|Western movie heroes working with Newfield|
from 1934 thru late 1946.
|Starring cowboy/series||Number of films together||Newfield involvement|
|Buster Crabbe||40||directed all 36 of Crabbe's Billy the Kid/Billy Carson PRC westerns as well as 4 Crabbe non-westerns|
|Tim McCoy||25||directed McCoy in 8 films at Puritan, 2 for Monogram, 8 at Victory, and 7 for PDC/PRC|
|Bob Steele||17||helmed eleven Steeles for A. William Hackel (Supreme Pictures), as well as 6 PRC Billy the Kids|
|George Houston||12||directed all 11 Houston/Lone Riders at PRC as well as the earlier Wild Bill Hickok FRONTIER SCOUT for Grand National|
|Johnny Mack Brown||8||helmed 7 Browns for A. William Hackel (Supreme Pictures), as well as 1 non-western with Brown|
|Bob Livingston||7||co-directed 1 Livingston/Three Mesquiteers at Republic; helmed 5 of 6 Livingston/Lone Riders at PRC; and Livingston (billed as Robert Randall) also appeared in the THE BLACK RAVEN (1943)|
|Frontier Marshals trio series||6||directed all 6 of PRC's Frontier Marshals trio series which starred Bill 'Cowboy Rambler' Boyd, Art Davis and Lee Powell|
|Fred Scott||6||directed a half-dozen Scott singing cowboy westerns for Jed Buell/Spectrum|
|Kermit Maynard||4||helmed 4 of the Mountie/Northwoods adventures for Maurice Conn's Ambassador Pictures|
|Others/various||11||Various westerns for various production companies: 2 with Ken Maynard; 1 with Rex Bell; the one starring film for singing cowboy Tex Fletcher; the Jed Buell Midgets in THE TERROR OF TINY TOWN; 1 mountie film starring Charles Starrett; 1 oater with Herb Jeffries; 1 Monogram with Jack Randall; the Trigger Pals trio film for Grand National; 1 James Newill/Renfrew mountie adventure; the one and only entry in the Sagebrush Family series with Bobby Clark|
|Total||136||Add in another 125 or so silents, non-westerns, shorts, etc. and Sam Newfield's directing work totals 250+ films. His film and TV career spanned about 35 years, from the mid 1920s - 1958.|
|Western movie heroes working with Sam Newfield at PRC|
from 1940 thru late 1946
|Starring cowboy/series||PRC films directed by Newfield|
|Buster Crabbe||40 (includes 4 non-westerns)|
|Bob Livingston||6 (includes 1 non-western)|
|Frontier Marshals trio series||6|
(From Old Corral image collection)
|One face that turns up in about half of Sam Newfield's westerns is Al 'Fuzzy' St. John (real name: Alfred St. John) (1892 - 1963).|
Fuzzy began his Newfield films circa 1937 in seven Fred Scott singing cowboy oaters for Spectrum and Newfield was the director on six. With Sam at PRC, Fuzz was the saddle pal in six Bob Steele/Billy the Kid adventures, sixteen Lone Riders with George Houston and Bob Livingston, and thirty six with Buster Crabbe.
Add appearances in the Jack Randall GUNSMOKE TRAIL (Monogram, 1938), George Houston in FRONTIER SCOUT (Grand National, 1938), TRIGGER PALS (Grand National, 1939), a few other oaters, and Fuzzy's movie work with Newfield amounts to at least sixty eight B-westerns.
After the Crabbe series ended, Fuzzy became the trail pard to Lash LaRue, but those weren't done by Sam Newfield.
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above from left to right are Hal Price, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Frank Hagney and George Houston as Tom Cameron, the 'Lone Rider', in a lobby card from THE LONE RIDER FIGHTS BACK (PRC, 1941).
|What about all the films Sam made for Republic Pictures ... how come he didn't stay with them?|
Sam Newfield's Republic credits amount to twenty two films during 1935 - 1938. However, those credits are misleading.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above is the title lobby card from the Bob Steele THE COLORADO KID (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1937). This was one of the Newfield directed westerns from producer A. W. Hackel which were released by Republic. That's battlin' Bob with Marion Weldon on the left. On the right, Steele is roughin' up Karl Hackett.
|Looking for Sam Newfield's best westerns. Here's two dozen good 'uns.|
|BRANDED A COWARD (A. W. Hackel/Supreme, 1935)||Johnny Mack Brown|
|RIDIN' THE LONE TRAIL (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1937)||Bob Steele|
|GAMBLING TERROR (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1937)||Johnny Mack Brown|
|TRAIL OF VENGEANCE (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1937)||Johnny Mack Brown|
|COLORADO KID (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1937)||Bob Steele|
|ARIZONA GUNFIGHTER (A. W. Hackel/Republic, 1937)||Bob Steele|
|GUNSMOKE TRAIL (Monogram, 1938)||Jack Randall|
|CODE OF THE RANGERS (Monogram, 1938)||Tim McCoy|
|PHANTOM RANGER (Monogram, 1938)||Tim McCoy|
|DESERT PATROL (A. W. Hackel//Republic, 1938)||Bob Steele|
|DURANGO VALLEY RAIDERS (A. W. Hackel//Republic, 1938)||Bob Steele|
|FRONTIER CRUSADER (PRC, 1940)||Tim McCoy|
|GUN CODE (PRC, 1940)||Tim McCoy|
|BILLY THE KID OUTLAWED (PRC, 1940)||Bob Steele|
|LAW AND ORDER (PRC, 1942)||Buster Crabbe|
|BILLY THE KID TRAPPED (PRC, 1942)||Buster Crabbe|
|DEVIL RIDERS (PRC, 1943)||Buster Crabbe|
|WILD HORSE PHANTOM (PRC, 1944)||Buster Crabbe|
|RUSTLER'S HIDEOUT (PRC, 1944)||Buster Crabbe|
|PRAIRIE RUSTLERS (PRC, 1945)||Buster Crabbe|
|GANGSTER'S DEN (PRC, 1945)||Buster Crabbe|
|STAGECOACH OUTLAWS (PRC, 1945)||Buster Crabbe|
|HIS BROTHER'S GHOST (PRC, 1945)||Buster Crabbe|
|TERRORS ON HORSEBACK (PRC, 1946)||Buster Crabbe|