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Born: October 29, 1928 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Oakland, California, USA Profession: Director ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Director (feature film)

1.
Daring Game (1968) as Aerial seq dir
2.
Daring Game (1968) as 2nd unit dir
3.
Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957) as Assistant Director
4.
Run of the Arrow (1957) as Assistant Director
A bitter Confederate veteran joins a Sioux tribe to keep his war against the Union going.
5.
Invaders from Mars (1953) as Assistant Director
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.
6.
Hannah Lee (1953) as Assistant Director
7.
Never Wave at a WAC (1953) as Assistant Director
A divorced socialite joins the Army hoping it will improve her love life.
8.
3 for Bedroom C (1952) as Assistant Director
9.
Rose of Cimarron (1952) as Assistant Director
10.
Kid Monk Baroni (1952) as Assistant Director
11.
The San Francisco Story (1952) as Assistant Director
In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback.
12.
The Valiant Hombre (1949) as Assistant Director
The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo) find a dog, Daisy (played by Daisy), grieving for its lost master. Cisco senses a plot when he later learns that the missing man, Paul Mason (John James), recently discovered a gold lode in the nearby hills. The trail leads to the owner of a gambling hall, Lon Lansdell (John Litel). Linda Mason (Barbara Billingsley), searching for her lost brother, is met when she arrives by Cisco, who tries to hell her the true story as he sees it, but she prefers to believe Landell's version of her brother's disappearance. Lansdell leads Linda to her brother, and she is used in an attempt to make Mason disclose the location of his gold strike. But Cisco and Pancho are close by.
13.
The Fighting O'Flynn (1949) as Assistant Director
O'Flynn, soldier of fortune, returns to Ireland during the Napoleonic wars just in time to save Lady Benedetta from robbers. But they pursue her to ruinous Castle O'Flynn, after secret papers she carries which would reveal Napoleon's plans to invade Ireland. The Napoleonic agents (and British traitors) will stop at nothing to gain their ends, but the swashbuckling exploits of the O'Flynn may be a match for them all
14.
Another Part of the Forest (1948) as Assistant Director
A father and son''''s rivalry shakes the family business.
15.
The Exile (1947) as Assistant Director
A deposed king fights for his life while hiding out at a farm.
16.
Sky Bandits (1940) as Assistant Director
Sgt. Renfrew and Constable Kelly go aloft to search for a plane missing with a shipment of gold from the Yukon Mine Company. Inventor Speavy has devised a power ray which disrupts electrical impulses, and Morgan and his gang of crooks has brought in Prof. Lewis to increase the ray's range, telling him he's helping the government develop this new weapon. Speavy spills the beans to Prof. Lewis and his daughter Madeleine,and Morgan threatens to implicate them in his crimes unless they cooperate. Morgan kills Speavy when he tries to warn Renfrew, but when Madeleine stows away on board the doomed plane Renfrew is piloting, will the crooks be able to make Prof. Lewis use the power ray to bring the plane down?
17.
Gang War (1940) as Assistant Director
Rival racketeers fight to control the juke-box business in Harlem.
18.
Danger Ahead (1940) as Assistant Director
19.
Yukon Flight (1940) as Assistant Director
When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed when Renfrew finds the control stick has been jammed, forcing the plane to fly in one direction until the gas ran out. Mine owner Louise Howard (Louise Stanley) reports that her superintendent is missing. The Mounties find him murdered and that too has been made to look like an accident. A new mail service pilot, Bill Shipley (Warren Hull), arrives. He had gone to training school with Renfrew but had been cashiered for misconduct. The Mounties discover that Raymond (Karl Hackett), who had been working for Louise, really owns the flying line managed by Yuke Cardoe (William Pawley.) They find proof that all the gold from the mine isn't being turned over to Louise, and suspect that Raymond and Yuke are stealing the gold and shipping it to Seattle by plane. Renfrew sets a trap and Yuke and Raymond try to escape in their plane.
20.
Murder on the Yukon (1940) as Assistant Director

Cast (feature film)

21.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) as Gill man, on land
Scientists track a prehistoric monster in the South American jungle while it tracks them.
22.
Grand Exit (1935) as Elevator man
An insurance investigator tries to track down an arsonist.

