George Waggner


Director, Screenwriter
George Waggner

About

Also Known As
George Waggoner, Joseph West
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
September 07, 1894
Died
December 11, 1984
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

Began his career as a silent film actor, became a songwriter with the advent of sound and moved into screenwriting and directing in the 1930s. Probably best known for "The Wolf Man" (1941), Waggner also directed TV shows into the 60s, including "77 Sunset Strip," "The Untouchables" and "Batman."...

Biography

Began his career as a silent film actor, became a songwriter with the advent of sound and moved into screenwriting and directing in the 1930s. Probably best known for "The Wolf Man" (1941), Waggner also directed TV shows into the 60s, including "77 Sunset Strip," "The Untouchables" and "Batman."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Fury River (1961)
Director
Mission Of Danger (1959)
Director
Destination 60,000 (1957)
Director
Pawnee (1957)
Director
Operation Pacific (1951)
Director
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Director
Gunfighters (1947)
Director
Tangier (1946)
Director
Shady Lady (1945)
Director
Frisco Sal (1945)
Director
The Climax (1944)
Director
Sealed Lips (1942)
Director
Man Made Monster (1941)
Director
South of Tahiti (1941)
Director
Horror Island (1941)
Director
The Wolf Man (1941)
Director
Drums of the Desert (1940)
Director
Honor of the West (1939)
Director
The Phantom Stage (1939)
Director
Stunt Pilot (1939)
Director
Mystery Plane (1939)
Director
Wolf Call (1939)
Director
Outlaw Express (1938)
Director
The Black Bandit (1938)
Director
Prairie Justice (1938)
Director
Ghost Town Riders (1938)
Director
Western Trails (1938)
Director
Guilty Trails (1938)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Love's Blindness (1926)
Oscar Issacson
The Iron Horse (1925)
Colonel Cody [Buffalo Bill]
His Hour (1924)
Sasha Basmanoff
Desert Driven (1923)
Craydon
The Great Alone (1922)
Bradley Carstairs
Branded Man (1922)
The Sheik (1921)
Yousaef

Writer (Feature Film)

Man from God's Country (1958)
Writer
Pawnee (1957)
Writer
Destination 60,000 (1957)
Writer
Bitter Creek (1954)
Writer
Return from the Sea (1954)
Screenwriter
Operation Pacific (1951)
Writer
Tales of the West 3 (1950)
["Gold Strike"] based on a story by
Tales of the West 2 (1950)
["The Fargo Phantom"] based on a story by
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Screenwriter
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946)
Original Story
Sealed Lips (1942)
Original Screenplay
Father Steps Out (1941)
Original Screenplay
Flying Cadets (1941)
Original Screenplay
Man Made Monster (1941)
Screenwriter
On the Spot (1940)
Original Story
Laughing at Danger (1940)
Story
Phantom of Chinatown (1940)
Screenwriter
The Fatal Hour (1940)
Adaptation
Laughing at Danger (1940)
Screenwriter
On the Spot (1940)
Screenwriter
Queen of the Yukon (1940)
Screenwriter
Son of the Navy (1940)
Screenwriter
Drums of the Desert (1940)
Screenwriter
Sky Patrol (1939)
Screenwriter
Oklahoma Terror (1939)
Screenwriter
Wolf Call (1939)
Screenwriter
The Phantom Stage (1939)
Original story and Screenplay
Honor of the West (1939)
Original story and Screenplay
Mystery Plane (1939)
Screenwriter
Stunt Pilot (1939)
Screenwriter
The Spy Ring (1938)
Screenwriter
State Police (1938)
Original story and Screenplay
Midnight Intruder (1938)
Screenwriter
Air Devils (1938)
Screenwriter
Guilty Trails (1938)
Original story and Screenplay
Ghost Town Riders (1938)
Original story and Screenplay
Prairie Justice (1938)
Original story and Screenplay
The Black Bandit (1938)
Original Story and Screenplay
Three Legionnaires (1937)
Screenwriter
Idol of the Crowds (1937)
Original story and Screenplay
I Cover the War (1937)
Screenwriter
Three Legionnaires (1937)
Story
Don't Get Personal (1936)
Screenwriter
Sea Spoilers (1936)
Screenwriter
Cheers of the Crowd (1935)
Story and Screenplay
Champagne for Breakfast (1935)
Screenwriter
Cappy Ricks Returns (1935)
Adapted and Screenplay
The Healer (1935)
Cont and dial
The Cowboy Millionaire (1935)
Screenwriter
The Nut Farm (1935)
Screenwriter
Dizzy Dames (1935)
Screenwriter
The Keeper of the Bees (1935)
Additional Dialogue
Spring Tonic (1935)
Contr on Special seq
Girl O' My Dreams (1934)
Story and Screenplay
City Limits (1934)
Story and Screenplay
The Line Up (1934)
Original Screenplay
Once to Every Bachelor (1934)
Story, cont and dial
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933)
Story
He Couldn't Take It (1933)
Additional Dialogue
Gorilla Ship (1932)
Story and cont

