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Above from left to right are Rin-Tin-Tin Jr., Victoria Vinton, Bob Custer, John Elliott - and prone on the floor is Wally West - in a scene from Custer's VENGEANCE OF RANNAH (Reliable, 1936).



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Above, a pause in the action on one of the Bob Steele westerns filmed at the Reliable Pictures facility --- the film being made is probably MESQUITE BUCKAROO (Metropolitan, 1939). Above are: 1. comedian/supporting player James Aubrey, 2. Harry S. Webb, 3. Eddie Saeta, 4. Bob Steele, 5. Bernard B. Ray, 6. Rose Gordon, 7. Gordon Webb (first son of Harry and Rose), and 8. Sammy Gordon.  In addition, Les Adams was able to identify the heroine (center) as Carolyn Curtis and Bruce Dane is the big cowboy at the right.



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Above from L-to-R are Carleton Young (hand on door handle) followed by Ted Adams and behind him is Robert (Bob) Walker.  On the right side of the door are Steele and Betty Mack.  Steele made a series of 8 oaters which were released during 1939-1940 for Metropolitan Pictures company, which was run/owned by Harry S. Webb and Bernard B. Ray.  Harry's brother Ira Webb directed a pair of the Steele Metropolitans.  After the Metropolitan group, Steele went to work at PRC in the 'Billy the Kid' series, and soon after, became 'Tucson Smith' in the Three Mesquiteers films for Republic Pictures.



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Above is the title lobby card from this 1940 Jack Randall film.  Randall was the younger brother of western film hero Bob Livingston.  After shutting down Metropolitan Pictures, Webb moved to Monogram Pictures and assumed control over the Jack Randall westerns from producer Maurice Conn.  Bernard B. Ray went to Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC).

An interesting twist of fate is shared by Randall and the Webbs --- Jack would close out his starring career at Monogram under the auspices of Harry.  After WW2 duty, Randall was trying to revive his career and was working at Universal on a serial called THE ROYAL MOUNTED RIDES AGAIN (1945).  It was during the making of this cliffhanger that Randall was killed during a horse riding mishap.  Ira Webb was at Universal during the first half of the 1940s, and he was part of the production team at work on that chapterplay.




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Ira Webb was still working in various capacities at the tail end of the B western era, including the Lash LaRue yarns for Ron Ormond's Western Adventures production unit.  While at Universal in the first half of the 1940s, Ira was nominated several times for an Oscar in Interior Design/Decoration (for ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942) and IMPACT (1944)). He (and Alexander Golitzen, John B. Goodman and Russell A. Gausman) won the 1943 Oscar for Interior Decoration (color) for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Click HERE for the awards page at oscar.org



Webb Family Filmographies
Sound Films Only
Primarily Serials & Westerns
Special thanks to Les Adams for providing this filmography info.


