Byron Haskin

Highest Rated: 100% Treasure Island (1950)
Birthday: Apr 22, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
Byron Haskin studied at the University of California-Berkeley before signing up with the navy as an aviation cadet. After wartime service, Haskin worked as a cartoonist and ad man, then entered the film industry as a newsreel cameraman. By 1922, he was a director of photography at Warner Bros., and within five years graduated to director of such diverse Warner programmers as Irish Hearts and Ginsburg the Great. With the coming of talkies, he returned to cinematography, spending his spare time developing more efficient means of adapting to the new technical challenges of sound. From 1929 to 1932, Haskin served as a production executive and technical advisor for the British movie industry. Upon his return to Hollywood, Haskin was signed by Warner Bros.' special effects department, which he headed from 1937 to 1945. During this phase of his career, Haskin and his staff earned several Oscar nominations for their technological advancements. When Warners executive producer Hal Wallis moved to Paramount in 1945, he took Haskin along. Here, Haskin resumed his directorial career with the Burt Lancaster-Kirk Douglas film noir I Walk Alone (1947). He made a second trip to England in 1949, where he helmed Disney's live-action adaptation of Treasure Island, starring Robert Newton (later in the 1950s, he directed Newton in the follow-up film Long John Silver, and also worked on the spin-off TV series of the same name). With his direction of 1953's The War of the Worlds, Haskin began a long and rewarding association with fantasy-film producer--and fellow special-effects specialist--George Pal. The director's subsequent science-fiction efforts (not all of them produced by Pal) included Conquest of Space (1955), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and The Power (1968). He also directed episodes of such memorable TV weeklies as "The Outer Limits." It might be true that, in the words of film historian Bill Warren, Byron Haskin was never really "a director of actors," but his handling of robots, extraterrestrials and mutated insects was second to none.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Power Director 1968
94% Robinson Crusoe on Mars Director 1964
No Score Yet Captain Sinbad Director 1963
No Score Yet Armored Command Director 1961
No Score Yet Jet over the Atlantic Director 1959
No Score Yet The Little Savage Director 1959
43% From the Earth to the Moon Director 1958
No Score Yet The First Texan Director 1956
60% Conquest of Space Director 1955
No Score Yet Long John Silver Director 1955
86% The Naked Jungle Director 1954
No Score Yet His Majesty O'Keefe Director 1954
No Score Yet Conquest of Space Director 1954
85% The War of the Worlds Director 1953
No Score Yet Long John Silver's Return to Treasure Island Director 1953
No Score Yet Warpath Director 1951
No Score Yet Tarzan's Peril Director 1951
No Score Yet Denver & Rio Grande Director 1951
100% Treasure Island Director 1950
No Score Yet Too Late for Tears Director 1949
No Score Yet I Walk Alone Director 1948


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