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Art Director (feature film)

1.
Pardon My Stripes (1942) as Art Director
2.
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Art Director
This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman (John Howard) who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we see the criminal, who is listening to the show, become alarmed and start to make his escape. The scene shifts to the police department where the chief, fearing for his job, assigns officers to get something, anything, on Sherman and get him off the air. Meanwhile, Greg and his pretty wife Beth (Margaret Lindsay) are parting company. He's going to a party and she's going to visit her pregnant sister in the hospital. The next morning Greg wakes up and nudges his sleeping wife. When she doesn't respond, he pulls off the covers and finds not his wife but a strange woman, dead and with the murder knife still sticking up out of her back. While he's still recovering from the shock, Beth walks into the bedroom. Thinking that she has discovered her husband with another woman, she leaves and calls the police. The police are delighted of course, but Greg escapes as they are arresting him. Now he must solve the mystery by himself...
3.
Lady for a Night (1942) as Art Director
Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society. When her husband is killed in an attempt on her life, she is charged with his murder.
4.
Petticoat Politics (1941) as Art Director
5.
A Man Betrayed (1941) as Art Director
Attorney Lynn Hollister investigates the murder of his friend in the big city. Along the way, he manages to fall in love with the daughter of his chief suspect.
6.
Public Enemies (1941) as Art Director
7.
Mercy Island (1941) as Art Director
8.
Country Fair (1941) as Art Director
9.
Lady from Louisiana (1941) as Art Director
Northern lawyer John Reynolds travels to New Orleans to try and clean up the local crime syndicate based around a lottery. Although he meets Julie Mirbeau and they are attracted to each other, the fact that her father heads the lottery means they end up on opposite sides. When her father is killed, Julie becomes more and more involved in the shady activities and in blocking Reynolds' attempts at prosecution.
10.
The Great Train Robbery (1941) as Art Director
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12.
Rookies on Parade (1941) as Art Director
13.
Puddin' Head (1941) as Art Director
14.
Mr. District Attorney (1941) as Art Director
15.
Ice-Capades (1941) as Art Director
Newsreel cameraman Bob Clemens (James Ellison), an avowed woman hater, is assigned to cover the Lake Placid exhibition of Karen Vadja (Renie Riano), the Swiss ice Queen. He misses his plane and fails to get the footage needed for a newsreel. Deciding that if you've seen one ice skater, you've seen them all, he goes to Central Park to film a skater picked at random. He selects Marie Bergen (Dorothy Lewis) who is wanted by the immigration people for having over-stayed her visa. Bob does not adjust his newsreel camera for a long shot and she shows very clearly in close-ups. Promoter Larry Herman (Phil Silvers) sees the newsreel and seeing that she is very talented and very pretty, decides to star her in an ice-spectacle to be called the "Ice-Capades." He sends for Karen Vadja's agent, since that is the name the skater is identified as in the newsreel, draws up and signs a contract and invites the press to join him when he meets her. Dismay mildly describes his feeling when he learns that he has obligated himself to build a show around a horse-faced, eccentric woman whose ability to skate is her only saving grace. He calls off the show, and brings suit against the National Newsreel Company for this hoax. The boss, Ellis (Alan Mowbray), blames Bob and his assistant Colonna (Jerry Colonna), who propose that they find her and let Ellis "discover" and star her. She evades them as she thinks they are immigration agents trying to find and deport her, but they find her in the chorus of the ice show they want her to star in. Deportation looms with marriage to an American citizen being the only alternative. Bob, the only woman-hating confirmed bachelor in the cast, becomes the prime candidate.
16.
Citadel of Crime (1941) as Art Director
17.
Angels with Broken Wings (1941) as Art Director
18.
Tuxedo Junction (1941) as Art Director
19.
Mountain Moonlight (1941) as Art Director
20.
The Gay Vagabond (1941) as Art Director
21.
Sis Hopkins (1941) as Art Director
22.
Arkansas Judge (1941) as Art Director
23.
