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John Maxwell

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Director (feature film)

This Side of the Law (1950) as Dialogue Director
An unscrupulous lawyer hires a vagrant to impersonate a missing millionaire.
The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) as Dialogue Director
An artist discovers a real-life version of the perfect woman he's been drawing for years.
Deputy Marshal (1949) as Dial supv
A few minutes before he is killed by an unseen gunman using a split-butt rifle, in a saloon in Tumult, Wyoming, railway employee Harley Masters (Wheaton Chambers) gives a secret map to Deputy Marshal Ed Garry (Jon Hall.) Garry is questioned about the murder by Master's niece Janet (Frances Langford); her cousin Bill Masters (Russell Hayden); the town big-shot, Joel Benton (Dick Foran) and Doc Vinson (Clem Bevans). Garry meets Claire Benton (Julie Bishop) when her brother and his henchman Eli Cressett (Joe Sawyer) question Garry about the map. Garry accuses Cressett of being one of the two wanted men he is seeking. Cressett, aided by Benton, escapes from jail. Garry and Janet find a split-butt rifle near where one of her hands was killed in a rustling raid. They take it to town and Garry telegraphs the Winchester Arms Company and asks the name of the purchaser based on their serial number records. Cressett meets with Bill Masters, the real leader of the gang, and is offered more money if he will kill Benton. He agrees, but intends to double-cross Masters.
Flaxy Martin (1949) as Dialogue Director
Messing with a mobster's girlfriend gets a lawyer framed for murder.
The House Across the Street (1949) as Dialogue Director
Mob pressure sends a crusading reporter from the front page to the advice column.
The Big Punch (1948) as Dialogue Director
Gangsters frame a boxer for murder when he refuses to throw a fight.
Always Together (1948) as Dialogue Director
A dying millionaire gives his fortune to a working girl, then recovers and tries to get it back.
Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948) as Dialogue Director
A society woman gets involved with a gangster only to find he has hidden plans.
Deep Valley (1947) as Dialogue Director
A farmer's daughter helps an escaped convict.
The Man I Love (1947) as Dialogue Director
A night-club singer gets involved with a mobster.
Cheyenne (1947) as Dialogue Director
A gambler falls for the wife of the outlaw he's out to catch.
Objective, Burma! (1945) as Dialogue Director
An American platoon parachutes into Burma to take out a strategic Japanese outpost.
Is Everybody Happy? (1943) as Dialogue Director

Cast (feature film)

