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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Dondi (1961) as Assistant Director
World War II GIs adopt an Italian war orphan.
2.
The Desperados Are in Town (1956) as Assistant Director
3.
Hell's Horizon (1955) as Assistant Director
4.
Top of the World (1955) as 1st asst dir
When he's transferred to Alaska, a brash pilot tries to stop his ex-wife from remarrying.
5.
Crashout (1955) as Assistant Director
Convict Van Duff engineers a large-scale prison break; the six survivors hide out in a forgotten mine working near the prison, then set out on a long, dangerous journey by foot, car, train and truck to retrieve Duff's bank loot. En route, as they touch the lives of "regular folks," each has his own rendezvous with destiny.
6.
The Big Chase (1954) as Assistant Director
7.
The Congregation (1952) as Director
8.
Models Inc. (1952) as Assistant Director
9.
Wagons West (1952) as Assistant Director
Rod Cameron, Noah Berry, Jr., Peggie Castle, Michael Chapin, Henry Brandon, Sara Haden, Frank Ferguson, Glenn Strange. While leading a wagon train to California, the wagonmaster discovers that three of his party are actually gunrunners who are selling arms to the Cheyennes.
10.
Flat Top (1952) as 2nd Unit Director
11.
Cavalry Scout (1951) as Assistant Director
12.
Crazy Over Horses (1951) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys get mixed up with a race horse and the gambling racket.
13.
Joe Palooka in Triple Cross (1951) as Assistant Director
Joe and Anne Palooka, along with Joe's trainer Knobby, are vacationing when they a kidnapped by The Professor and his gang. The Professor plans to make Joe throw a fight (and shows up at the fight dressed as Anne's aunt).
14.
Let's Go Navy (1951) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys join the Navy to catch some crooks posing as sailors.
15.
A Wonderful Life (1951) as Assistant Director
16.
The Highwayman (1951) as Assistant Director
17.
Bowery Battalion (1951) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys join the Army to catch a spy ring.
18.
Elephant Stampede (1951) as Assistant Director
The jungle hero fights off elephant poachers to help a missionary.
19.
New Mexico (1951) as Assistant Director
Captain Hunt of the cavalry is trying to promote good relations with the Indian chief Acoma. But Hunt's superiors in the military insist on pursuing policies that will provoke a conflict, and Chief Acoma is not willing to let himself be insulted.
20.
Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance (1950) as Assistant Director
The Square Deal Boxing Corporation (crooked as a snake's hind leg), through Gordon Rogers (Tom Neal), tries to make a deal with Knobby Walsh (Leon Errol) whereby it will own thirty percent of the contract with Heavyweight Champion Joe Palooka (Joe Kirkwood Jr.) Knobby refuses, saying even in West Wokkington Falls he could stage a record bout. He only mentions the town because that is where he is going with Joe and his wife, Anne Howe Palooka (Lois Collier), to visit their friend Humphrey Pennyworth (Robert Coogan). Rogers assumes Walsh is going to stage a bout between Palooka and Pennyworth and hastens to block it. Rogers tricks Pennyworth into signing with him for a bout and then arranges for the crooked town mayor, Phiffeny (Jack Kirkwood), and his cousins who run the town to erect a fight stadium. Knobby tells Humphrey that the only way to get out of his contract is a recall election replacing the present town officials with honest ones. Humphrey, the most-liked citizen agrees to run for mayor. At a campaign picnic, a child actress hired by Rogers rushes up to the unmarried candidate, crying "Daddy."
21.
Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle (1950) as Assistant Director
Joe is witness to a mob killing. Two of the killers are after him. He is drugged before the big fight which is watched on TV by his manager Knobby and the thugs who are holding Knobby hostage.
22.
The Underworld Story (1950) as Assistant Director
A corrupt newspaperman, blacklisted from his big-city paper, becomes involved with a murder case for a small town paper.
23.
Blues Busters (1950) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys open a night club when a tonsillectomy turns one of them into a singing star.
24.
