Howard P. Bretherton

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Not everyone who started out as a silent-movie property man graduated to film director, but enough did to make the prop department an attractive entry-level job. One such graduate was Howard P. Bretherton, who spent ten years in lower-echelon studio positions before his directorial debut with 1926's While London Sleeps (1926). His adroit handling of the 1927 Rin Tin Tin vehicle Hills of Kentucky established Bretherton as an "outdoors" director. He spent most of the late-silent/early-talkie era at Warner Bros., a studio that favored fast and efficient directors over slow, self-conscious "auteurs." When not calling the camera shots, Bretherton was reassembling them in the editing room for the benefit of other directors. From 1940 onward, Howard P. Bretherton was one of Hollywood's busiest "B"-western directors, churning out many a Hopalong Cassidy picture; while at least one western historian found his technique "heavy handed," Bretherton delivered what his public craved, remaining active until 1952.

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Prince Of Thieves Director 1948
No Score Yet Because of Eve Director 1948
No Score Yet Where the North Begins Director 1947
No Score Yet The Trap Director 1946
No Score Yet Identity Unknown Producer 1945
No Score Yet The Big Show-Off Director 1945
No Score Yet Renegades of the Rio Grande Director 1945
No Score Yet Rhythm Parade Director 1943
No Score Yet Dawn on the Great Divide Director 1942
No Score Yet Pirates of the Prairie Director 1942
No Score Yet Down Texas Way Director 1942
No Score Yet Ghost Town Law Director 1942
No Score Yet West of the Law Director 1942
No Score Yet You're Out of Luck Director 1941
No Score Yet Twilight on the Trail Actor Director 1941
No Score Yet Sign of the Wolf Director 1941
No Score Yet The Gunman from Bodie Director 1941
No Score Yet Outlaws of the Desert Director 1941
No Score Yet Chasing Trouble Director 1940
No Score Yet Hidden Enemy Director 1940
No Score Yet Midnight Limited Director 1940
No Score Yet Up in the Air Director 1940
No Score Yet The Showdown Director 1940
No Score Yet Danger Flight Director 1939
No Score Yet Sky Patrol Director 1939
No Score Yet Boys' Reformatory Director 1939
No Score Yet Undercover Agent Director 1939
No Score Yet Star Reporter Director 1939
No Score Yet Irish Luck Director 1939
No Score Yet Tough Kid Director 1939
No Score Yet Western Gold Director 1937
No Score Yet Heart of the West Director 1936
No Score Yet King of the Royal Mounted Director 1936
No Score Yet Wild Brian Kent Director 1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again Director 1936
No Score Yet Three on the Trail Director 1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie Director 1936
No Score Yet The Eagle's Brood Director 1935
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Enters Director 1935
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About Director 1933
No Score Yet The Match King Director 1932

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Director
  • 1958

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