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Ray Taylor

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Born in Minnesota, Ray Taylor was an actor and theatrical stage manager before World War I. After leaving the army, he joined Fox Films and became an assistant to John Ford. He moved to Universal in the '20s, where he became a director, mostly of short subjects before moving up to movie serials and B-action thrillers during the silent era. He made the transition to sound easily enough, and by the middle of the decade was one of the film capital's top hands at making chapterplays and fast-moving programmers, mostly crime thrillers and action films. Among his best work are the serials The Return of Chandu (1934), Dick Tracy (1937), and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940). Although never a noted stylist in the manner of William Witney or Spencer Bennet, Taylor could move his actors along quickly with the best of them, without sacrificing either lyricism or elegance, as exemplified by Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, which was the prettiest and most majestic serial ever made, rising to Wagnerian heights of grandeur. In the late '40s, with the decline of the serial form, Taylor finished out his career in low-budget westerns.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Voyeur
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Return of Chandu (Chandu's Return) (The Return of Chandu the Magician)
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Purple Death from Outer Space
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Outlaw Country
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet West of El Dorado
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Black Hills
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet The Tioga Kid
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet The Hawk of Powder River
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet The Westward Trail
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Tornado Range
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Check Your Guns
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Stage to Mesa City
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Dead Man's Gold
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Cheyenne Takes Over
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Shadow Valley
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet The Fighting Vigilantes
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Return of the Lash
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Pioneer Justice
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Border Feud
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet West to Glory
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Range Beyond the Blue
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Law of the Lash
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Ghost Town Renegades
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Lost City of the Jungle
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet The Scarlet Horseman
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Secret Agent X-9
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Jungle Queen
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet The Royal Mounted Rides Again
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Raiders of Ghost City
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Great Alaskan Mystery
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Master Key
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Adventures of the Flying Cadets
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Smilin' Jack
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet The Lone Star Trail
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Don Winslow Of The Coast Guard
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Junior G-Men of the Air
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Gang Busters
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Dead End Kids
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Stagecoach Buckaroo
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Riders of Death Valley
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Sky Raiders
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Rawhide Rangers
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Boss of Bullion City
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Law of the Range
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Arizona Cyclone
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Man from Montana
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Winners of the West
  • Director
1940
88% Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet The Green Hornet
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Ragtime Cowboy Joe
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Pony Post
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Riders of Pasco Basin
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Flaming Frontiers
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet The Painted Stallion
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Hawaiian Buckaroo
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Spider's Web
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Frontier Town
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Scouts to the Rescue
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Panamint's Bad Man
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Dick Tracy
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Raw Timber
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Boss of Lonely Valley
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
  • Actor
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Three Mesquiteers
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Three Mesquiteers
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Tailspin Tommy and the Great Air Mystery
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The Ivory Handled Gun
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Chandu on the Magic Island
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet The Return of Chandu
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet The Fighting Trooper
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Phantom of the Air
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Perils of Pauline
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Battling with Buffalo Bill
  • Director
1931

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