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Also Known As: Died: March 8, 1980
Born: November 9, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: Director ...


Director (feature film)

Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994) as Segment Director (Flashback Segments)
Wyatt Earp returns to Tombstone, Arizona, 25 years after the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral, where he reflects back on his tenure as a frontier marshal. The reminiscences are compilations of clips from the television series starring Hugh O'Brian, "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp," broadcast on A
Mara of the Wilderness (1965) as Director
A US ranger discovers a teenage girl who has spent 12 years in the wilderness after her parents are killed and must teach her how ti live in society while fighting off a hunter who wants to sell her to a freak show..
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) as Director
Detective employed to help smash a band of outlaws works his way into the gang and saves himself from an impossible situation by exposing the master-mind of the gang in time to save his own life.
The Underwater City (1962) as Director
Raymie (1960) as Director
Raymie (David Ladd), an eight-year-old boy and an avid fisherman, dreams of catching a legendary giant barracuda know as Old Moe. When he finally accomplishes the feat of landing Old Moe, he has a change of heart and doesn't want to see the barracuda destroyed.
The Purple Gang (1960) as Director
The story of the infamous gang of bootleggers, hijackers, and killers in 1920''''s Detroit.
Treasure of Ruby Hills (1955) as Director
The Big Tip Off (1955) as Director
Thunder Pass (1954) as Director
Son of Belle Starr (1953) as Director
(Wes ''53). Keith Larsen, Dona Drake, Peggie Castle, Regis Toomey, James Seay, Frank Puglia. Forced into a life of crime by his mother''s notorious reputation, The Kid (Keith Larsen) decides to go straight and put a corrupt sheriff behind bars. The real-life Belle Starr actually did have a son, Ed Reed, who was suspected of shooting his mother in the back.
Border City Rustlers (1953) as Director
In 1953 in the United States, there were more homes without television sets than there were with, so William F. Broidy's Newhall Productions would paste two of the 30-minute episodes of The Wild Bill Hickok TV series together and Allied Artists would sell it as a 60-minute feature to theatres. The first half of "Border City Rustlers" is from an unknown-to-me episode (I was one of the citizens who didn't have a TV set in 1953) in which Wild Bill (Guy Madison) and his deputy Jingles P. Jones (Andy Devine) arrive in Green Springs just after the mayor has been killed in a gun battle. The town's Old Maid, Hepsibah (Isabel Randolph), stirs up the other townswomen and is elected mayor. Wild Bill and Jingles help her prove that the local judge (George Eldredge) is behind the town's reign of terrorism. Wild and Jingles saddle up and ride over to Border City (from the episode called "Border City")to mix it up with a gang of international cattle rustlers where, helped by Consuelo (Gloria Talbot), daughter of a Mexican cattle baron, and her cousin Ramon (George J. Lewis), the two marshals nab cattle buyer Flint Kirby (Murray Alper) as the head of the rustlers. Those of us who didn't have TV sets figured Wild Bill and Jingles were twice as good as the usual western heroes as they only took half the usual time to clean up a situation. No, we really didn't. One didn't have to have a telly to figure out these were on-the-cheap productions. The cast order in the theatre-released films is not the same as that shown on the original TV episodes, as Newhall Productions and/or Allied Artists would crunch both casts together to get the better-known names closer to the top.
Yukon Gold (1952) as Director
Yellow Fin (1951) as Director
Yukon Manhunt (1951) as Director
Canadian Mountie Rod Webb (Kirby Grant) has been assigned to the case where three messengers carrying Kenmore Mine payrolls have been robbed and murdered. He travels to the mine on a train with Jane Kenmore (Gail Davis), niece of the mine owner; payroll messenger Brown; an armed guard named Le Clerque (John McGuire) ; and a young mining engineer, Len (Rand Brooks), and his sister Polly (Margaret Field). Someone sneaks chemicals in the stove and, in the confusion, Brown and the conductor are killed and the payroll vanishes. Rod uncovers evidence that Kenmore and his niece, with the help of Le Clerque, have been robbing their own payrolls.
Father Takes the Air (1951) as Director
Texans Never Cry (1951) as Director
A Texas Ranger tries to bring down counterfeiters selling fake lottery tickets.
Northwest Territory (1951) as Director
Sierra Passage (1950) as Director
Written (with Tom Blackburn and Sam Roeca) by actor Warren Douglas using the name of Warren D. Wandberg: When Yance Carter(Alan Hale,Jr.),Andy(Paul McGuire) and Bart(Richard Karlan), professional killers, murder his father, 13-year-old Johnny Yorke(Billy Gray)is adopted by Thad Kring(Lloyd Corrigan), owner of a traveling minstrel show, featuring Sam Cooper(Roland Winters) as his ace sharpshooter.For the next ten years, while working in the show and becoming an ace sharpshooter with Cooper as his mentor,the adult Johnny(Wayne Morris)maintains a relentless search for Yance, whom he knows only as a big man with a missing finger and a high piercing laugh.In an attempt to find a restraining influence on the revenge-mad Johnny, Thad hires pretty Ann Walker(Lola Albright)to be Johnny's assistant in his sharp-shooting act, but Johnny's desire for revenge precludes marriage.When Yance, Andy and Bart hold up a train on which the minstrel troupe is traveling, Johnny gives pursuit, despite the pleadings of Ann and Thad.He trails the killers for several months without success, eventually winding up in Silver Springs,where the ministrel show is playing. Johnny agrees to perform his act with the troupe and, during the show, he hears Yance's peculiar laugh coming from the audience.
Snow Dog (1950) as Director
Call of the Klondike (1950) as Director
Ringside (1949) as Director
The Big Sombrero (1949) as Director
Gene is hired to be foreman of the Big Sombrero ranch by Jim Garland, who is handling all the business affairs of the owner, Estrellita Estrada, who is more interested in going to America than taking care of her Mexican holdings. Gene, discovering Garland's plan to run all the Mexican rancheros off the ranch, turns against his boss and shortly finds himself in the middle of cattle stampedes and an avalanche started by Garland's men.
Apache Chief (1949) as Director
13 Lead Soldiers (1948) as Director
Gun Smugglers (1948) as Director
A young boy threatens to follow in his outlaw brother''s footsteps.
Mr. Reckless (1948) as Director
French Leave (1948) as Director
Linda, Be Good (1947) as Director
Hit Parade of 1947 (1947) as Director
