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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Hopalong Cassidy Enters
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet The Match King
  • Director
1932

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