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American second feature director who arrived in California aboard the SS Mongolia (bound from New York) on which he served as a bellboy. Sherman began his career in the movie business in the mail room at Warner Brothers before working his way up to assistant director. By 1937, he had graduated to directing in his own right under contract with Republic. Sherman specialised almost exclusively in B-westerns, (including the "Three Mesqueteers" series, which featured a young John Wayne), with occasional forays into action and horror themes. He often achieved a sense of style over substance. Indeed, as to his handling of the 'Mesqueteers', Variety commented on his imparting a "poetry in motion" to his "unified timing of cowboys mounting, riding, wheeling, galloping and dismounting of steeds" (July 2 1939). From 1940, Sherman also served as associate producer on many of his films.

The diminutive (five foot) Sherman turned out reliable low-budget fare for Columbia between 1945 and 1948, then moved on to do the same at Universal for another eight years. Thereafter, he turned to free-lancing and working in television. The only A-grade films to his credit were two westerns, starring John Wayne: The Comancheros (1961), as producer; and Big Jake (1971), as director.

Date of Birth 14 July 1908, New York City, New York

Date of Death 15 March 1991, Los Angeles County, California

American second feature director who arrived in California aboard the SS Mongolia (bound from New York) on which he served as a bellboy. Sherman began his career in the movie business in the mail room at Warner Brothers before working his way up to assistant director. By 1937, he had graduated to directing in his own right under contract with Republic. Sherman specialised almost exclusively in B-westerns, (including the "Three Mesqueteers" series, which featured a young John Wayne), with occasional forays into action and horror themes. He often achieved a sense of style over substance. Indeed, as to his handling of the 'Mesqueteers', Variety commented on his imparting a "poetry in motion" to his "unified timing of cowboys mounting, riding, wheeling, galloping and dismounting of steeds" (July 2 1939). From 1940, Sherman also served as associate producer on many of his films.

The diminutive (five foot) Sherman turned out reliable low-budget fare for Columbia between 1945 and 1948, then moved on to do the same at Universal for another eight years. Thereafter, he turned to free-lancing and working in television. The only A-grade films to his credit were two westerns, starring John Wayne: The Comancheros (1961), as producer; and Big Jake (1971), as director.

Date of Birth 14 July 1908, New York City, New York

Date of Death 15 March 1991, Los Angeles County, California

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 120

Birthday 1908-07-14

Day of Death 1991-03-15

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1978 Sam (1 episode)Director
1971 Big Jake Director
1967 Gentle Ben (2 episodes)Director
1966 Smoky Director
1966 Daniel Boone Frontier trail rider Director
1965 Murieta Director
1964 Find me that girl Director
1964 Daniel Boone (11 episodes)Director
1964 La nueva cenicienta Director
1964 Panic Button Director
1961 The Fiercest Heart Director
1961 The Wizard of Baghdad Director
1960 The Enemy General Director
1960 Route 66 (3 episodes)Director
1960 For the Love of Mike Director
1960 Hell Bent for Leather Director
1959 The Flying Fontaines Director
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)Director
1958 The Son of Robin Hood Director
1958 Ten Days To Tulara Director
1958 Naked City (6 episodes)Director
1958 The Last of the Fast Guns Director
1957 The Hard Man Director
1956 Reprisal! Director
1956 Comanche Director
1955 The Treasure of Pancho Villa Director
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1955 Count Three and Pray Director
1955 Chief Crazy Horse Director
1954 Dawn at Socorro Director
1954 Johnny Dark Director
1954 Border River Director
1954 War Arrow Director
1953 The Veils of Bagdad Director
1953 The Lone Hand Director
1952 Against All Flags Director
1952 Steel Town Director
1952 The Battle at Apache Pass Director
1951 The Raging Tide Director
1951 The Golden Horde Director
1951 Target Unknown Director
1951 Tomahawk Director
1950 The Sleeping City Director
1950 Spy Hunt Director
1950 Comanche Territory Director
1949 Sword in the Desert Director
1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby Director
1949 Calamity Jane and Sam Bass Director
1949 Red Canyon Director
1948 Larceny Director
1948 Relentless Director
1948 River Lady Director
1948 Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' Director
1948 Black Bart Director
1947 Last of the Redmen Director
1946 Secret of the Whistler Director
1946 Renegades Director
1946 The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Director
1945 The Crime Doctor's Courage Director
1944 Storm Over Lisbon Director
1944 The Lady and the Monster Director
1943 Mystery Broadcast Director
1943 A Scream in the Dark Director
1943 The West Side Kid Director
1943 False Faces Director
1943 The Mantrap Director
1943 The Purple V Director
1943 London Blackout Murders Director
1942 X Marks the Spot Director
1942 The Sombrero Kid Director
1942 The Cyclone Kid Director
1942 Jesse James, Jr. Director
1942 Stagecoach Express Director
1942 Arizona Terrors Director
1941 A Missouri Outlaw Director
1941 Death Valley Outlaws Director
1941 Citadel of Crime Director
1941 Kansas Cyclone Director
1941 Desert Bandit Director
1941 The Apache Kid Director
1941 Two Gun Sheriff Director
1941 The Phantom Cowboy Director
1941 Wyoming Wildcat Director
1940 Lone Star Raiders Director
1940 Texas Terrors Director
1940 The Trail Blazers Director
1940 Under Texas Skies Director
1940 The Tulsa Kid Director
1940 One Man's Law Director
1940 Rocky Mountain Rangers Director
1940 Covered Wagon Days Director
1940 Ghost Valley Raiders Director
1939 South of the Border Director
1939 Cowboys from Texas Director
1939 Rovin' Tumbleweeds Director
1939 The Kansas Terrors Director
1939 New Frontier Director
1939 Colorado Sunset Director
1939 Wyoming Outlaw Director
1939 Three Texas Steers Director
1939 The Night Riders Director
1939 Mexicali Rose Director
1938 Red River Range Director
1938 Santa Fe Stampede Director
1938 Rhythm of the Saddle Director
1938 Overland Stage Raiders Director
1938 Pals of the Saddle Director
1938 Heroes of the Hills Director
1938 Riders of the Black Hills Director
1938 Outlaws of Sonora Director
1938 The Purple Vigilantes Director
1937 Wild Horse Rodeo Director
1937 Hollywood Cowboy Director
1937 Park Avenue Logger Assistant Director
1936 The Border Patrolman Assistant Director
1935 Sunset Range Assistant Director

Production

1969 Hello Down There Producer
1964 Daniel Boone (165 episodes)Producer
1961 The Comancheros Producer
1960 For the Love of Mike Producer
1958 The Son of Robin Hood Producer
1944 The Lady and the Monster Associate Producer
1943 The West Side Kid Associate Producer
1943 London Blackout Murders Producer
1942 Stagecoach Express Associate Producer
1942 Arizona Terrors Associate Producer

Writing

1971 The Pursuit of Happiness Screenplay
1949 Calamity Jane and Sam Bass Story
1939 In Old Monterey Screenplay

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