Cage of Evil (1960) as Don [Dan] Melrose
A cattle driver finds himself stuck working for both sides during the Civil War.
The Lineup (1958) as Norm Thompson
A pair of hit men track down a heroin shipment while the police get closer.
Cole Younger, Gunfighter (1958) as Henry Caswell
A young man in trouble with the Texas state police during the 1870's is forced to go on the lam, joining a gang with an infamous outlaw.
The Man Who Died Twice (1958) as Chief Sloane
Flood Tide (1958) as John Brighton
The finding of a body on the beach leads to the conviction for murder of Bill Holleran (who claims innocence), thanks to the testimony of a 10-year-old boy, David Gordon. In flashback, Holleran's landlord Steve Martin recalls his prior involvement with David's widowed mother Anne, broken off because of the disabled boy's vindictive jealousy. Now that a man's life is at stake, Steve reluctantly re-enters the lives of the Gordons to find the truth. Is David a monster or just misunderstood?
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) as Merchant
Dramatization of the legendary battle between Wyatt Earp and the Clanton Gang.
The Wayward Girl (1957) as Parole agent
A Strange Adventure (1956) as Insurance lawyer
These Wilder Years (1956) as Board of directors member
A wealthy businessman sets out to find his long-lost illegitimate son.
Backlash (1956) as Col. Welnick
Jim Slater's father (whom he never knew) died in the Apache ambush at Gila Valley, and Jim is searching for the one survivor, who supposedly went for help but disappeared with a lot of gold. In the process, he gets several people gunning for him, and he keeps meeting liberated woman Karyl Orton, who may be on a similar mission. Renewed Apache hostilities and an impending range war provide complications.
Showdown at Abilene (1956) as Frank Scovie
Francis in the Haunted House (1956) as Edward Ryan
Terror at Midnight (1956) as Capt. Allyson
Masterson of Kansas (1955) as Amos Merrick
Sheriff Bat Masterson joins forces with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to save a rancher framed for murder.
Trial (1955) as Benedict
A Mexican boy accused of rape and murder becomes a pawn for Communists and red-baiters.
The Eternal Sea (1955) as Adm. William F. Halsey
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) as Court judge
An air-corps pioneer stands trial for criticizing his superiors.
City of Shadows (1955) as Dean Wilmot
Johnny Guitar (1954) as Jake
A lady saloon owner battles a female rancher out to frame her for murder.
Them! (1954) as Dr. Grant
Federal agents fight to destroy a colony of mutated giant ants.
Young at Heart (1954) as Doctor
A cynical songwriter upsets the lives of three musical sisters.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) as Ike Hickey
A small-town girl's love life goes ballistic when her sweetheart returns from World War I.
Champ for a Day (1953) as Doctor
Devil's Canyon (1953) as Storekeeper
A U.S. Marshal is unjustly convicted and sent to a notorious Arizona prison.
The Girl Who Had Everything (1953) as Newspaper man
A criminal lawyer's daughter falls for one of his clients.
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953) as Judge
A garage owner taps into his rivals' gas lines.
So Big (1953) as Rev. Dekker
A schoolteacher-turned-farmer fights to save the land and her son.
The Bigamist (1953) as Judge
A woman discovers her husband has another family in another city.
The Juggler (1953) as Official
A Jewish refugee fights to overcome the psychological effects of his World War II experiences.
The War of the Worlds (1953) as Doctor
A scientist on vacation stumbles upon a Martian invasion.
Paula (1952) as Lab man
A woman harbors a deadly secret when her husband brings home a child she injured in a hit-and-run accident.
Something for the Birds (1952) as Congressman Craig
A conservationist fights to save the habitat of the California condor and to do it she works her way into the affections of a representative of the oil company that wants the land for their own purposes.
Woman of the North Country (1952) as Doctor
Carbine Williams (1952) as Dr. McDonald
True story of the convicted bootlegger who fought for his freedom by inventing a new rifle.
Thunderbirds (1952) as Two-star general
The Turning Point (1952) as Ed
Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city, and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship for John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense.
Because You're Mine (1952) as Chaplain
After being drafted, an opera star falls for his sergeant's sister.
Without Warning! (1952) as Fred Saunders
Lovely To Look At (1952) as Mr. Fergus
All-star remake of Roberta, with three Broadway producers inheriting a Parisian fashion house.
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) as Doctor Vance
True story of Annette Kellerman, the world''''s first great swimming star.
Meet Me at the Fair (1952) as Mr. Spooner
In 1904, Doc Tilbee, medicine show huckster and champion tall-tale teller, gives a ride to a young boy escaped from an orphanage, where bad conditions (the result of political graft) are being investigated by new appointee Zerelda Wing, who doesn't know that her fiancée is one of the politicians responsible. Tad wants to stay with his new friend Doc, who is attracted to Zerelda, to the discomfiture of his old flame Clara...all amid nostalgic musical numbers.
The Enforcer (1951) as Doctor
A crusading district attorney takes on the mob''''s murder machine.
Texas Carnival (1951) as Doctor
A penniless carnival worker runs up a mountain of debts when he's mistaken for a millionaire.
Night into Morning (1951) as Dr. Huntington
After a fire kills his family, a college professor sinks into alcoholism.
