George Sherman

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

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Red River Range (1938)

The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Ray Corrigan  •  Max Terhune  •  Polly Moran

The Cattlemen's Association has called in the Mesquiteers to find cattle rustlers. They get Tex Riley to pose as Stony so Stony can arrive posing as a wanted outlaw. This gets Stony into the gang of rustlers and he alerts Tucson and Lullaby as to the next raid. But ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Ray Corrigan  •  Max Terhune  •  Polly Moran

The Sleeping City (1950)

A young doctor taking a break from work is shot in the head, and the police can't find a clue even as to a possible motive. Inspector Al Gordon (John Alexander) decides that he has to put some men on duty at the hospital, and one of them is Fred Rowan (Richard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Coleen Gray  •  Richard Taber  •  John Alexander

A young doctor taking a break from work is shot in the head, and the police can't find a clue even as to a possible motive. Inspector Al Gordon (John Alexander) decides that he has to put some men on duty at the hospital, and one of them is Fred Rowan (Richard ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Coleen Gray  •  Richard Taber  •  John Alexander

Big Jake (1971)

An aging Texas cattle man who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Richard Boone  •  Patrick Wayne  •  Christopher Mitchum

An aging Texas cattle man who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Richard Boone  •  Patrick Wayne  •  Christopher Mitchum

Black Bart (1948)

Cheerful outlaw Charlie Boles leaves former partners Lance and Jersey and heads for California, where the Gold Rush is beginning. Soon, a lone gunman in black is robbing Wells Fargo gold shipments. One fateful day, the stage he robs carries old friends Lance and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Dan Duryea  •  Jeffrey Lynn  •  Percy Kilbride

Cheerful outlaw Charlie Boles leaves former partners Lance and Jersey and heads for California, where the Gold Rush is beginning. Soon, a lone gunman in black is robbing Wells Fargo gold shipments. One fateful day, the stage he robs carries old friends Lance and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Dan Duryea  •  Jeffrey Lynn  •  Percy Kilbride

Larceny (1948)

John Payne is the no-good lowdown rat who tries to capitalize on postwar patriotism and grief. He finagles a war widow (Joan Caulfied) into giving up her savings for a nonexistent memorial. When Payne falls in love with the widow he has pangs of conscience, but he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Payne  •  Joan Caulfield  •  Dan Duryea  •  Shelley Winters

John Payne is the no-good lowdown rat who tries to capitalize on postwar patriotism and grief. He finagles a war widow (Joan Caulfied) into giving up her savings for a nonexistent memorial. When Payne falls in love with the widow he has pangs of conscience, but he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Payne  •  Joan Caulfield  •  Dan Duryea  •  Shelley Winters

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946)

Robin Hood's swashbuckling son (Cornel Wilde) comes to the rescue when England's boy-king is captured by the evil, power-hungry William of Pembroke (Henry Daniell). Co-directed by George Sherman and Henry Levin, this 1946 film also stars Anita Louise, Jill Esmond, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin  •  George Sherman
CAST:  Anita Louise  •  Jill Esmond  •  Edgar Buchanan  •  Cornel Wilde

Robin Hood's swashbuckling son (Cornel Wilde) comes to the rescue when England's boy-king is captured by the evil, power-hungry William of Pembroke (Henry Daniell). Co-directed by George Sherman and Henry Levin, this 1946 film also stars Anita Louise, Jill Esmond, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Levin  •  George Sherman
CAST:  Anita Louise  •  Jill Esmond  •  Edgar Buchanan  •  Cornel Wilde

Relentless (1948)

A man wrongly accused of murder tracks the true culprit across the desert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Robert Young  •  Marguerite Chapman  •  Akim Tamiroff  •  Barton MacLane

A man wrongly accused of murder tracks the true culprit across the desert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Robert Young  •  Marguerite Chapman  •  Akim Tamiroff  •  Barton MacLane

Target Unknown (1951)

World War II drama about members of an American bomber squadron who are captured and held prisoners by the German army.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Mark Stevens  •  Alex Nicol  •  Gig Young  •  Don Taylor

World War II drama about members of an American bomber squadron who are captured and held prisoners by the German army.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Mark Stevens  •  Alex Nicol  •  Gig Young  •  Don Taylor

Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949)

Drifter Sam Bass shows up in Denton, Texas (soon to host a great horse race) looking for work. Before long, he attracts the attention of pretty storekeeper Katherine Egan (the sheriff's sister) and that wild frontiers woman, Calamity Jane. Circumstances make Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Howard Duff  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  Dorothy Hart

Drifter Sam Bass shows up in Denton, Texas (soon to host a great horse race) looking for work. Before long, he attracts the attention of pretty storekeeper Katherine Egan (the sheriff's sister) and that wild frontiers woman, Calamity Jane. Circumstances make Sam ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Yvonne De Carlo  •  Howard Duff  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  Dorothy Hart

The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)

A rich, dying Easterner hires gunfighter Brad Ellison to find his brother and heir in Mexico. En route, it becomes clear to Ellison that his is a dying profession. At a remote rancho, Ellison enlists ranch foreman Miles Lang to help him search the hills where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Jock Mahoney  •  Gilbert Roland  •  Linda Cristal  •  Eduard Franz

A rich, dying Easterner hires gunfighter Brad Ellison to find his brother and heir in Mexico. En route, it becomes clear to Ellison that his is a dying profession. At a remote rancho, Ellison enlists ranch foreman Miles Lang to help him search the hills where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Jock Mahoney  •  Gilbert Roland  •  Linda Cristal  •  Eduard Franz

