Alfred L. Werker

Alfred L. Werker

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  • Lowest Rated: 86% He Walked by Night (1948)
  • Birthday: Dec 2, 1896
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • In films from 1917, director Alfred L. Werker was either a competent craftsman or talented hack, depending on which of his colleagues you consulted. After paying his dues in a series of secondary production jobs, Werker began directing Fred Thompson westerns in 1925. He began his long association with Fox Studios (later 20th Century-Fox) with 1928's Chasing Through Europe. When Erich Von Stroheim was pulled off his 1932 directorial effort Walking Down Broadway, Werker took over, finishing the film (released as Hello Sister) minus screen credit. The Werker and Stroheim sequences were as different as night and day, fueling the rumor that Werker was, at base, a second-rater. How, then, does one explain such excellent Werker productions as House of Rothschild (1934) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), the latter regarded by many as the all-time best of the Rathbone/Bruce "Holmes" pictures. During the early 1940s, Werker was assigned several comedies, notably Disney's The Reluctant Dragon (1941; live-action sequences only), Laurel & Hardy's A-Haunting We Will Go (1942) and Milton Berle's Whispering Ghost (1943); none were particularly distinguished. Briefly associated with the young-and-hungry Eagle Lion studios in the late 1940s, Werker turned out some of his best work, including the intriguing murder melodrama Repeat Performance (1947). Outwardly, his finest achievement during this period was He Walked By Night (1948), though much of this film was the handiwork of an uncredited Anthony Mann. Werker retired in 1957.

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No Score Yet Rebel in Town Director 1956
No Score Yet At Gunpoint (Gunpoint!) Director 1955
No Score Yet Three Hours to Kill Director 1954
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Director 1953
No Score Yet The Last Posse Director 1953
No Score Yet Walk East on Beacon Director 1952
No Score Yet Sealed Cargo Director 1951
No Score Yet Lost Boundaries Director 1949
86% He Walked by Night Director 1948
No Score Yet Repeat Performance Director 1947
No Score Yet Shock Director 1946
No Score Yet A-Haunting We Will Go Director 1942
No Score Yet The Reluctant Dragon Director 1941
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Director 1939
No Score Yet Kidnapped Director 1938
No Score Yet Big Town Girl Director 1937
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You Director 1937
No Score Yet We Have Our Moments Director 1937
No Score Yet Advice to the Lovelorn Director 1935
No Score Yet Stolen Harmony Director 1935
100% The House of Rothschild Director 1934


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