hugh Beaumont discover a clawed, bug-eyed race called "The Mole People" (1956). Grant Williams is "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957) who begins to diminish in size after exposure to radiation. Meteorite fragments absorb water from everything around them (including people), creating "The Monolith Monsters" (1957). An expedition to Antarctica finds a prehistoric world, in "The Land Unknown" (1957). Earthquakes release a giant prehistoric insect from suspended animation, in "The Deadly Mantis" (1957). A college biology instructor is transformed into a Neanderthal man, in "Monster on the Campus" (1958). A native African ritual turn s a scientist's wife into "The Leech Woman" (1960). 13 hrs. total on six discs. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; theatrical trailers.
Myra Breckinridge [DVD](1970) DVD
Want to see Raquel Welch and Rex Reed as the female and male selves of an angry young transsexual? Want to see Mae West, in her first film in 27 years, as a sex-crazed talent agent? Want to see cameos by two unknowns named Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett? Then see this wild, racy satire, based on the outrageous best-seller by Gore Vidal. Co-stars John Huston, Roger C. Carmel, Jim Backus, John Carradine. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary by Welch; documentary; theatrical trailers; more.

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filmography

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FILM
Myra Breckinridge (1970) with Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed, Farrah Fawcett, Jim Backus, John Carradine, Andy Devine, and Grady Sutton
Slim Carter (1957) with Jock Mahoney, Julie Adams, Barbara Hale, Bill Williams, and Joanna Moore
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) with Joan Taylor
The Deadly Mantis (1957) with Craig Stevens and Alix Talton
The Bad Seed (1956) with Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, and Eileen Heckart
The First Texan (1956) with Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Jody McCrea, and Chubby Johnson
Good-bye, My Lady (1956) with Walter Brennan, Brandon De Wilde, Phil Harris, Sidney Poitier, and Louise Beavers
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) with James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Rochelle Hudson, Dennis Hopper, and Edward Platt
One Desire (1955) with Anne Baxter, Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Carl Benton Reid, and Natalie Wood
Robbers' Roost (1955) with George Montgomery, Richard Boone, Bruce Bennett, Peter Graves, and Warren Stevens
Conquest of Space (1955) with Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Mickey Shaughnessy, Benson Fong, and Ross Martin
Track of the Cat (1954) with Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, and Beulah Bondi
This Is My Love (1954) with Linda Darnell, Dan Duryea, Faith Domergue, and Jerry Mathers
Sitting Bull (1954) with Dale Robertson, J. Carrol Naish, John Litel, and Iron Eyes Cody
The High and the Mighty (1954) with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris, David Brian, John Howard, and William Campbell
Murder on the Waterfront (1943) with Warren Douglas
Larceny, Inc. (1942) with Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, Jack Carson, and Anthony Quinn
Lady Gangster (1942) with Faye Emerson and Frank Wilcox
The Body Disappears (1941) with Jeffrey Lynn, Jane Wyman, Edward Everett Horton, Craig Stevens, David Bruce, and Willie Best
Bullets for O'Hara (1941) with Joan Perry, Roger Pryor, Anthony Quinn, and Dick Purcell
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) with James Cagney, Bette Davis, Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, and Jack Carson
Here Comes Happiness (1941)
Gambling On the High Seas (1940) with Wayne Morris, Jane Wyman, Gilbert Roland, and George Reeves
Flight from Destiny (1940) with Geraldine Fitzgerald and David Bruce
Ladies Must Live (1940) with Wayne Morris and George Reeves
Flight Angels (1940) with Virginia Bruce, Dennis Morgan, Wayne Morris, Ralph Bellamy, and Jane Wyman
Tear Gas Squad (1940) with Dennis Morgan, John Payne, and George Reeves
Castle on the Hudson (1940) with John Garfield, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien, and Burgess Meredith
The Fighting 69th (1940) with James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and George Brent
The Return of Doctor X (1939) with Wayne Morris, Humphrey Bogart, Dennis Morgan, and Huntz Hall
Pride of the Bluegrass (1939)
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939) with Bonita Granville
The Old Maid (1939) with Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, and George Brent
Cowboy Quarterback (1939) with Bert Wheeler, Marie Wilson, and William Demarest
Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939) with Bonita Granville
Mystery House (1938) with Dick Purcell, Ann Sheridan, and Anne Nagel
Daredevil Drivers (1938) with Dick Purcell
The Adventurous Blonde (1937) wiht Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, and Anne Nagel
The Footloose Heiress (1937) with Craig Reynolds, Ann Sheridan, and Anne Nagel
Over the Goal (1937) with June Travis, Herbert Rawlinson, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, and Hattie McDaniel
Love Is On the Air (1937) with Ronald Reagan, June Travis, and Dickie Jones
Join the Marines (1937) with Paul Kelly, June Travis, Reginald Denny, Ray 'Crash' Corrigan, Sterling Holloway, and Carleton Young
Public Wedding (1937) with Jane Wyman, Dick Purcell, Marie Wilson, and Veda Ann Borg
The Accusing Finger (1936) with Paul Kelly, Marsha Hunt, Kent Taylor, and Robert Cummings
The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936) with Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, and Ray Milland

TELEVISION SERIES
The Restless Gun, 1957-1959 NBC (later ABC) TV series. Hopper portrayed Don Maler. Also starring in the series was John Payne
Perry Mason, 1957-1966 CBS TV series. Hopper portrayed Paul Drake. Also starring in the series were Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale

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