Harry S. Webb
Release
Date
Title Company Star Job/Function
1/27/29 Untamed Justice Biltmore Prod Virginia Brown Faire Director / Co-Producer
5/28/29 The Phantom of the North Biltmore Prod Edith Roberts Director / Co-Producer
12/10/29 Dark Skies Biltmore Prod Wallace MacDonald Director / Co-Producer
1/1/30 Bar L Ranch Big 4 Prod. Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Jay Wilsey) Director /Co-Producer
4/12/30 Beyond the Rio Grande Big 4 Prod. Jack Perrin Director /Co-Producer
5/24/30 Ridin' Law Big 4 /Biltmore Prod Jack Perrin Director / Co-Producer
8/26/30 Canyon Hawks Big 4 Prod. Yakima Canutt Co-Producer
11/1/30 Phantom of the Desert Syndicate Pictures Jack Perrin Director / Co-Producer
1/5/31 The Mystery Trooper (Serial) Syndicate Pictures Robert Frazer Co-Producer
1/25/31 Westward Bound Syndicate Pictures Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Jay Wilsey) Director / Co-Producer
3/1/31 West of Cheyenne Syndicate Pictures Tom Tyler Director / Co-Producer
3/15/31 Swanee River World Wide/Sono Art Grant Withers Co-Producer
4/1/31 Air Police World Wide/Sono Art Kenneth Harlan Co-Producer
4/12/31 The Pueblo Terror Cosmos Prod. Buffalo Bill, Jr. (Jay Wilsey) Co-Producer
5/1/31 The Sign of the Wolf (serial) Metropolitan Rex Lease Co-Director / Co-Producer
5/24/31 In Old Cheyenne World Wide/Sono Art Rex Lease Co-Producer
8/9/31 Law of the Rio Grande Syndicate Pictures Bob Custer Co-Producer
12/1/31 Mounted Fury World Wide/Sono Art John Bowers Co-Producer
3/1/32 The Lone Trail Syndicate Pictures Rex Lease Co-Director / Co- Producer
3/28/32 Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Universal Pictures George Sidney Editor
7/26/33 Riot Squad Mayfair Pictures Pat O'Malley Director / Assoc. Producer
1/1/34 Arizona Nights B&B Prod./ Reliable Jack Perrin & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
2/1/34 Girl Trouble Karmel Prod./Reliable Jack Perrin & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
3/1/34 Potluck Pards B&B Prod./ Reliable Wally Wales & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
3/1/34 Romance Revier B&B Prod./ Reliable Fred Humes & Ben Corbett Director / Story (Henri Samuels)/ Assoc. Prod.
3/15/34 Nevada Cyclone Astor/ Reliable Fred Humes & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
4/1/34 The West on Parade B&B Prod./ Reliable Dennis Moore & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
4/12/34 Mystery Ranch Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
4/15/34 Arizona Nights B&B Prod. Jack Perrin & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
6/1/34 Rawhide Mail Reliable Jack Perrin Assoc. Producer
6/15/34 Rainbow Riders B&B Prod./ Reliable Jack Perrin & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
7/17/34 Fighting Hero Reliable Tom Tyler Director- Assoc.Producer
8/15/34 Ridin' Gents B&B Prod./ Reliable Jack Perrin & Ben Corbett Assoc. Producer
11/26/34 Ridin' Thru Reliable Tom Tyler Director / Assoc. Producer
1/1/35 The Cactus Kid Reliable Jack Perrin Director- Assoc.Producer
1/8/35 Unconquered Bandit Reliable Tom Tyler Director / Assoc. Prod.
2/1/35 Coyote Trails Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
2/1/35 Loser's End Reliable Jack Perrin Story (Harry Samuels)-Assoc. Producer
2/1/35 Step On It Reliable Richard Talmadge Director (Henri Samuels)-Assoc.Producer
2/1/35 North of Arizona Reliable Jack Perrin Assoc. Producer
2/26/35 Tracy Rides Reliable Tom Tyler Director- Assoc.Producer
4/1/35 Born To Battle Reliable Tom Tyler Director- Assoc.Producer
5/1/35 The Live Wire Reliable Richard Talmadge Assoc. Producer
5/1/35 Wolf Riders Reliable Jack Perrin Director- Assoc.Producer
5/2/35 Silent Valley Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
5/11/35 The Silver Bullet Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
6/1/35 The Laramie Kid Reliable Tom Tyler Director- Assoc.Producer
6/1/35 The Test Reliable Grant Withers & Rin-Tin-Tin Jr. Assoc. Producer
6/27/35 Terror of the Plains Reliable Tom Tyler Director- Assoc.Producer
7/9/35 Now or Never Reliable Richard Talmadge Assoc. Producer
8/5/35 Rio Rattler Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
11/21/35 The Midnight Phantom Reliable Reginald Denny Assoc. Producer
11/27/35 Never Too Late Reliable Richard Talmadge Assoc. Producer
12/1/35 Frontier Justice Diversion Hoot Gibson Co-screenplay (with W. Scott Darling & Rose Gordon)
12/15/35 Texas Jack Reliable Jack Perrin Assoc. Producer
12/15/35 Trigger Tom Reliable Tom Tyler Director (Henri Samuels)-Assoc. Producer
1/1/36 Caryl of the Mountains Reliable Francis X. Bushman, Jr. Assoc. Producer
1/5/36 Skull and Crown Reliable Regis Toomey, Rin Tin Tin, Jr. Assoc. Producer
1/29/36 Ridin' On Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
2/24/36 Fast Bullets Reliable Tom Tyler Director (Henri Samuels)-Assoc. Producer
4/4/36 The Millionaire Kid Reliable Charles Delaney Assoc. Producer
4/29/36 Roamin' Wild Reliable Tom Tyler Assoc. Producer
5/14/36 The Speed Reporter Reliable Richard Talmadge Story (Henri Samuels)- Assoc.Producer
5/14/36 Pinto Rustlers Reliable Tom Tyler Director (Henri' Samuels)- Assoc. Producer
8/15/36 Santa Fe Bound Reliable Tom Tyler Director (Henri Samuels) /Assoc. Prod.
11/1/36 Ambush Valley Reliable Bob Custer Assoc. Producer
11/6/36 Vengeance of Rannah Reliable Bob Custer & Rin-Tin-Tin Jr. Co-Director (Raymond Samuels) / Assoc.Prod.
2/25/37 Santa Fe Rides Reliable Bob Custer Co-Director (Raymond Samuels) / Assoc.Prod.
2/27/37 The Silver Trail Reliable Rex Lease Co-Director (Raymond Samuels) / Assoc.Prod.
3/1/38 Great Adv. Of Wild Bill Hickok Columbia Gordon Elliott Assoc. Producer
3/29/38 It's All In Your Mind Metropolitan Byron Foulger Assoc. Producer
1/15/39 Feud of the Range Metropolitan Bob Steele Director-Producer
2/5/39 In Old Montana Spectrum Fred Scott Co-screenplay (Raymond K. Johnson & Rose Gordon)
3/3/39 Smoky Trails Metropolitan Bob Steele Producer
5/10/39 Mesquite Buckaroo Metropolitan Bob Steele Director / Producer
6/16/39 Law of the Wolf Metropolitan Dennis Moore Producer
7/1/39 Fangs of the Wild Metropolitan Dennis Moore Producer
8/10/39 Riders of the Sage Metropolitan Bob Steele Director - Producer
8/22/39 Port of Hate Metropolitan Polly Ann Young Director - Producer
11/10/39 The Pal From Texas Metropolitan Bob Steele Director - Producer
12/12/39 El Diablo Rides Metropolitan Bob Steele Co-story (H.Gordon)-Producer
1/25/40 Pioneer Days Monogram Jack Randall Director / Producer
2/20/40 The Cheyenne Kid Monogram Jack Randall Producer
3/13/40 Wild Horse Valley Metropolitan Bob Steele Co-story (H.Gordon)-Producer
4/10/40 Covered Wagon Trails Monogram Jack Randall Producer
5/1/40 Pinto Canyon Metropolitan Bob Steele Producer
5/9/40 Land of the Six Guns Monogram Jack Randall Producer
5/23/40 The Kid From Santa Fe Monogram Jack Randall Producer
5/30/40 Riders From Nowhere Monogram Jack Randall Producer
6/26/40 Wild Horse Range Monogram Jack Randall Producer
9/4/57 The Parson and the Outlaw Columbia Anthony Dexter Assistant Director


