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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Bonanza Town (1951) as Asst dir "West of Dodge City"
Using marked bills, Steve is looking for the supposedly dead Henry Hardison. Coming to Bonanza Town he gets a job with the town boss Crag Bozeman and gets paid with marked bills. He suspects Hardison is Boseman's boss and he is right as Hardison and his men are now planning to get rid of both him and the Durango kid.
2.
Riders of the Lone Star (1947) as Assistant Director
An outlaw gang is trying to stop the reopening of a mine as they look for the money left there by the famous outlaw Dusty Morton. After a ten year absence, Morton has apparently reappeared and Steve arrives looking for him. He finds his son who also wonders if his father is still alive. With the gang soon after him, the Durango Kid goes into action and Steve tries to learn who the real Dusty Morgan is.
3.
Smoky River Serenade (1947) as Assistant Director
4.
West of Dodge City (1947) as Assistant Director
5.
Swing the Western Way (1947) as Assistant Director
6.
Last Days of Boot Hill (1947) as Assistant Director
7.
Law of the Canyon (1947) as Assistant Director
Bringing in a supply of goods, Steve has them hijacked. The Doctor is behind the hijacks and offers to act as a middleman and return the goods for a fee. He has doped up the Sheriff to keep him out of the way and now tries the same on Steve. But Smiley had earlier used the Doc's medicine in an experiment and replaced it with water and this gives the Durango Kid a chance to go into action.
8.
Over the Santa Fe Trail (1947) as Assistant Director
9.
The Lone Hand Texan (1947) as Assistant Director
10.
Buckaroo from Powder River (1947) as Assistant Director
11.
The Stranger from Ponca City (1947) as Assistant Director
12.
Prairie Raiders (1947) as Assistant Director
13.
The Return of Rusty (1946) as Assistant Director
14.
Terror Trail (1946) as Assistant Director
15.
Singing on the Trail (1946) as Assistant Director
16.
Landrush (1946) as Assistant Director
17.
Heading West (1946) as Assistant Director
18.
That Texas Jamboree (1946) as Assistant Director
With the backing of the Mayor, Brady is running a crooked gambling operation. When Sheriff Curt shuts him down, he reopens when the Mayor charters his place as a private club. When Curt decides to run for Mayor, he is made to shut down the popular Warren medicine show. With Curt now out of favor the Warrens decide to run their daughter for Mayor and Brady has a plan to stop her also.
19.
Cowboy Blues (1946) as Assistant Director
20.
The Flying Serpent (1946) as Assistant Director
The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes (George Zucco) discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl (the Killer Bird God) and accidentally kills his wife by giving her one of the beast's feathers, causing the creature to track her down and slaughter her. Now Dr. Forbes uses this twisted knowledge to extract revenge upon his enemies by placing one of the serpent's feathers on his intended victim and letting the beast loose to wreak havoc.
21.
Border Badmen (1945) as Assistant Director
Fuzzy thinks he is the heir to a millionaire's fortune. When he and his friend Billy go to claim it, they encounter a swindler who wants the estate for himself.
22.
White Pongo (1945) as Assistant Director
Suspecting that a safari guide is a wanted killer, undercover policeman Geoffrey Bishop (Richard Fraser) joins a safari led by the suspect for a scientist that hopes to find and prove that a fabled white gorilla is a missing link.
23.
Prairie Rustlers (1945) as Assistant Director
24.
Stagecoach Outlaws (1945) as Assistant Director
Kirby sends his henchmen to break killer Matt Brawley out of jail. But Brawley has already broken out and they return with Fuzzy instead. Realizing they think he's Brawley, Fuzzy plays the part. He and Bill plan to round up the gang but Fuzzy is in trouble when the real Brawley shows up to expose the hoax.
25.
Fighting Bill Carson (1945) as Assistant Director
26.
