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Frank Strayer



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Forgotten Terrors
  • Director
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 Dangerous Appointment
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Fugitive Road
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet In Love with Life
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Twin Husbands
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet In the Money
  • 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
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet By Appointment Only
  • Screenwriter
  • 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 Murder At Glen Athol
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Tangled Destinies
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Behind Stone Walls
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet Murder at Midnight
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Borrowed Wives
  • Director
1930

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