Young Daniel Boone (1950) as Assistant Director
Frontier scout Daniel Boone (David Bruce) is sent out to locate the only two survivors of General Braddock's men that are believed two have lived through an Indian massacre. One of the survivors, CHarlie Bryan (Don Beddoe), witnessed the capture of his two daughters, Rebecca (Kristine Miller) and Helen (Mary Treen), by the Indians. Boone succeeds in locating and rescuing the women. Shorty afterwards, the Boone party is joined by Captain Fraser (Damian O'Flynn), who proves to be an intelligence officer in the French forces, and Boone's small group is captured. An Indian attack is diverted and the tables are turned in favor of the British forces. Boone kills Captain Fraser, and looks forward to a happy future in Kentucky with Rebecca.
25.
Father Makes Good (1950) as Assistant Director
26.
Joe Palooka in the Big Fight (1949) as Assistant Director
27.
Hold That Baby! (1949) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys discover a lost baby they think is heir to a fortune.
28.
Angels in Disguise (1949) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys go undercover to expose a gang.
29.
Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch (1949) as Assistant Director
Joe heads for South America to fight the Latin champ. Shipboard, he helps federal agents fight counterfeiters. He also spars with love interest Anne Howe.
30.
Forgotten Women (1949) as Assistant Director
31.
Master Minds (1949) as Assistant Director
The Bowery Boys takes on a mad scientist when one of them develops the ability to predict the future.
32.
Jiggs and Maggie in Court (1948) as Assistant Director
33.
The Feathered Serpent (1948) as Assistant Director
34.
Campus Sleuth (1948) as Assistant Director
35.
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948) as Assistant Director
Tom (Don Castle) and Ann (Elyse Knox) are a down-and-out dance team, and while Don seeks engagements, Ann works as an instructor at a dance academy, with Detective Judd (Regis Toomey) one of the many customers she meets. On a hot summer night Tom, awaken from his sleep, tosses his only pair of shoes out the window to quiet two noisy cats. He goes down to retrieve them and can't find them, but Ann discovers them in front of their door the next morning. A near-by recluse is found murdered in his old shack that same day while Tom finds a wallet filled with old $20 bills. Footprints, bearing an imprint like those on a tap-dancer's shoes, plus Don's new-found wealth combine to make a good circumstantial evidence case for Judd against Tom and he is convicted. On the night before his execution, Ann seeks Judd's help in proving Tom is innocent. He turns up a suspect, Kosloff (Robert Lowell), but an air-tight alibi clears him.
36.
Gas House Kids Go West (1947) as Assistant Director
37.
The Chinese Ring (1947) as Assistant Director
The famed Asian detective investigates a murder linked to the Chinese fight for freedom.
38.
Gentleman Joe Palooka (1946) as Assistant Director
39.
Decoy (1946) as Assistant Director
A woman saves her gangster boyfriend from the gas chamber to get her hands on his hidden money.
40.
Detour (1946) as Assistant Director
A hitchhiker takes on a dead man''s identity only to face blackmail by an unscrupulous woman.
41.
Below the Deadline (1946) as Assistant Director
A veteran joins the mob to avenge his gangster brother's murder.
42.
Fog Island (1945) as Assistant Director
43.
How Doooo You Do!!! (1945) as Assistant Director
44.
