Robert Taylor - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 96

Billy the Kid (1941) Publicity still
Billy the Kid (1941) Publicity still


A Chronology of Robert Taylor Movie Posters 1935-1967.

Robert Taylor was born 'Spangler Arlington Brugh' in Filley, Nebraska on August 5th, 1911.

He was married to actress Barbara Stanwyck from 1939 to 1952.

Robert Taylor was a popular movie star equally at ease playing heroes in westerns, war movies and historical epics.

His hobbies were fishing and flying his twin-engine Beechcraft.

His contract with MGM lasted 24 years from 1934 to 1958, a record for the studio.

Ronald Reagan was one of Taylor's closest friends but he didn't live long enough to see Reagan become U.S. President. Taylor died of lung cancer in 1969.

One of Hollywoods most charismatic actors, Robert Taylor appeared in 70 movies, this hub showcases poster art from 30 of those films.

Magnificent Obsession (1935)
Magnificent Obsession (1935)

Magnificent Obsession (1935) Directed by John M. Stahl. 112mins.

Irene Dunne - Helen Hudson
Robert Taylor - Robert Merrick

Also starring Charles Butterworth, Betty Furness, Sara Haden and Ralph Morgan.

Drama based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, published in 1929.

The film made Robert Taylor a star.

Remade in 1954 with Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman.

Tagline - Hate turned into love.

IMDB rating 6.8

Camille (1936)
Camille (1936)


Camille (1936) Directed by George Cukor. 109mins.

Greta Garbo - Marguerite
Robert Taylor - Armand

Also starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Jessie Ralph and Henry Daniell.

Romance based on the novel "The Lady of the Camellias" by Alexandre Dumas, first published in 1848.

Oscar Nomination for Best Actress (Greta Garbo)

IMDB rating 7.4

This is My Affair (1937)
This is My Affair (1937)

This is My Affair (1937) Directed by William A. Seiter. 100mins.

Robert Taylor - Richard Perry
Barbara Stanwyck - Lil Duryea

Also starring Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine and Douglas Fowley.

Crime Drama.

Taylor and Stanwyck were romantically involved during filming and were married two years after the film was released.

IMDB rating 6.7

Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) Directed by Roy Del Ruth. 110mins.

Robert Taylor - Steve Raleigh
Eleanor Powell - Sally Lee

Also starring George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Buddy Ebsen and Judy Garland.

The third of the "Broadway Melody" series of musicals which started with The Broadway Melody (1929), followed by Broadway Melody of 1936, and the last, Broadway Melody of 1940.

This is the one where Judy Garland sings "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" to a photo of Clark Gable.

IMDB rating 6.7

A Yank at Oxford (1938)
A Yank at Oxford (1938)

A Yank at Oxford (1938) Directed by Jack Conway. 102mins.

Robert Taylor - Lee Sheridan
Maureen O'Sullivan - Molly Beaumont
Lionel Barrymore - Dan Sheridan
Vivien Leigh - Elsa Craddock

Also starring Edmund Gwenn, Griffith Jones and Robert Coote.

Filmed in England.

At one point in the film the character played by Robert Taylor is asked what he is reading and he replies "I'm halfway through Gone With The Wind", Taylor's co-star Vivien Leigh would later be picked to play Scarlett O'Hara in the movie Gone With The Wind (1939).

IMDB rating 6.6

Three Comrades (1938)
Three Comrades (1938)

Three Comrades (1938) Directed by Frank Borzage. 98mins.

Robert Taylor - Erich Lohkamp
Margaret Sullavan - Patricia Hollmann
Franchot Tone - Otto Koster
Robert Young - Gottfried Lenz

Also starring Guy Kibbee, Lionel Atwill and Henry Hull.

Drama set in Germany after the First World War.

Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, published in 1936. Remarque is best known as the author of All Quiet on the Western Front.

IMDB rating 7.4

Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Waterloo Bridge (1940) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. 108mins.

