Lesley Selander

Birthday: May 26, 1900
Birthplace: Not Available
A studio lab technician in his teens, California native Lesley Selander worked his way up to cameraman and then assistant director in the '20s. Until 1936, his solo directing credits consisted of modest 2-reel comedies. Selander received his first feature film directorial break through the kindness of western star Buck Jones; not surprisingly, the bulk of Selander's subsequent film assigments were westerns. Possessed of an unerring eye for visual excellence, an inborn sense of pacing and timing, and an overall easygoing expertise, Selander had what it took to gain "maestro" status, but by devoting himself almost exclusively to series westerns (the Hopalong Cassidys, the Tim Holts), his accomplishments went unnoticed by the film-critic cognoscenti. Selander's most accomplished work can be found in a group of medium-budget sagebrushers made for Allied Artists in the late '40s: Panhandle, Stampede, Shotgun, Short Grass and Cow Country. The films made by Selander outside the western field range from fascinating (1946's The Catman from Paris) to surprisingly spiritless (1951's Flight to Mars). With the 1952 series Cowboy G-Men, Selander launched his TV-western phase, which lasted until the cowboy craze died out in the early '60s. Selander's final films, the second-feature A.C. Lyles westerns of the Arizona Bushwackers (1968) variety, found him plugging away perfunctorally but professionally at the movie style he knew best. Before his death in 1979, Lesley Selander was gratified by the adoration and devotion of his now grown-up fans, who retained fond memories of the "something special" which distinguished his dozens of '40s B-films.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Fort Utah Director 1967
No Score Yet Arizona Bushwhackers Director 1967
No Score Yet The Texican Director 1966
No Score Yet Fort Courageous Director 1965
No Score Yet Convict Stage Director 1965
60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold Director 1958
No Score Yet Revolt at Fort Laramie Director 1957
No Score Yet Outlaw's Son Director 1957
No Score Yet Tomahawk Trail Director 1957
No Score Yet Quincannon, Frontier Scout Director 1956
No Score Yet The Broken Star Director 1956
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Director 1956
No Score Yet Desert Sands Director 1955
No Score Yet Tall Man Riding Director 1955
No Score Yet Shotgun Director 1955
No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Director 1954
No Score Yet Arrow in the Dust Director 1954
No Score Yet Fighter Attack Director 1953
No Score Yet War Paint Director 1953
No Score Yet Cow Country Director 1953
No Score Yet Fort Vengeance Director 1953
No Score Yet Fort Algiers Director 1953
No Score Yet Flat Top Director 1952
No Score Yet Trail Guide Director 1952
No Score Yet Overland Telegraph Director 1951
No Score Yet Flight to Mars Director 1951
No Score Yet Gunplay Director 1951
No Score Yet Saddle Legion Director 1951
No Score Yet I Was An American Spy Director 1951
No Score Yet Masked Raiders Director 1949
No Score Yet The Mysterious Desperado Director 1949
No Score Yet Riders of the Range Director 1949
No Score Yet Brothers in the Saddle Director 1949
No Score Yet Panhandle Director 1948
No Score Yet The Red Stallion Director 1947
No Score Yet Saddle Pals Director 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas Director 1947
No Score Yet Out California Way Director 1946
No Score Yet Night Train to Memphis Director 1946
No Score Yet Law of the Badlands Director 1945
No Score Yet The Vampire's Ghost Director 1945
No Score Yet Call of the Rockies Director 1944
No Score Yet Lumberjack Director 1944
No Score Yet Forty Thieves Director 1944
No Score Yet Riders of the Deadline Director 1943
No Score Yet Bar 20 Director 1943
No Score Yet Colt Comrades Director 1943
No Score Yet Lost Canyon Director 1943
No Score Yet Border Patrol Director 1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier Director 1943
No Score Yet Undercover Man Director 1942
No Score Yet Red River Robin Hood Director 1942
No Score Yet Stick to Your Guns Director 1941
No Score Yet Riders of the Timberline Director 1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town Director 1941
No Score Yet Doomed Caravan Director 1941
No Score Yet Pirates on Horseback Director 1941
No Score Yet Stagecoach War Director 1940
No Score Yet Hidden Gold Director 1940
No Score Yet Light of Western Stars Director 1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Marshal Director 1940
No Score Yet Three Men from Texas Director 1940
No Score Yet Knights of the Range Director 1940
No Score Yet Renegade Trail Director 1939
No Score Yet Silver on the Sage Director 1939
No Score Yet Range War Director 1939
No Score Yet Heritage of the Desert Director 1939
No Score Yet Mysterious Rider Director 1938
No Score Yet Pride of the West Director 1938
No Score Yet Heart of Arizona Director 1938
No Score Yet Partners of the Plains Director 1938
No Score Yet The Frontiersman Director 1938
No Score Yet Sunset Trail Director 1938
No Score Yet Bar 20 Justice Director 1938
No Score Yet Cassidy of Bar 20 Director 1938
No Score Yet Black Aces Producer 1937
No Score Yet Hopalong Rides Again Director 1937
No Score Yet Left-Handed Law Director 1937
No Score Yet Heart of the West Director 1936

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
Director
  • 1956

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