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W. Lee Wilder

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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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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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