Writer (feature film)

23.
Timber (1942) as Original Story
24.
Top Sergeant (1942) as Original Story
An Army jeep is forced off the road by fleeing bandits. Sergeant Dick Manson (Don Terry), his kid brother Jack (Gene Garrick), and Corporals Frenchy Devereaux (Leo Carrillo) and Andy Jarrett (Andy Devine) follow and are joined by a posse of deputy sheriffs. Three of the robbers are killed in a shoot-out, but one of them, Al Bennett (Don Porter), escapes after wounding Jack, who dies. Bennett figures a perfect hideout would be in the Army, and becomes one of the recruits assigned to Manson. He gets into trouble because of his attitude, and particularly with Manson when he gets the Colonel's daughter, Helen (Elyse Knox), into covering up his A.W.O.L. G-Men reveal that some of the bank money has been passed at a local jewellery store. When Manson learns that Bennett has given Helen a gift trinket, he jumps at the clue, and drives her down to question the jeweler. They find him murdered. At the Army war games, Bennett blows up a bridge and several men are killed, and he diverts the blame upon Frenchy and Andy, who are court martialed for negligent homicide. Manson discovers a witness who identifies Bennett as one of the bank robbers.
25.
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941) as Screenwriter
Steve (Charles Lang), Skat(Eddie Quillan) and other members of a high-ridin', rug-cuttin' musical combo from Oklahoma set off to conquer Broadway, only to find that rhumba-rhythm is all the rage. They decide to sail for Havana to learn the rhythm and pick up the accent, and, on board the ship, Steve meets Rosita Alvarez (Helen Parrish) who is Cuba-bound with her father, Pop Alvarez (Leon Errol), a merry confidence man. All have problems they expect to be solved by Madame La Zonda (Lupe Velez), but they arrive and find that the exotic queen of the rhumba's night club has gone broke. Another confidence man, Beheegan (William Frawley), who has sold a few city halls in his day, provides the answer to everything; using a satchel filled with ill-gotten gains and under the watchful eyes of Alvin (Big Boy Williams), Gabby (Shemp Howard) and Maxwell (Frank Mitchell), he purchases several mythical plantations in South America from Pop.
26.
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941) as Original Story
Steve (Charles Lang), Skat(Eddie Quillan) and other members of a high-ridin', rug-cuttin' musical combo from Oklahoma set off to conquer Broadway, only to find that rhumba-rhythm is all the rage. They decide to sail for Havana to learn the rhythm and pick up the accent, and, on board the ship, Steve meets Rosita Alvarez (Helen Parrish) who is Cuba-bound with her father, Pop Alvarez (Leon Errol), a merry confidence man. All have problems they expect to be solved by Madame La Zonda (Lupe Velez), but they arrive and find that the exotic queen of the rhumba's night club has gone broke. Another confidence man, Beheegan (William Frawley), who has sold a few city halls in his day, provides the answer to everything; using a satchel filled with ill-gotten gains and under the watchful eyes of Alvin (Big Boy Williams), Gabby (Shemp Howard) and Maxwell (Frank Mitchell), he purchases several mythical plantations in South America from Pop.
27.
A Dangerous Game (1941) as Original Story
28.
A Dangerous Game (1941) as Screenwriter
29.
The Devil's Pipeline (1940) as Screenwriter
30.
The Leatherpushers (1940) as Original Story
31.
The Leatherpushers (1940) as Screenwriter

Producer (feature film)

32.
Hunters of the Reef (1978)
An action adventure in this pilot for a proposed series entitled "Peter Benchley's Mysteries of the Deep" (this film's original title), pitting a salvage boat captain against a better equipped competitor in a race to locate a sunken wreck in shark-infested waters off the Florida coast.
33.
Around the World Under the Sea (1966) as Associate Producer
An underwater team circles the globe to test an earthquake warning system.
34.
Birds Do It (1966) as Prod exec
Soupy Sales, Tab Hunter, Arthur O''Connell, Edward Andrews, Doris Dowling, Beverly Adams. While dusting off a nuclear missle, Cape Kennedy janitor Soupy Sales becomes negatively ionized, enabling him to streak across the Florida skies with Judi the astro chimp. He also becomes irresistible to women.
35.
Rhino! (1964) as Producer
A scientist is forced to join forces with an unscrupulous African hunter.
36.
Flipper's New Adventure (1964) as Associate Producer
The heroic dolphin helps capture a group of escaped convicts.

