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Art Vitarelli

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Director (feature film)

Cat From Outer Space, The (1978) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
A UFO is stranded on earth and impounded by the US government. Its pilot, a cat with a collar that has special powers, including the ability to allow the cat to communicate with humans, has eluded the authorities and needs the help of a man named Frank in order to reclaim and repair his ship to get back home.
Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
Thieves plant stolen diamonds under the hood of a magical Volkswagen.
Gus (1976) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move up in the rankings, Hurrah! The competition isn't so happy.
Herbie Rides Again (1974) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
A spunky widow uses her magical Volkswagen to fight off a corrupt land developer.
The World's Greatest Athlete (1973) as 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
A washed-up coach saves his career when he discovers a jungle boy who''''s a natural athlete.
Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) as 2nd Unit Director
Dexter Riley is studying science at Medfield College. While working with two of his science major friends, they invent an invisibility spray. Before long, a group of thieves find out about the spray which would be the perfect tool in helping them in their next bank robbery and Dexter and his friends
Snowball Express (1972) as 2nd Unit Director
When John Baxter inherits a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, he quits his job in New York and moves the family west to run it. Only to find that the place is a wreck. But together they decide to try to fix it up and run it. But Martin Ridgeway, who wants the property, does everything he can to ensure it will fail.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) as 2nd Unit Director
An apprentice witch and three war orphans try to prevent the Nazi invasion of England.
The Million Dollar Duck (1971) as 2nd Unit Director
To save it from being put to death, Professor Albert Dooley takes home a dumb duck from the research laboratory, which accidentally was exposed to X-rays. At home he discovers that it lays now golden eggs. Since he's broke all the time, his family welcomes this new source of income greatly, and tries to keep it secret. But their greedy neighbors become suspicious.
The Boatniks (1970) as 2nd unit dir
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1970) as 2nd unit dir
A problem student accidentally mind melds with a super computer.
Rascal (1969) as 2nd unit dir
A lonely boy adopts a baby raccoon.
The Love Bug (1969) as 2nd unit dir
A Volkswagen with a brain becomes a championship racecar.
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) as 2nd unit dir
The ghost of the famous pirate must break the curse put on him by a witch.
The Gnome-Mobile (1967) as 2nd unit dir
An eccentric millionaire and his niece and nephew are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! He's committed, and the niece and nephew and the gnomes have to find him and free him.
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967) as 2nd unit dir
The Ugly Dachshund (1966) as 2nd unit dir
A couple adopt a tiny puppy and are surprised when he grows into a full sized Great Dane.
The Monkey's Uncle (1965) as 2nd unit dir
Midvale College is in fear of losing it's college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter Merlin Jones, a bright college student, and his nephew Stanley, an intelligent chimpanzee. The judge wants Merlin to create an "honest way to cheat". Merlin uses "sleep learning" to help the players pass their exams. This saves the college football program from being banished, but not for long...the college is tempted to receive a $1 million dollar check from a Mr. Astorbilt. The catch is though the college must get rid of football. Judge Holmesby finds Darius Green III, who will pay $10 million dollars to the college if they can get a man to fly under his own power. The task is in Merlin's hands again. Can Merlin win the day and save the football team?
That Darn Cat (1965) as 2nd unit dir
A woman is kidnapped. While in captivity, she manages to send a message out with a wandering cat. The cat's owner calls the FBI. The FBI tries to follow the cat. Jealous boyfriends and nosy neighbours also get in the act.
Mary Poppins (1964) as 2nd unit dir (live action)
Two banker's children lose their nanny due to her frustration with them. A change in the wind blows in an assertive nanny who matches the qualifications of the children and not the father. As she helps them magically explore the world around them the father grows increasingly disapproving of her methods, and must eventually deal with his own distance from his children.
The Moon-Spinners (1964) as 2nd unit dir