Vivien Leigh - Myra
Robert Taylor - Roy Cronin

Also starring Lucile Watson, Virginia Field, Maria Ouspenskaya and C. Aubrey Smith.

Romantic drama and a big hit at the box office.

Based on a play by Robert E. Sherwood, first filmed in 1931.

Vivien Leigh has said this was her favourite of her films.

Oscar nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Music (Herbert Stothart).

IMDB rating 7.6

Flight Command (1940)
Flight Command (1940)

Flight Command (1940) Directed by Frank Borzage. 116mins.

Robert Taylor - Ensign Alan Drake
Ruth Hussey - Lorna Gary
Walter Pidgeon - Cmdr. Billy Gary

Also starring Paul Kelly, Shepperd Strudwick and Red Skelton.

Aviation drama set before WWII.

Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.1

Billy the Kid (1941)
Billy the Kid (1941)


Billy the Kid (1941) Directed by David Miller. 94mins.

Robert Taylor - Billy Bonney

Also starring Brian Donlevy, Ian Hunter, Mary Howard, Gene Lockhart and Lon Chaney Jr.

A Technicolor remake of the 1930 film of the same name which was based on the book "The Saga of Billy the Kid" by Walter Noble Burns.

The outlaw William H. Bonney, known as Billy the Kid, was just 21 years old when he was killed in 1881,

Billy the Kid was left-handed so Robert Taylor had to learn to draw his gun with his left hand.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Tagline - Roaring out of the blood-swept pages of history comes the only authentic life story of the Southwest's last outlaw and his colorful career!

IMDB rating 5.7

Johnny Eager (1941)
Johnny Eager (1941)


Johnny Eager (1941) Directed by Mervyn Le Roy. 107mins.

Robert Taylor - Johnny Eager
Lana Turner - Lisbeth Bard

Also starring Edward Arnold, Van Heflin, Robert Sterling and Barry Nelson.

Film noir based on a story by James Edward Grant.

Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor (Van Heflin).

Tagline - I've heard all about you, Johnny Eager . . . but I still want you to kiss me!

IMDB rating 7.0

Stand by for Action (1942)
Stand by for Action (1942)

Stand by for Action (1942) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. 109mins.

Robert Taylor - Lieut. Gregg Masterman
Charles Laughton - Rear Admiral Stephen Thomas
Brian Donlevy - Lieut. Cmdr. Martin J. Roberts

Also starring Walter Brennan, Marilyn Maxwell, Chill Wills and Douglass Dumbrille.

WWII action movie.

Other titles considered for the film include, Clear for Action, Cargo of Innocents and Pacific Task Force.

Oscar nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.4

Bataan (1943)
Bataan (1943)

Bataan (1943) Directed by Tay Garnett. 114mins.

Robert Taylor - Sergeant Bill Dane

Also starring George Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Bowman and Robert Walker.

War movie based on real events - The US army fight the Japanese at Bataan after they invade the Philippines in 1942.

The film featured an African-American soldier which meant the film was not shown in some theaters in the American South. The film studio even received letters of complaint regarding the casting.

Tagline - The story America will never forget!

IMDB rating 6.9

Undercurrent (1949)
Undercurrent (1949)

Undercurrent (1946) Directed by Vincente Minnelli. 116mins.

Katharine Hepburn - Ann Hamilton
Robert Taylor - Alan Garroway
Robert Mitchum - Michael Garroway

Also starring Edmund Gwenn, Marjorie Main and Jayne Meadows.

Film noir based on a story by Thelma Strabe.

Tagline - An irresistible force that draws a man and woman together!

IMDB rating 6.5

The Bribe (1949) Belgian poster
The Bribe (1949) Belgian poster

The Bribe (1949) Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. 98mins.

Robert Taylor - Rigby
Ava Gardner - Elizabeth Hintten
Charles Laughton - J.J. Bealer
Vincent Price - Carwood
John Hodiak - Tug Hintten

Classic film noir based on a novel by Frederick Nebel and set on the fictional Central American island of Carlota.