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947) as Director
Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947) as Director
In yet another version of probably Republics most-used single plot---the basis for "The Leathernecks Have Landed"-"Rough Riders Round-Up", "Guns in the Dark", "Remember Pearl Harbor" and a couple of other films from Republic---and with revisions to fit the Autry mold, Gene Autry(Gene Autry) and his pals Dusty Moran (Bob Steele) and Pokie (Sterling Holloway) are in Mexico where Dusty is killed. With the help of Elena Del Rio (Adele Mara), whose father has also been murdered by unknown assailants, Gene discovers that the killings tie in with a jewel-smuggling scheme.
When a Girl's Beautiful (1947) as Director
An advertising man has to come with "the perfect woman" for an ad campaign. He puts together a picture of a woman from a composite of several photos, to get an idea of the kind of woman he should look for. His boss sees it, thinks that it is an actual woman, and orders him to find her and use her in the campaign.
Under Nevada Skies (1946) as Director
Rodeo star Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), returning with his horse "Trigger" to his home town, finds old Tom Craig (Leyland Hodgson) murdered and offers his aid to "acting sheriff" Gabby Whittaker (George Hayes). Roy meets Helen Williams (Dale Evans), new singer at the Trading Post club, who is on her way to see Craig about a family-heirloom crest which he has stolen from her father. Arthur Courtney (Douglass Dumbrille)is informed by his henchmen that Craig is dead but they were unable to find the crest since Gabby, Helen and Roy had appeared on the scene. He orders them to get rid of Roy and Helen. After narrowly missing being killed while on their way to an Indian pow-wow, Roy and Gabby go to the Craig ranch where they discover an old clock and the crest hidden it it. They are taken captive by Courtney's henchmen and watch Courtney press a catch on the crest and take out a piece of paper. A fight ensues and The Sons of the Pioneers (Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer, Hugh Farr, Karl Farr and "Shug" Fisher) and Roy's Indian friends come to Roy's and Gabby's aid.
Song of Arizona (1946) as Director
Gabby's ranch for wayward boys is in financial trouble. One of his boys, Chip is hiding stolen money sent by his father the outlaw leader King Blaine. After Blaine is killed, Chip decides to pay off Gabby's debt with this money, but trouble arises when the remaining gang members arrive looking for the loot.
My Pal Trigger (1946) as Director
A cowboy fights to clear his name when he's accused of shooting a friend's horse.
Rainbow Over Texas (1946) as Director
A cowboy star takes on bandits during a personal appearance in his hometown.
Sioux City Sue (1946) as Director
Utilizing a script from 1939's "She Married a Cop" with a 1946 Hit Parade song for the title, Gene Autry's screen return following his WW II Army Air Corps service, "Sioux City Sue" has Hollywood talent scout Sue Warner (Lynne Roberts) in search of a singing cowboy and finding and offering cattle rancher Gene Autry (Gene Autry) a contract. He agrees to go to Hollywood if there is a part for his horse Champion. Gene isn't aware they only want to use his voice in an animated cartoon. After the preview, he and Champ depart in a huff (Well, actually, Champ was in a trailer). The annoyed Sue also follows and gets work on Gene's ranch as a cook. Later, the studio heads, while looking at Gene's screen test, decide he is a natural and want to sign him to a contract. After a few misunderstandings, Gene realizes that Sue is sincere, and he signs a contract to star in a musical western, but first he has to stop a cattle stampede and rout a gang of rustlers trying to blow up his ranch dam.
Along the Navajo Trail (1945) as Director
U.S. Deputy Marshal Roy investigates the disappearance of a government agent who has come to Dale's father's Lazy A Ranch. The bad guys want the land the ranch sits on because they know an oil pipeline is planned through this location. Songs include the title song and the famous "Cool Water."
Bells of Rosarita (1945) as Director
Dale Evans inherits a circus, but her dead father's partner (Grant Withers) is trying to take it away from her. Roy and Bob Nolan are filming a movie on location at the circus. They and a number of other western movie stars come to Dale's aid, putting on a show and catching the bad guys.
The Chicago Kid (1945) as Director
Tell It to a Star (1945) as Director
Man from Oklahoma (1945) as Director
Roy spends most of this movie resucing Dale from terrible fates. The film includes a reenactment of land rush opening the Oklahoma Territory. Songs include "I'm Beinning to See the Light," "Cherro, Cherro, cherokee," "I'm Gonna Have a Cowboy Wedding," and "Dragin' the Wagon."
Scared Stiff (1945) as Director
Sunset in Eldorado (1945) as Director
The story involves a rather odd flashback by Dale who is visiting El Dorado, home of her grandmother. She dreams about her grandmother's adventures including a romance with a cowboy who looks very much like Roy. Roy, of course, also exists in the present for Dale. Songs include "Go West, Young Man," "Lady Who Wouldn't Say Yes," and "Belle of the El Dorado."
Sing Neighbor Sing (1944) as Director
Timber Queen (1944) as Director
Gambler's Choice (1944) as Director
One Body Too Many (1944) as Director
Lights of Old Santa Fe (1944) as Director
Sandwiched in between the numerous musical numbers, the Gabby Whittaker and Madden rodeo's are competing for bookings. When Gabby gets a date in Albuquerque, Madden has his man destroy his equipment. Roy finds a broken rawhide rope at the scene and uses it to bring Madden to justice.
Take It Big (1944) as Director
O, My Darling Clementine (1943) as Director
Hoosier Holiday (1943) as Director
High Explosive (1943) as Director
Alaska Highway (1943) as Director
Pop Ormsby (Harry Shannon) wins the contract from the Army Engineer Corps for the construction of the Alaska Highway connecting Alaska to Canada. The elder of his two sons, Woody Ormseby (Richard Arlen), decides he had rather fight with bullets than bulldozers but is assigned by the Army to work on the project. Woody and his younger brother Steve (William Henry) are both rivals for the affection of Ann Caswell (Jean Parker), the daughter of Road Engineer Blair Caswell (Edward Earle).
Swing Your Partner (1943) as Director
Mountain Rhythm (1943) as Director
Submarine Alert (1943) as Director
Nazi spies use a stolen shortwave transmitter prototype to broadcast top secret shipping info to an offshore Japanese sub. To nab the spy ring, the Government has the West Coast's top radio engineers fired and shadowed to see if the Nazis recruit them to complete work on the prototype radio. Radio engineer Lew Deerhold, a resident alien without a job to pay for his adorable little ward Gina's life-saving operation, falls prey to the spy ring, and is swept up in a maelstrom of deceit and danger.
