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|Also Known As:||Died:||August 30, 2000|
|Born:||April 6, 1907||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Director ...|
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Director (feature film)
A whaler inherits his father's farm but has to fight off a corrupt town boss.
A tough sheriff and his son clash over how to deal with the Indians.
An alleged coward tries to redeem himself by reclaiming General Custer''''s body.
A Marshal's past comes back to haunt him.
A police detective tries to convict a mob boss by going to the man's girlfriend.
A man fights to find his children after their plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness.
A prison convict escapes through the Louisiana swamps.
Two disturbed young people release their fascination with guns through a crime spree.
A secret service agent falls in love with an illegal immigrant.
A treasury agent tries to convict a ruthless mobster of tax evasion.
An heiress discovers her racehorse is the reincarnation of her rich uncle, back to win the Kentucky Derby.
A couple tries a hand at romance while their respective families are busy feuding.
The singer and star of the first "talkie" risks it all to become a star.
A French police detective investigates his fiancée''''s murder.
A society sleuth enlists a little girl's help in nabbing a mob of silk smugglers.
A young girl finds herself entrenched in a murder cover-up when she goes to work for a wealthy widow.
A mad scientist is forced to leave San Francisco when his experiments become known. He lands on a tropical island, takes control and terrorizes the local populace. The survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore on the island, sees what is happening and determines to free the natives from his rule.
After her uncle is murdered by outlaws, Betty Wilkins takes over his the telegraph-line business with the help of Steve Collins--who ucovers the higher motive behind the murder.
Wild Bill Jones (Fuzzy Knight) is saved from three toughs by "Silver Jim" Donovan (Johnny Mack Brown), a newcomer to Winchester. They team up to campaign for Thad Morgan (William Farnum) for state senate running against crooked incumbent Walter Kincaid (LeRoy Mason.) Morgan's campaign is headed by saloon owner Queenie Canfield (Grace Leonard.) Jim visits Doc Winslow (Harry Holman) and asks him to keep on the lookout for a man with a jagged scar on his left arm, as a man so-marked had shot Jim's father in the back with a silver bullet which Jim now wears as a watch fob, with full intentions of returning it to the former owner. Kincaid has Morgan killed, and Jim, Nancy Lee (Jennifer Holt)and others now campaign for Morgan's widow, Emily (Claire Whitney.)
In search of a boxing camp, a street tough mistakenly signs on with a conservation group.
Powder Kilgore (Ray Bennett as Raphael Bennett) kills freighter Jeff Cameron (Edward LeSaint) and the latter's daughter, "Spunky" (Iris Meredith), sends for gunfighter Wild Bill Saunders (Bill Elliott, in another of his more than 195 films in which he was never, not once, billed as William 'Wild Bill' Elliott.) Bill finds that few men care to buck the Kilgore gang, and he gets consent from Governor Dawson (Don Beddoe) to form a state ranger's organization out of gunmen now in prison, the men to be pardoned if they prove themselves worthy. (A plot line used at least six times by writer/director Robert Emmett Tansey elsewhere in a ten year period.) Bill whips a Kilgore henchman, Lightning Barlow (Francis Walker), who is offering "Spunky" protection in return for a half-share in her freighting business. Bill jails Barlow and other Kilgore gang members when he and his "rangers" foil an attempted gold-shipment holdup. "Spunky" and her helper Cannonball (Dub Taylor) stumble on Kilgore's hideout and are taken prisoner. Bill rescues them, but Kilgore and his henchman surround the hideout.
A street tough tries to land a job as a jockey.
Karsin and Lash are after the Kenyon and Rawlins ranches where they have spotted silver ore. When Lash robs Rawlins and kills Kenyon, Jeff suspects them and makes a plan to nab the two. He sells the ranch to Karsin and as suspected, Karsin pays with the stolen bills. But Lash is suspicious of his partner and arrivers to re-take the money by force and flee.
Street kids sent to a better environment in the country get caught in a haunted house.
Scrap Gordon comes along just as the outlaw Cueball and the Marshall kill each other. To bring in the local outlaw gang he joins them posing as Cueball. But when the Sheriff captures him with the gang he now thinks he actually is Cueball and Scrap finds himself slated to be hung for the Marshal's murder.
Tip Douglas is sent after cattle rustlers, the same rustlers that murdered his father. Posing as a notorious outlaw, he is able to join the gang. Learning that the gang's boss Thorn Evans killed his father, he and sidekick Pepper set a trap when he learns of their next raid.