The Devil Pays Off (1941) as Art Director
Chris Waring (William Wright) is a government investigator trying to gather the necessary evidence to convict a shipping magnate, DeBrock (J.Edward Bromberg), of selling his ships to the United States but is suspected of holding up and preventing their delivery because of bribes from foreign powers. DeBrock's conscience, nor his flirty wife, Valerie DeBrock (Osa Massen), give him any peace of mind.
24.
The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) as Art Director
25.
Doctors Don't Tell (1941) as Art Director
Dr. Ralph Snyder (John Beal) and Dr. Frank Blake (Edward Norris) open an office together but soon split over a rivalry for nightclub singer Diana Wayne (Florence Rice) and a difference over ethics. In an effort to make some quick money and marry Diana, Blake becomes a retainer for gangster Joe Grant (Douglas Fowley)while the upright (and uptight)Sawyer (John Beal)becomes a medical examiner in the district attorney's office. Grant is involved in a murder and forces Blake to remove an identifying scar, thereby proving that all gangsters should keep a doctor on retainment. But Blake has a change of heart and shows up at Grant's trial, spills the beans and Grant is convicted. Consequently, Blake loses his license, Diana and then his life, proving that the "do-tell' doctor should have heeded the film title.
26.
Hurricane Smith (1941) as Art Director
Rodeo rider Hurricane Smith is wrongly convicted of murder and robbery, but escapes and creates a new and happy life for himself. But one of the real criminals shows up to claim the loot which he believes Smith has.
27.
Sailors on Leave (1941) as Art Director
28.
Rags to Riches (1941) as Art Director
29.
Three Faces West (1940) as Art Director
A refugee must choose between the man she loves and the man who helped her father escape the Third Reich.
30.
Behind the News (1940) as Art Director
It's school graduate, Jeff Flavin's, first day on the job as a cub reporter for the Enquirer. Boss, Archer, places Jeff with Stu Woodrow a lazying reporter. Stu detests cubs, treating Jeff badly. Jeff saves a drunken Stu's job by covering the convicted racketeer, Houseman's escape from prison. Jeff goes to Houseman's sister for a scoop he witnesses the murder of Houseman and an innocent young child. Stu grateful to Jeff thinks Jeff is to decent to be a reporter, sends Jeff on a fake story. Resulting in Jeff being demoted by an angry Archer. On his own, Jeff goes to the court house to see the trail of Marques, accused of Houseman's murder. Jeff, who speaks Spanish, hears the translater, Olmeda falsely state that Marques confesses to the killing. Jeff tells Archer that he has a story. The problem is that nobody believes him due to the fake story.
31.
Girl from God's Country (1940) as Art Director
32.
Wolf of New York (1940) as Art Director
33.
Scatterbrain (1940) as Art Director
34.
Wagons Westward (1940) as Art Director
Republic, in pre-producion trade announcements, had John Wayne slated as the star of this film but cooler heads, once the script was read, realized that Wayne wasn't exactly the dual-role, twin brothers type. The film opens by establishing that, as young boys, David Cook (Wayne Hull) and twin brother Tom (Warren Hull (II) ) are poles apart in disposition and traits. When their father, (Trevor Bardette) dies, Tom goes to New Mexico to live with his Uncle Hardtack (George "Gabby" Hayes) while David remains behind to care for their mother (Virginia Brissac) . The grown Tom (Chester Morris) becomes an outlaw while brother David (Chester Morris) becomes a government lawman. David is charged with apprehending Tom and also two other renegades, Hardman (Guinn Williams) and Marsden (Douglas Fowley), both bitter enemies of Tom. Unable to arrest Tom in his home territory because he is in league with crooked sheriff McDaniels (Buck Jones, in his only Republic film and only villain role in what is considered the only black mark against Republic by hard-core western fans. They are correct, for that and other reasons seen as this one moves along...slowly.) Tom is lured home by a fake telegram telling him his mother is dying and put in jail. David, posing as Tom, goes to Mesa City, New Mexico and undertakes a campaign to obtain evidence to convict Hardman and Marsden. He persuades the latter to pool their interests in one gang, under his leadership. Tom had been romancing Phyllis O'Conover (Anita Louise), an entertainer at the Bonanza Cafe, and Phyllis' older sister, Julie (Ona Munson), has been working hard to break up the romance. David, posing as Tom, has to continue the pursuit