The Man Who Walked Alone (1945) as Assistant Director
Marion Scott (Dave O'Brien), honorably discharged WW II soldier, in "civies" and carrying a suitcase containing his uniform and medals, is hitch-hiking to the small hometown of a buddy killed overseas, intending to make it his home. En-route, he encounters wealthy society girl Wilhelmina Hammond (Kay Aldridge), who is running away from her stuffed-shirt fiancee, Alvin Bailey (Smith Ballew) and has taken his car without permission. Marion and Wilhelmina are bickering over a blow-out and an empty gas tank when the local cops appear and haul them off to jail on a car-theft charge. Wilhelmina establishes her identity and is released and, intrigued by Marion whom she suspects is a deserter, arranges his release also. She takes him to the Hammond estate and tells Marion, who does not know her true identity, she is Mrs. Hammond's secretary. Wilhelmina has no keys to the home and they are arrested again when they are caught crawling into the house through a window. This time reporters and photographers discover her identity and plaster the papers with a story of an heiress running out on her rich fiancee to take up with an unknown stranger. Over the objections of the Hammond caretaker, Wiggins (Walter Catlett), she hires Marion as a chauffeur and stands her ground when her irate mother (Isabel Randolph) and angry fiancee rush home from New York with their entourage, including: Aunt Harriet (Ruth Lee), an old maid who had an unfortuance love affir during WW I; Patricia (June Robinson), "Willie's" young and mischievous sister; Camille (Vicki Saunders), the family dressmaker, and Champ (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams), Alvin's physical instructor. It becomes a battle of wills as Mrs. Hammond and Alvin are determined to break up a romance that doesn't exist, as "Willie" and Marion are constantly bickering, and Aunt Harriet who is all for the pair getting together.
45.
The Missing Corpse (1945) as Assistant Director
46.
The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945) as Assistant Director
An actor is killed during the performance of a play and critic Tony Woolrich (Dave O'Brien) undertakes to solve the crime. Claudia Moore (Kay Aldridge, in her last movie role), the girl he loves, is suspected, but when two more deaths occur, she is also threatened by the Phantom Killer. During a production of "Julius Caesar" the killer makes a final attempt.
47.
Why Girls Leave Home (1945) as Assistant Director
Diana Leslie (Pamela Blake) is rescued from drowning by reporter Chris Williams (Sheldon Leonard). The latter believes it is an attempted murder rather than the suicide indicated by a note, since the girl had made an appointment to meet him at the dock. The story is told in flashback as Williams visits the people who know Diana. The parents (Virginia Brissac and Joel Friedkin) feel responsible as, against their wishes, Diana had accompanied musician Jimmie Lobo (Elisha Cook Jr.) to the Kitten Club and had gotten a job as a singer but they had not seen her following an argument when she came home that ended with her being slapped by her brother Ted (Fred Kohler Jr.). One of the Kitten Club showgirls, Flo (Constance Worth) tells Chris that when Diane came to the club for an audition, she incurred the wrath of the heavy-drinking featured singer Marianne Mason (Claudia Drake) and club owner Steve Raymond (Paul Gulifoye) delegated her to the hostess ranks of girls whose job was to steer customers to the illegal gambling. This led to a couple of suckers, Wilbur Harris (Walter Baldwin) and Ed Blake (Robert Emmett Keane), losing heavily in the crooked game with Harris committing suicide and Blake being killed in the the ensuing melee.
48.
Dangerous Intruder (1945) as Assistant Director
An actress, Jenny (Veda Ann Borg), is hitchhiking across the country when she is accidently struck by a car. The driver, Max Ducone (Charles Arnt), offers to take her into his home until she can resume traveling. Later Ducone's wife is murdered and Jenny determines to find the killer. With the aid of detective Curtis (Tom Keene as Richard Powers), she discovers that Ducone is the murderer, having killed his wife in order to have the funds to finance his antique collection.

Producer (feature film)

49.
The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972) as Producer
A retired gunman fights to save a group of kidnapped women from the man who raped and murdered his wife.
50.
Thunder Pass (1954) as Associate Producer
51.
The Roar of the Crowd (1953) as Associate Producer
Johnny Tracy (Howard Duff), son of veteran race driver Pop Tracy (Harry Shannon), is working his way up on the racing circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker (Helene Stanley), to give up the track if he wants to marry her. He persuades her to marry him on the promise that he will quit after racing once in the Indaanapolis 500, but he is injured in a qualifying race and goes to work as a spark plug salesman for Mackey (Minor Watson), an old family friend. He is a failure at selling but Marcy changes her attitude towards his racing, and he qualifies for the 500. Race-car drivers Johnnie Parsons, Duke Nalon, Manuel Ayulo (not the actor Manuel Ayuso) and Henry Banks play themselves.
52.
Fighter Attack (1953) as Producer
53.
