Burt Topper

Highest Rated: 65% Wild in the Streets (1968)
Birthday: Jul 31, 1928
Birthplace: Not Available
Burt Topper was a 30-year-old veteran of the TV mills when he made his big-screen directorial debut with Hell Squad, which he also produced and scripted. Subsequent Topper film efforts bore such lurid titles as The Diary of a High School Bride (1959), War is Hell (1959) and The Devil's Eye (1969). Perhaps because he upheld the traditions of the low-budget 1950s exploitation picture into the comparatively more sophisticated 1960s, Topper was embraced as a near-genius by French film critics. This surfeit of adulation served to make Topper an object of ridicule amongst American critics, though in fact his films aren't really all that bad: The Strangler (1964), for example, boasts some startlingly effective moments, as well as a standout leading performance by Victor Buono. Topper also served as executive producer of several worthwhile films, among them the 1968 speculative thriller Wild in the Streets (1968), which was as overpraised by mainstream critics as most of his earlier efforts were underappreciated. Burt Topper hasn't been heard from since his 1976 "comeback" picture, the tantalizingly titled The Day the Lord Got Busted.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet C.H.O.M.P.S. Producer 1979
No Score Yet Soul Hustler Producer Director 1976
No Score Yet The Hard Ride Director Executive Producer Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet The Devil's 8 Producer Director 1969
65% Wild in the Streets Producer 1968
No Score Yet Devil's Angels Producer 1967
No Score Yet Thunder Alley Producer 1967
No Score Yet Fireball 500 Producer 1966
No Score Yet Space Probe Taurus Producer 1965
No Score Yet The Strangler Director 1964
No Score Yet War Is Hell Screenwriter Director 1963
No Score Yet Diary of a High School Bride Screenwriter Producer Director 1959
No Score Yet Hell Squad Screenwriter Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet No Place to Land Miles 1958

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