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Mel Epstein

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Director (feature film)

Welcome Stranger (1947) as Fill-in asst dir
A small-town doctor resents the presence of a new younger physician and his newfangled ways.
My Favorite Brunette (1947) as Assistant Director
A baby photographer mistaken for a private eye ends up framed for murder.
The Crystal Ball (1943) as Assistant Director
A female fortuneteller uses her "powers" to land a man.
The Lady Eve (1941) as Assistant Director
A lady cardsharp tries to con an eccentric scientist only to fall for him.
Skylark (1941) as 1st asst dir
A neglected housewife falls in love with a handsome attorney.
Arise, My Love (1940) as Assistant Director
A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter find adventure in Europe on the eve of World War II.
The Ghost Breakers (1940) as Assistant Director
A radio broadcaster running from the mob helps an heiress deal with her family''''s haunted mansion.
Dancing on a Dime (1940) as Assistant Director
Emergency Squad (1940) as Assistant Director
Queen of the Mob (1940) as Assistant Director
Ambush (1939) as Assistant Director
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939) as Assistant Director
Bulldog Drummond discovers the house he┬┐s rented for his wedding hides a secret treasure.
Our Neighbors--the Carters (1939) as Assistant Director
The Cat and the Canary (1939) as Assistant Director
An attorney tries to protect the sole heir to a millionaire┬┐s creepy estate.
Invitation to Happiness (1939) as Assistant Director
Trainer Pop Hardy thinks his heavyweight boxer 'King' Cole could be champ...some day; he wants to sell a half interest in Cole to his rich friend Wayne. Wayne's daughter Eleanor is disdainful, but brash Cole manages to get under her skin. Can a society dame and a mug find happiness together? And can she wait for his slow rise to fame?
King of Alcatraz (1938) as Assistant Director
A group of prisoners break out of Alcatraz and hijack a passenger ship.
Prison Farm (1938) as Assistant Director
Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938) as Assistant Director
Drummond, his girlfriend and his butler try to free an high post of Scotland Yard who has been kidnapped.
Her Jungle Love (1938) as Assistant Director
While searching the South Pacific for a missing aviator, Bob Mitchell (Ray Milland) and Jimmy Wallace (Lynne Overman) are caught in a typhoon and crack up on an island, escaping unharmed with the aid of Tura (Dorothy Lamour), a beautiful jungle girl who is the only inhabitant of the island and is believed a goddess by the natives of the adjoining islands. The three are about to leave the island on a make-shift raft when a gang of savage tribesman land, headed by Kuasa (J. Carroll Naish), a half-mad potentate who informs them that all whites are his mortal enemies because an Englishwoman once spurned his love and he got his revenge by stealing her daughter, who is Tura. He had set her up as a goddess but she must now pay for befriending the hated white men by being sacrificed to the crocodiles in an underground temple. An earthquake rocks the island and destroys Kuasa and his band. Bob, Jimmy and Tura find a party of rescuers waiting on the beach, headed by aviation company president J. C. Martin (Jonathan Hale) and his daughter Eleanor (Virginia Vale as Dorothy Howe), Bob's fiancee. It soon becomes evident that Bob must choose between Tura and Elanor.
Night Club Scandal (1937) as Assistant Director
Dr. Ernest Tindal kills his wife and plants clues pointing to her lover, Frank Marsh. Vera, Frank's sister, enlists the aid or reporter Russell Kirk in proving the innocence of her brother. Detective McKinley thinks that gangster Jack Reed is involved and shoots Reed when he attempts to escape. Reed gets away but goes to Dr. Tindal for treatment of his wound and Tindal kills him on the operating table. Kirk has uncovered some new evidence and confronts Tindal with it.

Producer (feature film)

Alaska Seas (1954) as Producer
Robert Ryan and Brian Keith, vastly under-rated actors, take a B-potboiler and make it appear to actually be something more. Matt Baker (Robert Ryan), a nere-do-well adventurer, gets out of jail and skips/sails away on his boat without paying for the storage and repairs. Back in his hometown, he is hired by his old friend Jim Kimmerly (Brian Keith), head of the Salmon fishermen who have formed a canning cooperative, and are battling against an organized gang that rob the fishing traps regulary. Matt gets into a jam and needs money, so he joins the raiders, although his friend Jim, unaware of his duplicity, keeps covering for him among the other fishermen. The two men are also vying for the favors of Nicky (Jan Sterling.)
Secret of the Incas (1954) as Producer
An Inca legend says the Inca Empire was destroyed by the gods when a gold and jeweled starburst was stolen from the Temple of the Sun centuries ago, and the ancient civilization will spring anew when the treasure is returned. The natives want it but so does Harry Steele (Charlton Heston), an American adventurer of slightly-shady ways who wants it for personal gain, as does his adversary (Thomas Mitchell), a grizzled old man even more into skullduggery than Steele. The latter teams up with Elena Antonescu (Nicole Maurey), an Iron Curtain refugee fleeing from the MKVD. She can help him get a plane and he can help her escape Peru for the relative safety of Mexico.Is there a chance they will end up in a bickering love-hate relationship?...Is there a chance an American archaelogist, Dr. Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young), will come along as one corner of a romantic triangle?...Is there a chance that Yma Sumac (billed third on the posters and ads and special billed in the film), who can't act but can sing, will sing a few songs?...Is there a chance that these trite-sounding questions will develop into a film that is far from trite and vastly entertaining? Dang right, there is. Check it out.
The Savage (1952) as Producer
Charlton Heston, Susan Morrow, Peter Hanson, Joan Taylor, Richard Rober, Milburn Stone, Ted De Corsia, & Donald Porter as Running Dog. A white man raised as an Indian by the Sioux is torn between loyalty to his adopted tribe and his true heritage when a minor feud between the cavalry and the Sioux erupts into warfare.
Dear Brat (1951) as Producer
Branded (1951) as Producer
A gunman tries to pass himself off as a wealthy ranchers long lost son.
Molly (1951) as Producer
Copper Canyon (1950) as Producer
During post civil war, southern veterans move wet to find money to rebuild their homes and are continuously harassed.
Whispering Smith (1949) as Associate Producer
A railroad detective tries to bring in a gang of train robbers and a lost love.
Hazard (1948) as Producer

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Welcome Stranger (1947) as Unit bus mgr
A small-town doctor resents the presence of a new younger physician and his newfangled ways.

Producer (special)

Man Without a Gun (1958) as Producer
The series, set in Yellowstone, Dakota, during the 1870s, relates the exploits of Adam MacLean, a newspaper editor as he attempts to establish peace through the power of the press. In April of 1957, an unaired pilot episode was filmed with Robert Rockwell as the star. The episode, produced by 20th

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