A Chronology of Lana Turner Movie Posters 1938-1966.
Lana Turner (1921-1995) was born 'Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner' in Wallace, Idaho.
As a young actress she was nicknamed 'The Sweater Girl'.
Lana was Oscar nominated once, for Peyton Place (1957).
Her ancestry was a mixture of Scottish, Irish, English and Dutch.
None of her seven marriages lasted more than 5 years, she was married to Tarzan actor Lex Barker from 1953 to 1957.
It was her relationship with gangster Johnny Stompanato which made headline news the world over. On 4th of April 1958 Lana Turner's 14 year old daughter Cheryl heard shouting and screaming coming from Lana's bedroom, she witnessed Stompanato savagely beating her mother. Grabbing a carving knife from the kitchen Cheryl fatally stabbed Stompanato, it was ruled as justifiable homicide, she was protecting her mother. The case became a media sensation.
One of Hollywood's most famous and most beautiful actresses, Lana Turner has starred in 40 movies this hub showcases poster art from 22 of them.
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) Directed by George B. Seitz. 91mins.
Mickey Rooney - Andy Hardy
Judy Garland - Betsy Booth
Lana Turner - Cynthia Potter
Also starring Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford and Cecilia Parker.
The 4th of 16 Andy Hardy films starring Mickey Rooney.
Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2000.
Tagline - Another Story of Judge Hardy's Family
IMDB rating 6.7
Ziegfeld Girl (1941) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard & Busby Berkeley. 132mins.
James Stewart - Gilbert Young
Judy Garland - Susan Gallagher
Hedy Lamarr - Sandra Kolter
Lana Turner - Sheila Regan
Also starring Tony Martin, Ian Hunter, Charles Winninger and Jackie Cooper.
Originally meant to be a follow up film to The Great Ziegfield which won the Best Picture Oscar in 1936.
In the original cut Lana Turner's character was shown to die at the end but preview audiences reacted negatively and the scene was removed.
IMDB rating 6.7
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) Directed by Victor Fleming. 113mins.
Spencer Tracy - Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Ingrid Bergman - Ivy Peterson
Lana Turner - Beatrix Emery
Also starring Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter and Barton MacLane.
Big-budget MGM horror movie based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", first published in 1886.
Critics complained that Spencer Tracy wasn't frightening as Mr. Hyde and the film was not a success at the box office. But there is still much to enjoy and admire in the movie and it is this writer's favourite of the various Dr. Jekyll film adaptations.
Robert Donat was one of the actors considered for the lead role.
Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Music Score (Franz Waxman).
IMDB rating 6.8
Honky Tonk (1941) Directed by Jack Conway. 105mins.
Clark Gable - 'Candy' Johnson
Lana Turner - Elizabeth Cotton
Also starring Frank Morgan, Claire Trevor, Marjorie Main and Albert Dekker.
The first of four films pairing Clark Gable with Lana Turner.
Tagline - A romantic dream come true. Gable! Turner! Together they give life a new lease on love!
IMDB rating 6.5
Johnny Eager (1941) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. 107mins.
Robert Taylor - Johnny Eager
Lana Turner - Lisbeth Bard
Also starring Edward Arnold, Van Heflin, Robert Sterling and Glenda Farrell.
Crime drama based on a story by James Edward Grant.
Scenes from the film became part of the plot of Steve Martin's 1982 comedy Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid.
Tagline - TNT - Taylor 'n Turner - Together They're Terrific!
IMDB rating 7.0
Slightly Dangerous (1943) Directed by Wesley Ruggles. 94mins.
Lana Turner - Peggy Evans
Robert Young - Bob Stuart
Also starring Walter Brennan, Dame May Whitty, Eugene Pallette and Alan Mowbray.
Romantic comedy.based on a story by Ian McLellan Hunter and Aileen Hamilton.
Titles considered for the film include Careless and Nothing Ventured.
Buster Keaton worked uncredited on the movie.
IMDB rating 6.4
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. 130mins.
Ginger Rogers - Irene Malvern
Lana Turner - Bunny Smith
Walter Pidgeon - Chip Collyer
Van Johnson - Capt. James Hollis
Also starring Edward Arnold, Keenan Wynn and Robert Benchley.
