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William Holden


Films to Rent

Golden Boy (1939)
Dir. Rouben Mamoulian
Feat. William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck
William Holden, in his starring debut, plays a gifted youth who trades off a promising career as a musician to make it as a boxer.
Our Town (1940)
Dir. Sam Wood
Feat. Frank Craven, William Holden, Martha Scott
Affectionate study of small–town American life, set in New Hampshire over a twelve year period. Frank Craven narrates our tour of the community…
ArizonaArizona (1940)
Dir. Wesley Ruggles
Feat. Jean Arthur, William Holden, Warren William
Epic frontier Western set in Tuscon, Arizona in early 1860's, where an independent, tough–as–nails pioneer woman aspires to be a cattle…
Rachel and the StrangerRachel and the Stranger (1948)
Dir. Norman Foster
Feat. William Holden, Loretta Young, Robert Mitchum
Western 'rom–com' with husband William Holden and 'stranger' Robert Mitchum competing for the affections of Loretta Young ('Rachel') towards…
Streets of LaredoStreets of Laredo (1949)
Dir. Leslie Fenton
Feat. William Holden, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman
Middling western with Holden as an outlaw who separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit…
Man from Colorado, TheMan from Colorado, The (1949)
Dir. Henry Levin
Feat. Glenn Ford, William Holden, Ellen Drew
Gritty technicolor psycho–drama set during the American Civil War starring Glenn Ford as a Union officer who becomes addicted to killing.
Born YesterdayBorn Yesterday (1950) Recommended
Dir. George Cukor
Feat. Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden
Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her role as the 'dumb' blonde mistress of a ruthless tycoon who takes up English lessons, falls for her teacher, then…
Sunset BoulevardSunset Boulevard (1950) Aro Favourite
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim
Faded screen vamp Gloria Swanson and screenwriter William Holden exploit each other mercilessly in this searing dissection of Hollywood decadence,…
Stalag 17Stalag 17 (1952) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger
Sophisticated WW2 film in which comedy and suspense make uneasy but fascinating bedfellows. William Holden leads imprisoned American G.Is who plan…
Moon is Blue, TheMoon is Blue, The (1953)
Dir. Otto Preminger
Feat. William Holden, Maggie McNamara, David Niven
Bright, bristling romantic comedy centered on the courtship of a blithe and carefree commercials actress (McNamara) by the smooth–as–silk…
Bridges at Toko-Ri, TheBridges at Toko-Ri, The (1954)
Dir. Mark Robson
Feat. William Holden, Grace Kelly
Ace pilot William Holden is out to destroy the 'impossible' target in this excellent Korean War thriller.
Country Girl, TheCountry Girl, The (1954)
Dir. George Seaton
Feat. Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden
Bing Crosby sobers up to play an alcoholic has–been actor aided to make a comeback by wife Grace Kelly and pal William Holden.
SabrinaSabrina (1954)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden
Cinderella–ish comic yarn with a dream cast and director. Audrey Hepburn plays a humble chauffeur's daughter who wins the affections of noble…
Love is a Many-Splendoured ThingLove is a Many-Splendoured Thing (1955)
Dir. Henry King
Feat. William Holden, Jennifer Jones
Romantic splendour set in Hong Kong at the time of the Korean war about a married US war correspondent who embarks on a forbidden love affair.
PicnicPicnic (1955)
Dir. Joshua Logan
Feat. Kim Novak, Cliff Robertson, William Holden
Epitome of the 50s smalltown melodrama has the sultry Kim Novak relieved of boyfriend Cliff Robertson and the general Mid–West tedium, by…
Bridge on the River KwaiBridge on the River Kwai (1957) Recommended
Dir. David Lean
Feat. William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
Another rousing, grand scale production from director Lean, about a group of British POW's employed by the Japanese to build a bridge, while their…
Key, TheKey, The (1958)
Dir. Carol Reed
Feat. William Holden, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard
Captivating WW2 drama set around a Londonite lady (played with restrained elegance by Sophia Loren) whose liaisons with war sea captains over the…
Horse Soldiers, TheHorse Soldiers, The (1959)
Dir. John Ford
Feat. John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers
Set around a Yankee incursion into Rebel territory during the American Civil War, this rates about average against Dir. Ford's other action films. …
World of Suzie Wong, TheWorld of Suzie Wong, The (1960)
Dir. Richard Quine
Feat. William Holden, Nancy Kwan
Aspiring artist William Holden courts the Chinese prostitute of the title (Nancy Kwan) in 1950s Hong Kong. Lukewarm dramatically, but with some…
Paris When it SizzlesParis When it Sizzles (1964)
Dir. Richard Quine
Feat. William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Sir Noel Coward
Paris simmers in this minor comedy about a group of movie–writers acting out their ideas of the streets of the French capital, with a good cast…
Alvarez KellyAlvarez Kelly (1966)
Dir. Edward Dmytryk
Feat. William Holden, Richard Widmark
Set during the American Civil War, this violent western concerns a running feud between the leads over cattle–rustling activities.
Devil's Brigade, TheDevil's Brigade, The (1968)
Dir. Andrew V. McLaglen
Feat. William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards
Efficient actioner with an American colonel tasked with creating a special forces unit from Canadian troops and a ragtag group of American misfits.
Wild Bunch, TheWild Bunch, The (1969) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sam Peckinpah
Feat. William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
Sam Peckinpah's uncompromising Western bloodbath with William Holden and Ernest Borgnine leading the famous band of unruly marauders. Astonishing in…
Wild RoversWild Rovers (1971)
Dir. Blake Edwards
Feat. William Holden, Ryan O'Neal, Karl Malden
Saddle–sore cowpunchers William Holden and Ryan O'Neal safeguard their retirement by bank robbery, then head for the Mexican border.…
BreezyBreezy (1973)
Dir. Clint Eastwood
Feat. William Holden, Kay Lenz
Early, overlooked love affair from screen hard man Clint Eastwood, directing elder statesman William Holden as an aging recent divorcee who strikes…
Towering Inferno, TheTowering Inferno, The (1974)
Dir. Irwin Allen, John Guillermin
Feat. Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Faye Dunaway
Sensational adventure epic that spawned numerous films about man's futility against Mother Nature.¬†McQueen takes the hose ahead of a cream of famous…
NetworkNetwork (1976) Aro Favourite
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Feat. Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway
Explosive drama about an ailing TV station desperate to improve their ratings. Peter Finch won the Best Actor Oscar post–humously as the…
21 Hours at Munich21 Hours at Munich (1976)
Dir. William A. Graham
Feat. William Holden, Shirley Knight, Franco Nero
Teledrama depiction of the infamous events at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where the terrorist group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes…
Damien: The Omen IIDamien: The Omen II (Omen 2) (1978) Recommended
Dir. Don Taylor
Feat. Jonathan Scott-Taylor, William Holden, Lee Grant
Effective continuation of the story with Damien (chillingly understated by Jonathan Scott–Taylor) now grappling with teenage problems on top of…
FedoraFedora (1978) Recommended
Dir. Billy Wilder
Feat. William Holden, Marthe Keller, Jose Ferrer
Fascinating later work from dir. Wilder, in which an impoverished film producer travels to the Greek islands to track down an elusive European star…

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