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Joseph H. Lewis  (April 6, 1907–August 30, 2000), was an American B-movie film director.

Although he worked with both Béla Lugosi (The Invisible Ghost) and Lionel Atwill in early 1940s horror, he is best known for his work in film noir from the late 40s and the 1950s. His most acclaimed feature, Gun Crazy (1949), is a dark romance about gun-obsession, and notable for its use of location photography.

At the dawn of his career (1937–1940), when Lewis was directing inexpensive westerns, he earned the derogatory nickname "Wagon-Wheel Joe" from the studio editors, because of his tendency to use wagon-wheels for constructing interesting visual compositions within the frame.

Lewis's offbeat and eye-catching compositions added style and value to inexpensive productions. His 1944 musical Minstrel Man, starring singer Benny Fields, is quite possibly the finest film ever made by low-budget PRC Pictures. Industry insiders noticed, prompting Columbia Pictures to hire Lewis to film the musical sequences for its blockbuster musical The Jolson Story.

Toward the end of Lewis's career, he worked in television, directing mostly westerns: The Rifleman, Bonanza, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, and the pilot for Branded.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Joseph H. Lewis, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Joseph H. Lewis  (April 6, 1907–August 30, 2000), was an American B-movie film director.

Although he worked with both Béla Lugosi (The Invisible Ghost) and Lionel Atwill in early 1940s horror, he is best known for his work in film noir from the late 40s and the 1950s. His most acclaimed feature, Gun Crazy (1949), is a dark romance about gun-obsession, and notable for its use of location photography.

At the dawn of his career (1937–1940), when Lewis was directing inexpensive westerns, he earned the derogatory nickname "Wagon-Wheel Joe" from the studio editors, because of his tendency to use wagon-wheels for constructing interesting visual compositions within the frame.

Lewis's offbeat and eye-catching compositions added style and value to inexpensive productions. His 1944 musical Minstrel Man, starring singer Benny Fields, is quite possibly the finest film ever made by low-budget PRC Pictures. Industry insiders noticed, prompting Columbia Pictures to hire Lewis to film the musical sequences for its blockbuster musical The Jolson Story.

Toward the end of Lewis's career, he worked in television, directing mostly westerns: The Rifleman, Bonanza, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, and the pilot for Branded.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Joseph H. Lewis, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

Personal Info

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Gender -

Known Credits 48

Birthday 1907-04-06

Day of Death 2000-08-30

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1965 The Big Valley (2 episodes)Director
1965 Branded (1 episode)Director
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)Director
1961 The Investigators (13 episodes)Director
1959 The Detectives (1 episode)Director
1958 The Rifleman (52 episodes)Director
1958 Terror in a Texas Town Director
1957 The Halliday Brand Director
1956 7th Cavalry Director
1955 A Lawless Street Director
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)Director
1955 The Big Combo Director
1953 Cry of the Hunted Director
1952 Desperate Search Director
1952 Retreat, Hell! Director
1950 A Lady Without Passport Director
1950 Gun Crazy Director
1949 The Undercover Man Director
1948 The Return of October Director
1948 The Swordsman Director
1946 So Dark the Night Director
1945 My Name Is Julia Ross Director
1945 The Falcon in San Francisco Director
1944 Minstrel Man Director
1942 Secrets of a Co-Ed Director
1942 Boss of Hangtown Mesa Director
1942 The Silver Bullet Director
1942 Bombs Over Burma Director
1942 The Mad Doctor of Market Street Director
1941 Arizona Cyclone Director
1941 Criminals Within Director
1941 Invisible Ghost Director
1940 Pride of the Bowery Director
1940 That Gang of Mine Director
1940 Boys of the City Director
1940 The Return of Wild Bill Director
1940 Texas Stagecoach Director
1940 The Man from Tumbleweeds Director
1940 Blazing Six Shooters Director
1939 Two-Fisted Rangers Director
1938 The Last Stand Director
1938 Border Wolves Director
1938 The Spy Ring Director
1937 Courage of the West Director
1937 The Gold Racket Director
1937 Navy Spy Director

Editing

1935 Waterfront Lady Supervising Film Editor
1935 The Adventures of Rex and Rinty Editor

Writing

1942 Bombs Over Burma Screenplay

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