Jack Arnold

Highest Rated: 94% Tarantula (1955)
Birthday: Oct 14, 1916
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Originally an actor on the Broadway stage, Jack Arnold went on to become one of the most beloved B-movie directors in the history of Hollywood. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Arnold became a director of short subjects, earning one Oscar nomination. In 1953, he moved up to feature films, and quickly showed a propensity for action and crime pictures, which he delivered with good pacing and performances. His breakthrough came with Creature From The Black Lagoon and It Came From Outer Space, two 3-D titles that were among the most successful done in that short-lived format. Arnold's subsequent pictures, including The Incredible Shrinking Man, showed a lyricism and sensitivity that was rare in B-movies of the time, and even the films that he wrote but didn't direct, such as The Monolith Monsters, showed unexpected depth, while his High School Confidential could be the best teen exploitation ever made, and has made millions in the decades since it was originally released. After The Mouse That Roared--a British satiric comedy that achieved an international following--Arnold saw his opportunities in feature films drying up, and took a position at the CBS television network, where, as part of his job, he rescued Gilligan's Island from oblivion, and directed an award-winning network special. Chronic illness halted his career in the 1970s, and despite the attempts by other, younger director admirers to help him get pictures, Arnold was largely inactive during the 1980s. He died in 1992 after a long illness.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Sorte kugler Rasmus 2009
38% Into the Night Man with Dog 1985
No Score Yet Marilyn: The Untold Story Director 1980
No Score Yet The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West Director 1976
No Score Yet The Swiss Conspiracy Director 1976
No Score Yet Boss Nigger (The Black Bounty Killer) Producer Director 1975
No Score Yet Black Eye Director 1974
No Score Yet Hello Down There Director 1969
No Score Yet A Global Affair Director 1964
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Director 1961
89% The Mouse That Roared Director 1959
No Score Yet No Name on the Bullet Producer Director 1959
No Score Yet Monster on the Campus Director 1958
70% High School Confidential Director 1958
No Score Yet The Space Children Director 1958
No Score Yet Man in the Shadow Director 1957
91% The Incredible Shrinking Man Director 1957
No Score Yet The Tattered Dress Director 1957
71% This Island Earth Director 1955
22% Revenge of the Creature Director 1955
94% Tarantula Director 1955
84% Creature from the Black Lagoon Director 1954
81% It Came from Outer Space Director 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web Director 1953
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby Hotel Clerk 1941
No Score Yet Danger on Wheels Bruce Crowley 1940
No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept Harry 1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Peter's Secretary 1938
No Score Yet This Marriage Business Lloyd 1938
50% Carefree Elevator Operator 1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld Eddie 1938


33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • 1981
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
  • 1978
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
  • 1978
  • 1977
77% The Brady Bunch
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
90% Gilligan's Island
Producer Director
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • 1964
  • 1959
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare
  • 1963


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