Rose Gordon
Release
Date
Title Company Star Job/Function
1/1/34 Romance Revier B&B/Reliable Fred Humes & Ben Corbett Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
4/12/34 Mystery Ranch Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
6/1/34 Rawhide Mail Reliable Jack Perrin Co-screenplay (with Betty Burbridge)
7/17/34 Fighting Hero Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
11/26/34 Ridin' Thru Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
1/1/35 The Cactus Kid Reliable Jack Perrin Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
1/1/35 Wolf Riders Reliable Jack Perrin Co-screenplay (with Lew C. Borden)
1/8/35 Unconquered Bandit Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Lew C. Borden)
2/1/35 Loser's End Reliable Jack Perrin Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
2/1/35 North of Arizona Reliable Jack Perrin Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
2/1/35 Coyote Trails Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Louie L. Baraden)
2/26/35 Tracy Rides Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Betty Burbridge)
4/1/35 Born To Battle Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
5/2/35 Silent Valley Reliable Tom Tyler Screenplay
5/11/35 The Silver Bullet Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
6/1/35 The Laramie Kid Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
6/27/35 Terror of the Plains Reliable Tom Tyler Story
12/1/35 Frontier Justice Diversion Hoot Gibson Co-screenplay (with W. Scott Darling & H. Webb)
12/15/35 Texas Jack Reliable Jack Perrin Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
2/24/36 Fast Bullets Reliable Tom Tyler Co-screenplay (with Carl Krusada)
5/14/36 The Speed Reporter Reliable Richard Talmadge Screenplay
8/15/36 Santa Fe Bound Reliable Tom Tyler Story
6/6/37 Smoke Tree Range Universal Buck Jones Co-story/ Screenplay (with Harry S. Webb)
2/5/39 In Old Montana Spectrum Fred Scott Co-screenplay (Raymond K. Johnson & H. Webb)
12/12/39 El Diablo Rides Metropolitan Bob Steele Co-story (with Harry S. Webb)
3/13/40 Wild Horse Valley Metropolitan Bob Steele Co-screenplay (with Harry S. Webb)


