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Sam Newfield

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Born Samuel Neufeld in New York City, Sam Newfield was the brother of Sigmund Neufeld, who later became the chief of production for the tiny poverty row studio PRC. Newfield entered the movie business in 1919, and began directing comedy shorts in 1926 with Jane's Engagement Party and Jane's Predicament. He moved into full-length features in 1933 with Reform Girl and Important Witness, and was quickly snapped up by the burgeoning B-movie production houses of the era, most notably Tower, Ambassador, and PRC. The latter, under the aegis of his brother Sigmund, provided Newfield with so much work that he was forced to adopt two pseudonyms -- Sherman Scott and Peter Stewart -- in order to make his output seem more reasonable. Newfield was a specialist in fast, low-budget filmmaking; he relied heavily on stock footage shot well ahead of time, which he reused shamelessly. He was a specialist in crime and action films, but that didn't keep him from doing the occasional comedy (Skipalong Rosenbloom -- a parody of Hopalong Cassidy starring ex-prize fighter Maxie Rosenbloom), serious drama (I Accuse My Parents, cited by Wheeler W. Dixon in The B-Directors as the antecedent to Rebel Without a Cause), exploitation picture (Devil's Weed), horror or science-fiction vehicle (The Monster Maker, Dead Men Walk, The Flying Serpent, The Lost Continent). Although hardly noted for quality, Newfield's films were effective within their budgets and shooting schedules (sometimes as little as three days), and with the right cast -- such as veteran horror film heavy George Zucco, a regular Newfield villain -- he could get good results. His movies were popular program fillers, especially with baby boomers, who got to see them either in the waning days of B-pictures or the early days of television, and his science fiction and horror films of his are among the most familiar in the B-movie category -- and at least two of Newfield's films are staples in the programming of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the '90s.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Lone Rider Fights Back
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Haunting Fear
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet The Gambler and the Lady
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet Outlaw Women
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Lost Continent
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Radar Secret Service
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Motor Patrol
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet She Shoulda Said No
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet State Department---File 649
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Lady at Midnight
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Adventure Island
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Money Madness
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Outlaw of the Plains
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Overland Riders
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Badmen
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Ghost of Hidden Valley
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Gentlemen with Guns
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet The Flying Serpent
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Terrors on Horseback
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Prairie Rustlers
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet White Pongo
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Stagecoach Outlaws
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Gangster's Den
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet His Brother's Ghost
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Lightning Raiders
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet The Lady Confesses
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Border Badmen
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Kid Sister
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Shadows of Death
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet I Accuse My Parents
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Wild Horse Phantom
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Contender
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Monster Maker
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Oath of Vengeance
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Nabonga
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Frontier Outlaws
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Thundering Gunslingers
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Drifter
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Harvest Melody
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Devil Riders
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Tiger Fangs
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Cattle Stampede
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet The Black Raven
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Death Rides the Plains
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Dead Men Walk
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet The Kid Rides Again
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Raiders of Red Gap
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Danger! Women at Work
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet The Renegade
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Fugitive of the Plains
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Prairie Pals
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Jungle Siren
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet The Mad Monster
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Trapped
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet The Lone Rider and the Bandit
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Outlaws of Boulder Pass
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Along the Sundown Trail
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Rolling Down the Great Divide
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Texas Man Hunt
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Trails
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Queen of Broadway
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet The Lone Rider Crosses the Rio
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Border Roundup
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Ghost Mine
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid in Santa Fe
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet The Texas Marshal
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Hold That Woman
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Billy the Kid in Texas
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Straight Shooter
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet I Take This Oath
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Gun Code
  • Director
1940
No Score Yet Death Rides the Range
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet The Invisible Killer
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Fighting Renegade
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Outlaw's Paradise
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Texas Wildcats
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Code of the Cactus
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Six-Gun Rhythm
  • Director
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet Trigger Pals
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Hitler -- Beast of Berlin
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Fighting Mad
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Flaming Lead
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Terror of Tiny Town
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Six-Gun Trail
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Frontier Scout
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Trail
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Phantom Ranger
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet The Feud Maker
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Paroled---To Die
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Colorado Kid
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Lightnin' Carson Rides Again
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Durango Valley Raiders
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet The Rangers' Roundup
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Thunder in the Desert
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Desert Patrol
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Doomed at Sundown
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Guns in the Dark
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet The Gambling Terror
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Gun Lords of Stirrup Basin
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet The Fighting Deputy
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Boothill Brigade
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet A Lawman Is Born
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Trail of Vengeance
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Bar Z Bad Men
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Lightnin' Crandall
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Arizona Gunfighter
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Roarin' Lead
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Traitor
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Aces and Eights
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Ghost Patrol
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet The Lion's Den
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Stormy Trails
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Border Caballero
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Go-Get-'em Haines
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Bulldog Courage
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Northern Frontier
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Code of the Mounted
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Branded a Coward
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Undercover Men
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet Frontier Days
  • Director
1934
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Trigger Men
  • Director

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