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Sparks, Robert 1901-1963

Overview
Works: 69 works in 89 publications in 1 language and 2,548 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Film noir  Western television programs  Detective and mystery films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Action and adventure films  Sports films  Western films  Crime films 
Roles: Producer, Scenarist, Author, pmn
Classifications: PN1995.9.D4, 791.4372
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Publications about Robert Sparks
Publications by Robert Sparks
Publications by Robert Sparks, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Robert Sparks
Out of the past by Warren Duff( visu )
2 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 1,099 libraries worldwide
Former private detective Jeff Bailey is trying to lead a quiet life, but his past comes back to haunt him and he finds himself framed for murder
His kind of woman by John Farrow( visu )
5 editions published between 1951 and 2011 in English and held by 339 libraries worldwide
Hard-luck gambler Dan Milner is in sudden luck. He'll get $50,000 to hang out at a posh Mexican resort. $5,000 now and the big payoff when the reason he's been sent there is revealed. Of course, the gangsters making the offer don't expect him to live long enough to collect
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 338 libraries worldwide
A statement on a business card is adorned with a chess-piece knight and heralds the professional services of Paladin. Based at the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, and assisted by his manservant, Hey Boy, Paladin is an intelligent yet mysterious loner as well as a man of many talents, including detective, bodyguard, courier, sleuth and bounty hunter. When the situation is desperate, Paladin is the man to wire
Have gun -- will travel ( visu )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 239 libraries worldwide
Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, now that the Civil War is over, has firmly settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton where he has been awaiting responses to his trademark business cards
Film Noir classic collection. 5 timeless suspense thrillers ( visu )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 77 libraries worldwide
[Border incident]: The Mexico-California border is the power-keg setting for a tale of government agents versus greed and murder. [His kind of woman]: Hard-luck gambler Dan Milner is in sudden luck. He'll get $50,000 to hang out at a posh Mexican resort. $5,000 now and the big payoff when the reason he's been sent there is revealed. Of course, the gangsters making the offer don't expect him to live long enough to collect. [Lady in the lake]: Philip Marlow searches for a missing wife--and discovers a different woman's corpse in a mountain lake. From there the waters get deeper. [On dangerous ground]: City cop goes to the countryside to help solve a brutal murder and falls in love with a blind woman who's brother is a suspect. [The racket]: A straight-arrow cop and an old-school gangster find a common foe: big shots who run crime like a corporation. [Film noir : bringing darkness to light]: Clips from noir classics and little-known gems, plus interviews with modern noir aficionados like directors Christopher Nolan and Frank Miller, writers James Ellroy and Brian Helgeland and others shape this multifaceted exploration of the movie style that grew out of the hard realities of post-World War II life
Born to be bad by Nicholas Ray( visu )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
A wide-eyed innocent worms her way into the lives of a wealthy San Francisco crowd
Easy living by Jacques Tourneur( visu )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Peter Wilson is the star halfback for the New York Chiefs, who risks oblivion and the loss of his mercenary wife by revealing a newly found heart condition. If Wilson plays the game at his best, he could kill himself; yet if he retires, he loses his lucrative position, his fame and, as a result, his wife
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Contains episodes 8-13 from the first season
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Contains episodes 33-39 from the first season
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
Contains episodes 21-26 from the first season
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 35 libraries worldwide
Contains 7 episodes from the first season
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Contains episodes 14-20 from the first season
Have gun-- will travel ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Contains episodes 27-32 from the first season
My forbidden past by Robert Stevenson( visu )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
"Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner are star-crossed lovers in this steamy tale of a woman scorned."--Container
Station west by Sidney Lanfield( visu )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
A film about Western mining town, a fortune in gold, a beautiful lady crime boss, and the undercover investigator sent to flush her out
The Las Vegas story ( visu )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
"On the train to Los Angeles, sophisticated Easterner Lloyd Rollins suggests to his wife Linda that they spend a few days in Las Vegas, her home town. Although reluctant to revisit her past, Linda agrees, and the couple disembarks in the desert city. Lloyd immediately starts gambling in the hotel casino, requesting a $100,000 credit limit, and insists that Linda show off an expensive diamond necklace he gave her. Linda, who has read a telegram addressed to Lloyd in which Monty, his Boston business associate, reveals that their company's trustees are demanding money, cautions Lloyd about gambling, but he dismisses her concerns. Unknown to Linda and Lloyd, they have been followed from the train by a man named Thomas Hubler, who watches Linda with interest. Outside the hotel, meanwhile, Linda's embittered ex-lover, Dave Andrews, a sheriff's lieutenant, learns that Linda is in town with her high-rolling husband. Later that night, Lloyd encourages the distracted Linda to confront her past, and she goes to the Last Chance, the bar at which she used to sing. There, she recalls her wartime