When Nikki Ferris and her aunt took a trip to a small Greek island, they never expected to get involved in jewel theft and murder. A strangely reluctant innkeeper, a handsome Englishmen, a missing boy and a mysterious yacht all play a part in this Mystery/Romance based on a Mary Stewart novel.
Son of Flubber (1963) as 2nd unit dir
An absent-minded professor gets into legal trouble because of his experiments with a gravity defying substance.
California (1963) as Assistant Director
Big Red (1962) as Assistant Director
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) as 2nd unit dir
A college professor fights off corrupt businessmen to market his new anti-gravity invention.
Toby Tyler (1960) as Assistant Director
Orphan Toby Tyler runs away and joins a traveling circus.
The Shaggy Dog (1959) as Assistant Director
An ancient spell turns a teenager into a large sheep dog.
Missile Monsters (1958) as Assistant Director
A strange craft spying on industrialist Bryant's plant is brought down by Bryant's new atomic ray. Bryant meets the one survivor... Mota from the planet Mars! Not exactly benevolent, Mota enlists the aid of Bryant (a former Nazi) in a scheme to bring Earth under control of a supreme dictator, for its own good of course, using advanced atomic weapons. But their attempts to steal uranium alert Kent Fowler of Fowler Air Patrol, who sets out singlehanded to foil the villains. Fist-fights and wrecks in every episode.
The Maverick Queen (1956) as Assistant Director
In post-Civil War Wyoming, ranch owner Lucy Lee is en route to Rock Springs to sell her cattle. When Jeff Young approaches her camp, asking for food and a place to sleep, she at first fears that he is part of Butch Cassidy's notorious Wild Bunch, an outlaw gang that has been terrorizing the country, but nevertheless allows him to stay.
Lay That Rifle Down (1955) as Assistant Director
Carolina Cannonball (1955) as Assistant Director
Santa Fe Passage (1955) as Assistant Director
Scout and wagon-train guide Kirby Randolph (John Payne) hates all Indians, particularly Kiowa Chief Satank (George Keymas), whose massacre of an entire wagon-train of settlers led by Kirby, has led to his ostracism and neither he nor his pal Sam Beekman (Slim Pickens) can get jobs. Aurelie St. Clair (Faith Domergue), who owns half of an ammunition shipment for sale in Santa Fe to Mexican insurrectionaries, protests when he partner Jess Griswold (Rod Cameron) hires Kirby and Sam as guides. When Kirby saves them all from a wild horse stampede instigated by Satank, she changes her mind and she and Kirby fall in love, although Kirby does not realize she is half-Indian. Jess, who is also in love with Aurelie and wanting to get rid of Kirby, sends his servant Chavez (Anthony Caruso) to Satank offering to deliver Kirby to the Chief in return for safe passage for the wagon train. But, Satank plans to get both Kirby and the wagon train.
The Vanishing American (1955) as Assistant Director
The Outcast (1954) as Assistant Director
Jubilee Trail (1954) as Assistant Director
A pregnant widow ventures West in search of a new life.
Shadows of Tombstone (1953) as Assistant Director
Savage Frontier (1953) as Assistant Director
In his final B western, Bob Steele is Sam Webb, an ex-outlaw gone straight. When the Cherokee Kid is broken out of jail Rocky questions Sam. Cherokee was in Sam's gang which has now been taken over by respected townsman Oakes. Just as Rocky convinces Sam to talk, Oakes has Sam shot. Oakes then plans to lure Rocky into a trap and also finish off Sam.
El Paso Stampede (1953) as Assistant Director
In the last of the "Rocky" Lane series, federal marshal Rocky Lane (Allan Lane) saddles up "Black Jack" and heads for the Mexican border to investigate cattle rustling during the Spanish-American War. He gets a job with feed-merchant Nugget Clark (Eddy Waller), and discovers that Nugget's wizened little helper,Josh Bailey (Edward Clark), has been giving cattle shipment information to the town dentist, Mason "Doc" Ramsey (Stephen Chase), who is the secret leader of the rustlers headed by Floyd Garnett (Roy Barcroft.) When Ramsey and Garnett steal some of Nugget's cattle feed, Rocky follows them to their hideout through a waterfall into a hidden valley (El Paso is overun with such scenic delights.) The outlaws have kidnapped Alice Clark (Phyllis Coates)and Rocky captures Ramsey after Garnett is killed in a gun battle. Alice is rescued, the stolen cattle are recovered and Rocky moves on to his next film assignment, which was more than five years later when he turned up as the sheriff in Universal's "The Saga of Hemp Brown." This film had two working titles, "Stagecoach To Cheyenne" and "El Dorado Gold Rush", which lasted until somebody read the script and found no mention of gold rushes, El Dorado, Cheyenne or stagecoaches-to-anywhere. The waterfall in a hidden valley would have fit Cheyenne better than El Paso, but it would have been a heck of a cattle drive to get the herd across the Mexican border.
