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Director, George Waggner, was born George Waggoner on Sep 7, 1894 in New York City, NY. Waggner died at the age of 90 on Dec 11, 1984 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.

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Man Made Monster (1941, )

on Jan 21, 2011 From The Stop Button

Man Made Monster, at least for the first fifteen minutes (of an hour), gives Lon Chaney Jr. one of his best roles. He gets to be the affable guy his other performances from the forties often hint he’s capable of being, but never gets to be. Not surprisingly, Monster takes that aspect of his ch... Read full article


The Wolf Man (1941, )

on Aug 28, 2008 From The Stop Button

The Wolf Man‘s most lasting influence–beyond the advantages of using Larry Talbot as a synonym (Pynchon did it in Vineland) and the endlessly suffering protagonist–has to be the music. I noticed parts both John Williams (for The Empire Strikes Back) and Danny Elfman (for Batman Ret... Read full article


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Moved into directing in the late 1930's, mostly working in low budget westerns for Universal.

Wrote under the pseudonym, Joseph West.

Dropped out of college where he was a pre-med student and arrived in Hollywood in 1920 with aspirations to become an actor. Although he landed roles in several major silents (notably, in The Sheik (1921), and The Iron Horse (1924)) his acting career faded in the mid 1920's and he switched to screen writing and, briefly, even songwriting before becoming a director.

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