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Jack Arnold

Highest Rated:   92% Tarantula (1955)
Lowest Rated:   22% Revenge of the Creature (1955)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sorte kugler
  • Rasmus
2009
41% Into the Night
  • Man with Dog
1985
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
90% 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
92% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Director
  • 1978
  • 1977

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