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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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Began film career as a camera loader in the 1920s
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Joined Mascot, eventually became head of its editing department
1934:
Early editing credit, "In Old Santa Fe"
1935:
When Mascot merged with three other companies to form Republic Pictures, remained as editorial supervisor
1937:
With Crane Wilbur, co-directed first feature "Navy Spy"
1940:
Was contract director at Columbia; handled a number of Westerns, including several starring cowboy stars Bob Baker and Charles Starrett
1940:
Directed first of two films featuring the East Side Kids, the successors to the Dead End Kids ("That Gang of Mine")
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Served in the US Army Signal Corps during WWII
1945:
Directed the box-office success "My Name Is Julia Ross"
1946:
Staged the musical sequences of "The Jolson Story"
1948:
Helmed the fantasy "The Return of October" from a script by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama
1949:
Directed what is considered one of his better films, "Gun Crazy/Deadly Is the Female", inspired by the exploits of Bonnie and Clyde
1952:
Earned praise for "Retreat, Hell!", a war drama set during the Korean Conflict
1954:
Directed the minor noir classic "The Big Combo"
1958:
Final feature, "Terror in a Texas Town", a Western that pitted sailor Sterling Hayden against land developer Sebastian Cabot
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In the late 1950s and early 1960s, directed episodes of TV series such as "Gunsmoke", "The Big Valley" and "The Rifleman"
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Retired from filmmaking
1997:
Honored by the L.A. Film Critics Association for lifetime achievement

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