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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Rough Ridin' Rhythm
  • Director
  • Hobart
1937
No Score Yet Borderland
  • sheriff
1937
No Score Yet What Price Vengeance?
  • Screenwriter
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 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
  • Director
  • Sheriff Jim Porter
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 Tarzan and the Golden Lion
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet The Lost Express
  • Actor
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Red Blood
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet The Canyon of Missing Men
  • Producer
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Perils of the Rail
  • Producer
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Road Agent
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Open Switch
  • 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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