romance with Dave and reunites with pianist Happy and Mike Fogarty, the bar's former owner. As she and Happy perform a favorite old song together, Dave enters, then angrily reminds Linda that she did not say goodbye to him the night he shipped out. Although Linda insists that her failure was due to a simple misunderstanding, Dave refuses to forgive her, despite his continuing attraction to her. The next day, Hubler approaches Linda in the hotel swimming pool and expresses interest in her necklace. Linda then tells Lloyd that she knows his credit request was limited to $10,000 and begs for a chance to help him with his financial troubles. Lloyd again shrugs off her concern and tries to act nonplussed when she relays a phone message that Monty has committed suicide. Drucker, who oversees the casino, then informs Lloyd that he cannot extend him additional credit based on the value of Linda's necklace and requests that he check out. Later, following an unpleasant encounter with Dave, Lloyd decides to visit the Last Chance with Linda before leaving Las Vegas. As he is exiting the hotel, he is accosted by Hubler, who identifies himself as an insurance investigator and demands to know where Linda's necklace is. Lloyd states that the necklace is in the hotel safe, but at the Last Chance, Hubler finds Linda and reveals that the necklace is missing. Furious, Linda questions Clayton, the Last Chance's owner, and he admits that he gave Lloyd $10,000 credit in exchange for the necklace. Disgusted with Lloyd, Linda leaves with Dave, and the two spend a romantic evening together at Dave's house. Meanwhile, at the Last Chance, a desperate Lloyd asks Clayton for more credit, but is refused. At Dave's, Linda announces that she has to return to Lloyd, and Dave angrily calls her a taxi. Later, Dave learns that Clayton was murdered at the bar and Linda's necklace stolen. Because Hubler states that he saw Lloyd leaving the Last Chance at the same time that Clayton was killed, Lloyd is arrested. At Clayton's inquest, Linda declines to give Lloyd an alibi, but does offer to bail him out after he is arraigned. Hubler then informs Linda that he observed her leaving the Last Chance soon after he saw Lloyd depart and escorts her to the bar. There, in front of Happy, Hubler tests a confused Linda to determine whether she saw Clayton's body near the piano, then shows her a blood spot overlooked by the police. After Dave finds out that Linda was also at the Last Chance the night before, he talks with Happy, who repeats Hubler's claims that Clayton died near the piano. Aware that Clayton was found behind the bar, Dave suddenly realizes that Hubler killed Clayton for the necklace. Dave telephones Linda to warn her about Hubler, but an armed Hubler has already appeared at her door. Hubler takes off with Linda in a rental car and, after the police set up a series of roadblocks, murders a tourist fishing at Lake Mead and steals his car. In a helicopter, Dave spots the stolen vehicle speeding along a desert road and forces Hubler into an abandoned airport. There, Dave and Hubler fight, and Dave finally corners Hubler on a tower and shoots him. Later, Dave gets word that the just-released Lloyd is being extradited to Boston on embezzlement charges and that Linda is filing for divorce and remaining in Las Vegas"--AFI catalog, 1951-1960
Walk softly, stranger ( visu )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
A small-time crook on the run is reformed by the love of a crippled woman, but his past threatens to catch up with him
If I had a million by Ernst Lubitsch( visu )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
A series of eight vignettes depicting how various people react when given a million dollars
A dangerous profession ( visu )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Ex-policeman Vince Kane (George Raft) is a partner with Joe Farley (Pat O'Brien) as bail bond brokers, but retains his ties and friendship with the police and Detective Nick Ferrone (Jim Backus as James Backus.) Ferrone picks up Claude Brackette (Bill Williams), a brokerage clerk, as a suspect in the securities robbery in which a policeman was killed, and Kane goes with him when the detective searches Brackett's apartment, and Kane finds that Brackett's wife, Lucy (Ella Raines), is his former sweetheart. She insists her husband is innocent and pleads with Kane to get him out on bail but she has only $4,000 of the $25,000 needed. A mysterious emissary puts up $12,000 and Kanes, over Farley's protest, makes up the rest from the company's money. Brackett is murdered after his release. For Lucy, Kane investigates and finds that Brackett had dealings with night club owner Jerry McKay (Roland Winters) and a hoodlum named Roy Collins (Robert Gist). Suspecting McKay was in back of the robbery, Kane begins a campaign in which he himself behaves like a crook, and demands a heavy bride from McKay for his silence. Farley denounces this tactic, and is met by Kane for a payment also, or he will be branded in league with the crooks
Classic film noir ( visu )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
[Border incident]: The Mexico-California border is the power-keg setting for a tale of government agents versus greed and murder. [His kind of woman]: Hard-luck gambler Dan Milner is in sudden luck. He'll get $50,000 to hang out at a posh Mexican resort. $5,000 now and the big payoff when the reason he's been sent there is revealed. Of course, the gangsters making the offer don't expect him to live long enough to collect. [Lady in the lake]: Philip Marlow searches for a missing wife--and discovers a different woman's corpse in a mountain lake. From there the waters get deeper. [On dangerous ground]: City cop goes to the countryside to help solve a brutal murder and falls in love with a blind woman who's brother is a suspect. [The racket]: A straight-arrow cop and an old-school gangster find a common foe: big shots who run crime like a corporation. [Film noir : bringing darkness to light]: Clips from noir classics and little-known gems, plus interviews with modern noir aficionados like directors Christopher Nolan and Frank Miller, writers James Ellroy and Brian Helgeland and others shape this multifaceted exploration of the movie style that grew out of the hard realities of post-World War II life
 
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