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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Rolling Caravans (1938) as Assistant Director
2.
Stagecoach Days (1938) as Assistant Director
(Wes '38,BW). Jack Luden, Eleanor Stewart, Harry Woods, Hal Taliaferro, Lafe McKee, Slim Whitaker, Blackjack Ward, & Tuffy the dog. Once again, Tuffy the dog steals the show from cowboy star Jack Luden, in this tale about a race between two stagecoaches and the prize that awaits the victor.
3.
Flight into Nowhere (1938) as Assistant Director
4.
Crime Takes a Holiday (1938) as Assistant Director
5.
Making the Headlines (1938) as Assistant Director
6.
Trouble in Morocco (1937) as Assistant Director
7.
Under Suspicion (1937) as Assistant Director
When auto magnate Robert Bailey (Jack Holt) announces he is going to retire and turn his plant over to the employees he incurs the enmity of K.Y. Mitchell (Granville Bates), a large stockholder in the company; Carey MacGregor (Morgan Wallace), head of a parts manufacturing company that depends on Bailey Motors for most of its business; Logan Walters (Robert Emmett Keane), general manager of the business and his social-climbing wife Laura (Margaret Irving); and Mary Brookhart (Katherine DeMille), a predatory widow who is also a large stockholder and in love with Bailey. Bailey announces he is flying to his mountain retreat for a vacation and to complete the transfer of his interests to the employees. On the way to the airport, Bailey's car is side-swiped and his private plane cracks up before leaving the ground. Bailey is injured and his taken home, and narrowly escapes death when a bullet is fired through his bedroom window, He hires noted detective Frank Rogers (Purnell Pratt) to investigate. Mitchell, MacGregor, Walters, Mary and Bailey's ne'er-do-well nephew, Ralph (Maurice Murphy) are all suspected by the detective. In a scheme to make the guilty party show his hand, Bailey, his attorney Nelson Dudley (Craig Reynolds) and Rogers decide to invite the suspects to a week-end party at Bailey's lodge. The nephew brings an uninvited guest, Doris (Rosalind Keith). A dummy decoy is placed in Bailey's bed and another detective placed on watch. The next morning, the operative is found dead from a bullet fired through the window. On Dudley's advice, Bailey and Rogers agree to keep the killing secret. Another detective, accompanied by Dudley, takes the body to town, and later this detective is found dead. MacGregor returns from a hunting trip and tells Bailey and Rogers he knows the name of the guilty party but, just as he about to reveal the name, he is shot from outside. Though MacGregor is not killed, Rogers announces that he is dead. Rogers calls a midnight meeting of all the guests and Bailey, noting that Dudley is missing, starts a search of the house. He is attacked in the cellar, but subdues his assailant.
8.
Reckless Ranger (1937) as Assistant Director
Bob Allen, Louise Small, Mary MacLaren, Harry Woods, Jack Perrin, Buddy Cox, Jack Rockwell, Slim Whitaker. Texas Ranger Bob Allen undertakes the investigation of his twin brother's murder in this unusual western which pits sheepherders against cattle ranchers.
9.
The Ranger Steps In (1937) as Assistant Director
Bob Allen, Eleanor Stewart, John Merton, Hal Taliaferro, Jack Ingram, Jack Rockwell. Texas ranger Bob Allen resigns his commission in order to investigate the real reason behind the longstanding feud between his fiancee's family and his own kin.
10.
Law of the Ranger (1937) as Assistant Director
A Texan Ranger must stop a greedy land owner out to steal the town's water rights.
11.
Ranger Courage (1936) as Assistant Director
Bob Allen, Martha Tibbetts, Walter Miller, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, and Harry Strang as Snaky. Bob Allen is the Texas Ranger sent to protect a wagon train bearing a well-stocked strongbox through Indian territory.
12.
Rio Grande Ranger (1936) as Assistant Director
13.
Avenging Waters (1936) as Assistant Director
Neighboring ranchers feud between cattle land.
14.
North of Nome (1936) as Assistant Director
15.
The Fugitive Sheriff (1936) as Assistant Director
Just after his man Louder loses the Sheriff's election to Ken, Flamer finds Ken's rowel. Then he and his men rob the train as he poses as Ken and leaves the rowel. The train crew's identification plus the rowel convicts Ken. Ken escapes but must now prove his innocence as a fugitive.
16.
The Crime Patrol (1936) as Assistant Director
17.
The Unknown Ranger (1936) as Assistant Director
A ranger in disguise tries to clear a wild horse accused of rustling.
18.
Heir to Trouble (1935) as Assistant Director
19.
The Perfect Clue (1935) as Assistant Director
20.
Lawless Riders (1935) as Assistant Director
When Edith overhears Bart's plan to rob the bank she informs Ken. But she is also overheard and when Ken goes to investigate, Bart's Henchman Prod frames him for the robbery. Thrown in jail, Ken's pal Pedro arrives with a plan to get him out.
21.
Western Courage (1935) as Assistant Director
22.
She Had to Choose (1934) as Assistant Director
23.
The Scarlet Letter (1934) as Assistant Director
At the end of the 17th century a impetuous woman of noble birth but poor arrives in Boston when it was just a village rather than a city. As she is married to an old doctor she tries to change her life.
24.
Cheating Blondes (1933) as Assistant Director
25.
Air Eagles (1931) as Assistant Director

Writer (feature film)