Comedy loosely based on the novel "Grand Hotel" by Vicki Baum, published in 1929 and first filmed as Grand Hotel in 1932.
The 7th biggest hit of 1945.
Tagline - When strangers meet and love -- things are bound to happen!
IMDB rating 6.5
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) Directed by Tay Garnett. 113mins.
Lana Turner - Cora Smith
John Garfield - Frank Chambers
Also starring Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Leon Ames and Audrey Totter.
Based on the novel by James M. Cain, published in 1934.
The Postman Always Rings Twice was a sensation in it's time, the movie was the prototype of the modern erotic thriller.
The novel had been filmed twice before in France and Italy.
The film shocked audiences when it looked like Garfield was using his tongue in one of the kissing scenes, oh the humanity!
The title of the film has no bearing on the plot at all, there is no postman and one is never mentioned.
Remade in 1981, starring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange, directed by Bob Rafelson.
Tagline - Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed!
IMDB rating 7.5
Green Dolphin Street (1947) Directed by Victor Saville. 141mins.
Lana Turner - Marianne Patourel
Van Heflin - Timothy Haslam
Donna Reed - Marguerite Patourel
Also starring Richard Hart, Frank Morgan, Edmund Gwenn and Dame May Whitty.
Spectacular drama based on the novel by Elizabeth Goudge, published in 1944.
With a title like 'Green Dolphin Street' you would never expect the film to include impressive scenes of earthquakes, tidal waves and natives on the warpath.
The earthquake sequence cost $500,000 to create, a lot of money at that time.
Katharine Hepburn was considered for the lead role.
Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 1 - Best Special Effects.
Tagline - A fiery girl who dares the dangers of the sea and a savage land... fighting for the love of a bold adventurer!
IMDB rating 6.7
Homecoming (1948) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. 113mins.
Clark Gable - Col. Ulysses Johnson
Lana Turner - Lt. Jane 'Snapshot' McCall
Anne Baxter - Penny Johnson
John Hodiak - Dr. Robert Sunday
Also starring Ray Collins, Gladys Cooper and Cameron Mitchell.
Romantic drama based on the story "The Homecoming of Ulysses" by Sidney Kingsley.
Gable and Turner reprised their roles for a 30min radio broadcast of the story in 1949.
IMDB rating 6.5
The Three Musketeers (1948) Directed by George Sidney. 125mins.
Lana Turner - Lady de Winter
Gene Kelly - D'Artagnan
Van Heflin - Athos
Gig Young - Porthos
Robert Coote - Aramis
Also starring June Allyson, Angela Lansbury, Frank Morgan and Vincent Price.
Historical adventure based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas, first published in 1844.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr was considered for the role of D'Artagnan. His father played the role in the 1921 version.
Gene Kelly might seem an odd choice but for many the action highlight of this film is seeing the acrobatic Kelly swordfighting Richelieu's men.
Lana Turner is at her most beautiful as the villainous Lady de Winter.
One of MGM's biggest hits of the 1940s.
Filmed in glorious Technicolor.
Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.
IMDB rating 7.1
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 118mins.
Lana Turner - Georgia Lorrison
Kirk Douglas - Jonathan Shields
Walter Pidgeon - Harry Pebbel
Dick Powell - James Lee Bartlow
Also starring Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland and Leo G. Carroll.
Based on the story "Tribute to a Badman" by George Bradshaw.
Clark Gable was considered for the role of Jonathan Shields but he turned it down.
Nominated for 6 Oscars winning 5 including Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Grahame)
Tagline - I took you out of the gutter . . . I can fling you back!
IMDB rating 7.8
Betrayed (1954) Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt. 108mins.
Clark Gable - Col. Pieter Deventer
Lana Turner - Carla Van Oven
Victor Mature - 'The Scarf'
Also starring Louis Calhern, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Ian Carmichael.
WWII spy thriller.
Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Richard Widmark were first considered for the leads.
Tagline - The secret three meet...one is the betrayer and two the betrayed!
IMDB rating 5.8
The Prodigal (1955) Directed by Richard Thorpe. 112mins.
Lana Turner - Samarra
Edmund Purdom - Micah
Also starring Louis Calhern, Audrey Dalton, James Mitchell, Neville Brand and Joseph Wiseman.