The Traitor Within (1942) as Director
Wildcat (1942) as Director
Wildcatter Johnny Maverick (Richard Arlen) and his pal, Chicopee Nevins (Elisha Cook, Jr.) are speeding toward Antril Bend, a small town in the oil region, that has offered $25,000 to the person bringing in the first oil well.They accidently find oil on the town's outskirts, and Johnny writes a $4000 hot check for the property. He covers that by having Chicopee sell his half interest to oil promoter Gus Sloane (John Dilson) for $7000. Sloane hires a crew to start drilling on his half of the property, with Johnny's old enemy, Mile Rawlins (Larry "Buster" Crabbe) as his foreman. Rawlins sabotages Johnny's rig, causing Chicopee's death. Confidence man Oliver Westbrook (William Frawley) and his confederate, Nan Dearing (Arline Judge) hatch a plan to swindle Johnny by having Nan pose as Chicopee's sister. It works and Johnny makes Nan his partner. Another accident staged by Rawlins forces Johnny to sign a note to get money for repair. Nan falls in love with Johnny and abandons her plan to swindle him. As the note deadline approaches, Johnny learns that Sloane has purchased it as a means of taking over the well.
Wrecking Crew (1942) as Director
The Old Homestead (1942) as Director
Shepherd of the Ozarks (1942) as Director
No Hands on the Clock (1941) as 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.
Under Fiesta Stars (1941) as Director
A mine owner dies and leaves half to Gene and half to easterner Barbara Erwin. Gene wants to continue operation of the mine as requested in the will but Barbara wants to sell and leave with her half of the money. So she hires two lawyers not knowing they are crooks. They then sent their henchman out and Gene's life is soon in danger.
Flying Blind (1941) as Director
A spy steals a secret military device, then hijacks an airliner to get away. The airliner crashes in the wilderness & the survivors are threatened by a raging forest fire.
Arkansas Judge (1941) as Director
Country Fair (1941) as Director
Tuxedo Junction (1941) as Director
Barnyard Follies (1940) as Director
Gaucho Serenade (1940) as Director
Gene Autry and sidekick Frog Millhouse depart Madison Square Garden and NYC heading west for home in their car and a horse trailer carrying Gene's horse, Champion. They discover that Ronnie Willoughby, a young boy just off the boat from school in England, has hitched a ride, thinking that Gene and Frog were sent by his father to meet him. Ronnie thinks his father is a big rancher in the west and doesn't know that his father, Alfred Willoughby, is serving time in San Quentin prison because of a frame-up by the officials of a packing company. To keep the father from testifying against them, the packing company officials, Carter, Jenkins and Martin, have arranged for the boy to be kidnapped. Along the way a runaway bride, Joyce Halloway, and her young sister Patsy join the troupe. Various members of the cast sing and dance their way through The Singing Hills, Gaucho Serenade, Give Out With a Song, Heading For the Wide Open Spaces, 'Tis Be, Keep Rollin' and A Song of Sunset before every situation is solved, and Gene gets Joyce, Frog gets Ringeye, the father is cleared and reunited with his UK-accented son and the villains are sent to the Republic Big House.
Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940) as Director
Overly shy cowboy Gene inherits a meat-packing plant, then faces stiff competition from snooty Ann Randolph, rival owner determined to do him in.
Rancho Grande (1940) as Director
Grand Ole Opry (1940) as Director
Village Barn Dance (1940) as Director
In Old Missouri (1940) as Director
The Weavers play sharecroppers. They confront their landlord with their tale of woe only to find he is in money trouble too. He also has a wastrel son and a socialite wife who wants a divorce. He begs the Weavers to trade places with him and fix things up.
Carolina Moon (1940) as Director
Jeepers Creepers (1939) as Director
First Offenders (1939) as Director
Death Goes North (1939) as Director
They Asked for It (1939) as Director
Freshman Year (1938) as Director
Blondes at Work (1938) as Director
Even a jail term for contempt can''''t keep reporter Torchy Blane from investigating the case of a murdered department store owner.
Over the Wall (1938) as Director
A prison chaplain tries to help a man framed for murder prove his innocence.
Reckless Living (1938) as Director
Flirting with Fate (1938) as Director
Fly Away Baby (1937) as Director
Reporter Torchy Blane takes to the skies to track down a band of killers.
Smart Blonde (1937) as Director
An ambitious reporter forces her policeman boyfriend to let her help with a murder case.
Dance Charlie Dance (1937) as Director
A gullible "angel" sinks money into a doomed play.
Midnight Court (1937) as Director
A district attorney sells out to the mob until he falls for an honest girl.
Her Husband's Secretary (1937) as Director
A businessman buys trouble when he hires his wife''s best friend as his secretary.
Torchy Blane, the Adventurous Blonde (1937) as Director
Reporter Torchy Blane walks out on her own wedding to solve the case of a murdered actor.
Murder by an Aristocrat (1936) as Director
A blackmailer's murder tears apart a well-off family.
Boulder Dam (1936) as Director
Man mistaken for a murderer hides out while working on construction project.
The Murder of Dr. Harrigan (1936) as Director
A doctor investigates the murder of a colleague involved in experimental surgery.
The Big Noise (1936) as Director
A meek businessman turns hero when he refuses to pay the mob for protection.
Isle of Fury (1936) as Director
A man on the run in the South Seas gets caught up in a romantic triangle.
Love Begins at Twenty (1936) as Director
A henpecked husband tries to help his daughter marry the man she loves and his wife loathes.
Treachery Rides the Range (1936) as Director
A cowboy takes on buffalo hunters out to stir up the Indians.
Front Page Woman (1935) as Dialogue Director
Rival reporters try to scoop each other while covering a fire.
Black Fury (1935) as Dialogue Director
A coal worker gets mixed up in the mob''s efforts to infiltrate his union.
Broadway Hostess (1935) as Director
A small-town girl rises to night-club stardom.
A Night at the Ritz (1935) as Dialogue Director
A publicist doesn''t know that his famous chef client can''t cook.
Little Big Shot (1935) as Dialogue Director
Small-time hoods turn nursemaid when a gangster's daughter is orphaned.
Smarty (1934) as Dialogue Director
A squabbling couple can't seem to make it to the divorce court.
The Key (1934) as Dialogue Director
A British officer stationed in Ireland falls for the wife of an intelligence man.
I Am a Thief (1934) as Dialogue Director
A man dodges jewel thieves while carrying a fortune in diamonds on the Orient Express.
British Agent (1934) as Dialogue Director
An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.