26.
Black Widow, The (1947) as From Story
The Daily Clarion hires detective story writer Steve Colt to investigate the deaths of a group of scientists working on an atomic rocket development project. Behind the killings is fortune teller Sombra, a spy from an Asian country intent on world domination, who is determined to pilfer the atomic rocket by luring workers from the project to her parlor and killing them with black widow spider venom when they refuse to cooperate.
27.
Black Widow, The (1947) as Screenwriter
The Daily Clarion hires detective story writer Steve Colt to investigate the deaths of a group of scientists working on an atomic rocket development project. Behind the killings is fortune teller Sombra, a spy from an Asian country intent on world domination, who is determined to pilfer the atomic rocket by luring workers from the project to her parlor and killing them with black widow spider venom when they refuse to cooperate.
28.
Son of Zorro (1947) as Screenwriter
29.
Jesse James Rides Again (1947) as Screenwriter
30.
Phantom Rider, The (1946) as From Story
31.
King of the Forest Rangers (1946) as Screenwriter
32.
Daughter of Don Q (1946) as Screenwriter
33.
Phantom Rider, The (1946) as Screenwriter
34.
Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945) as Screenwriter
A young couple journeys to Mystery Island to rescue the girl's father, who is being held prisoner by the evil Captain Mephisto, a pirate from 200 years ago who uses his Transformation Machine to travel forward in time and disguise himself as one of the four owners of Mystery Island.
35.
Federal Operator 99 (1945) as Screenwriter
36.
Tiger Woman, The (1944) as From Story
Greedy oil speculators, led by Morgan, are trying to force Tiger Woman and her band of warriors from their jungle home. Allen Saunders of Inter-Ocean Oil wants to develop the oil, too, but fights with Tiger Woman to stop the bad guys.
37.
Bordertown Trail (1944) as Orig scr
38.
Captain America (1944) as Screenwriter
39.
Haunted Harbor (1944) as Screenwriter
40.
Zorro's Black Whip (1944) as Screenwriter
Hammond, owner of the town's stagecoach line and a leading citizen, is opposed to Idaho becoming a state, and kills Randolph Meredith, owner of the town's newspaper, for endorsing it. Meredith's sister Barbara, expert with a bullwhip and pistol, dons a black costume and mask and becomes "The Black Whip", dealing a blow to Hammond and his gang each time they perform some heinous act in their efforts to keep the town, and their power over it, unchanged. Aided by government agent Vic Gordon, Barbara confronts Hammond in a final showdown just as the town votes on whether or not to accept statehood.
41.
Tiger Woman, The (1944) as Screenwriter
Greedy oil speculators, led by Morgan, are trying to force Tiger Woman and her band of warriors from their jungle home. Allen Saunders of Inter-Ocean Oil wants to develop the oil, too, but fights with Tiger Woman to stop the bad guys.
42.
Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943) as Screenwriter
American secret service agent Rex Bennett (Rod Cameron) is assigned to defeat the plans of the Nazis to form an alliance in Africa with the Arabs. His aides are Janet Blake (Joan Marsh), a United Nations agent posing as a reporter, and Pierre LaSalle (Duncan Renaldo), a Free-French officer. Complications arise when a trusted Arab chieftain (Lionel Royce) turns out to be Baron vom Rommier, a German officer.
43.
Spider Returns, The (1941) as Screenwriter
Columbia's 14th serial (between "White Eagle" and "The Iron Claw") and the second serial based upon the character in the pulp magazine from Street and Smith "The Spider Magazine." Some sources, evidently based on their knowledge that L. Ron Hubbard and Norvell Page wrote stories for that magazine, have incorrectly credited them as being writers of this serial. The only serial that L. Ron Hubbard wrote was 1938's "The Secret of Treasure Island" filmed by Columbia, and the only connection Page has is that he wrote stories about the character in the magazine. Chapter One, "The Stolen Plans", has a gang of saboteurs, led by The Gargoyle, a mysterious and powerful agent for an unnamed country, playing havoc with National Defense projects. Socialite Richard Wentworth (Warren Hull), alias the Spider, returns to continue his crusade against the underworld. Wentworth calls a meeting of the nation's biggest business men, but the Gargoyle's men disrupt it with a tear-gas bomb. Chasing after them, Wentworth is taken prisoner and placed aboard an airplane. The pilot sets it afire and bails out, with Wentworth unconscious in the plunging-to-earth airplane as the first episode ends. Knox Manning asking if this is the end is easily answered by those who knew this was a 15 chapter serial, and that neither The Spider (in chapter two) nor Blinky McQuade (in chapter four) had yet made an entrance. The quest by Wentworth/Spider/McQuade to learn the identity of the Gargoyle isn't helped any by the fact that he is one of the businessnmen in attendance at every meeting Wentworth calls to discuss his future plans. Based on pure fun, this is one of the, to use a relative term, best of the James W. Horne-directed serials, but the absence of James Craven foaming at the mouth and screaming at the henchmen - "Idiots! Idiots! I'm surrounded by idiots!" - is sorely missed.
44.
Riders of the Frontier (1939) as Orig scr
45.
Law of the Ranger (1937) as Story
A Texan Ranger must stop a greedy land owner out to steal the town's water rights.
46.
The Ranger Steps In (1937) as Story
Bob Allen, Eleanor Stewart, John Merton, Hal Taliaferro, Jack Ingram, Jack Rockwell. Texas ranger Bob Allen resigns his commission in order to investigate the real reason behind the longstanding feud between his fiancee's family and his own kin.
47.
Reckless Ranger (1937) as Story
Bob Allen, Louise Small, Mary MacLaren, Harry Woods, Jack Perrin, Buddy Cox, Jack Rockwell, Slim Whitaker. Texas Ranger Bob Allen undertakes the investigation of his twin brother's murder in this unusual western which pits sheepherders against cattle ranchers.
48.
Galloping Dynamite (1936) as Adaptation
49.
Cattle Thief (1936) as Story
A rancher poses as a peddler during the day but becomes the Masked Rider at night.

Producer (feature film)

50.
Frontiers of '49 (1939) as Supervisor

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