of Phyllis, but finds himself falling in love with Julie. Julie learns Tom's real identity and agrees to marry him but Phyllis, thinking her sister is taking from her the man she believes to be Tom Cook, threatens suicide. The broken-hearted Julie urges David to marry Phyllis and David, much against his own desires, carries out Julie's wishes. (The mis-casting of Buck Jones isn't the only problem with this film.) Meanwhile, Hardman, Marsden and McDaniel have discovered David's real identity and plot to get rid of him. And in another meanwhile, Tom escapes, returns to town and, finding that Phyllis has married David, kills her for what seems to him to be her unfaithfulness, never mind that she thought David was Tom. Some days, a good girl just can't get a break. Tom and the other outlaws are lined up against David in a gun battle when Pima (Charles Stevens), Tom's Indian servant, who has long hated him for his cruelties, brings a large force of Indians to David's aid. Tom attempts to kill David, but Uncle Hardtack shoots him first. Some days, a bad guy just can't get a break either.
35.
Bowery Boy (1940) as Art Director
36.
Dark Command (1940) as Art Director
A Western sheriff takes on a Civil War renegade.
37.
Women in War (1940) as Art Director
38.
Girl from Havana (1940) as Art Director
39.
Grand Ole Opry (1940) as Art Director
40.
Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot (1940) as Art Director
41.
Meet the Missus (1940) as Art Director
42.
The Crooked Road (1940) as Art Director
43.
Friendly Neighbors (1940) as Art Director
44.
Melody and Moonlight (1940) as Art Director
45.
Forgotten Girls (1940) as Art Director
46.
Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940) as Art Director
47.
Gangs of Chicago (1940) as Art Director
48.
Earl of Puddlestone (1940) as Art Director
49.
Grandpa Goes to Town (1940) as Art Director
50.
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) as Art Director
A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle.
51.
Village Barn Dance (1940) as Art Director
52.
In Old Missouri (1940) as Art Director
The Weavers play sharecroppers. They confront their landlord with their tale of woe only to find he is in money trouble too. He also has a wastrel son and a socialite wife who wants a divorce. He begs the Weavers to trade places with him and fix things up.
53.
Barnyard Follies (1940) as Art Director
54.
Melody Ranch (1940) as Art Director
With a longer-than-usual running time on original release and boooked and sold to the exhibitors as a "Gene Autry Special", which Republic would do once a year from 1939-1943 in order to get higher rates than on the regular series entries from the theatre owners. Hey, Jimmy Durante and Ann Miler cost more than Smiley Burnette and June Storey.This "special",(which alternates between tongue-in-cheek and for-real and hard to distinguish which is which since there was very little for-real in most of the fantasy-land settings Autry's Republic films were laid in), finds Gene returinmg to his hometown of Torpedo as guest of honor at the Frontier Days Celebraion, Once there, he encounters his childhood enemies, the Wildhack brothers (Barton MacLane, Joe Sawyer and Horace MacMahon in pecking order), now the local gangsters ( and playing it with relish.) The Wildhacks own a saloon next door to the school, and when their shooting and brawling endangers the safety of the children, Gene protests and threatens to expose them during his next radio broadcast. The Wildhacks stop the broadcast and beat Gene up. Gene, humiliated because Hollywood life has softened him to the extent that he can't hold his own against three assailants, decides to remain in Torpedo and get into shape again. He is encouraged by his friend Cornelius J. "Corney" Courtney (Jimmy Durante), and also by Pop Laramie (George Hayes), owner and operator of the local version of the "Toonerville Trolley." Since Gene refuses to return to Hollywood, his radio show now originates from Torpedo. Julie Sheldon (Ann Miller), a debutante with theatrical aspirations, sees Gene in his natural setting, and begins to take an interest in the cowboy she formerly scorned. Gene avenges himself against the Wildhacks by rounding them up, whipping them single-handed and forcing them to sing on his broadcast. Enraged, the brothers are determined to "get" Gene. He, in turn, runs for sheriff so he will be in position to clean up the Wildhack political machine and use can be made of the "Vote For Autry" song. During the battles that ensue, one of Gene's friends is killed. Gene finally obtains evidence which labels the Wildhacks as killers.