Just after Carson's gang murder members of a wagon train, Rusty and Clem come along and are arrested. Knowing they are innocent Judge Coleman breaks them out and sends them after Carson. They join Carson's gang to learn of their next raid but the Marshal arrests them for the wagon train murders.
The absence of stagecoaches and covered wagons didn't keep director Joseph H. "Wagon Wheel" Lewis from employing his usual camera set-ups of shooting scenes from behind and through various props and fixtures, and the inclusion of a polo game enabled him to get his usual "hitching post" shot, in addition to shooting over and through automobile hood ornaments, champange bottles, baloons and mirror reflections. The soure that dubbed this one in the "musical" genre obviously never saw the film, as there are no songs and only a rinky-dink piece of music used at the Officer's Club dance. This one is about a gang of independent spys after a cigar-shaped device that guarantees accuracy on artillery and large weapons. The spys are headed by Paul Douglas (LeRoy Mason), Jean Bruce (Esther Ralston billed as Jane Carleton) and Frank Denton (Leon Ames), while Captain Todd Hayden (William Hall, in one of his rare starring roles and actually solo- billed above the title) is the protector of the device, and in love with the Colonel's daughter, Elaine Burdette (Jane Wyman, at the peak of her cute, bubbly and pouty stage.) Most of the action is placed at the Presido in Montery and most of it revolves around the outcome of a polo match between the Cavalry team and a civilian team called "The Rainbows", which star player Hayden has to throw in order to catch the spys.
Buck Saunders organizes the Free Rangers and captures Al Wilkins and his gang. Buck adopts Wilkins young son Jackie who now, sixteen years later, leads the Rangers. But Wilkins, having escaped the hangman, returns to continue his outlaw ways and father and son unknowingly meet again.
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Editing (feature film)
In 1775, Daniel Boone leads thirty settler families to Kentucky where they face two threats: Indian raiders led by renegade white Simon Girty, who opposes settlement; and the schemes of effete Stephen Marlowe to seize title to the new lands. Perils, battles, escapes, and a love interest round out the story.
Federal agent John Tipton heads for Wyoming to supervise the vote on whether to join the Union. One group of locals is using dynamite to terrorize the populace and a local newspaper editor is killed.
Bull and his men and their unknown boss are out to stop the completion of the dam being built by Baxter. Gene takes the job of ditch rider, the previous riders having been killed by the gang. When Bull and his men rob the payroll, Gene chases them down. Returning he finds the unpaid construction workers about to blow up the dam.
Profiteer Alexander Stiles (Cy Kendall) lays claim to a million acres of range in the Pecos River country, but a rancher named Clayborn (John Beck) stands in his way as he has already claimed the water-rich location of Sweetwater as his own, and refuses Stiles' $1000 offer for his land. Led by the murderous Ash (Jack Clifford), the hired guns of Stiles kill Clayborn and his wife (Mary MacLaren) but their young son John (Bradley Metcalfe Jr.) survives and joins his grandfather in Austin. As the boy grows into a man he learns the use of a law book as well as a six gun, intending to use both to bring Stiles to justice. As lawyer John Clay (John Wayne), he travels to the Cottonwood headquarters of Stiles, self-proclaimed King of the Pecos, and meets Hank Matthews (Arthur Aylesworth) and Josh Billings (Herbert Heywood), two cattlemen thrown into poverty through the crooked dealings of Stiles. John serves a summons for Stiles to appear in court but the circuit judge (James Marcus) is too frightned to face the might of Stiles. John sends Hank to round up other impoverished cattlemen, and they provide the judge with an armed escort to Cottonwood. The judge upholds the ranchers' pleas for use of water and grass, and Stiles sees most of his ill-gotten gains turned over to public domain for proper filing. Stiles convinces newcomers Eli Jackson (Edward Hearn) and his daughter Belle (Muriel Evans) that John is trying to cheat the ranchers and file claims for himself. He also plans an ambush for those riding through the canyon to file claims and he sends Ash and his gunmen to the hills, instructing them to shoot anyone without the white arm bands he has supplied to his own riders. John discovers the plot and has the ranchers to also wear white arm bands, ensuring their safe passage. With their claim successfully filed the ranchers plan a cattle drive to Abilene where the railroad is promising $20 a head. Stiles steals whatever cattle he can and moves his outlaws to Sweetwater, where he hopes to extort money for use of the water there from the trail drivers. When the drive reaches Sweetwater, John confronts Stiles, revealing that he is the son of the murdered Clayborn's and that Sweetwater rightfully belongs to him. Following a siege by John and the ranchers, Stiles tries to escape by buckboard, but when the wagon tips over he is crushed by the safe containing money he has stolen from others. John pursues Ash into the rocks, offering him a chance to draw first and then ills him. John leaves his gun and his quest for revenge at the site and turns his mind to Belle and his law career.
