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Lee Sholem

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  • Birthday: May 25, 1913
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  • Lee T. Sholem joined the film business before World War II and emerged as a director of features immediately after the war. An action movie specialist who could shoot quickly around the worst personal and budgetary obstacles (hence his nickname, "Roll 'Em Sholem") who treated even the most juvenile story seriously, Sholem never aspired past B-movies and television, but had several opportunities within these restrictions to direct material that was widely seen, especially by younger viewers. These included the Sol Lesser-produced Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949) and its sequel, the theatrical film Superman and the Mole Men (1951), starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel, and numerous early episodes of the subsequent television series (Sholem and Tommy Carr were the two best directors the series had -- Phyllis Coates, who played Lois Lane, vividly recalled Sholem's directing of the episode "Night of Terror," in which she was accidently knocked out cold by an actor and revived by the director, so they could finish here scenes before her face swelled up), the Jungle Jim features Cannibal Attack and Jungle Man-Eaters (1954), and the science fiction thriller Tobor the Great (1954). His biggest cast was probably The Redhead from Wyoming (1952), with Maureen O'Hara and Alexander Scourby. Film work slowed down considerably for Sholem in the '60s, and he worked much more in television throughout the decade (his sole theatrical credit of consequence was Catalina Caper a 1967 comic thriller highlighted by some great performance clips of Little Richard). His last film was The Doomsday Machine (1972), an ultra-low-budget science fiction thriller starring former silent leading man Henry Wilcoxon.

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Doomsday Machine (Escape from Planet Earth) Director 1972
No Score Yet Catalina Caper Director 1967
No Score Yet Escape from Planet Earth Director 1967
No Score Yet Louisiana Hussy Director 1960
No Score Yet Hell Ship Mutiny Director 1957
No Score Yet Pharaoh's Curse (Curse of the Pharaoh) Director 1957
No Score Yet Crime Against Joe Director 1956
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Director 1955
No Score Yet Cannibal Attack Director 1954
No Score Yet Tobor the Great Director 1954
No Score Yet Jungle Man-Eaters Director 1954
No Score Yet The Redhead from Wyoming Director 1953
No Score Yet The Stand at Apache River Director 1953
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole-Men Director 1951
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole Men Director 1951
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Slave Girl Director 1950
No Score Yet Tarzan's Magic Fountain Director 1949

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Director
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Director
  • 1953
  • 1952

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