Footage of the actors from this film along with some of the plot was re-worked into the Steve Martin comedy Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982).

Tagline - 5 Great Stars in a Daring Drama of Love and Adventure !

IMDB rating 6.6

Quo Vadis (1951)
Quo Vadis (1951)
Quo Vadis (1951) French poster
Quo Vadis (1951) French poster

Quo Vadis (1951) Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. 171mins.

Robert Taylor - Marcus Vinicius
Deborah Kerr - Lygia
Leo Genn - Petronius
Peter Ustinov - Nero

Also starring Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie, Abraham Sofaer, Felix Aylmer and Buddy Baer.

Historical Epic based on the novel "Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero" by Henryk Sienkiewicz, first published in 1896.

At a cost of $10m Quo Vadis was MGM's most expensive film at the time and one of the most successful movies of the 1950s.

Originally meant to star Gregory Peck and Elizabeth Taylor with John Huston directing. Claude Rains was considered for Petronius.

Audrey Hepburn and Janet Leigh were considered for roles in the film.

A young Sophia Loren appears briefly as a slave girl during the opening Roman parade.

32,000 costumes were created for the film, which may still be a record.

Narrated by Walter Pidgeon.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actors (Peter Ustinov & Leo Genn), Best Art Direction and Best Music (Miklos Rozsa).

Nominated for 3 Golden Globes winning 2 - Best Supporting Actor (Peter Ustinov) and Best Cinematography.

Tagline - Three Years in the Making! Thousands in the Cast! Filmed in Rome!

IMDB rating 7.1

Above and Beyond (1952)
Above and Beyond (1952)

Above and Beyond (1952) Directed by Melvin Frank & Norman Panama. 122mins.

Robert Taylor - Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets
Eleanor Parker - Lucy Tibbets

Also starring James Whitmore, Larry Keating, Larry Gates and Marilyn Erskine.

Based on real events - Paul Tibbets was the pilot of the Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber which dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945.

Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Music Score (Hugo Friedhofer)

Tagline - The Love Story Behind The Billion Dollar Secret

IMDB rating 6.7

Ivanhoe (1952)
Ivanhoe (1952)
Ivanhoe (1952) French poster
Ivanhoe (1952) French poster

Ivanhoe (1952) Directed by Richard Thorpe. 106mins.

Robert Taylor - Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor - Rebecca
Joan Fontaine - Rowena
George Sanders - De Bois-Guilbert

Also starring Emlyn Williams, Robert Douglas, Finlay Currie, Felix Aylmer and Guy Rolfe as Prince John.

Based on the historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1820.

The first of three MGM epics filmed in England, directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Robert Taylor the other two are Knights of the Round Table and Quentin Durward.

MGM's top grossing film of 1952 and the 4th biggest hit of the year.

Deborah Kerr was considered for the role of Rebecca.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Music Score (Miklos Rozsa).

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

IMDB rating 6.8

Ride, Vaquero (1953)
Ride, Vaquero (1953)


Ride, Vaquero! (1953) Directed by John Farrow. 90mins.

Robert Taylor - Rio
Ava Gardner - Cordelia Cameron
Howard Keel - King Cameron
Anthony Quinn - Jose Esqueda

Also starring Kurt Kasznar, Ted de Corsia and Jack Elam.

Western filmed in Technicolor and set in Texas just after the Civil War.

Tagline - The Outlaw And The Beauty!

IMDB rating 5.9

Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)

Knights of the Round Table (1953) Directed by Richard Thorpe. 115mins.

Robert Taylor - Lancelot
Ava Gardner - Guinevere
Mel Ferrer - King Arthur

Also starring Stanley Baker, Anne Crawford and Felix Aylmer as Merlin.

Historical epic based on the book "Le Morte d'Arthur" by Sir Thomas Malory, first published in 1485.

MGM's first Cinemascope film.

The villain Mordred was originally to be played by George Sanders but he fell ill before filming began and was replaced by Stanley Baker.

Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.2

All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)

All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) Directed by Richard Thorpe. 95mins.

Robert Taylor - Joel Shore
Stewart Granger - Mark Shore
Ann Blyth - Priscilla Holt

Also starring Betta St. John, Keenan Wynn, James Whitmore and Kurt Kasznar.

Seafaring adventure set in 1857 New Bedford, Massachusetts and based on a novel by Ben Ames Williams, published in 1919.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 6.2

Valley of the Kings (1954)
Valley of the Kings (1954)


Valley of the Kings (1954) Directed by Robert Pirosh. 86mins.

Robert Taylor - Mark Brandon
Eleanor Parker - Ann Mercedes

Also starring Carlos Thompson, Kurt Kasznar, Victor Jory and Leon Askin.

Adapted from the non-fiction book "Gods, Graves and Scholars" by C. W. Ceram.

Shot on location at the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor and Cairo.

IMDB rating 5.7

Quentin Durward (1955)
Quentin Durward (1955)


Quentin Durward (1955) Directed by Richard Thorpe. 103mins.

Robert Taylor - Quentin Durward
Kay Kendall - Countess Isabelle

Also starring Robert Morley, George Cole, Alec Clunes and Duncan Lamont.

Based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1823.

Set in France, 1465.

Grace Kelly was considered for the female lead.

IMDB rating 6.2

Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)

Many Rivers to Cross (1955) Directed by Roy Rowland. 94mins.

Robert Taylor - Bushrod Gentry
Eleanor Parker - Mary Stuart Cherne

Also starring Victor McLaglen, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn and James Arness.

Western Comedy.

Tagline - She's the most impatient maiden in the virgin West... but he's not the marrying kind! It's an uproarious adventure!

IMDB rating 6.0

The Last Hunt (1956) French poster
The Last Hunt (1956) French poster

The Last Hunt (1956) Directed by Richard Brooks. 108mins.

Robert Taylor - Charlie Gilson
Stewart Granger - Sandy McKenzie

Also starring Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget, Russ Tamblyn and Constance Ford.

Based on a novel by Milton Lott.

Real buffalo were shot and killed in the film by expert marksmen as part of a scheduled thinning of the herd.

The last scene of the film is an unexpected shocker!

Tagline - See the Stampede of 3000 Angry Buffalo!

IMDB rating 6.9

D-Day the Sixth of June (1957) German poster
D-Day the Sixth of June (1957) German poster
D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)

D-Day the Sixth of June (1956) Directed by Henry Koster. 106mins.

Robert Taylor - Capt. Brad Parker
Dana Wynter - Valerie Russell
Richard Todd - Lt. Col. John Wynter

Also starring Edmond O'Brien, John Williams and Jerry Paris.

Romantic drama set just before the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Based on the novel "The Sixth of June" by Lionel Shapiro, published in 1955.

Jean Simmons was considered for the female lead.

Tagline - The Greatest Love Story of the War!

IMDB rating 6.0

The Law and Jake Wade (1958) French poster
The Law and Jake Wade (1958) French poster

The Law and Jake Wade (1958) Directed by John Sturges. 86mins.

Robert Taylor - Jake Wade
Richard Widmark - Clint Hollister

Also starring Patricia Owens, Robert Middleton, Henry Silva and DeForest Kelley.

Tough underrated western based on a novel by Marvin Albert, published in 1956.

Tagline - Filmed in Color amid the Grandeur of the High Sierras.

IMDB rating 6.7

Party Girl (1958)
Party Girl (1958)
Party Girl (1958) German poster
Party Girl (1958) German poster

Party Girl (1958) Directed by Nicholas Ray. 99mins.

Robert Taylor - Tommy Farrell
Cyd Charisse - Vicki Gaye
Lee J. Cobb - Rico Angelo

Also starring John Ireland, Kent Smith and Claire Kelly.

Gangster drama.