The Vigilantes Ride (1944) as Assistant Director
Utilizing a plot that Columbia had used twice before with Buck Jones and again with Charles Starrett, this version shifts the state of the Rangers from Texas to Arizona, where Ranger Rod Saunders (Stanley Brown) is killed by a band of outlaws and his brother Ranger Lucky Saunders (Russell Hayden)swears to avenge his death. The outlaws, led secretly by town businessman Anse Rankin (Tristram Coffin), have been terrorizing the town and the citizens. Rankin accuses the Rangers of being unable to cope with the situation and organizes a Vigilante Defense League, with himself as the head and with the intent of forcing the ranchers to pay tribute for protection against his own gang. Lucky, working with Captain Randall (Jack Rockwell), resigns in disgrace from the Rangers and pretends to go over to the side of the outlaws.
27.
None Shall Escape (1944) as Assistant Director
A Nazi officer on trial for war crimes thinks back on his past.
28.
The Last Horseman (1944) as Assistant Director
Banker Watson is after Williams' ranch and has his men rob Lucky of the check Williams needs to pay off his note. When Saunders offers to lend Williams the money, Watson kills him and frames Williams. Then he sends a fake cattle inspector to quarantine Williams' cattle. But Lucky suspects Watson and he has a plan to bring him into the open and it also involves a fake inspector.
29.
Wyoming Hurricane (1944) as Assistant Director
30.
Riding West (1944) as Assistant Director
31.
They Live in Fear (1944) as Assistant Director
After witnessing the killing of a professor in concentration camp "Dachau" German student Paul emigrates to the USA. Here an American fellow student endangers Paul's new American existence and his family's which stayed in Germany.
32.
Frontier Fury (1943) as Assistant Director
Indian Agent Steve Langdon is dismissed from his job when a money shipment he was transporting is robbed. He fought with one of the robbers and saw a tattoo on his arm. Later when Stella arrives Steve learns she was jilted by Dan Bentley, the man with that tattoo. So Steve puts her to work in a medicine show hoping she will be seen by one of Bentley's men.
33.
Saddles and Sagebrush (1943) as Assistant Director
34.
Redhead from Manhattan (1943) as Assistant Director
35.
Hail to the Rangers (1943) as Assistant Director
36.
Robin Hood of the Range (1943) as Assistant Director
Steve Malone (Charles Starrett), an orphan raised by an early-day railroad pioneer, assumes a masked disguise to help the homesteaders who are being deprived of their ranches by a railroad land grab. To do this, he has to go up against Henry Malone (Kenneth MacDonald), his foster parent.
37.
Silver City Raiders (1943) as Assistant Director
38.
Passport to Suez (1943) as Assistant Director
A reformed thief goes undercover to stop Nazi agents from hijacking planes.
39.
Cowboy in the Clouds (1943) as Assistant Director
A rancher turns to the Civil Air Patrol for help dealing with range fires.
40.
The Fighting Buckaroo (1943) as Assistant Director
41.
Two Senoritas from Chicago (1943) as Assistant Director
Daisy Baker, a Chicago "refuse collector" who fancies herself as a theatrical agent, finds a play which had been thrown away by two Portuguese playwrights. Without bothering to get permission, she sends it off to a New York producer named Rupert Shannon and he wires her to come to New York immediately. Daisy and her two showgirl friends, Gloria and Maria, arrive in New York where the two girls assume accents and pretend to be the sisters of the playwright. Shannon agrees to star them in a production of the play. Two former friends, Lena and Louise, recognize the girls and threaten to blow the whistle unless they are also cast. Meanwhile, the two actual playwrights sell the story to producer Sam Grohman who hires Lena and Louise.
42.
Law of the Northwest (1943) as Assistant Director
43.
Riders of the Northwest Mounted (1943) as Assistant Director
Fur thieves, who murder trappers when they refuse to give up their pelts at a low price, occupy the attention of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. The leader of the gang is Victor Renaud (Dick Curtis), also the mayor of the small Canadian town where the gang is headquartered. Lucky Kerrigan is broken from the mounted service for apparent disobedience to orders, which results in the death of a fellow Mountie. Lucky, working undercover, aids the Mounties in rounding up the gang and gains back his uniform, and also the love of Gabrielle Renaud (Adele Mara), Renaud's sister who was unaware of his criminal activities.
44.