Fort Vengeance (1953) as Associate Producer
James Craig, Rita Moreno, Keith Larsen, Reginald Denny, Charles Irwin, Morris Ankrum. After violence erupts during a high stakes poker game, two brothers (one good, one evil) are forced to flee to Canada where they join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The evil brother murders a fur trapper and frames a member of the Black Feet Indian tribe forcing the good brother to right the wrong.
54.
Battle Zone (1952) as Associate Producer
A rivalry develops between two Marine combat photographers over the attentions of a Red Cross nurse during their stint in the Korean War.

Art Director (feature film)

55.
The Silver Star (1955) as Art Director

Film Production - Main (feature film)

56.
Boy in the Plastic Bubble, The (1976)
A teenager, born with no immunities and forced to live in an incubator-like environment isolating him from any direct human contact, is faced with a life-or-death decision when he falls in love with the girl next door. Diana Hyland, playing the boy's mother, won an Emmy Award for her performance. Wr
57.
One, Two, Three (1961) as Production Manager
A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
58.
By Love Possessed (1961) as Production Manager
A woman's desperate search for love leads to an affair with her husband's law partner.
59.
Cast a Long Shadow (1959) as Production Manager
A hard-drinking drifter tries to claim a deceased cattle baron's estate.
60.
Girl in the Woods (1958) as Prod supv
61.
The Bold and the Brave (1956) as Production Manager
An assortment of American types come together in the Italian campaign of 1944.
62.
Three for Jamie Dawn (1956) as Production Assistant
63.
The Lonesome Trail (1955) as Production Manager
A veteran of the Indian wars, Johhny Rush returns to his home to find that it has been confiscated by a cattle baron taking over in the valley. Rush also finds that his girl is engaged to the baron, because the girl's fathers' ranch is in financial jeopardy. When Rush loses the use of his gun arm in a fight with the barons henchmen, he learns to use a bow and arrow for defense...with deadly consequences.
64.
The Silver Star (1955) as Unit Manager
65.
Let's Go Navy (1951) as Asst to prod
The Bowery Boys join the Navy to catch some crooks posing as sailors.
66.
Stage Struck (1948) as Production Manager
The police find the body of hostess Helen Howard (Wanda McKay), disposed of by petty racketeer Nick Mantee (Kane Richmond) after she was shot in his Bluejay night club by Benny Nordick (John Gallaudet) because she knew too much about Mantee's rackets. Police Lieutenant Williams (Conrad Nagel)and police Sergeant Tom Rainey (Ralph Byrd) inform the dead girl's parents (Nana Bryant and Selmer Jackson)and sister Nancy (Audrey Long)of the run-away's death. Nancy, following Helen's trail, signs with the Mercer Agency operated by Nordick, training girls for an excessive sum which they work off as hostesses at the Bluejay Club. Nancy becomes a hostess at the club and after a party for Latin-American night club owner Barda (Anthony Warde), she uncovers evidence that places Helen at the club. She accuses Nick and Benny of the murder and the two mobsters realize they must do away with her.
67.
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All (1948) as Production Manager
68.
Smart Woman (1948) as Production Manager
A crusading DA falls for a defense attorney with a criminal past.
69.
Smugglers' Cove (1948) as Production Manager
The Bowery Boys take on a gang of German smugglers.
70.
Violence (1947) as Production Manager
Magazine writer Ann Mason infiltrates the United Defenders, a public service organization which is actually a front for racketeers. But a case of amnesia threatens to blow her cover.
71.
Black Gold (1947) as Production Manager
A Native American man trains a horse for the Kentucky Derby.
72.
Riding the California Trail (1947) as Production Manager
Chasing women and staying one step ahead of the law, the Cisco Kid meets Raquel and then Dolores. He sees that Raole is the boy friend of Raquel but engaged to Dolores. Learning that all her money will got to her uncle Don Jose when she marries Raole, Cisco suspects a plot and sets out to unravel it.
73.
