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Lesley Selander

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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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 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 Heart of the West
  • Director
1936

TV

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

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