Neo-noir in vivid Metrocolor and stereo sound.

Tagline - In the toughest city in the world... they go to the roughest parties!

IMDB rating 7.2

Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)
Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)


Miracle of the White Stallions (1963) Directed by Arthur Hiller. 93mins (118mins)

Robert Taylor - Col. Podhajsky
Lilli Palmer - Vedena Podhajsky

Also starring Curt Jurgens, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus and John Larch as General George S. Patton.

Set in Austria during WWII.

Based on Alois Podhajsky's book which was based on real events.

Tagline - The Day a War Stood Still.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Night Walker (1964) Italian poster
The Night Walker (1964) Italian poster

The Night Walker (1964) Directed by William Castle. 86mins.

Robert Taylor - Barry Morland
Barbara Stanwyck - Irene Trent

Also starring Judi Meredith, Hayden Rorke and Rochelle Hudson.

Psychological thriller written by Robert Bloch, the author of Psycho.

Barbara Stanwyck's final feature film.

Tagline - So you know you may be driven to deam of sex... of murder... of secret desires you're ashamed to admit when awake?

IMDB rating 6.3

Return of the Gunfighter (1967)
Return of the Gunfighter (1967)

Return of the Gunfighter (1967) Directed by James Neilson. 98mins.

Robert Taylor - Ben Wyatt

Also starring Ana Martín, Chad Everett, Mort Mills, Lyle Bettger and Michael Pate.

Robert Taylor's last good film role as a tired, weary gunfighter who tries to live a peaceful life but when he finds an old friend has been shot dead he goes after the killers.

Tagline - The odds were six to one... but against Ben Wyatt... he still had the edge!

IMDB rating 6.1

Quo Vadis (1951)
Quo Vadis (1951)

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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Okay, right off the bat I learn Taylor was really Spangler Arlington Brugh and he was married to Barbara Stanwyck. Two things I never knew. Spangler? Brugh? Spangler??? I will Google "Spangler" if only to try for the perfect search that nets one hit. Nope. But I couldn't find anyone else with a FIRST name of Spangler.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Almost got shut out until I finally came across The Law and Jake Wade which is the only Robert Taylor movie I have seen that you have listed in your hub....a quick check on IMDB and I see my total number is...drumroll please...2 as I have also seen Saddle in the Wind.

When I was researching Barbara Stanwyck for a hub...I read from numerous sources that their marriage was more for looks than for love...but you never know.

Johnny Eager is one of the few Oscar winning movies(main categories...Best Supporting Actor..Van Heflin) that I have not seen yet....actually it is the only Best Supporting Actor winner that I have not seen....one day I will find it and watch it.

Movies that made my list of movies to watch....Ivanhoe...and Quo Vadis....movies I have heard of but not watched.

Interesting and very educational on an actor that I was very unfamiliar with....thanks for sharing all of this information...voted up and across the board.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

David, Bruce, Mhatter99, thank you for commenting on my Spangler Arlington Brugh hub, much appreciated.

David, imagine being named Spangler? Poor kid probably couldn't wait to change it to something else. John Wayne was named Marion Morrison...

Bruce, there's a bunch here I haven't seen yet, when I'm writing these hubs I always come across films I've always wanted to watch and writing about them makes me want to see them even more. :)

For western fans I'll recommend The Law and Jake Wade and The Last Hunt, which features a shock ending you won't soon forget.

Thanks all for posting!


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

I will have to add The Last Hunt to my movies to watch list.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

I just realized who I keep getting Robert Taylor mixed up with.....Mr. Robert Montgomery.....maybe they were the Bill Paxson/Bill Pullman of their time....or maybe the Emily Watson/Samantha Morton of their time. Just saying.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Robert Montgomery? Oh Robert Taylor was much more famous, especially worldwide. I'll bet only a handful of people on HP know who Montgomery was. Flora would know him. :)

Emily Watson/ Samantha Morton?

I used to mix up Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway.

And Michelle Williams with Michelle Monaghan.

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