Directors: Ray, Nicholas–Filmography

Directors: Nicholas Ray-Filmography

Films (director)

1949: They Live by Night, RKO Pictures, Cathy O’Donnell, Farley Granger, Howard Da Silva

1949 Knock on Any Door, Santana Productions, Humphrey Bogart, John Derek

1949: A Woman’s Secret, RKO Pictures, Maureen O’Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame

1950: In a Lonely Place, Santana Productions, Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame

1950 Born to Be Bad RKO Pictures Joan Fontaine, Robert Ryan

1951 Flying Leathernecks, RKO Pictures, John Wayne, Robert Ryan Technicolor

1951 On Dangerous Ground RKO Pictures, Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino has been said to have directed some scenes when Ray was ill. Eisenschitz found no evidence in RKO production files, though at the time she did direct Ray in a screen test for her upcoming production, released in 1951 as Hard, Fast, and Beautiful.

1952 The Lusty Men, Wald-Krasna Productions, Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward

Robert Parrish, who was originally assigned to the film, was called in to direct some scenes when Ray fell ill, after reacting to treatment for foot wound.

1954: Johnny Guitar, Republic Pictures, Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Trucolor

1955: Run for Cover Pine-Thomas Productions, James Cagney, John Derek, Technicolor, VistaVision

1955 Rebel Without a Cause Warner Bros. James Dean / Natalie Wood / Sal Mineo Warnercolor, CinemaScope

1956 Hot Blood Columbia Pictures, Jane Russell, Cornel Wilde Technicolor, CinemaScope

1956: Bigger Than Life, 20th Century Fox, James Mason, Barbara Rush De Luxe Color, CinemaScope

1957 The True Story of Jesse James, 20th Century Fox, Robert Wagner, Hope Lange, Jeffrey Hunter De Luxe Color, CinemaScope

1957: Amère victoire
Bitter Victory Laffont Productions, Transcontinental Films, Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens CinemaScope

1958: Wind Across the Everglades Schulberg Productions, Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer Fired during filming / Technicolor

1958 Party Girl, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Euterpe, Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Metrocolor, CinemaScope

1960: The Savage Innocents Gray Film-Pathé, Joseph Janni-Appia Films, Magic Film Anthony Quinn, Peter O’Toole Technicolor, Super-Technirama 70

1961: King of Kings, Samuel Bronston Productions, Jeffrey Hunter, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan, Technicolor, Super-Technirama 70

1963: 55 Days at Peking, Samuel Bronston Productions, Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven; Dismissed from production before completion; Technicolor, Super-Technirama 70

1973: We Can’t Go Home Again Experimental film; rough cut premiered in 1973, final version premiered in 2006

1974: Wet Dreams, Segment “The Janitor”

1978 Marco Short film

1980: Lightning Over Water, Part-documentary, Eastmancolor film; co-directed with Wim Wenders

Other work

1949 Roseanna McCoy Samuel Goldwyn Co. Farley Granger / Joan Evans Irving Reis received credit even though he was replaced by Ray two months into filming
1951 The Racket RKO Pictures Robert Mitchum / Robert Ryan Directed some scenes
1952 Macao RKO Pictures Robert Mitchum / Jane Russell / William Bendix Took over from Josef von Sternberg after he was fired during filming
1952 Androcles and the Lion RKO Pictures Jean Simmons / Victor Mature Directed an extra scene after filming that was not used

Filmography (actor)

1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Bakery Clerk uncredited
1955 Rebel Without a Cause Planetarium employee, seen in last shot, under end titles uncredited
1963 55 Days at Peking US Ambassador uncredited
1973 We Can’t Go Home Again Nick Ray
1974 Wet Dreams The Janitor segment “The Janitor”
1977 The American Friend Derwatt
1979 Hair The General