Joseph H. Lewis

Joseph H. Lewis

Highest Rated: 100% Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Lowest Rated: 40% Bombs Over Burma (1942)

Birthday: Apr 06, 1907

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A former editor and B-movie director who was elevated to auteur status in the 1960s by such noted critics as Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks, Joseph H Lewis began his film career as a camera loader during the infancy of the medium in the 20s. He joined the Poverty Row studio Mascot and rose to head of its editing department, receiving credit on such efforts as "Adventures of Rex and Rinty," "Ladies Crave Excitement" and "One Frightened Night" (all 1935). When Mascot and three other studios were combined to form Republic, Lewis remained as a supervising editor. Within two years, he had segued to the director's chair, sharing credit on the now forgettable programmer "Navy Spy" (1937). Lewis handled several of the studios musical Westerns with such stars as Bob Baker and Fuzzy Knight (e.g., "Singing Outlaw" 1938), Charles Starrett (i.e., "Blazing Six Shooters" 1940) and Johnny Mack Brown (e.g., "The Silver Bullet" 1942). Many contemporary reviewers of his work praised his direction and faulted the scripts he was forced to handle by the studios. Lewis proved capable of working in several genres helming everything from the dreadful sci-fi film "The Mad Doctor of Market Street" (1942) to the underrated musical "Minstrel Man" (1944).

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Movies

Credit
100% 68% Terror in a Texas Town Director - 1958
No Score Yet 50% Halliday Brand Director - 1957
No Score Yet 42% 7th Cavalry Director - 1956
92% 81% The Big Combo Director - 1955
No Score Yet 48% A Lawless Street Director - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate Search Director - 1953
No Score Yet 38% Cry of the Hunted Director - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Retreat, Hell! Director - 1952
98% 84% Gun Crazy Director - 1950
No Score Yet 24% A Lady Without Passport Director - 1950
No Score Yet 75% The Undercover Man Director - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of October Director - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Swordsman Director - 1947
100% 47% So Dark the Night Director - 1946
No Score Yet 57% The Falcon in San Francisco Director - 1945
96% 67% My Name Is Julia Ross Director - 1945
40% 50% Bombs Over Burma Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secrets of a Coed Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boss of Hangtown Mesa Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mad Doctor of Market Street Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silver Bullet Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminals Within Director - 1941
No Score Yet 0% Pride of the Bowery Director - 1941
No Score Yet 29% The Invisible Ghost Director - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arizona Cyclone Director - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Gang of Mine Director - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Tumbleweeds Director - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Wild Bill Director - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boys of the City Director - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Stand Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Border Wolves Director - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Navy Spy Director - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Singing Outlaw Director - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courage of the West Director - 1937

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Director 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Director 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Director 1958-1963

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