Phil Karlson (July 2, 1908, Chicago, Illinois – December 12, 1985, Los Angeles, California was a film director known for his no-nonsense film noirs. Karlson directed 99 River Street,Kansas City Confidential and Hell’s Island all with actor John Payne in the early 1950s. Other films include Rocky (1948), The Phenix City Story (1955), 5 Against the House (1955) and The Young Doctors (1961).
Phil Karlson was the son of popular Irish actress Lillian O’Brien.
He studied painting at Chicago’s Art Institute, and law, at his father’s request, at Loyola Marymount University in California.
Karlson got into the film industry working as a prop man while a law student. After working a number of film jobs, including being an assistant director for a number of Abbott and Costello films, Karlson directed his first film in 1944 and in 1948 directed the first film starring Marilyn Monroe, Ladies of the Chorus. He worked on a number of low-budget projects for Monogram Pictures and… read more