Ray Taylor

Birthday: Dec 1, 1888
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
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 Master Key Director 1944
No Score Yet Mystery of the Riverboat 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

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Screenwriter
  • 1973

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