Crane Wilbur


Actor, Screenwriter
Crane Wilbur

About

Also Known As
Erwin Crane Wilbur
Birth Place
Athens, New York, USA
Born
November 17, 1886
Died
October 18, 1973

Biography

Crane Wilbur brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. He directed his first film in the 1930s. Wilbur worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Children of Pleasure" (1930), "Lord Byron of Broadway" (1930) and "On Probation" (1935). He also contributed to "The Monster" (1925) starring Lon Chaney, "The Pe...

Biography

Crane Wilbur brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. He directed his first film in the 1930s. Wilbur worked on a variety of projects during his early entertainment career, including "Children of Pleasure" (1930), "Lord Byron of Broadway" (1930) and "On Probation" (1935). He also contributed to "The Monster" (1925) starring Lon Chaney, "The Perils of Pauline" (1914) and "Tomorrow's Children" (1934). Toward the end of his career, Wilbur wrote the spy picture "I Was a Communist For the FBI" (1951) with Frank Lovejoy, the Gilbert Roland drama "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima" (1952) and the Vincent Price horror film "House of Wax" (1953). He also appeared in "Crime Wave" (1954) with Sterling Hayden. Wilbur more recently wrote "The George Raft Story" (1961). Wilbur was married to Beatrice Blinn. Wilbur passed away in October 1973 at the age of 87.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Bat (1959)
Director
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
Director
Outside the Wall (1950)
Director
The Story of Molly X (1949)
Director
Canon City (1948)
Director
The Devil on Wheels (1947)
Director
City in Terror (1939)
Director
The Patient in Room 18 (1938)
Director
El carnaval del diablo (1937)
Director
Navy Spy (1937)
Director
Yellow Cargo (1936)
Director
The Devil on Horseback (1936)
Director
The Rest Cure (1936)
Director
The People's Enemy (1935)
Director
High School Girl (1934)
Director
Tomorrow's Children (1934)
Director
The Blood of His Fathers (1917)
Director
The Painted Lie (1917)
Director
The Eye of Envy (1917)
Director
The Love Liar (1916)
Director
The Conscience of John David (1916)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Born to Speed (1947)
Radio announcer
The Rest Cure (1936)
General
Yellow Cargo (1936)
Monty Brace
Captain Calamity (1936)
Dr. Kelkey
Public Opinion (1935)
Paul Arnold
Name the Woman (1934)
Blake
Tomorrow's Children (1934)
Father O'Brien
High School Girl (1934)
Bryson
The Heart of Maryland (1921)
Alan Kendrick
Something Different (1920)
Don Luis Vargas
Devil Mccare (1919)
Devil McCare
Stripped for a Million (1919)
Stanley Warren
Breezy Jim (1919)
Breezy Jim
The Finger of Justice (1918)
Noel Delaney
The Blood of His Fathers (1917)
Morgan Gray/Abel Gray
Unto the End (1917)
Jim O'Neill
The Eye of Envy (1917)
Ambition, the blacksmith
The Single Code (1917)
Hugh Carrington
The Painted Lie (1917)
Lieutenant David Grayton
The Conscience of John David (1916)
John David
The Wasted Years (1916)
Old Weatherby/Harry Weatherby
The Love Liar (1916)
David McCare
A Law unto Himself (1916)
Allan Dwight/Jean Belleau
Vengeance Is Mine (1916)
John Loring
Road o' Strife (1915)
The Corsair (1914)
The corsair
The Perils of Pauline (1914)

Writer (Feature Film)

House of Women (1962)
Writ (see note)
The George Raft Story (1961)
Screenwriter
Mysterious Island (1961)
Screenwriter
Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Story
The Bat (1959)
Screenplay story and Screenplayeenplay
Monkey on My Back (1957)
Writer
Battle Stations (1956)
Screenwriter
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Screenwriter
The Phenix City Story (1955)
Documented in Phenix City by
Women's Prison (1955)
Screenwriter
Crime Wave (1954)
Screenwriter
The Mad Magician (1954)
Story and Screenplay
House of Wax (1953)
Screenwriter
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952)
Written for Screen by
The Lion and the Horse (1952)
Writer
I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Screenwriter
Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951)
Writer
Outside the Wall (1950)
Screenwriter
The Story of Molly X (1949)
Writer
He Walked by Night (1948)
Screenwriter
The Spiritualist (1948)
Original Story
Canon City (1948)
Writer
Adventures of Casanova (1948)
Screenwriter
He Walked by Night (1948)
Original Story
Adventures of Casanova (1948)
From a story by
The Devil on Wheels (1947)
Original story and Screenplay
Born to Speed (1947)
Screenwriter
The Red Stallion (1947)
Original Screenplay
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)
Screenwriter
A Night of Adventure (1944)
Screenwriter
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944)
Original Story
King of the Lumberjacks (1940)
Screenwriter
Hell's Kitchen (1939)
Screenwriter
Blackwell's Island (1939)
Screenwriter
Hell's Kitchen (1939)
Original Story
Blackwell's Island (1939)
Original Story
Girls on Probation (1938)
Screenwriter
Crime School (1938)
Screenwriter
Over the Wall (1938)
Original Screenplay
The Invisible Menace (1938)
Screenwriter
Penrod's Double Trouble (1938)
Screenwriter
Crime School (1938)
Story
El capitán Tormenta (1937)
Screenwriter
West of Shanghai (1937)
Screenwriter
Navy Spy (1937)
Screenwriter
Alcatraz Island (1937)
Original Screenplay
El carnaval del diablo (1937)
Original story and Screenplay
Dance Charlie Dance (1937)
Screenwriter
Her Husband's Secretary (1937)
Story
It's Love I'm After (1937)
Contr to dial
Yellow Cargo (1936)
Screenwriter
The Devil on Horseback (1936)
Story and Screenplay
Captain Calamity (1936)
Screenwriter
Yellow Cargo (1936)
Original Story
The Rest Cure (1936)
Additional Dialogue
The Unwelcome Stranger (1935)
Screenwriter
On Probation (1935)
Story
Tomorrow's Children (1934)
Screenwriter
The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932)
Contract Writer
Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
Cont
Children of Pleasure (1930)
Dial
Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
Dial
The Painted Lie (1917)
Scen
The Single Code (1917)
Story
The Eye of Envy (1917)
Scen
The Painted Lie (1917)
Story
The Blood of His Fathers (1917)
Story
Vengeance Is Mine (1916)
Scen
The Conscience of John David (1916)
Scen

