Joseph H. Lewis

Lowest Rated: 92% The Big Combo (1955)
Birthday: Apr 6, 1907
Birthplace: Not Available
American low-budget filmmaker Joseph H. Lewis began his long screen career editing such Republic serials as The Miracle Rider (1935) and The Undersea Kingdom (1936). Lewis was elevated to director with Courage of the West a 1937 Universal oater that also marked the debut of crooner Bob Baker. As a director, Lewis would remain in the Western field well into the television era, earning the nickname of "Wagon Wheel Joe" because of a penchant for framing shots through the spokes of a wagon wheel. The moniker was bestowed upon him by fellow B-Western expert Oliver Drake, but unlike Drake, Lewis' oeuvre managed to stand out in a crowded field, mainly due to careful lighting and other atmospheric touches not often considered sine qua non in low-budget filmmaking. Turning increasingly to thrillers, Lewis later directed Bela Lugosi in one of the veteran screen ghoul's better later vehicles, Monogram's The Invisible Ghost (1941), and even more importantly, perfected the low-budget film noir with the ultra-stylish Gun Crazy (1950), perhaps the director's finest hour and a half. After languishing in television for years -- directing episodes of The Rifleman, Bonanza, and The Big Valley -- Lewis was rediscovered by a new generation of moviegoers in the 1980s, who flocked to midnight showings of Gun Crazy. He was the subject of a 1987 documentary As Simple As That: Joseph H. Lewis in Hollywood and was the recipient of a 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Leather Jackets Barfly 1990
No Score Yet Terror in a Texas Town Director 1958
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand Director 1957
No Score Yet 7th Cavalry Director 1956
No Score Yet A Lawless Street Director 1955
92% The Big Combo Director 1955
No Score Yet Cry of the Hunted Director 1953
No Score Yet Desperate Search Director 1952
No Score Yet Retreat, Hell! Director 1952
No Score Yet A Lady Without Passport Director 1950
97% Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) Director 1950
No Score Yet The Undercover Man Director 1949
No Score Yet The Return of October Director 1948
No Score Yet So Dark the Night Director 1946
96% My Name Is Julia Ross Director 1945
No Score Yet The Falcon in San Francisco Director 1945
No Score Yet Minstrel Man Director 1944
No Score Yet Bombs Over Burma Screenwriter Director 1943
No Score Yet Secrets of a Co-ed Director 1942
No Score Yet Boss of Hangtown Mesa Director 1942
No Score Yet Silver Bullet Director 1942
No Score Yet Invisible Ghost Director 1941
No Score Yet Criminals Within Director 1941
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Pride of the Bowery Director 1941
No Score Yet Arizona Cyclone Director 1941
No Score Yet Pride of the Bowery Director 1941
No Score Yet That Gang of Mine Director 1940
No Score Yet East Side Kids - That Gang of Mine Director 1940
No Score Yet Boys of the City Director 1940
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Boys of the City Director 1940
No Score Yet Border Wolves Director 1938

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Director
  • 1965
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Director
  • 1963

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