55.
Sabotage (1939) as Art Director
56.
The Mysterious Miss X (1939) as Art Director
57.
Flight at Midnight (1939) as Art Director
Spinner McGee (Phil Reagan), devil-may-care mail pilot volunteers his courage and skill for the task of raising $100,000 to save the small airport owned by Pop Hussey (Harlan Briggs) from being condemned. Spinner's recklessness, combined with the efforts of others who have a vested interest in seeing the field closed, make it a hard task to accomplish, but Colonel Roscoe Turner (played by Colonel Roscoe Turner who was always billed with his rank) is on hand to help.
58.
I Was a Convict (1939) as Art Director
59.
Should Husbands Work? (1939) as Art Director
60.
Calling All Marines (1939) as Art Director
61.
The Covered Trailer (1939) as Art Director
62.
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1939) as Art Director
63.
Money to Burn (1939) as Art Director
64.
Mickey, the Kid (1939) as Art Director
65.
Street of Missing Men (1939) as Art Director
66.
Jeepers Creepers (1939) as Art Director
67.
S.O.S.--Tidal Wave (1939) as Art Director
68.
The Zero Hour (1939) as Art Director
69.
Smuggled Cargo (1939) as Art Director
70.
Main Street Lawyer (1939) as Art Director
71.
She Married a Cop (1939) as Art Director
72.
Pride of the Navy (1939) as Art Director
73.
Fighting Thoroughbreds (1939) as Art Director
74.
My Wife's Relatives (1939) as Art Director
75.
Woman Doctor (1939) as Art Director
76.
Forged Passport (1939) as Art Director
77.
Man of Conquest (1939) as Art Director
78.
Down in "Arkansaw" (1938) as Art Director
79.
Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938) as Art Director
80.
Call of the Yukon (1938) as Art Director
81.
I Stand Accused (1938) as Art Director
Fred, a young lawyer fresh out of school, climbs quickly to success as the mouthpiece for a gangland mob. His friend Paul, however, reaches equally quick success - in the district attorney's office. Inevitably, they meet on opposite sides of the courtroom.
82.
Romance on the Run (1938) as Art Director
83.
Lady Behave! (1938) as Art Director
84.
Outside of Paradise (1938) as Art Director
85.
A Desperate Adventure (1938) as Art Director
86.
Come On, Leathernecks (1938) as Art Director
87.
The Higgins Family (1938) as Art Director
88.
Invisible Enemy (1938) as Art Director
89.
The Night Hawk (1938) as Art Director
90.
Ladies in Distress (1938) as Art Director
91.
Born to Be Wild (1938) as Art Director
92.
Gangs of New York (1938) as Art Director
93.
Prison Nurse (1938) as Art Director
94.
Storm over Bengal (1938) as Art Director
95.
Orphans of the Street (1938) as Art Director
96.
Army Girl (1938) as Art Director
97.
Mama Runs Wild (1938) as Art Director
98.
King of the Newsboys (1938) as Art Director
99.
Arson Gang Busters (1938) as Art Director
100.
Tenth Avenue Kid (1938) as Art Director
101.
Federal Man-Hunt (1938) as Art Director
102.
Dangerous Holiday (1937) as Art Director
103.
Portia on Trial (1937) as Art Director
104.
The Duke Comes Back (1937) as Art Director
105.
Escape by Night (1937) as Art Director
106.
Exiled to Shanghai (1937) as Art Director
107.
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) as Art Director

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