Film Production - Main (feature film)

37.
Citizens Band (1977) as Production Manager
This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else in his life. His father, Roberts Blossom is a sour old man who is nice on the radio. Charles Napier is a trucker hospitalized after an accident, with hilarious consequences.
39.
Mrs. Pollifax--Spy (1971) as Production Manager
A society woman volunteers to root out enemy agents in Albania.
40.
The Great Bank Robbery (1969) as Production Manager
Outlaws pose as a religious group to mask their attempt to rob a Western bank.
41.
Generation (1969) as Production Manager
42.
Flipper (1963) as Prod supv
A fisherman in the Florida Keys opposes his son's friendship with a dolphin.
43.
The Giant Gila Monster (1959) as Production Manager
A small town in Texas finds itself under attack from a hungry, fifty-foot-long gila monster. No longer content to forage in the desert, the giant lizard begins chopming on motorists and train passengers before descending upon the town itself. Only Chase Winstead, a quick-thinking mechanic, can save the town from being wiped out.
44.
The Killer Shrews (1959) as Production Manager
A maniacal scientist creates a formula that turns your average shrew into a giant, man-killing beast.
45.
Verboten! (1959) as Unit Manager
An American soldier in post-war Germany tries to get his girlfriend''''s brother out of an underground neo-Nazi group.
46.
The Young Lions (1958) as Unit mgr - Europe
A Jewish soldier faces anti-Semitism when he enlists to fight World War II.
47.
Escapade in Japan (1957) as Unit Production Manager
After his plane crashes in Tokyo, an American boy tries to find his way home.
48.
Flame of the Islands (1956) as Asst with loc plans
Rosalind Dee is a cabaret singer who aspires to enter high society. When she comes into dirty money she forms a partnership with two gambling-club owners to build the establishment into a gathering place for the only the most elite.
49.
Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956) as Unit Manager
50.
Unchained (1955) as Production Manager
Tale about life in a special prison farm in California, where the program is about treating the prisoners with humanity and minimal security to enhance their moral attitudes about paying for their crimes out of their own volition.
51.
Hunters of the Deep (1955) as Prod supv
Based on the true story of the 1987 Oxford University boat race mutiny and coach Dan Topolski's miraculous training of a haggard, rag-tag team into a winning outfit.
52.
This Is My Love (1954) as Prod supv
53.
Crazylegs (1954) as Production Manager
Story of the career of Los Angeles Rams football great, Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch.
54.
Donovan's Brain (1953) as Prod supv
A scientist keeps an unscrupulous tycoon's brain alive and falls under its influence.
55.
Rose of Cimarron (1952) as Production Manager

Film Production - Unit (feature film)

56.
Eyes of Charles Sand, The (1972)
A young man inherits the ability to see visions from beyond the grave after his uncle's sudden death and is persuaded to investigate a girl's story about her brother's alleged murder. Although no music score is credited because of a composer's strike against TV film packagers at the time, Henry Manc

Film Production - Unit (TV Mini-Series)

57.
Shogun (1980)
A landmark in the miniseries genre, which occupies a permanent niche alongside "Roots," "Centennial" and "Rich Man, Poor Man", this 12-hour, six-part adaptation of James Clavell''s best-seller follows the fortunes of an ambitious English navigator who is shipwrecked with his Dutch crew in feudal Japan, finds himself enmeshed in a long battle between two powerful warlords, and eventually becomes the first western Shogun (or chief samurai). Unique in its initial presentation with much of it spoken in untranslated Japanese (subtitles were added in its network rerun several years later), it had a voice-over narration by Orson Welles, made a matinee idol of Richard Chamberlain, and introduced to American TV veteran Japanese star Toshiro Mifune (as the Shogun) and newcomer Yoko Shimada (as Chamberlain''s love interest and interpreter).<p>All three stars, in addition to Yuki Meguro (as a samurai warrior) and John Rhys-Davies (as a flamboyant Portuguese pirate ship captain), received Emmy Award nominations for acting. Winning an Emmy as Outstanding Dramatic Series, "Shogun" also received nominations for direction, writing, photography, production design, art direction, set decoration, editing and film sound editing--and winning for costume design and main title design. Subsequently it was edited down from 12 hours to just over three for a theatrical version shown overseas and to a two-hour-plus version for home videotape and videodisc (these had some nudity as well as more graphic violence than was in the miniseries). In July 1984, "Shogun" was given a network premiere in a 2 1/2 hour movie form.</p>

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