Began film career as a camera loader in the 1920s
Joined Mascot, eventually became head of its editing department
Early editing credit, "In Old Santa Fe"
When Mascot merged with three other companies to form Republic Pictures, remained as editorial supervisor
With Crane Wilbur, co-directed first feature "Navy Spy"
Was contract director at Columbia; handled a number of Westerns, including several starring cowboy stars Bob Baker and Charles Starrett
Directed first of two films featuring the East Side Kids, the successors to the Dead End Kids ("That Gang of Mine")
Served in the US Army Signal Corps during WWII
Directed the box-office success "My Name Is Julia Ross"
Staged the musical sequences of "The Jolson Story"
Helmed the fantasy "The Return of October" from a script by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama
Directed what is considered one of his better films, "Gun Crazy/Deadly Is the Female", inspired by the exploits of Bonnie and Clyde
Earned praise for "Retreat, Hell!", a war drama set during the Korean Conflict
Directed the minor noir classic "The Big Combo"
Final feature, "Terror in a Texas Town", a Western that pitted sailor Sterling Hayden against land developer Sebastian Cabot
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, directed episodes of TV series such as "Gunsmoke", "The Big Valley" and "The Rifleman"
Retired from filmmaking
Honored by the L.A. Film Critics Association for lifetime achievement