Dawn at Socorro (1954)

Brett Wade, gambler, gunslinger, and classical pianist, is wounded in a gunfight with the Ferris clan; the doctor finds signs of tuberculosis. En route to Colorado for his health, Brett stops in Socorro, New Mexico along with Ferris gunfighter Jimmy Rapp. Sheriff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Rory Calhoun  •  Piper Laurie  •  David Brian  •  Kathleen Hughes

Brett Wade, gambler, gunslinger, and classical pianist, is wounded in a gunfight with the Ferris clan; the doctor finds signs of tuberculosis. En route to Colorado for his health, Brett stops in Socorro, New Mexico along with Ferris gunfighter Jimmy Rapp. Sheriff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Rory Calhoun  •  Piper Laurie  •  David Brian  •  Kathleen Hughes

The Veils of Bagdad (1953)

Antar is sent by Suleiman, head of the Ottoman Empire, to Bagdad to prevent Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad, from purchasing the services of local leader Mustapha to unite the hill tribes and overthrow the emperor. The intrigue mounts as Antar falls in love with dancer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Mari Blanchard  •  Virginia Field  •  Guy Rolfe

Antar is sent by Suleiman, head of the Ottoman Empire, to Bagdad to prevent Hammam, Pasha of Bagdad, from purchasing the services of local leader Mustapha to unite the hill tribes and overthrow the emperor. The intrigue mounts as Antar falls in love with dancer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Victor Mature  •  Mari Blanchard  •  Virginia Field  •  Guy Rolfe

The Lone Hand (1953)

Western starring Joel McCrea as a law enforcement officer who goes undercover and pretends to be an outlaw.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Barbara Hale  •  Alex Nicol  •  Jimmy Hunt

Western starring Joel McCrea as a law enforcement officer who goes undercover and pretends to be an outlaw.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Barbara Hale  •  Alex Nicol  •  Jimmy Hunt

False Faces (1943)

A district attorney sets out to vindicate his son who's been accused of murdering a nightclub singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Stanley Ridges  •  William Henry  •  Rex Williams  •  Veda Ann Borg

A district attorney sets out to vindicate his son who's been accused of murdering a nightclub singer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Stanley Ridges  •  William Henry  •  Rex Williams  •  Veda Ann Borg

Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948)

A fast-talking salesman is "kidnapped" by a town, which intends to use him in its annual race with a rival community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Donald O'Connor  •  Marjorie Main  •  Percy Kilbride  •  Penny Edwards

A fast-talking salesman is "kidnapped" by a town, which intends to use him in its annual race with a rival community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Donald O'Connor  •  Marjorie Main  •  Percy Kilbride  •  Penny Edwards

Red Canyon (1949)

A former outlaw goes straight and is determined to catch and tame a wild stallion. Western.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Howard Duff  •  Ann Blyth  •  Edgar Buchanan  •  George Brent

A former outlaw goes straight and is determined to catch and tame a wild stallion. Western.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Howard Duff  •  Ann Blyth  •  Edgar Buchanan  •  George Brent

The Hard Man (1957)

A Texas Ranger (Guy Madison) turns deputy sheriff; a woman (Valerie French) wants him to kill her cattle-baron husband (Lorne Greene).  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Guy Madison  •  Valerie French  •  Lorne Greene  •  Barry Atwater

A Texas Ranger (Guy Madison) turns deputy sheriff; a woman (Valerie French) wants him to kill her cattle-baron husband (Lorne Greene).  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Guy Madison  •  Valerie French  •  Lorne Greene  •  Barry Atwater

Smoky (1966)

A cowboy named Clint bonds with a beautiful wild stallion that he trains, but after the two are separated and the horse ends up in a rodeo, Clint is determined to set it free.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Fess Parker  •  Diana Hyland  •  Katy Jurado  •  Hoyt Axton

A cowboy named Clint bonds with a beautiful wild stallion that he trains, but after the two are separated and the horse ends up in a rodeo, Clint is determined to set it free.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Fess Parker  •  Diana Hyland  •  Katy Jurado  •  Hoyt Axton

Hell Bent for Leather (1960)

When Clay Santell stops in the town of Sutterville after having his horse stolen, he is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers. The townspeople capture Santell, and turn him over to lawman Harry Deckett. Deckett, who is tired of chasing the real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Felicia Farr  •  Stephen McNally  •  Jan Merlin

When Clay Santell stops in the town of Sutterville after having his horse stolen, he is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers. The townspeople capture Santell, and turn him over to lawman Harry Deckett. Deckett, who is tired of chasing the real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Audie Murphy  •  Felicia Farr  •  Stephen McNally  •  Jan Merlin

Reprisal! (1956)

New ranch owner Frank Madden, half Indian but posing as white, arrives just as an all white jury finds the three white Shipley brothers who lynched three Indians innocent. There is soon trouble between Frank and the Shipleys who are using Frank's land to graze ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Guy Madison  •  Felicia Farr  •  Michael Pate  •  Edward Platt

New ranch owner Frank Madden, half Indian but posing as white, arrives just as an all white jury finds the three white Shipley brothers who lynched three Indians innocent. There is soon trouble between Frank and the Shipleys who are using Frank's land to graze ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  Guy Madison  •  Felicia Farr  •  Michael Pate  •  Edward Platt
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