Ira S. Webb
Release
Date
Title Company Star Job/Function
1/1/35 The Live Wire Reliable Richard Talmadge Production Manager
11/21/35 The Midnight Phantom Reliable Reginald Denny Production Manager
11/27/35 Never Too Late Reliable Richard Talmadge Assistant Director
1/1/36 Caryl of the Mountains Reliable Francis X. Bushman, Jr. Production Manager
1/5/36 Skull and Crown Reliable Regis Toomey, Rin Tin Tin, Jr. Production Manager
1/29/36 Ridin' On Reliable Tom Tyler Director
4/4/36 The Millionaire Kid Reliable Charles Delaney Production Manager
5/14/36 The Speed Reporter Reliable Richard Talmadge Production Manager
7/1/36 Step On It Reliable Richard Talmadge Production Manager
8/15/36 Santa Fe Bound Reliable Tom Tyler Assistant Director
12/12/39 El Diablo Rides Metropolitan Bob Steele Director
3/13/40 Wild Horse Valley Metropolitan Bob Steele Director
10/23/45 The Royal Mounted Rides Again Universal Bill Kennedy Assistant Director
6/28/47 Pioneer Justice PRC Lash LaRue Assistant Director
7/26/47 Ghost Town Renegades PRC Lash LaRue Assistant Director
8/1/47 Last of the Redmen Columbia Jon Hall Co-Camera credit
9/13/47 Stage To Mesa City PRC Lash LaRue Assistant Director
10/11/47 Return of the Lash PRC Lash LaRue Assistant Director
10/25/47 Black Hills PRC Eddie Dean Assistant Director
11/15/47 The Fighting Vigilantes PRC Lash LaRue Assistant Director
12/13/47 Cheyenne Takes Over PRC Lash LaRue Assistant Director
1/1/48 Dead Man's Gold Screen Guild Lash LaRue Co-story/co-screenplay /co-Associate Producer
1/24/48 Check Your Guns PRC Eddie Dean Assistant Director
4/10/48 The Hawk of Powder River PRC Eddie Dean Assistant Director
10/15/48 Mark of the Lash Screen Guild Lash LaRue Co-story/co-screenplay /co-Associate Producer
12/26/48 Frontier Revenge Screen Guild Lash LaRue Co-Associate Producer
1/7/49 Outlaw Country Screen Guild Lash LaRue Co-story/co-screenplay /co-Associate Producer
3/25/49 Rimfire Screen Guild James Millican Production Manager
4/2/49 Son of Billy the Kid Screen Guild Lash LaRue Co-story/co-screenplay /co-Associate Producer
5/16/49 Son of a Badman Screen Guild Lash LaRue Co-story/co-screenplay /co-Associate Producer
10/21/49 The Dalton Gang Screen Guild Don Barry Co-Associate Producer
11/11/49 Square Dance Jubilee Screen Guild Don Barry Co-Associate Producer
12/17/49 Red Desert Screen Guild Don Barry Co-Associate Producer
2/25/50 The Daltons' Women Western Adventure Lash LaRue Production Manager
3/24/50 Hostile Country Lippert Jimmy Ellison & Russell Hayden Production Manager
5/12/50 Colorado Ranger Lippert Jimmy Ellison & Russell Hayden Production Manager
6/9/50 Crooked River Lippert Jimmy Ellison & Russell Hayden Production Manager
6/10/50 West of the Brazos Lippert Jimmy Ellison & Russell Hayden Production Manager
6/30/50 Fast on the Draw Lippert Jimmy Ellison & Russell Hayden Production Manager
2/1/51 King of the Bullwhip Western Adventure Lash LaRue Co-Story/Screenplay / Associate Producer
4/21/51 Marshal of Heldorado Lippert Jimmy Ellison & Russell Hayden Production Manager
6/18/51 Little Big Horn Lippert Lloyd Bridges Assistant Director
8/1/51 The Thundering Trail Western Adventure Lash LaRue Co-screenplay / Production Manager
11/1/51 The Vanishing Outpost Western Adventure Lash LaRue Production Manager
1/2/52 The Black Lash Western Adventure Lash LaRue Production Manager
2/1/52 The Frontier Phantom Western Adventure Lash LaRue Production Manager
8/8/56 Kentucky Rifle Howco Prod. Chill Wills Co-Associate Producer
While at Universal in the first half of the 1940s, Ira Webb was nominated several times for an Oscar in Interior Design/Decoration (for ARABIAN NIGHTS (1942) and IMPACT (1944)). He (and Alexander Golitzen, John B. Goodman and Russell A. Gausman) won the 1943 Oscar for Interior Decoration (color) for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Click HERE for the awards page at oscar.com.


