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Vernon Keays

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Director (feature film)

The Desert Raven (1965) as Assistant Director
Man of Conflict (1953) as Assistant Director
Jiggs and Maggie Out West (1950) as Dir, 2d unit
Whirlwind Raiders (1948) as Director
Landrush (1946) as Director
Lawless Empire (1945) as Director
The Durango Kid helps a small-town minister drive off land raiders.
Blazing the Western Trail (1945) as Director
The Durango Kid tries to save a beautiful young woman''s stagecoach line from an unscrupulous rival.
Dangerous Intruder (1945) as 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.
Sing Me a Song of Texas (1945) as Director
Rhythm Round-up (1945) as Director
Rockin' in the Rockies (1945) as Director
A rancher enlists two vagrants to help him hunt for gold.
Marshal of Gunsmoke (1944) as Director
Ward Bailey arrives to become the Marshal of the unincorporated and lawless town of Gunsmoke where the outlaws have prevented an honest election. He quickly locks up some of them including one seen committing murder. But their defense lawyer turns out to be his brother who gets them all acquitted.
The Utah Kid (1944) as Director
Two cowboys investigate a string of murders at the rodeo.
Trail to Gunsight (1944) as Director
Trigger Law (1944) as Director
Arizona Trail (1943) as Director
When crafty Doc Wallace (Joseph J. Greene) sends for Johnny Trent (Tex Ritter) and his pal, Kansas (Fuzzy Knight) to come home to the Trent ranch in Arizona, Johnny meets Martha Brooks (Janet Shaw), who is caring for his invalid father (Erville Alderson), whose ranch some unknown enemy is trying to wrest away, as it has become suddenly valuable. Aided by Wayne Carson (Dennis Moore) and Martha, Johnny uncovers the culprit to be Doc Wallace, the supposed family friend.
We've Never Been Licked (1943) as Flying scenes dir by
WWII morale film for Texas A&M graduates fighting overseas. Young Brad Craig (Langton) enters the military school with a chip on his shoulder which Mitchum and other upperclassmen quickly knock off. Once adjusted, Craig falls in love with a professor's beautiful daughter, only to find she is in love with his roommate, played by Noah Beery. In the meantime, Craig associates with Japanese spies (including William Frawley of "I Love Lucy") bent on stealing a secret chemical compound being worked on a the University. But is he one of them, or a double agent for his country?
The Invisible Agent (1942) as Assistant Director
Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan...
The Spoilers (1942) as Assistant Director
An Alaskan prospector fights a crooked federal agent for a beautiful saloon singer.
The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942) as Assistant Director
After five men previously acquitted of various criminal charges are murdered by a mysterious avenger known as Dr. Rx, police Inspector Hurd (Edmund MacDonald) and Sergeant Sweeney (Shemp Howard) ask private investigator Jerry Church (Patric Knowles) to help them on the case. He takes the case after talking to Dudley Crispin (Samuel S. Hinds), a brilliant attorney who had defended three of the murdered men. Crispin gains an acquittal for his latest client, Zarini (Matty Fain), but the latter falls dead in the courtroom. Jerry marries Kit Logan (Anne Gwynne), who becomes frightened and persuades Jerry to quit the case. He stays however after Ernie Paul (John Gallaudet), suspected of the Zarini murder, threatens to "get" him if he does not stay on and clear Paul. Dr. Rx captures Jerry and attempts to frighten him into insanity by strapping him on an operating table, and pretending to exchange the detective's brain for a gorilla (Ray Corrigan in his gorilla suit).
Strictly in the Groove (1942) as Director
Don't Get Personal (1942) as Assistant Director
Get Hep to Love (1942) as Assistant Director
Night Monster (1942) as Assistant Director
Dr. Lynn Harper, psychologist, has been called out to the old Ingston Mansion, a dark and mysterious place with a very bad reputation, in order to make an assessment of the sanity of Margaret Ingston, daughter of patriarch Kurt Ingston. She claims to be sane, but she is clearly very disturbed; we can't be certain, although the doctor gives her a clean bill of health. But then Dick Baldwin shows up on the scene, just when Dr. Lynne has been receiving thinly veiled threats from the inhabitants of the house. He's our hero. Three medical doctors have been invited out to the mansion as well, Dr. Timmons, Dr. Phipps and the sleazy Dr. King (Lionel Atwill). One by one the doctors are mysteriously murdered. Dick Baldwin must figure out who is doing the killings, and he must do so before whoever it is can kill his new love interest, Dr. Lynne Harper. But the only one he can trust is Kurt Ingston himself, since Ingston has no legs and can't have perpetrated these murders. Is it sinister Rolf, the butler, or Laurie, the sex crazed and sociopathic chauffeur, or Agor Singh, the Hindu Yogi with his strange ways? And of course, Lynne might be wrong, Margaret may be very insane, and she might be the culprit.
The Invisible Agent (1942) as 2nd unit dir
Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan...
Saboteur (1942) as 2d unit dir, Los Angeles
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
Swing It Soldier (1941) as Assistant Director
Buck Privates (1941) as Assistant Director
Two small-time con artists enlist in the Army to avoid the police.
Badlands of Dakota (1941) as Assistant Director
Too Many Blondes (1941) as Assistant Director
South of Tahiti (1941) as Assistant Director
