J.P. McGowan

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A titan in the field of low-budget movie-making, Australian-born stage actor J.P. McGowan enjoyed his first major success directing his wife Helen Holmes in the immensely popular and lucrative Hazards of Helen series, in which he also often played the villain. The McGowans left the producer, Kalem, after 30-odd installments to produce their own railroad series and serials under the Signal banner. The venture was reasonably successful until the distributor, Mutual, went out of business in 1919, after which the couple went into an immediate decline professionally and personally. On his own, McGowan spent the 1920s producing, directing, and acting in some of the cheapest professional films ever released, usually budgeting his little action melodramas for less money than MGM would spend on a newspaper add and economizing by incorporating plenty of stock footage that at least offered the illusion of grandeur. A character actor and bit part player in the 1930s, McGowan made his final screen appearance in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939).

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Jailer 1938
No Score Yet Where the West Begins Director 1938
No Score Yet Heart of the Rockies Dawson 1937
No Score Yet Roaring Six Guns Director 1937
No Score Yet Hit the Saddle Rance McGowan 1937
No Score Yet What Price Vengeance? Screenwriter 1937
No Score Yet Rough Ridin' Rhythm Hobart Director 1937
No Score Yet Borderland sheriff 1937
No Score Yet Stampede Matt 1936
No Score Yet The Three Mesquiteers Brack 1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island Ship's Captain 1936
No Score Yet Guns and Guitars Morgan 1936
No Score Yet Jungle Jim Captain Robinson 1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again Buck Peters 1936
No Score Yet Mississippi Dealer 1935
No Score Yet Goin' to Town Cowboy 1935
No Score Yet Border Brigands Cmdr. Winston 1935
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice Det. Mack Clark 1934
No Score Yet Fighting Hero Morales 1934
No Score Yet Drum Taps Director 1933
No Score Yet Somewhere in Sonora Monte Black 1933
No Score Yet Deadwood Pass Director 1933
No Score Yet Outlaw Tamer Sheriff Jim Porter Director 1933
No Score Yet When a Man Rides Alone Director 1933
No Score Yet Hurricane Express Director 1932
No Score Yet Mark of the Spur Director 1932
No Score Yet Near the Rainbow's End Director 1930
No Score Yet Code of the West Director 1929
No Score Yet Below the Deadline Director 1929
No Score Yet Manhattan Cowboy Director 1928
No Score Yet Ships of the Night Motilla 1928
No Score Yet The Outlaw Dog Director 1927
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Golden Lion Director 1927
No Score Yet The Canyon of Missing Men Director Producer 1926
No Score Yet Road Agent Director 1926
No Score Yet Open Switch Director 1926
No Score Yet Perils of the Rail Director Producer 1926
No Score Yet The Lost Express Director Actor 1926
No Score Yet Red Blood Director 1926
No Score Yet Blood and Steel Director 1925
No Score Yet A Lass of the Lumberlands Director 1916
No Score Yet From the Manger to the Cross (Jesus of Nazareth) Andrew 1912
No Score Yet A Lad From Old Ireland Actor 1910

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