Stuart Heisler

Stuart Heisler

  • Highest Rated: 88% The Glass Key (1942)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Star (1952)
  • Birthday: Dec 5, 1896
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Another graduate of the Hollywood property-man ranks, Stuart Heisler was firmly established as a top film editor by the early 1930s. He was given his first chance to direct on the second unit of John Ford's The Hurricane (1937). Heisler's first solo directorial effort would remain his finest film: The Biscuit Eater (1940), an unpretentious Paramount "B"-pic that ended up as the "sleeper" of the season. After a brace of atmospheric horror films, The Monster and the Girl (1941) and Among the Living (1941), Heisler was promoted to "A" projects along the lines of 1942's The Glass Key. Heisler's output thereafter became unpredictably uneven. On the plus side, he was seen in the anti-KKK drama Storm Warning (1950), the gaudy Bette Davis vehicle The Star (1952), and the worthwhile Technicolor High Sierra remake I Died a Thousand Times (1955). On the minus side, audiences were subjected to the likes of Tokyo Joe (1949), Island of Desire (1953), and Hitler (1962). He enjoyed a better batting average with his many half-hour TV films of the 1950s and 1960s. In toto, the career of Stuart Heisler bears out film critic Andrew Sarris' overview: "...he has moments of insight and charm scattered like loose beads on a sawdust-covered floor."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Mad Doctor of Blood Island (Grave Desires)(Tomb of the Living Dead) Director 1972
No Score Yet Hitler Director 1962
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Director 1956
No Score Yet The Burning Hills Director 1956
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Director 1955
No Score Yet Beachhead Director 1954
17% The Star Director 1952
No Score Yet Island of Desire Director 1952
No Score Yet Storm Warning Director 1951
No Score Yet Dallas Director 1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning Director 1950
No Score Yet Tokyo Joe Director 1949
No Score Yet Tulsa Director 1949
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman Director 1947
80% Blue Skies Director 1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones Director 1945
No Score Yet The Negro Soldier Director 1944
88% The Glass Key Director 1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew Director 1942
No Score Yet Among the Living Director 1941
No Score Yet The Monster and the Girl Director 1941
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater Director 1940
No Score Yet The Hurricane Director 1937

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet V: The Final Battle
1984
Director
  • 1984
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Director
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Director
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
1949-1957
Director
  • 1954

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