While not Maria Montez's first film with credit billing, this is the one that Universal used to launch her sex-sand-sarong (the sandals came later) career---"Maria Montez-The Screen's New Blaze of Excitement"--- that lasted over four years until she was usurped by Yvonne DeCarlo. The taglines here were just a warn-up for what was to come---"Daring Days! Exotic Nights! in a forbidden Pagan Paradise" and one even foreshadowed the title of one of her future films; "WHITE SAVAGE! Daughter of Eve...with a Soul of Satan! Lashing men and beasts to hate...and a forbidden Pagan Paradise!" The plotline says four men, Brian Donlevy, Brod Crawford, Andy Devine and Henry Wilcoxin, drift ashore to an exotic island where they meet a beautiful native girl. All become more than a little smitten with Melahi (Maria Montez), with the exception of Andy Devine who is only concerned about not becoming a meal for her pet leopard. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
Model Wife (1941) as Assistant Director
The Wolf Man (1941) as Assistant Director
A British nobleman undergoes a startling transformation when he's bitten by a gypsy werewolf.
Sing Another Chorus (1941) as Assistant Director
Enemy Agent (1940) as Assistant Director
It's a Date (1940) as Assistant Director
Mother-and-daughter singers vie for the same man and the same stage part.
Sandy Gets Her Man (1940) as Assistant Director
Ski Patrol (1940) as Assistant Director
La Conga Nights (1940) as Assistant Director
South to Karanga (1940) as Assistant Director
Trail of the Vigilantes (1940) as Assistant Director
When the Daltons Rode (1940) as Assistant Director
Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie?
Destry Rides Again (1939) as Assistant Director
A deputy who''s sworn not to shoot again takes on a corrupt town boss and a sultry saloon singer.
For Love or Money (1939) as Assistant Director
Missing Evidence (1939) as Assistant Director
I Stole a Million (1939) as Assistant Director
They Asked for It (1939) as Assistant Director
You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939) as Assistant Director
A circus manager tries to break up his daughter''''s romance with a ventriloquist.
Laugh It Off (1939) as Assistant Director
The Crime of Doctor Hallet (1938) as Assistant Director
Midnight Intruder (1938) as Assistant Director
The Road to Reno (1938) as Assistant Director
The Storm (1938) as Assistant Director
The Devil's Party (1938) as Assistant Director
Reckless Living (1938) as Assistant Director
Three Legionnaires (1937) as Assistant Director
A Girl with Ideas (1937) as Assistant Director
Behind the Mike (1937) as Assistant Director
In this The "NEW" Universal presentation, high-tempered New York radio producer George Hayes (William Gargan) quarrels with Cyrus Wittles (William B. Davidson), sponsor of the Crunchie Munchie Hour, and loses his job. He hears that station WBAM in Valley Falls needs a new manager and heads there. Stumbling into the wrong station, WVOX, he meets Jane Arledge (Judith Barrett), program manager for local town-magnate, Harry Fox (Charles Brokaw.) She directs him to WBAM and he finds it is a collection of junk in an abandoned stable. Humiliated, he boasts to Jane that he will put the old station on its feet again. He sends for his announcer friend, Tiny Martin (Don Wilson), after convincing station-owner Pete Jones (Spencer Charters) that Martin can give valuable aid in reviving the station. Merchants fear to use WBAM, although they despise Fox and his crony, Mayor Applegate (Ferris Taylor), who is up for re-election. Learning that the merchants are holding a secret meeting, George uses a ruse to broadcast their suspicions about Fox and Applegate. They repudiate the statements, but George prepares another strong blast against them for a later broadcast. This angers Janes, who believes the attacks on her boss are unjustified and she tells George he should return to New York. While George waits for his train, Jane learns that Fox and Applegate have connived to loot the town treasury and, with Martin, she rushes to WBAM and adds her own evidence to the charges prepared previously by George and reads them over the air.
Oh, Doctor (1937) as Assistant Director
Love in a Bungalow (1937) as Assistant Director
That's My Story (1937) as Assistant Director
I'd Give My Life (1936) as Assistant Director
Ticket to Paradise (1936) as Assistant Director
Along Came Love (1936) as Assistant Director
Sutter's Gold (1936) as Assistant Director
People Will Talk (1935) as Assistant Director
So Red the Rose (1935) as Assistant Director
SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn apart by the War between the States. During the war's darkest days she is sustained by her love for a distant cousin, a Confederate officer, played by Randolph Scott.
Ship Cafe (1935) as Assistant Director
Manhattan Love Song (1934) as Assistant Director
Sensation Hunters (1933) as Assistant Director
I Cover the Waterfront (1933) as Assistant Director
Reporter Joe Miller is sure that fisherman Eli Kirk smuggles illegal Chinese immigrants into the country, but can't obtain enough evidence to satisfy his editor. Chance plays into his hands in the lovely form of Kirk's daughter, Julie, whom he catches swimming in the nude and pumps for information. But she's fiercely loyal to her dad, and may be too attractive for Joe's own good. Racy pre-Code sexual situations.
No Living Witness (1932) as Assistant Director
Tangled Destinies (1932) as Assistant Director
The Red Mark (1928) as Assistant Director
On to Reno (1928) as Assistant Director
It (1927) as Assistant Director
A shop girl turns party girl to land her boss.

