Debra Paget (born August 19, 1933) is an American actress and entertainer who made a name for herself in the 1950s and early-1960s in a variety of feature films including Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments and Love Me Tender, the film début of Elvis Presley.
Debra Paget was born in Denver, Colorado to show-business parents. Her birth name was Debralee Griffin; she later took the stage name of Paget from two of her ancestors, Lord and Lady Paget of England. The family moved from Denver to Los Angeles in the 1930s to be close to the developing film industry. Her mother, actress Margaret Griffin, was determined that Debra and her siblings would also make their careers in show business. This ambition was realized: Paget's sisters Judith ("Teala Loring") and Lezlie ("Lisa Gaye"), and her brother Frank ("Ruell Shayne") all entered the business as either cast or crew.
Paget had her first professional job at age 8, and acquired some stage experience at 13 when she acted in a 1946...
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The Haunted Palace is a 1963 horror film directed by Roger Corman and featuring Vincent Price. Named after the poem by Edgar Allan Poe it actually derived its plot from a novella by H.P. Lovecraft named The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. It featured an impressive cast that also included Lon Chaney Jr. and Debra Paget. It is also noted for having a remarkable score by Ronald Stein.
The film starts on a dark, foggy night in 1765. The villagers in the New England town of Arkham, are suspicious of the strange goings-on up in the manor overlooking the village. They suspect its inhabitant, Joseph Curwen (Price), of being a warlock. After one of the girls in the village disappears, the terrified townsmen, torches raised, storm the castle and confront its mysterious owner. Convinced the girl has been bewitched, they tie Joseph to a tree outside his manor and burn him alive. Before dying, however, Joseph puts a curse on the men there and on the whole town of Arkham, saying he will rise from the...,
Love Me Tender is an American motion picture directed by Robert D. Webb, released by 20th Century Fox on November 15, 1956. The film stars Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Elvis Presley. It is Presley's movie debut, in the Western genre with musical numbers, filmed in black and white.
In the film, Presley plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the American Civil War for the Confederate Army. The family is mistakenly informed that one of the brothers, Vance, has been killed on the battlefield. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend, Cathy, has married Clint. The family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. As a Confederate soldier, Vance is involved in a train robbery, in which he steals Federal Government money. A conflict of interest ensues when Vance tries to return the money against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates.
The film reaches its tragic conclusion with a...,
The Ten Commandments is a 1956 motion picture dramatizing the Biblical story of Moses, an Egyptian prince-turned deliverer of the Hebrew slaves. It was released by Paramount Pictures in VistaVision on October 5, 1956. It was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starred Charlton Heston in the lead role. Co-stars included Yul Brynner as his adoptive brother, Rameses, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, John Derek as Joshua, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, Yvonne De Carlo as Sephora, Vincent Price as Baka, and John Carradine as Aaron. Heston also provided the voice of God uncredited. Charlton Heston's newborn son, Fraser appeared as the infant Moses. According to author Katherine Orrison in the commentary of the DVD versions of The Ten Commandments, DeMille deliberately timed the filming of his scenes when Heston was about three months of age. This, and other stories about the making of the film, were related to her by producer/actor Henry Wilcoxon and his wife, Joan Woodbury. Orrison later wrote...
The Last Hunt is a 1956 MGM western film directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Dore Schary. The screenplay was by Richard Brooks from a novel by Milton Lott. The music score was by Daniele Amfitheatrof and the cinematography by Russell Harlan.
The film stars Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger with Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget and Russ Tamblyn.
The film was shot at the Badlands National Park and Custer State Park in South Dakota during the then-annual "thinning" of the buffalo herd. Actual footage of buffalo being shot and killed (by government marksmen) was used for the film. Brooks adapted the Milton Lott novel of the same name for the screenplay. The film was the first of only three westerns directed by Brooks, and was his first film following the critically acclaimed Blackboard Jungle (1955).
Sandy McKenzie (Stewart Granger) sets out on his last hunt with his long-time partner, the obsessive Charles Gilson (Robert Taylor). While McKenzie has grown tired of buffalo hunting, Gilson...,
Demetrius and the Gladiators is a 1954 sword and sandal drama film and a sequel to The Robe. It was made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Frank Ross. The screenplay was by Philip Dunne based on characters created by Lloyd C. Douglas in The Robe .
It starred Victor Mature as Demetrius, a Christian slave made to fight in the Roman arena as a gladiator, and Susan Hayward as Messalina. The cast also included Ernest Borgnine, William Marshall, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget and a young Anne Bancroft in one of her earlier roles. The film is in color and in Cinemascope, with an English language stereo sound track, and runs for 101 minutes.
The movie begins with a clip from the previous film, showing its central characters Marcellus and Diana going to be martyred for their Christian beliefs on the order of the Emperor Caligula. Before being executed, Diana hands the robe to a bystander, telling him that it is for the fisherman, meaning Peter, who was a fisherman...,
Les Misérables is a 1952 film adaptation of the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and featured Michael Rennie as Jean Valjean, Robert Newton as Javert, Sylvia Sidney as Fantine, Debra Paget as Cosette, Edmund Gwenn as the bishop, Cameron Mitchell as Marius, Elsa Lanchester as Madame Magloire and James Robertson Justice as Robert (Fauchlevent)....,
Broken Arrow is a western film released in 1950. It was directed by Delmer Daves and starred James Stewart and Jeff Chandler. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, and won a Golden Globe award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding. It made history as the first major Western since the Second World War to side with the Indians.
The main characters are Cochise (Jeff Chandler) and Tom Jeffords (James Stewart). The film is based on the actions of these historical figures, but tells their story in dramatized form. Jeffords is responsible for mail delivery in the Arizona Territory in 1862. When Apache raiding parties shoot up some of his mail couriers, he rides alone to the camp of Cochise to parley for their safe passage. This act of bravery so impresses the chief that he becomes friend and blood brother to Jeffords. Their friendship is instrumental in ending the decade-long Apache war.
Apache chief Geronimo, a major figure in the historical events but a minor...,
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