Gene Fowler Jr.


Director

About

Birth Place
Denver, Colorado, USA
Born
May 26, 1917
Died
May 11, 1998
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

A prolific editor and director for film and television, Gene Fowler Jr worked on over 100 movies and television programs. His efforts won him a Golden Globe, four Emmys and an Oscar. The son of a comparably prolific screenwriter, Fowler was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in New York City. Before moving to Southern California and enrolling at USC where he studied film editing at 20th...

Family & Companions

Marjorie Fowler
Wife
Film editor. Nominated for an Oscar for "Elmer Gantry"; survived him.

Biography

A prolific editor and director for film and television, Gene Fowler Jr worked on over 100 movies and television programs. His efforts won him a Golden Globe, four Emmys and an Oscar. The son of a comparably prolific screenwriter, Fowler was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in New York City. Before moving to Southern California and enrolling at USC where he studied film editing at 20th Century Fox, Fowler earned third mate's papers at Knights Seamanship School. 1943's "The Ox-Bow Incident" starring Henry Fonda was the first feature he edited. That same year, Fowler edited his first Fritz Lang film, the political thriller "Hangmen Also Die." He later worked on other Lang films including 1944's "The Woman in the Window" and the 1956 film noir dramas "While the City Sleeps" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt." Fowler served as part of the U.S. Army Special Services in World War II. During his tenure he created "Seeds of Destiny" a film produced by the U.S. War Department for which he was awarded the 1946 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. While much of his work was in the field of editing, Fowler is probably best known for his directing efforts, including the cult films "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957) and "I Married a Monster From Outer Space"(1958), the former famous for introducing Michael Landon. He also directed and co-wrote the 1959 western "The Oregon Trail." His work as editor of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" earned him an Oscar nomination, and he won a Golden Globe for editing the documentary "Wall of Fire"(1970). Well respected throughout the industry, Fowler acted as president of the American Cinema Editors for two terms, from 1965 to 1966, and was given its Eddie award for outstanding film editing. His television career was also fruitful, earning him four Emmys for editing. Two of his Emmys were awarded for work on the CBS series "Rawhide" and "The Waltons," one was for the 1972 CBS crime drama TV movie "Truman Capote's 'The Glass House'" and one was for his work in the NBC detective drama miniseries "The Blue Knight" starring William Holden. Later in his career Fowler worked as a supervising editor on productions like CBS's 1976 docudrama "Helter Skelter"

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Invisible Strangler (1984)
2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
The Runaways (1975)
2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
The Oregon Trail (1959)
Director
The Rebel Set (1959)
Director
Here Come the Jets (1959)
Director
Gang War (1958)
Director
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Director
Showdown at Boot Hill (1958)
Director
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

The Oregon Trail (1959)
Screenwriter
My Outlaw Brother (1951)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Producer
Damien (1950)
Producer
The Senator Was Indiscreet (1948)
Associate Producer
Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
Associate Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

Smorgasbord (1983)
Editor
Caveman (1981)
Editor
Skatetown, USA (1979)
Editor
House On Garibaldi Street (1979)
Editor
The New Adventures of Heidi (1978)
Editor
The Prince of Central Park (1977)
Executive Editor
Killer on Board (1977)
Executive Editor
Bad Ronald (1974)
Editing
The Stranger Within (1974)
Editing
A Dream for Christmas (1973)
Editor
The Girls of Huntington House (1973)
Editor
The Glass House (1972)
Editor
Pursuit (1972)
Editor
Molly and Lawless John (1972)
Editor
The Crooked Hearts (1972)
Editor
The Homecoming (1971)
Editor
Goodbye, Raggedy Ann (1971)
Film Editor
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Film Editor
Monte Walsh (1970)
Film Editor
A Man Called Horse (1970)
Film Editor
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Film Editor
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Film Editor
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Film Editor
China Gate (1957)
Film Editor
Forty Guns (1957)
Film Editor
Run of the Arrow (1957)
Film Editor
The Naked Hills (1956)
Supervising Film Editor
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Editing Supervisor
While the City Sleeps (1956)
Editing Supervisor
Paris Follies of 1956 (1955)
Film Editor
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Supervising Film Editor
Captain Scarface (1953)
Editing
Damien (1950)
Supervising Editor
Philo Vance Returns (1947)
Film Editor
Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
Editing
The Autobiography of a Jeep (1943)
Editor

Sound (Feature Film)

The Thief (1952)
Sound Effects Editor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Invisible Strangler (1984)
Second Unit Director

Editing (Short)

San Pietro (1944)
Film Editor

Editing (TV Mini-Series)

Evergreen (1985)
Executive Editor
Helter Skelter (1976)
Executive Editor
The Blue Knight (1973)
Editor

Post Production (TV Mini-Series)

Sybil (1976)
Post-Production Coordinator

Life Events

1918

Moved with his family to New York, NY

1943

Edited his first feature "The Ox-Bow Incident" starring Henry Fonda

1943

Worked as a film editor in the Fritz Lang political thriller "Hangmen Also Die"

1944

Continued his work with Fritz Lang, editing "The Woman in the Window"

1956

Reprised his role as film editor for Fritz Lang, working on the film noir dramas "While The City Sleeps" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"

1957

Directed the cult horror film "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" starring Michael Landon

1958

Directed the cult science fiction film "I Married a Monster From Outer Space"

1959

Directed and co-wrote the movie western "The Oregon Trail"

1963

Nominated for an Oscar for editing the classic film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1965

Served two terms as president of the American Cinema Editors

1970

Awarded a Golden Globe for his work in the film documentary "Walls of Fire"

1972

Won an Emmy for editing the CBS crime drama TV movie "Truman Capote's 'The Glass House'"

1973

Won an Emmy for editing the NBC detective drama TV miniseries "The Blue Knight" starring William Holden

1976

Acted as supervising editor for the CBS docudrama miniseries "Helter Skelter"

Videos

Movie Clip

I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Marge Follows Bill Troubled Marge (Gloria Talbott) follows husband Bill (Tom Tryon) on one of his evening strolls, where by special effects she becomes convinced he has changed, in I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Breeding Purposes Marge (Gloria Talbott) in a pivotal conversation with husband Bill (Tom Tryon), leading him to concede that he's an alien and his cohorts aim to mate with human females in I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Opening Credits Opening title credits for director Gene Fowler Jr.'s forthright I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958, starring Tom Tryon and Gloria Talbott.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Honeymoon Efforts by Marge (Gloria Talbott) notwithstanding, Bill (Tom Tryon) seems not to get the point of the honeymoon, for reasons that become apparent under lightning, in I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Got the Time? Valerie Allen plays a doomed working girl as Bill (Tom Tryon) and fellow under-cover aliens (Alan Dexter, Robert Ivers) tangle with barkeep Grady (Maxie Rosenbloom) in I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958.
I Married A Monster From Outer Space - Bachelor Party Bill (Tom Tryon) leaves buddies (Peter Baldwin, Alan Dexter, Robert Ivers) at his bachelor party then has something more than a traffic accident in an early sequence from I Married A Monster From Outer Space, 1958.

Trailer

Family

Gene Fowler
Father
Reporter; screenwriter; biographer.
Will Fowler
Brother
Playwright; author; survived him.
Gene Nunnally
Son
Mother Marjorie Fowler.
Martha Fowler
Daughter
Mother Marjorie Fowler.

Companions

Marjorie Fowler
Wife
Film editor. Nominated for an Oscar for "Elmer Gantry"; survived him.

Bibliography