Cast (feature film)

Field, The (1990) as Quarryman
When the field he doesn't own, but has teneded to lovingly for years, is threatened with commercial development, a devout Irish farmer fiercely defends it.
Young Einstein (1989) as Nihilist
A look at the real and imagined achievements of Albert Einstein.
Da (1988) as "Cat" Mcdonald
Autobiographical drama about playwright Hugh Leonard's relationship with his father.
Tomb, The (1986)
After her tomb is raided, an Egyptian princess is angered by the desecration and in need of some of her stolen amulets in order to maintain her immortality. In retaliation, the princess kills the professor who stole the items from her tomb, and after this, his son and a friend try to solve his murde
Biohazard (1983) as Mike
Scalps (1982) as Ben
The Great Train Robbery (1979) as London Bridge Station Policeman
Three crooks plot to steal a fortune in gold from a moving train.
Ceiling Zero (1936) as Office worker
War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline. Dizzy is fooling with one of the younger pilot's girl-friend and due to this, he changes flights with Texas. Texas' plane crashes attempting to land on their airfield under extremly bad weather circumstances, he is killed in this accident. Dizzy feels guilty for his friend's death and takes the next flight under even worse circumstances, testing a new anti-ice device on the plane.
The Animal Kingdom (1932) as
An intellectual publisher can''''t choose between his society wife and his free thinking former love.
The Light Within (1918) as Doctor Green
The Love Doctor (1917) as Hildreth
The Devil at His Elbow (1916) as Andrew Sealey

