Crane Wilbur

Highest Rated: 100% The Phenix City Story (1955)
Lowest Rated: 67% Crime Wave (1954)
Birthday: Nov 17, 1886
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in Athens, New York, Crane Wilbur began work on the stage as a teenager, playing in stock and repertory companies until 1910, when he entered movies. He costarred with Pearl White in The Perils of Pauline and other silents, but despite being one of the handsomest actors of his day, he turned to writing and later split his career between stage and screen as an author, and subsequently turned to directing. His Broadway credits include A Farewell to Arms and Mourning Becomes Electra. As a screenwriter, Wilbur's work includes the scripts to films such as the Warner Bros. crime thrillers Blackwell's Island and Crime School, and the classic thriller He Walked by Night, the horror classic House of Wax, the drama The Phenix City Story, and the fantasy film Mysterious Island. As a director, his career was interesting if somewhat less distinguished, beginning in 1934 at Fox with Tomorrow's Children, a topical drama about forced sterilization. His 1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, seen by aspiring songwriter Johnny Cash, became an inspiration for the song "Folsom Prison Blues." And his 1959 version of The Bat, starring Vincent Price, was the best of numerous versions of the story.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet House of Women Screenwriter Director 1962
No Score Yet The George Raft Story Screenwriter 1961
85% Mysterious Island Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet The Bat Screenwriter Director 1959
No Score Yet Monkey on My Back Screenwriter 1957
100% The Phenix City Story Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Women's Prison Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet The Mad Magician Screenwriter 1954
67% Crime Wave Screenwriter 1954
95% House of Wax Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet The Lion and the Horse Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Director Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet I Was a Communist for the FBI Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet The Story of Molly X Screenwriter Director 1949
83% He Walked by Night Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet Canon City Screenwriter Director 1948
No Score Yet The Red Stallion Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet The Devil on Wheels Screenwriter Director 1947
No Score Yet A Night Of Adventure Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Masters of Mayhem Director 1939
No Score Yet Penrod's Double Trouble Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Crime School Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet West of Shanghai Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Alcatraz Island Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet We're in the Legion Now Screenwriter Director 1937
No Score Yet Captain Calamity Dr. Kelkey Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet Yellow Cargo Director Screenwriter 1936
No Score Yet High School Girl Carl Bryson Director 1935
No Score Yet Tomorrow's Children Father O'Brien Director 1934
No Score Yet Lord Byron Of Broadway Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet The Finger of Justice Actor 1918
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline Harry Marvin 1914


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