Robert F. Hill

Highest Rated: 94% Cover Girl (1944)
Birthday: Apr 14, 1886
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the busiest directors in the field of low-budget action fare, Canadian-born Robert F. Hill is especially remembered for his contributions to serials. A one-time screen villain and a member of the Edison stock company, Hill later switched to Universal, where he was made a director. Although high-strung and nervous, the gangly Hill possessed the most important qualification for success at Carl Laemmle's San Fernando film factory: an ability to finish a project on time and under budget. By 1925, Hill assumed that he had earned a raise but "Uncle Carl" thought otherwise and the disappointed director bolted to join independent producer C.W. Patton. Their joint venture, the Western serial Idaho (1925), proved a disappointment, however, and despite Laemmle's very vocal doubts, Hill returned to Universal. There was an aborted (and frankly bizarre) attempt to produce Universal films in Japan, after which Hill returned to the serial and Western grind for good. He remained with Universal until 1940 when a new regime at the studio practically forced him to retire. The prolific Hill returned instead to Poverty Row, where he became an actor for hire and wrote screenplays under the name Rock Hawkey. A true screen veteran, Robert F. Hill retired in the mid-'50s.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tarzan, the Ape Man Screenwriter 1959
94% Cover Girl Headwaiter 1944
No Score Yet Boss of Rawhide Capt. Wyatt 1944
No Score Yet Ghosts on the Loose Minister 1943
94% The More the Merrier Head Waiter 1943
No Score Yet Redhead from Manhattan Counterman 1943
No Score Yet Girls in Chains Dr. Orchard 1943
No Score Yet Flying Wild Woodward 1941
No Score Yet East Side Kids Director 1940
No Score Yet Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars Director 1939
No Score Yet Cheyenne Rides Again Director 1938
No Score Yet Flying Fists Director 1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman Director 1938
No Score Yet Mystery Range Director 1937
No Score Yet Blake of Scotland Yard Screenwriter Director 1937
No Score Yet Roamin' Cowboy Director 1937
No Score Yet The Phantom of the Range Director 1936
No Score Yet Rip Roaring Buckaroo Director 1936
No Score Yet The Rogues Tavern Director 1936
No Score Yet Rocket Ship Director 1936
No Score Yet A Face in the Fog Director 1936
No Score Yet Men of the Plains Director 1936
No Score Yet Prison Shadows Director 1936
No Score Yet Kelly of the Secret Service Director 1936
No Score Yet Cyclone Ranger Director 1935
No Score Yet Vanishing Riders Director 1935
No Score Yet The Texas Rambler Director 1935
No Score Yet Queen of the Jungle Director 1935
No Score Yet Cowboy Holiday Screenwriter Director 1934
No Score Yet Frontier Days Director 1934
No Score Yet Demon for Trouble Director 1934
No Score Yet Tarzan the Fearless Director 1933
No Score Yet Love Bound Director 1932
No Score Yet Come On, Danger! Director 1932
No Score Yet Sundown Trail Screenwriter Director 1931
No Score Yet The Last Warning Screenwriter 1929
93% The Cat and the Canary Screenwriter 1927
No Score Yet Blake Of Scotland Yard Director 1927
No Score Yet Crooked Alley Director 1923

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