Cinematography (feature film)

The Young and the Brave (1963) as Camera Operator
Three American POWs fight to escape from North Korea.
Okefenokee (1959) as Director of Photography
Strange Illusion (1945) as 2nd Camera
A young man''''s efforts to investigate his father''''s death and stop his mother from re-marrying land him in an insane asylum.
The Honeymoon's Over (1939) as Assistant Camera
That I May Live (1937) as Assistant Camera
Time Out for Romance (1937) as Assistant Camera
Born Reckless (1937) as Assistant Camera
Under the Pampas Moon (1935) as Assistant Camera
El rey de los gitanos (1933) as Assistant Camera
Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933) as Assistant Camera
Hat Check Girl (1932) as Assistant Camera
Sally Eilers is a hat-check girl in a nighclub surrounded by bootleggers, blackmailers and others before she falls in love with millionaire playboy Ben Lyon. Eilers is supported by her girlfriend Ginger Rogers.
Sob Sister (1931) as Assistant Camera

Writer (feature film)

Forgotten Girls (1940) as Original Story

Producer (feature film)

Hit Parade of 1947 (1947) as Associate Producer

Sound (feature film)

Calamity Jane (1953) as Sound Recording
The Wild West heroine helps bring a star attraction to Deadwood and finds love.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Toten Fische, Die (1990) as Production Controller (English Dubbing)
Drama exploring every man's right to individuality.

Director (special)

Meet McGraw (1954) as Director
The pilot film for the series of the same title. The exploits of McGraw, a hood with a price on his head, who hires out his services (as a detective) to people who cannot turn to police for help. In the pilot episode, broadcast as a segment of "Four Star Playhouse," McGraw is hired by a beautiful wo

Film Production - Lighting/Electrical (special)

Clash of the Ash (1992) as Electrician
A story about the coming-of-age pressures experienced by an Irish teenage athlete.

Director (short)

The Song of a Nation (1947)
This short film dramatizes the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." Vitaphone Release 7557-7558.

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