Producer (feature film)

Runaway Girl (1966) as Associate Producer
California (1963) as Associate Producer
Alaska (1944) as Associate Producer

Film Production - Main (feature film)

Runaway Girl (1966) as Prod supv
The Desert Raven (1965) as Production Manager
Hands of a Stranger (1962) as Production Manager
An experimental hand transplant leaves a pianist driven to kill.
Gypsy Wildcat (1944) as Loc dir
In an unspecified Renaissance kingdom, no sooner has Anube's gypsy tribe encamped near Baron Tovar's village when Count Orso is found murdered. The wicked baron blames the gypsies and imprisons them all in his castle. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger on a white horse has hidden the murder arrow and won the heart of gypsy belle Carla, to the discomfiture of her erstwhile fiancée Tonio. Baron Tovar is also fascinated by Carla...especially when he notices her heraldic pendant.
Corvette K-225 (1943) as Bus mgr
In 1943, 'Mac' MacClain, Canadian Navy, has lost his ship and many men to a German torpedo. While waiting for a new ship, he befriends Joyce Cartwright, sister of one of his dead officers. We follow the building and launch of new Corvette K-255, the 'Donnacola'. And who should be Mac's new subaltern but Joyce's other brother Paul, fresh out of the academy. Mac will do his best to make a good officer of Paul...if they both survive their hazardous sea duty.
Our Daily Bread (1934) as Production Manager
When he inherits a small farm, a Depression-weary man turns it into a collective operation.
Dynamite Denny (1932) as Production Manager
Temptation's Workshop (1932) as Production Manager
Love in High Gear (1932) as Production Manager
The Great Gabbo (1930) as Production Manager
For the ventriloquist Gabbo his wooden dummy Otto is the only means of expression. When he starts relying more and more on Otto, he starts going mad.

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