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Robert F. Hill

Highest Rated:   94% Cover Girl (1944)
Lowest Rated:   93% The Cat and the Canary (1927)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Flying Fists
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Cheyenne Rides Again
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Mystery Range
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Blake of Scotland Yard
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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 Kelly of the Secret Service
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Prison Shadows
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Men of the Plains
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Queen of the Jungle
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Vanishing Riders
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Cyclone Ranger
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Cowboy Holiday
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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 Sundown Trail
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1931
93% The Cat and the Canary
  • Screenwriter
1927
No Score Yet Blake Of Scotland Yard
  • Director
1927

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