Three Guys Named Mike (1951) as Dr. Matthew Hardy
A stewardess can't choose among three suitors.
The Unknown Man (1951) as Doctor [Palmer]
A scrupulously honest lawyer discovers that the client he''''s gotten off was really guilty.
The Lady from Texas (1951) as Mr. Deevers
Iron Man (1951) as Dr. Rowan
In Coaltown, Pennsylvania, miner Coke Mason hopes to better himself, buy a radio store, and marry Rose Warren. His gambler brother George thinks Coke can be more successful as a boxer, knowing that when he fights he's consumed with a murderous rage that makes him an "iron man." Seeing dollar signs in Rose's eyes, Coke reluctantly agrees, though he's fearful of the "killer instinct" that makes him a knockout success in the ring...and brings him the booing hatred of the fans. Will Coke throw off his personal demon before he kills someone?
Starlift (1951) as George Norris
An actress and an air transport crewman fall in love in this star-studded salute to the Korean war.
The Prowler (1951) as Bud Crocker
A policeman''''s obsession with a married woman leads to murder.
Callaway Went Thataway (1951) as Mr. Bonner
A real cowboy signs on to impersonate a faded western star for public appearances.
The People Against O'Hara (1951) as Thayer Connolly
A defense attorney jeopardizes his career to save his client.
Too Young to Kiss (1951) as Conductor
A grown woman poses as a child prodigy to advance her career as a concert pianist.
Close to My Heart (1951) as Sgt. Lydecker
A journalist's wife insists on adopting an abandoned child.
The Strip (1951) as Doctor
A jazz drummer fights to clear his name when he's accused of killing a racketeer.
A Life of Her Own (1950) as Executive
An innocent small-town girl climbs to the top of the modeling business man by man.
The Damned Don't Cry (1950) as Doctor
Fed up with her small-town marriage, a woman goes after the big time and gets mixed up with the mob.
Dial 1119 (1950) as Editor
A killer holds the customers at a bar hostage.
Devil's Doorway (1950) as Posse member
A Native American Civil War hero returns home to fight for his people.
Pretty Baby (1950) as Simmons
A pair of advertising executives use a woman's child to snag a client.
Side Street (1950) as Monitor's voice
A New York City mailman is chased by both cops and crooks when he steals a shipment of dirty money.
Mystery Street (1950) as Kilrain
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim's bones to go on.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) as Dr. Swanson
A gang of small time crooks plots an elaborate jewel heist.
Shadow on the Wall (1950) as Foreman
A child is left mute by the sight of her stepmother's murder.
Right Cross (1950) as Walker
A boxer's ego battles his love for his manager's daughter.
Arson--Inc. (1949) as Detective
Adam's Rib (1949) as Court clerk
Husband-and-wife lawyers argue opposite sides in a sensational women''s rights case.
The Paleface (1948) as Village gossip
An inept dentist must rescue his outlaw wife from the Indians.
Desire Me (1947) as Hayes Church dignitary
A war widow falls in love with the man who informed her of her husband's death.
Fiesta (1947) as Servant
A Mexican beauty replaces her toreador brother in the bull ring so he can pursue his musical career.
The Perfect Marriage (1947) as Father
Jenny (Loretta Young) and Dale Williams (David Niven) have been married ten years and parents of a nine-year-old daughter, "Cookie" Williams (Nona Griffith.) They live well, have separate careers, are surrounded by sophisticated friends, and are afflicted with overattentive in-laws on each side. Celebrating their tenth anniversary,this, of course, means it is time to tell each other they want a divorce from each other. They talk about it. They talk to their friends about it. The friends and in-laws talk to them and to each other and to anyone who will listen about it.
O.S.S. (1946) as LaFevre
John Martin is part of an American spy team dropped into France during World War II to destroy the French railway system. After successfully blowing up a tunnel he runs back to save Ellen and is told "Never come back for me again." Later he must choose whether or not to obey her wishes.
Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) as Courier
Beaucaire is a barber for the Royal French court who becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a noblesman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble.
Kismet (1944) as Guard
In the classic Arabian Nights tale, the king of the beggars enters high society to help his daughter marry a handsome prince.
The Last Ride (1944) as Sidney Drake
A detective suspects foul play in a series of accidental deaths.
Lady in the Death House (1944) as [Robert] Snell
A young woman is on death row for the murder of a man who was blackmailing her family, although she claims she was framed. Her fiance, a doctor who is conducting experiments on reviving the dead, also happens to be the state's executioner, and is assigned to pull the switch when she is strapped into the electric chair. A famous criminologist, believing her to be innocent, rushes to investigate the case and clear her before her execution date.
Alaska (1944) as Kallan
Lost Angel (1944) as Detective
A girl raised to be a genius gets lost and discovers the simple pleasure of life.
The Last Horseman (1944) as Cash Watson
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.
False Faces (1943) as Stewart
Silver Skates (1943) as Creditor
The management of touring ice show faces mounting debts.
The Pay Off (1943) as [Vince] Moroni