A Perilous Journey (1953) as Assistant Director
Marshal of Cedar Rock (1953) as Assistant Director
Banker Mason is after the ranchers land so he can resell it to the railroad for a profit. He has the railroad agent killed and replaces him with his stooge who then offers even less than Mason. But Rocky eventually suspects Mason and when Bill Anderson informs him the agent is a fake, they head out after Mason
South Pacific Trail (1952) as Assistant Director
Tropical Heat Wave (1952) as Assistant Director
Woman of the North Country (1952) as Assistant Director
Captive of Billy the Kid (1952) as Assistant Director
Five people have a part of the map to the treasure of Billy the Kid. Stanley kills Howard to get his piece. Marshal Rocky Lane poses as a crook and takes the other four pieces figuring the killer will contact him. But Stanley knows he is a Marshal and sets a trap to nab him.
Old Oklahoma Plains (1952) as Assistant Director
One-time cavalry officer Rex Allen, between jobs as a star rodeo rider, is asked by his former commanding officer, Colonel Bigelow, to help settle a dispute between the army and local ranchers. The cavalry has commandeered a large parcel of land needed to test their newly-designed tank and prominent rancher Jenson has encited the locals to rebel at this intrusion. It is up to Rex and his sidekick, Slim, to thwart Jenson and convince the residents that these army tests are essential.
Night Riders of Montana (1951) as Assistant Director
State Ranger Rocky Lane becomes involved in a mystery surrounding a gang of horse rustlers and a young rancher who is blamed falsely for a killing. Lane helps uncover the real killers and unmasks the ringleader of the rustlers.
The Vanishing Westerner (1950) as Assistant Director
Salt Lake Raiders (1950) as Assistant Director
When a man sent to prison for murder escapes while being transferred, Rocky is sent to bring him in. When he catches him in a ghost town the man claims to be innocent and was trying to clear himself by finding the stolen money that was never recoveded at the time of the killing. But then they find themselves prisoners of an outlaw gang that is also after the money.
Vigilante Hideout (1950) as Assistant Director
Rocky, a Range Detective, arrives to help Nugget with rustlers. When he learns Nugget owns only three cows, he stays on anyway and soon becomes involved in Benson's attempt to blow open the banks's safe. When Rocky upsets his plans, Benson supposedly gets rid of him by having him declared an outlaw wanted dead or alive. Then Benson takes a load of explosives into an old mine located directly under the bank vault.
Belle of Old Mexico (1950) as Assistant Director
The Red Menace (1949) as Assistant Director
A disillusioned, bitter ex-GI gets involved with the Communist party, and winds up falling in love with one of his "instructors." At first true believers, they realize their mistake when they witness Party leaders murder a member who questions the party's principles. They try to leave the party, but are marked for murder and hunted by the party's assassins.
Post Office Investigator (1949) as Assistant Director
Sundown in Santa Fe (1948) as Assistant Director
A dagger has been left in every robbery by Walter Durant, fugitive leader of the President Lincoln murder ring. Rocky is sent to Santa Fe to find Durant and arrest him and the gang of outlaws he controls. Rocky soon finds that the information for every robbery comes from Tom, who is the son of the sheriff. But Rocky has to arrest the whole gang, and he does not know who is part of the gang and where Durant may be hiding.
Desperadoes of Dodge City (1948) as Assistant Director
Rocky and the Land agent riders need to get an important message to the Army post. The message is stolen but Rocky knows one of the four men on the stagecoach has it. When Rocky and the four get trapped in a shack by the outlaw gang, he learns that one of the four is the gang leader. Rocky has to learn his identity and retrieve the message
Train to Alcatraz (1948) as Assistant Director
Murder in the Music Hall (1946) as Assistant Director
Lake Placid Serenade (1944) as Ice dir

Cinematography (feature film)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) as Raft Camera Mounts 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)
After fleeing a nightclub shooting and being dropped out of an abandoned plane, professor Indiana Jones, singer Wilhelmina 'Willie' Scott and twelve-year-old Short Round find themselves in a starving Indian village who blame their plight on the loss off three mystical stones that have always brought

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Babes in Toyland (1961) as Unit Manager
The town miser plots to force Mary Quite Contrary to marry him.

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