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Ray Nazarro

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Boston-born Ray Nazarro entered the movie business during the silent era, and began directing short films in 1932 with The Rent Page. He spent the next 13 years working in two-reelers, honing an approach to filmmaking that was quick, lean, and eminently desirable, before he became a feature film director at Columbia Pictures, beginning with Outlaws of the Rockies (1945) at Columbia. Nazarro did the vast majority of his work for Columbia, and was one of the busiest directors in the lot of any major studio -- from 1945 thru 1955, he worked at a furious pace, directing as many as 13 pictures in one year. These were almost all B-westerns, very quickly but also very well made, lean and uncluttered, with an emphasis on action but also a serious elegiac view of the west -- among the best of them were Al Jennings of Oklahoma (1951) and The Black Dakotas (1954), although all of Nazarro's movies are worth watching. At the end of the '50s, with the market for B-westerns drying up in America, Nazarro picked up his career in Europe with features such as the German-made Dog Eat Dog (1964) and the Italian Arrivederci Cowboy (1967), and also began working in television. Writing in The B-Directors, Wheeler W. Dixon cites his work as comparable to that of Budd Boetticher, but with less sentimentality.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dog Eat Dog (When Strangers Meet)
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Apache Territory
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet The Hired Gun
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Top Gun
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Southwest Passage
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The Black Dakotas
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1954
No Score Yet Kansas Pacific
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Cripple Creek
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet The Palomino (Hills of the Brave)
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Trail of the Rustlers
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1950
No Score Yet David Harding, Counterspy
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1950
No Score Yet Blazing Across the Pecos
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1948
No Score Yet Law of the Canyon
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1947

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