Fall Guy (1947) as Production Manager
Tom Cochrane, full of dope (cocaine) and covered with blood, is picked up by the police and then questioned by detectives Shannon (Douglas Fowley) and Taylor (Harry Strang), but manages to escape. His girl friend Lois Walter (Teala Loring), against the wishes of her guardian, Jim Grosset (Charles Arnt), assists Tom and his police-officer brother-in-law Mac (Robert Armstrong) in trying to clear Tom of a possible murder charge. Tom only recalls meeting a man in a bar and going to a party. Tom and Mac find the man, Joe (Elisha Cook Jr.), who takes them to the party scene, the apartment of the Shindells (John Harmon and Iris Adrian), where they find the body of a murdered girl in the apartment above. The police pick up Mac, while Tom trails Marie (Virginia Dale) and Mike (Jack Overman). Joe is murdered for leading Tom to the scene of the crime, and Marie, who had been hired by the killer to get Tom at the apartment when the crime was committed, is choked to death. Tom, following the killer of Marie, is almost trapped and killed himself, but is saved by Mike.
74.
News Hounds (1947) as Production Manager
When they get newspaper jobs, the Bowery Boys take on a sport-fixing mob.
75.
Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947) as Production Manager
The Bowery Boys try to expose a phony fortune-teller.
76.
Blonde Savage (1947) as Production Manager
Diamond mine owner Mark Harper (Douglass Dumbrille) hires pilot Steve Blake (Leif Erickson) and his pal Hoppy Owens (Frank Jenks)to search for a hidden jungle village from which the natives have made trouble for his mine operations. They crash near the village and discover that Meelah (Gale Sherwood), a white girl brought up by the natives after her parents had been killed for their property by Harper, is the head of the village. Returning to the mine, Harper, already suspicious of what they may have learned and jealous of the attention his wife, Connie Harper (Veda Ann Borg), is paying to Steve, has them jailed, while he leads an expedition against the village and Meelah.
77.
High Conquest (1947) as Production Manager
78.
Rainbow Over the Rockies (1947) as Production Manager
79.
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946) as Production Manager
The always-welcome Elyse Knox and her All-American footballer turned broadcaster husband Tom Harmon appear together in this film but are not romantically involved, as she is the co-ed "sweetheart" of the title and he coaches the Varsity rowing crew. Some source describes Miss Knox as a B-actress. A more apt and better description would be one that describes her as an Actress who never got out of B-movies. This one is about half plot and half music but the plot is stretched pretty thin to cover 35 of the 75 minutes when it essentially boils down to: a couple of gamblers pressure the local night club(soft drinks only)owner to rig things so the local college rowing crew will lose their upcoming race. End of plot when the cowswain of the home team uses a rabbit's foot to plug the hole the gamblers cut in the bottom of their racing shell. Two of 1945's top hits, "Five Minutes More" and Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer, Putti-Putti" are performed, although some people who heard "Cement Mixer" in 1945 are still wondering what it was all about.
80.
Mr. Hex (1946) as Production Manager
A hypnotist turns one of the Bowery Boys into a championship boxer.
81.
The Trap (1946) as Production Manager
Famed Asian detective Charlie Chan investigates the murders of two entertainers.
82.
Wife Wanted (1946) as Production Manager
Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), Caldwell runs a matrimonial bureau and, with the aid of his associate, Lee Kirby (John Gallaudet), they defraud and blackmail a large group of lonely people. Carole, unknowingly, is used as bait for one of their victims, Walter Desmond (Barton Yarborough), who "commits suicide." Reporter William Tyler (Robert Shayne) thinks otherwise and, posing as a rich rancher, contacts Miss Raymond. The latter, now being blackmailed by Caldwell, is forced to persuade Tyler to invest in a fraudulent oil deal. In her own attempt to break the racket, Carole uncovers Mildred Hayes (Teala Loring), another innocent victim of the Desmond case. Despite leading each other on for their own purposes, Carole and Tyler fall in love and combine their efforts.
83.
Song of the Sierras (1946) as Production Manager
84.
6,000 Enemies (1939) as Scr clerk
A prison riot traps an innocent couple.

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