When Gene's boss is murdered, the bosses daughter is seriously injured. To raise money for her operation, Gene and the ranch hands enter the new medium of television as singers. When they do well the bank agrees to lend them the needed money. Martin is after the ranch and he was the murderer. Now he has to make sure the daughter doesn't get the operation so he sends his henchmen out to wreck Gene's equipment.
A 12 episode serial starring Rex, the King of the Wild Horses and Rin-Tin-Tin, Jr. Rex is brought from the island of Sujan, where he is worshiped as a God-Horse, to the U.S. to be trained as a polo pony. He escapes, meets Rinty and with the help of Frank Bradley is returned to Sujan. The natives have been persuaded to turn against their God-Horse, however he is rescued just in time before he is burned as a sacrifice.
Traveling with Doc Parker's medicine show, Gene finds his old friend Harry Brooks wounded and the Sheriff after him for murdering his father. Gene also sees that Craven and his gang are looking for Brooks. Finding clues that Craven was behind the murder, Gene has a plan utilizing the medicine show wagon that will trap the gang.
When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new partner.
Before he was murdered Grandpa Martin found a gold mine. He failed to record it and now everyone is looking for Martin's old horse that can lead them to it. When Autry arrives to investigate, he is accused of the murder and finds the Sheriff after him.
An ace newsreel reporter falls unwittingly for the daughter of a rival newsreel owner. Together they try to outwit a gang scheming to fix horse races.
A disparate group of people meet as passengers on a superspeed train crossing the U.S. Aboard are a seductive blackmailer and the stage director he intends to frame, a woman chasing her husband who is running away with the blackmail victim, and the stage director's feisty leading lady.
Humiliated by her Aunt Hortense (Grace Goodall), Lettie Morgan (Ann Rutherford) runs away from home. Mixing with a troupe of show girls, led by Otto (Henry Roquemore), she is mistaken for the expected leading lady and heads for California with their wagons. They miss the main wagon train and are attacked just as they cross the California border, but are rescued by Captain Tex Autry (Gene Autry) and his troop. Lettie believes Tex has been insolent for condemning the show troupe being on their own unprotected, and reports him to Colonel Seward (Frank LaRue) at Fort Henry. Horses are stolen from the fort that night by renegades led by Buck LaCrosse (Warner Richmond) and Utah Joe (Alan Sears), and when Tex goes in pursuit, he is believed to be a traitor, captured and condemned to death. Judge Lane (Niles Welch), in on the plot and hankering for Lettie, is asked by Lettie to intercede, but he double-crosses her. Aided by his pals, Frog (Smiley Burnette) and Buffalo (Bob Burns), Tex escapes and takes after the wagon train with which Lettie and the troupe of show girls has gone.
When the daughter of a newspaper publisher is falsely charged with murder, a reporter on her father's paper goes into hiding with her. At first hoping to get an exclusive story, the reporter eventually finds himself falling in love and trying to find the real killer.
An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, and his housekeeper. But complications and murder arise when two different women turn up, claiming to be the granddaughter.
After Gene has his watch stolen by the Gypsy he takes a job on the Thomas ranch. Thomas' dog has brought home the cradle with the Gypsy's baby and when the Gypsy retrieves his baby, Gene thinks he is a kidnaper. But as he chases after him he now sees that Thomas' cattle are being rustled.
Derived loosely from the popular-in-its-day autobiography of NY Police captain Cornelius W. "The Gang Buster" Willemse. Mary Kennedy, the daughter of police lieutenant Jim Kennedy, works for an unethical criminal attorney and is corrupted by the association. But she sees the light when she twists the law to obtain the acquittal of a client and the man later shoots her father. Mary then enlists the aid of Detective Dave Britten in hopes of bringing down the crooks for whom she works.
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This historical short film follows the life and exploits of killer outlaw Jaoquin Murrieta, in California in the 1850s.
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