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Noel Smith

Noel Smith



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Also Known As: Died: September 20, 1955
Born: May 22, 1895 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: California, USA Profession: Director ...


Director (feature film)

Cattle Town (1952) as Director
The mediator in a dispute between farmers and cattle men falls for the head rancher's daughter.
The Lion and the Horse (1952) as 2nd Unit Director
A cowboy fights to save a wild horse from its exploitative owner.
The Big Cat (1949) as Dir, 2d unit
1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.
Man from Texas (1948) as 2nd Unit Director
Mickey (1948) as 2nd Unit Director
The Red Stallion (1947) as Dir of 2d unit
Yong Joel Curtis (Ted Donaldson) finds an orphaned colt in the woods, whom he names "Red" and raises and trains him. When he learns that his grandmother (Jane Darwell) is going to have to sell her ranch to pay off the debts, he trains Red, with the help of Andy McBride (Robert Paige), as a race horse with the intention of selling his beloved animal friend in order to pay off his grandmother's debts.
Chetniks! (1943) as 2nd Unit Director
A guerrilla resistance leader battles Nazi troops in German-occupied Yugoslavia.
Gang Busters (1942) as Director
Detective Lt.Bill Bannister (Kent Taylor) has the assignment to run down an unknown gang of terrorists spreading a net of crime over the city. Aiding him is Detective Tim Nolan (Robert Armstrong), news photographer Vicki Logan (Irene Hervey) and reporter Happy Haskins (Richard Davies). Bill finds that the gang's leader is a mysterious Professor Mortis (Ralph Morgan) and the gang is made up of known criminals officially listed in the police records as dead. Each has become of member of Mortis' "League of Murdered Men" after seemingly committing suicide by hanging while on death row. Bill eventually, after surviving a plane crash, being dynamited, dropped down a well and other nuisances, tracks the gang to two hideouts; a subterranean cell beneath the city's subways and a suburban mystery house.
Here Comes Happiness (1941) as Director
An heiress ditches her fortune-hunting fiance to find happiness living on her own.
Burma Convoy (1941) as Director
Film foreword: "Through the teeming heart of Asia, halfway between Rangood and Shanghai, twists the hand-hewn Burma Road, lifeline for the embattled Army of China, headquartered at Chungking. Over this dangerous seven hundred miles of highway roars a stream of truck---hell drivers at their wheels---trucks loaded with food, munitions, guns...blood and sinew of the defenders of the ancient soil of China. Fountain-head for these vital supplies, end of the rail line from the west is the sprawling Burmese BOOMTOWN OF LASHIO." Story mostly pertains to the trucking of munitions to the Chinese Army under British direction and with some Americans participating, but there is no dialogue references to Japan, and the parachute troops who attempt to sabotage the convoy are identified as Chinese insurrectionists. Two months after its October release, Universal could have called a spade a spade.Accuracy footnote:Despite revisionists sources that seem to think so,this was not distributed in 1941 by MCA/Universal, because MCA/Universal did not exist in 1941. Universal Pictures Company did, and they were the distributor.
The Nurse's Secret (1941) as Director
When her patient is murdered, a private-duty nurse investigates the crime.
The Case of the Black Parrot (1941) as Director
A newspaperman sets out to catch a sea-going thief.
Ladies Must Live (1940) as Director
A country bumpkin tries to save his millionaire pal from a gold-digging singer.
Calling All Husbands (1940) as Director
A henpecked husband confronts the man his wife thinks she should have married.
Always a Bride (1940) as Director
A society girl pushes her working class boyfriend into politics.
Private Detective (1939) as Director
Rival detectives fall in love when they're forced to work together.
Secret Service of the Air (1939) as Director
A government agent battles smugglers.
Torchy Blane...Playing with Dynamite (1939) as Director
A female reporter gets herself arrested so she can interview a gangster''s moll.
Code of the Secret Service (1939) as Director
Secret Service agents try to solve the theft of treasury banknote plates.
Father Is a Prince (1939) as Director
An industrialist values money over his family''''s happiness.
Cowboy Quarterback (1939) as Director
A football scout tries to get a legendary runner back into the game.
Mystery House (1938) as Director
A detective tries to solve a murder in a house full of suspects.
The Cherokee Strip (1937) as Director
Outlaws lame a cowboy''''s horse on the eve of the Oklahoma land rush.
Blazing Sixes (1937) as Director
A government agent poses as an outlaw to stop a series of gold robberies.
Guns of the Pecos (1937) as Director
Texas Rangers take on cattle rustlers.
Over the Goal (1937) as Director
A college football star risks his health to play in the big game.
California Mail (1936) as Director
A singing cowboy has to fight some crooked characters to win a pony express contract.
King of Hockey (1936) as Director
A hockey star goes blind and has to fight for a new life.
Trailin' West (1936) as Director
A singing secret agent tracks down renegades at President Lincoln''''s request.

Writer (feature film)

It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog (1946) as Gags and comedy const
Reporter Henry Barton, just out of the Army, is chagrined to be made Science Editor while his old crime reporter job goes to Bess. Against orders, Henry probes a racketeering case, and is in a Brooklyn tavern when beautiful Julia comes in with a well-trained Doberman Pinscher and with the dog's aid proceeds to rob the place... or does she? More complications ensue, with a "battle of the sexes" undertone.

Director (short)

Slapsie Maxie's (1939)
In this comedic short, a waiter accidentally knocks out a boxing champion leading to a humorous "rematch." Vitaphone Release 9384-9385.
Campus Cinderella (1938)
After falling in love with a co-ed, a popular basketball star plays for a different college than what his father originally wanted in this musical short. Vitaphone Release 8809-8810.

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