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Also Known As: Clarence Drake Died: August 5, 1991
Born: May 28, 1903 Cause of Death: long illness
Birth Place: Boise, Idaho, USA Profession: director, actor, producer, cattle rancher

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Prolific director of B westerns whose career spanned the early days of silent film through the "golden age" of TV. A former cattle rancher, Drake entered silent films as the star of numerous Westerns for Golden West Productions in San Diego, most of which he also wrote and directed. As a writer-director for Republic, Monogram, RKO, Columbia and Universal, he reworked basic sagebrush plots as vehicles for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson and Jimmy Wakely. Drake moved to TV in 1951, working on the western series "The Gene Autry Show," "Annie Oakley" and "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" as well as "The Adventures of Superman" and "Lassie" before his retirement in 1967.

Prolific director of B westerns whose career spanned the early days of silent film through the "golden age" of TV. A former cattle rancher, Drake entered silent films as the star of numerous Westerns for Golden West Productions in San Diego, most of which he also wrote and directed. As a writer-director for Republic, Monogram, RKO, Columbia and Universal, he reworked basic sagebrush plots as vehicles for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson and Jimmy Wakely. Drake moved to TV in 1951, working on the western series "The Gene Autry Show," "Annie Oakley" and "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" as well as "The Adventures of Superman" and "Lassie" before his retirement in 1967.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Lust to Kill (1958) Director
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  Outlaw Treasure (1955) Director
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  Battling Marshal (1950) Director
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  Roaring Westward (1949) Director
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  Lawless Code (1949) Director
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  Across the Rio Grande (1949) Director
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  Brand of Fear (1949) Director
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  Fighting Mustang (1948) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Red Blood and Blue (1925) "Slim"
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Was a cattle rancher until 1917
1917:
Entered show business with Golden West Productions in San Diego as an actor and sometimes writer and director of 28 Westerns
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After advent of sound wrote Westerns for Republic, Monogram, RKO, Columbia and Universal
1951:
Began directing TV Westerns
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Created "26 Men", a syndicated Western series
1967:
Retired
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wife:
Maybelle Barringer.
wife:
June Drake.

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"Written, Produced and Directed by Oliver Drake"

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