W. Lee Wilder

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Birthday: Aug 22, 1904
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The brother of director Billy Wilder, Austrian-born W. Lee Wilder has worked in a distinctly lower-budget, less-visible manner. After abandoning an industrial career in Europe, Wilder came to New York as the head of William Wilder Productions, and produced The Great Flamarion (1945), directed by Anthony Mann and starring Erich Von Stroheim in a drama about betrayal under the big top. Wilder received his first directing credit in 1946 as director of Republic's The Glass Alibi, a crime drama about a confidence man who marries a terminally ill woman to secure an alibi, only to learn that she is recovering. Two years later, he produced and directed the thriller Vicious Circle (1948), a drama about Jewish farmers in Hungary being framed for murder. But his best film--and his best known movie, at least among horror movie buffs--is easily Killers from Space (1953), a bizarre and compelling science-fiction thriller about an attempted alien invasion of Earth using giant insects and lizards whose low-budget shooting techniques, staccato editing, and cheap special effects combine into a spellbinding whole. From the later '50s onward, Wilder worked in low-budget independent movies such as the British made The Man Without a Body (1957), starring Robert Hutton and George Coulouris--about an attempt to revive the disembodied head of Nostradamus--and Bluebeard's 10 Honeymoons (1960), with George Sanders.

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No Score Yet Bluebeards Ten Honeymoons Director 2013
No Score Yet The Man Without a Body Producer Director 1957
No Score Yet Fright (Spell of the Hypnotist) Director Producer 1956
No Score Yet Manfish Producer Director 1956
No Score Yet The Big Bluff Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet The Snow Creature Producer Director 1954
No Score Yet Killers from Space Director Producer 1954
No Score Yet Phantom from Space Director Producer 1953
No Score Yet Yankee Fakir Producer Director 1947
No Score Yet The Pretender Producer Director 1947
No Score Yet The Glass Alibi Producer Director 1946
No Score Yet Strange Impersonation Producer 1946
No Score Yet The Great Flamarion Producer 1945

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