H. Bruce Humberstone

Highest Rated: 100% Wonder Man (1945)
Lowest Rated: 33% Pin-Up Girl (1944)
Birthday: Nov 18, 1901
Birthplace: Not Available
Buffalo-born H. Bruce Humberstone was a juvenile actor and script clerk during his first few years in Hollywood. Humberstone worked in a number of capacities (grip, prop man, production assistant) on several silent westerns of the '20s, during which time he earned the nickname Lucky for reasons that he'd keep changing from interview to interview later in life. After serving time as an assistant director, Humberstone was given his first solo directing assignment with 1932's Strangers of the Evening. Exhibiting no discernible style of his own, Humberstone was able to shift from comedy to drama to melodrama with ease. During his long stay at 20th Century-Fox, he directed several of the Charlie Chan films, where he hit upon the dubious technique of keeping star Warner Oland drunk so that Oland would deliver his lines in the slow, hesitant cadence necessary for the Chan role. Humberstone's best work of the '40s include several Fox Technicolor musicals, the shadow-laden mystery meller I Wake Up Screaming (1941), and Danny Kaye's Wonder Man (1945). In the '50s, Humberstone switched his attentions to TV work, finding a few spare moments to direct some of the Tarzan theatrical programmers of the era. H. Bruce Humberstone called it quits after 1962's Madison Avenue, which he produced as well as directed.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Madison Avenue Director 1962
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Trappers Director 1958
No Score Yet Tarzan and The Lost Safari Director 1956
No Score Yet Ten Wanted Men Director 1955
No Score Yet The Purple Mask Director 1955
No Score Yet The Desert Song Director 1953
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Director 1952
No Score Yet Happy Go Lovely Director 1951
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek Director 1948
No Score Yet Three Little Girls in Blue Director 1946
100% Wonder Man Director 1945
33% Pin-Up Girl Director 1944
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Director 1943
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina) Director 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Director 1942
83% I Wake Up Screaming Director 1941
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Director 1941
No Score Yet Tall, Dark and Handsome Director 1941
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Honolulu Director 1938
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics Director 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Opera Director 1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track Director 1936
No Score Yet Ladies Love Danger Director 1935
No Score Yet The Dragon Murder Case Director 1934
No Score Yet Merry Wives of Reno Director 1934
No Score Yet Goodbye Love Director 1933
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle Director 1932
No Score Yet Strangers of the Evening Director 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Director Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet Universal in 1925 Director 1925


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