The Lone Prairie (1942) as Assistant Director
Russell Hayden, Dub Taylor, Lucille Lambert, John Merton, & Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Way out west, a gang of desperados exploit the local settlers until Russell Hayden straps on his six-shooters and restores law and order to the once-peaceful prairie.
45.
Lucky Legs (1942) as Assistant Director
46.
A Tornado in the Saddle (1942) as Assistant Director
47.
A Man's World (1942) as Assistant Director
48.
Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941) as Assistant Director
A newly appointed sheriff fights to save ranchers from an unscrupulous land baron.
49.
The Singing Hill (1941) as Assistant Director
50.
Desert Bandit (1941) as Assistant Director
51.
No Hands on the Clock (1941) as Assistant Director
Private detective Humphrey Campbell informs his harried boss that not only has he tracked down the missing girl from his last case, but also married her. Before they can start their honeymoon, Campbell is dragged into another missing person case, which develops into a kidnapping related to a plague of bank robberies. By investigating a skein of blondes, redheads and brunettes, he invokes the suspicions of the Feds, as well as his jealous new bride.
52.
Rags to Riches (1941) as Assistant Director
53.
In Old Cheyenne (1941) as Assistant Director
Roy is a newspaper reporter. He goes to Cheyenne to cover the activities of supposed bad guy Arapahoe Brown. Roy, of course, discovers who the real bad guy is.
54.
Nevada City (1941) as Assistant Director
The conflict between a railroader and a stageline owner is being aggravated by bad guys who are sabotaging both sides. Roy and Gabby mediate the conflict and expose the bad guys.
55.
The Great Train Robbery (1941) as Assistant Director
56.
Covered Wagon Days (1940) as Assistant Director
57.
The Carson City Kid (1940) as Assistant Director
Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers, and not playing "himself" but playing a character named Roy Rogers), posing as The Carson City Kid, is seeking vengeance on Morgan Reynolds, the man who killed his brother. To find Reynolds in the gold towns, he systematically stops stagecoaches and goes through the mail, hoping to find letters addressed to Reynolds and thusly learn his whereabouts. Thus "The Kid" earns the reputation of a stagecoach robber, although he never takes anything, and the reputation is enhanced by the fact that he travels with Laramie (Francis McDonald), a notorious half-breed outlaw. A posse is about to capture them and Roy rides back to get Laramie whose horse has been shot, and Laramie repays the favor by slugging Roy and escaping on his horse Trigger. The posse rides by the unseen Roy and captures Laramie and, since he is riding the "Kid's" horse, take him to jail as being the "Kid." Laramie denies this and is told he will be free when he identifies the "Kid"; othewise he will hang. Roy rides into town, having deduced that the Morgan Reynolds he is looking for operates the Yellowback Saloon under the alias of "Lee Jessup" (Bob Steele) . As part of his plan to get evidence against Jessup, who also does not know his true identity, Roy takes a job as saloon shotgun guard, and meets saloon singer Joby Madison (Pauline Moore, in one of the truly great performances found in the B-western genre) and falls in love with her. This doesn't set well with Jessup, as he has plans of his own regarding Joby. Young gold miner Scott Warren (Noah Beery, Jr.), having hit his strike and heading for home with his fortune, comes into the Yellowback, talks too much about his stake, and is soon relieved of it in a crooked poker game by Jessup and friends. Scott, realizing he had been cheated, breaks into Jessup's office and, announcing he is the Carson City Kid, holds up Jessup henchman Harmon (Hal Taliaferro) and takes his gold and some letters and papers from the safe. Captured, he is taken before Laramie, who quickly identifies him as the "Kid" although he has never seen him before, in order to win the immunity promised him. Roy, masked as the Carson City Kid and speaking Spanish as the Kid did on the stage holdups, intervenes and at gunpoint, asks Jessup to identify what Scott has stolen from him. Besides the gold, Jessup unwittingly identifies as his own the latters and documents, which establish him as Morgan Reynolds. Reynolds meets justice and Roy is exonerated. ne fine little B-western with an excellent performance by George "Gabby" Hayes (as Sheriff Gabby Whittaker), before he had the character down as a sleep-walking exercise and was still revolving, and by, as mentioned, Pauline Moore, as a no-excuses heroine for being where she was doing what she did as a saloon entertainer.
