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Frank R. Strayer

  • Highest Rated: 75% Terror by Night (1946)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin) (1933)
  • Birthday: Sep 20, 1891
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • As a director of comedies with small budgets, Frank Strayer showed considerable talent. Beginning in the silent days, Strayer was considered a capable hand with second features. He directed, among many efforts, several horror films with comic overtones which featured such monster-movie stalwarts as Lionel Atwill and Dwight Frye; a Joe E. Brown vehicle. A graduate of Carnegie Tech and the Pennsylvania Military Academy, Frank Strayer saw service in the U.S. Navy during World War I as an ensign, and after the war joined Metro studios--later MGM--as an assistant director and sometime actor. He moved to Columbia Pictures during the '20s and carved out a successful career for himself in "B"-pictures (in fairness, Columbia only had one confirmed "A"-director in those years, Frank Capra), including the dozen or more entries in the Blondie movie series, starring Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake. Strayer also directed the "Blondie" star, Penny Singleton, in a musical, Go West, Young Lady, in 1938. Besides Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake, Strayer guided many comedy performers through their paces, including Mischa Auer, Willie Best, Gene Lockhart, Jonathan Hale, Esther Dale, William Frawley, Edgar Kennedy, and Mary Wickes. In later years, Strayer turned to religious themes, directing films with titles such as Messenger of Peace (1950), and The Sickle or the Cross (1951). He also directed one early-sound horror film that occasionally gets reshown to interested audiences, The Vampire Bat (1932).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet The Pilgrimage Play Director 1949
75% Terror by Night Director 1946
No Score Yet I Ring Doorbells Director 1946
No Score Yet It's a Great Life Director Producer 1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour Director Producer 1943
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory Director 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College Director 1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event Director 1942
No Score Yet Go West, Young Lady Director 1941
No Score Yet Blondie in Society Director 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Goes Latin Director 1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid Director 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble Director 1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget Director 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Director 1939
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl Director 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Takes a Vacation Director 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss Director 1939
No Score Yet Borrowing Trouble Director 1937
No Score Yet Big Town Girl Director 1937
No Score Yet Sea Spoilers Director 1936
No Score Yet Murder at Glen Athol Director 1936
No Score Yet Condemned to Live Director 1935
No Score Yet Death from a Distance Director 1935
No Score Yet Symphony of Living Director 1935
No Score Yet The Ghost Walks Director 1934
No Score Yet In the Money Director 1934
No Score Yet In Love with Life Director 1934
No Score Yet Dangerous Appointment Director 1934
No Score Yet Fugitive Road Director 1934
No Score Yet Twin Husbands Director 1933
No Score Yet No Dejes la Puerta Abierta Director 1933
No Score Yet Mama Loves Papa Director 1933
No Score Yet By Appointment Only Director Screenwriter 1933
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin) Director 1933
No Score Yet Dance, Girl, Dance Director 1933
No Score Yet Love in High Gear Director 1932
No Score Yet The Monster Walks Director 1932
No Score Yet Behind Stone Walls Director 1932
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol Director 1932
No Score Yet His Guiding Destiny Director 1932
No Score Yet Tangled Destinies Director 1932
No Score Yet Murder at Midnight Director Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors Director 1931
No Score Yet Borrowed Wives Director 1930

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