Producer (Feature Film)

Shady Lady (1945)
Producer
Frisco Sal (1945)
Producer
Cobra Woman (1944)
Producer
The Climax (1944)
Producer
Gypsy Wildcat (1944)
Producer
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Producer
White Savage (1943)
Producer
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Producer
Men of Texas (1942)
Producer
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Producer
The Invisible Agent (1942)
Associate Producer
Sin Town (1942)
Producer
Badlands of Dakota (1941)
Associate Producer
The Wolf Man (1941)
Producer
South of Tahiti (1941)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Operation Pacific (1951)
Composer
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
Composer
Mary Lou (1948)
Composer
Idea Girl (1946)
Composer
Tangier (1946)
Composer
Frisco Sal (1945)
Composer
Shady Lady (1945)
Composer
The Climax (1944)
Composer
Gypsy Wildcat (1944)
Composer
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Composer
South of Tahiti (1941)
Composer
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)
Composer
The Old Homestead (1935)
Composer
Dizzy Dames (1935)
Composer
Girl O' My Dreams (1934)
Composer
Embarrassing Moments (1934)
Composer
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1933)
Composer
Sing Sinner Sing (1933)
Composer
The Phantom Broadcast (1933)
Composer
What a Widow (1930)
Composer
Troopers Three (1930)
Composer
Good News (1930)
Composer
High Voltage (1929)
Composer
Oh, Yeah (1929)
Composer
The Flying Fool (1929)
Composer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Tangier (1946)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Other

Director (Special)

Arroyo (1955)
Director

Writer (Special)

Arroyo (1955)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

Arroyo (1955)
Writer

Music (Short)

Kiddie Revue (1930)
Music Lyrics

Life Events

1920

Moved to Hollywood after WWI service; entered films as an actor

1933

First film as screenwriter, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi"

Videos

Movie Clip

Operation Pacific (1951) - The Entire Silent Service Opening with foreword, as John Wayne is Navy commander “Duke” Gifford, on shore rescuing children and nuns from a Pacific island, Martin Milner, Jack Pennick among his submarine crew, in Operation Pacific, 1951, co-starring Patricia Neal.
Operation Pacific (1951) - I've Been Numb For Four Years Now ashore at Pearl Harbor, John Wayne as submarine officer "Duke" Gifford is interrupted by head nurse Katherine Givney as he tries to visit a baby he helped rescue, then meets his ex-wife (Patricia Neal as Mary), now a nurse, with whom he lost a son before their divorce, in Operation Pacific, 1951.
Operation Pacific (1951) - Creamed Rubber Gloves On board the submarine where they’ve rescued kids and nuns from a Pacific island, John Wayne (as officer “Duke” Gifford) and Jack Pennick are in charge of a plan to feed a baby, then he discusses personal matters with his superior (Ward Bond as Captain Perry) early in Operation Pacific, 1951.
Wolf Man, The (1941) - A Wolf And A Star Lon Chaney Jr. (as Larry Talbot) carries off the vapid Americanized playboy piece of his role, dropping in on English shop-girl Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), whom he's seen through his telescope, early in Universal's The Wolf Man, 1941.
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942) - I Told You He Was Alive! Folks in the village of Frankenstein have been given permission to destroy the old baron’s castle, where they fear Ygor (Bela Lugosi) may still be alive, and where the monster (Lon Chaney Jr.) is believed to be buried in the sulphur pits, and it goes badly, early in The Ghost Of Frankenstein, 1942.
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942) - Are You A Giant? Crafty Ygor (Bela Lugosi) and the revived monster (Lon Chaney Jr.) have gotten separated in the town where they’ve come to see the son of Baron Frankenstein, leading to an encounter with young Cloestine (Janet Ann Gallow) and her father (Olaf Hytten), in Universal’s third sequel, The Ghost Of Frankenstein, 1942.
Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942) - He Seems To Recognize You Ralph Bellamy is the prosecutor, Lon Chaney Jr. the “man” in custody for killing two citizens in the process of saving a girl (Janet Ann Gallow), when Dr. Frankenstein (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), who alone realizes this must be his father’s creation come back to life, arrives, crisis averted by Ygor (Bela Lugosi) playing a weird pipe, in Universal’s The Ghost Of Frankenstein, 1942.
Wolf Man, The (1941) - Werewolf In Camp! At the gypsy carnival Larry (Lon Chaney Jr.), looking maybe not as worried as he could be, offers his amulet to Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), then rushes home fearing his first transformation, in Universal's The Wolf Man, 1941.
Wolf Man, The (1941) - Wolf? Gypsy Woman? Murder? Wild events with gypsy Bela (Lugosi), his mother (Maria Ouspenskaya), Gwen (Evelyn Ankers) and Larry (Lon Chaney Jr.), his father (Claude Rains) baffled, the constable (Ralph Bellamy) asking the obvious question, in Universal's The Wolf Man, 1941.

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