Director (Short)

No Pets Allowed (1952)
Director
I Am An American (1944)
Director
I Won't Play (1944)
Director
The Bill of Rights (1939)
Director
Quiet, Please (1939)
Director
The Monroe Doctrine (1939)
Director
The Declaration of Independence (1938)
Director
Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
Director
The Romance of Robert Burns (1937)
Director
The Man Without a Country (1937)
Director
Romance of Louisiana (1937)
Director

Writer (Short)

I Am An American (1944)
Writer
Old Hickory (1940)
Writer (Uncredited)
Quiet, Please (1939)
Writer
Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)
Writer
Swingtime in the Movies (1938)
Writer
A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
Writer
Romance of Louisiana (1937)
Writer

Life Events

1904

Stage acting debut

1910

Film acting debut

Videos

Movie Clip

Mysterious Island (1961) - Cook In A Slow Oven Spillett (Gary Merrill) is having a swim when a new Ray Harryhausen beast appears, Lady Mary and Elena (Joan Greenwood, Beth Rogan) attempt to resist, soldier Herbert (Michael Callan) finally interceding, hard times for the Civil War refugees on Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, 1961.
Mysterious Island (1961) - Mighty Big Crab Civil War POW's Captain Harding (Michael Craig) and "Neb" (Dan Jackson) encounter the first big Ray Harryhausen monster, a crab, Spillett, Pencroft and Brown (Gary Merrill, Percy Herbert, Michael Callan) rushing to help, in the Columbia, Charles H. Schneer version of Mysterious Island, 1961.
Women's Prison (1955) - She Is Not A Criminal Doc Crane and superintendent Van Zandt (famously turbulent married couple Howard Duff and Ida Lupino) tangle over a new inmate (Jan Sterling as Helene Jensen), who gets scolded by Saunders (Mae Clarke) and supported by Brenda (Jan Sterling), on her first night inside, in Women’s Prison, 1955.
Women's Prison (1955) - Open, You're More Than Welcome Terrific momentum, Lewis Seiler directs the quasi-documentary open, with a pointed grievance in the narration, from the original screenplay by Jack DeWitt and Crane Wilbur, as deputy Green (Lorna Thayer) delivers nervous Helene (Phyllis Thaxter) and brassy recidivist Brenda (Jan Sterling), Frank Sully the turnkey, Mae Clarke as matron Saunders, in Women’s Prison, 1955.
Women's Prison (1955) - I'm Here For A Post-Graduate Course Traumatized Helene (Phyllis Thaxter) finally joins the population after two initial weeks in quarantine, meeting friend Brenda (Jan Sterling), her pal Mae (Cleo Moore), Adelle August as Grace and Vivian Marshall as sparky Dottie, in Women’s Prison, 1955, starring Ida Lupino.
He Walked By Night (1948) - This Is Los Angeles Narration by Reed Hadley introduces Los Angeles to the world in the true-crime thriller He Walked By Night, 1948, directed by Alfred Werker, from a script by Crane Wilbur and John C. Higgins.
He Walked By Night (1948) - How About My Army Discharge? Officer Rawlins (John McGuire) catches crook Davis Morgan (Richard Basehart) nearly in-the-act, leading to the fateful shooting incident in He Walked By Night, 1948, featuring cinematography by John Alton.
He Walked By Night (1948) - Hand Me That Hammer Crime-lab whiz Lee (Jack Webb) works some magic for cops Jones (James Cardwell) and Brennan (Scott Brady), impressing Captain Breen (Roy Roberts) in He Walked By Night, 1948.
He Walked By Night (1948) - Strange Fish Reed Hadley's narration frames police questioning of "strange fish" rounded up in the shooting of an L.A. cop in He Walked By Night, 1948, from a script by Crane Wilbur and John C. Higgins.
Bat, The (1959) - The Cat Dropping Its Dentures New spooky-house tenant and mystery writer Cornelia (Agnes Moorehead) with her assistant-pal Lizzie (Lenita Lane) chatting it up, unaware that the doctor they discuss has murdered their landlord, written and directed by Crane Wilbur in The Bat, 1959.
Crime Wave (1954) - Nobody Leaves You Alone Sterling Hayden as LAPD Sgt. Sims, with de-facto nameless associates suggests they ring ex-con Lacey (Gene Nelson) for what is in fact his second appearance, still in bed with wife Ellen (Phyllis Kirk), when sure enough, San Quentin escapee Morgan (Ned Young), wounded in the gas station robbery, turns up, in Andre de Toth’s Crime Wave, 1954.
Crime Wave (1954) - Chicken Feed Little-to-no artifice from director Andre de Toth, with exteriors from LAPD then located inside City Hall, and the first spoken lines for Sterling Hayden as detective Sims, hearing from robbery victim Dub Taylor, then with police station denizens, Iris Adrian the girlfriend, Jack Woody the informer, in Crime Wave, 1954.

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