Special prosecutor Lloyd Pearson (Ian Keith) has been murdered and there is strong evidence that gambler Moroni (John Maxwell) committed the crime, but he has an air-tight alibi, spending the evening with Brad McKay (Lee Tracy), star reporter of the Chronicle. Norris (Robert Middlemass), the publisher, send Brad and his son, Guy Norris (Tom Brown), to cover the story. Brad learns that Moroni did commit the murder, but has no way to prove it. Moroni tells Brad that the murdered prosecutor was getting a payoff, and was killed by his assistant Hugh Walker (Forrest Taylor) following a quarrel. John Angus (Jack La Rue), proprietor of the Hi Lo Club, tells Moroni that Brad suspects him. Phyllis Walker (Tina Thayer) tells Brad that her father is in danger from Moroni. Hugh Walker has given her a key to the public locker where some money is hidden. That night, Brad finds Moroni dead. He realizes there is a higher-up that had Moroni kill Pearson, and then has had Moroni killed. He learns that Walker has been kidnapped, but secures the money from the locker and hides it in his apartment. He meets Alma Dorne (Evelyn Brent)at the night club, and, while attracted to her, he suspects she is an accomplice of the gang. He surprises her while she is searching his apartment for the money, and agrees to help him. Norris summons Brad to his home for Brad to show him what evidence he has collected so far. Norris, at the point of a gun, tells Brad he has collected too much. Brad gets the upper hand by telling Norris that his son Guy is walking into a death trap. Norris rushes to save his son from the trap he himself had set for Brad.
Murder on the Waterfront (1943) as Daniel Lewis
Nazis and entertainers are involved in an inventor''''s murder.
Rhythm of the Islands (1943) as Marco
Mission to Moscow (1943) as Reporter
True story of U.S. Ambassador Joseph E. Davies' attempts to forge a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union.
Truck Busters (1943) as Danton
An independent driver organizes other truckers to fight a corrupt executive.
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) as
The Western hero takes on a ruthless land baron whose henchmen killed his best friend.
Murder in the Big House (1942) as Prison doctor
Two reporters take on a murder ring at the state pen.
Seven Sweethearts (1942) as City editor
A father insists that his seven daughters marry in order, from eldest to youngest.
The Boss of Big Town (1942) as Foster
The Omaha Trail (1942) as Croupier
The coming of the railroad to the West triggers an Indian war.
You Can't Escape Forever (1942) as Reporter
Although she''''s been demoted to writing the advice column, a newspaper woman still tries to expose a racketeer.
Man from Headquarters (1942) as Marvin
Reporter Larry Doyle is rewarded for his role in the capture of the Pardoni gang, but then loses his job on a frame-up to keep him from testifying. He goes to a neighboring city, meets Ann and, before he gets another reporting job, has to pawn his engraved revolver with a fence in league with the gangsters also part of Pardoni's mob. The gang gets the revolver from the fence and plant it at their next job, but Larry is on their trail and captures them at the pawn shop.
The Male Animal (1942) as Editor
A college professor fights censorship and an amorous football player who's after his wife.
Arizona Terrors (1942) as Larry Madden
Gentleman Jim (1942) as Broker
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
Criminal Investigator (1942) as Brandt
The Lone Prairie (1942) as Lafe Kinney
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.
Wings for the Eagle (1942) as Supervisor
Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl.
The Mystery of Marie Roget (1942) as Detective
Grand Central Murder (1942) as Strom
A detective investigates an actress's murder in a train car.
Broadway (1942) as Ed
Spy Ship (1942) as Ernie Haskell
A flighty society girl sells secrets to the enemy.
Passage from HongKong (1941) as American consul
A thriller writer tries to impress a young woman by pretending to be tied to a murder.
Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941) as Gillis
A reporter tries to solve a series of boardinghouse murders.
Honky Tonk (1941) as Kendall
A young girl falls for a western gambler.
Father Steps Out (1941) as Macy
A remake of Monogram's 1934 "City Limits" with practically all of the character role names the same as in the earlier film, and the primary difference here is that the author of the original story, Jack Woodford, receives no mention here. George Waggner (as Joseph West),who adapted the story for the first film, takes an "original screenplay" credit here with no nod in the direction of the man who wrote the story in the first place. A glance at a few Universal B-westerns Waggner "wrote" for Bob Baker will find that the majority of them had also been written before by other writers, mostly in the John Wayne Lone Star westerns. Edmond Kelso's additional dialogue credit must have been for the interplay between Frank Faylen's and Charlie Hall's hobo characters, especially when Faylen starts explaining why the sixty-cent dollar is still worth a dollar in a 40-year precursor to voo-doo economics. Story concerns railroad tycoon J.B. Matthews (Jed Prouty) taking over a rival line, being sent on an R&R vacation by his doctor, falling off his private train-car and landing in a hobo jungle occupied by Faylen and Hall, and being cured of all his ills, while reporter Jimmy Dugan (Frank Albertson) poses as a doctor in order to get an exclusive story about the railroad takeover.
Flying Cadets (1941) as Mr. Taylor
You're in the Army Now (1941) as Army doctor
Two incompetent door-to-door salesmen enlist by accident.
Borrowed Hero (1941) as Editor

Film Production - Main (feature film)

The Paleface (1948) as Dial coach
An inept dentist must rescue his outlaw wife from the Indians.

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