One of a bunch of big bad biblical epics made in the mid-50's that were critically derided box office duds but have since gone on to gain a cult following. See also -The Egyptian, Land of the Pharaohs, Salome and The Silver Chalice.
Tagline - Two Years in the Making!... A Fortune to Produce!
IMDB rating 5.1
The Sea Chase (1955) Directed by John Farrow. 117mins.
John Wayne - Capt. Karl Ehrlich
Lana Turner - Elsa Keller
Also starring David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter and James Arness.
WWII drama based on a novel by Andrew Greer.
John Wayne plays a German sea captain (!) anti-Nazi of course.
Filmed in Australia and Hawaii.
Tagline - He was a skipper sworn never to be taken! She was the fuse of his floating time-bomb!
IMDB rating 6.2
The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) Directed by Jean Negulesco. 104mins.
Lana Turner - Lady Edwina Esketh
Richard Burton - Dr. Rama Safti
Fred MacMurray - Tom Ransome
Also starring Michael Rennie, Joan Caulfield and Eugenie Leontovich.
Romantic drama based on the novel The Rains Came by Louis Bromfield, published in 1937 and first filmed under that title in 1939, starring Tyrone Power and Myrna Loy.
Oscar nomination for Special Effects
Tagline - Theirs was the great sin that even the great rains could not wash away!
IMDB rating 5.7
Diane (1956) Directed by David Miller. 110mins.
Lana Turner - Diane de Poitiers
Pedro Armendáriz - King Francis I
Roger Moore - Prince Henri
Also starring Marisa Pavan, Cedric Hardwicke and Torin Thatcher.
Historical drama based on a story by John Erskine.
Set in 16th century France.
Yes that's young Roger '007' Moore in his first big Hollywood film role.
Tagline - Lana Turner dares the devil in... Diane
IMDB rating 5.7
Peyton Place (1957) Directed by Mark Robson. 157mins.
Lana Turner - Constance MacKenzie
Also starring Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn, Terry Moore and Hope Lange.
Drama based on the novel by Grace Metalious, which was published in 1956 and was on the New York Times best-seller list for 59 weeks.
The movie was one of the biggest hits of the year.
Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Lana Turner)
Tagline - Peyton Place will never forget what they went thru...and neither will you!
A sequel 'Return to Peyton Place' was out in 1961 and a TV series 'Peyton Place' followed in 1964, starring Dorothy Malone.
IMDB rating 7.1
Imitation of Life (1959) Directed by Douglas Sirk. 125mins.
Lana Turner - Lora Meredith
John Gavin - Steve Archer
Also starring Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda and Juanita Moore.
Romantic drama based on the novel by Fannie Hurst, published in 1933 and first filmed in 1934.
Natalie Wood was considered for the Susan Kohner role.
Universal studios top grossing film of the year.
Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actresses (Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore).
Tagline - This fine emotional drama dares to uncover the unashamed yearnings of today's generation.
IMDB rating 7.7
Bachelor in Paradise (1961) Directed by Jack Arnold. 109mins.
Bob Hope - Adam J. Niles
Lana Turner - Rosemary Howard
Also starring Janis Paige, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss and Agnes Moorehead.
Romantic comedy based on a novel by Vespa Caspary.
Music by Henry Mancini.
Oscar nomination for Best Song ("Bachelor in Paradise")
Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor Comedy / Musical (Bob Hope)
Tagline - He's the world's greatest authority on love... and she has a few ideas of her own!
IMDB rating 6.0
Who's Got the Action? (1962) Directed by Daniel Mann. 93mins.
Dean Martin - Steve Flood
Lana Turner - Melanie Flood
Also starring Eddie Albert, Walter Matthau, Paul Ford and Nita Talbot.
Comedy based on the novel "Four Horse Players Are Missing" by Alexander Rose, published in 1960.
Tagline - The most riotous bedtime story in years!
IMDB rating 5.7
Madame X (1966) Directed by David Lowell Rich. 100mins.
Lana Turner - Holly Parker
John Forsythe - Clayton Anderson
Ricardo Montalban - Phil Benton
Also starring Burgess Meredith, Constance Bennett and Warren Stevens.
Drama based on a 1908 play by French playwright Alexandre Bisson.
Tagline - Brought to life with all it's sex and drama!
IMDB rating 6.7