58.
Colorado (1940) as Assistant Director
Trouble in Colorado is tying up Union troops needed back east during the Civil War and Lieut. Burke is sent to investigate. Macklin and his gang are causing the problems and Capt. Mason joins them. When Burke catches up with them he also finds Mason, his brother.
59.
The Ranger and the Lady (1940) as Assistant Director
While Sam Houston in in the nation's capital trying to get Texas into the Union, his aide is trying to impose a self-serving tax on the use of the Santa Fe trail. The lady owner of a wagon train is using the trail, and a Texas Ranger comes to her assistance.
60.
The Border Legion (1940) as Assistant Director
An Eastern doctor is on the run from authorities in New York. Out west he comes to the aid of friends besieged by an outlaw gang known as the border legion. In the end, he is cleared of any wrong-doing back east.
61.
Village Barn Dance (1940) as Assistant Director
62.
Frontier Pony Express (1939) as Assistant Director
In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express. First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers. When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson and his gang and this leads to trouble.
63.
The Arizona Kid (1939) as Assistant Director
A Confederate officer tries to expose outlaws posing as members of his army.
64.
Days of Jesse James (1939) as Assistant Director
Bank officials set out to rob their own bank.
65.
Colorado Sunset (1939) as Assistant Director
Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.
66.
New Frontier (1939) as Assistant Director
The Three Mesquiteers convince a group of settlers to exchange their present property for some which, unbeknownst to our goodguys, is going to be worthless. They are captured before they can warn the ranchers.
67.
The Covered Trailer (1939) as Assistant Director
68.
Rough Riders Round-Up (1939) as Assistant Director
A suspended Texas ranger sets out to catch the outlaws who killed his partner.
69.
Home on the Prairie (1939) as Assistant Director
A boarder inspector fights to keep diseased animals out of the U.S.
70.
Rhythm of the Saddle (1938) as Assistant Director
71.
Boots and Saddles (1937) as Assistant Director
When new owner Spud arrives from England, Autry convinces him not to sell the ranch but to raise horses for the Army. When both Autry's and Neale's bids are the same, the Colonel calls for a race to decide the winner. But that night Neale has Autry's stable burned.
72.
Gunsmoke Ranch (1937) as Assistant Director
Flagg is relocating flood victims to Gunsmoke Ranch. The Three Mesquiteers know Flagg to be a crook and try to warn them. They ignore the warning and improve the land only to find that it has been condemned for a new dam.
73.
Come On, Cowboys! (1937) as Assistant Director
74.
Range Defenders (1937) as Assistant Director
75.
The Traitor (1936) as Assistant Director
76.
Aces and Eights (1936) as Assistant Director
Harden and Morgan are after Hernandez's rancho. They lend money to his son Jose which is then won back in a crooked poker game. But the notorious card sharp Tim Madigan now posing as Tom Harrington steps in to help Hernandez.
77.
The Devil on Horseback (1936) as Assistant Director
78.
The Lion's Den (1936) as Assistant Director
79.
Everyman's Law (1936) as Assistant Director
80.
Daniel Boone (1936) as Assistant Director
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.
81.
The Cowboy and the Bandit (1935) as Assistant Director
82.
Cheyenne Tornado (1935) as Director
83.
Arizona Badman (1935) as Assistant Director
Bart and Pedro have rustled cattle and have now made a deal with the outlaw Sonny Karns to take them across the border. Learning that the Cattlemen's Association has sent a man, Bart sets a trap for him. Lucy warns Steve but when Steve tries to rescue Lucy and her young brother Dave, Pedro and his men capture him.
84.
Her Splendid Folly (1933) as Director
85.
Primrose Path (1931) as Director
86.
Playthings of Hollywood (1931) as Director
87.
Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1931) as Director
88.
Masquerade (1929) as Assistant Director
89.
The Pace That Kills (1928) as Director
Young farmboy leaves for the big city to get a job and find his sister; both of them get involved with drug dealers and become opium/cocaine addicts.
90.
The River Woman (1928) as Assistant Director

Cast (feature film)

91.
Quarantined Rivals (1927) as Mort

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