The Webb/Gordon Hollywood Connection Continues ...

The youngest son of Harry Webb and Rose Gordon is Gordon Webb and he's shown as a child in the Bob Steele photo above.  Gordon grew up and became an important figure in films and TV --- he had various jobs as producer, co-producer, director, production manager, et al, and his credits include SIX DAYS, SEVEN NIGHTS (1998), GHOSTBUSTERS II (1989), TWINS (1988), more, as well as TV work on WILD, WILD WEST, PERRY MASON, more.

The second son of Rose and Harry is Robert M. 'Bob' Webb.  Bob joined the Screen Directors Guild of America in 1959 (a few years later, it was changed to Directors Guild to include live television).  His first film was for Gene Corman, a $86,000 dollar budget shot entirely in San Juan, Puerto Rico and titled SECRET OF THE PURPLE REEF.  Bill Witney, of Republic cliffhanger fame, was the director and Peter 'Columbo' Falk played a second lead.  Bob then went to Columbia as a staff Assistant Director where he worked on TV programs such as THE DONNA REED SHOW and FATHER KNOWS BEST (which were shot on the same sound stages that housed Reliable Pictures).  He also worked on MANHUNT with Victor Jory and TIGHTROPE with Mike Connors (shot at the old Talisman Studios).  Filmwork included such features as ELMER GANTRY (United Artists, 1960) with Burt Lancaster and ALL THE YOUNG MEN (Columbia, 1960) with Alan Ladd.  Bob was at Universal as one of many young second assistants on SPARTACUS (Universal, 1960) with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis.  After that, he worked at Ziv TV, including the early space adventure, MEN INTO SPACE with William Lundigan.  Bob recalls that his uncle Ira Webb was at Ziv at this time.  He then went to MGM and worked on COMBAT, SAM BENEDICT with Edmund O'Brien, FATHER OF THE BRIDE with Leon Ames, DOCTOR KILDARE with Richard Chamberlain, ELEVENTH HOUR with Wendell Corey, THE RICHARD BOONE ANTHOLOGY SERIES, MR. NOVAK with James Franciscus and Dean Jagger, THE LIEUTENANT with Gary Lockwood, and THE MAN FROM UNCLE and THE GIRL FROM UNCLE spy series.  Bob also was involved in some features including NAMU THE KILLER WHALE (United Artists, 1966), and proudly recalls working on director John Ford's last film, SEVEN WOMEN (MGM, 1966).  Patricia Neal was to star in this but had a stroke and was replaced by Ann Bancroft.


The Next Generation ...

Bob's son Mark Webb has directed underwater photography for the TV series BAYWATCH and currently serves as a producer and production manager. Bob's other son, Chris Webb is a property person in the film business.

Gordon's son, Gordon Webb, Jr., owns and operates Studio Air Conditioning Service in Calabassas.


  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on various members of the 'Hollywood Webb Family'.

Harry S. Webb: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0916125/
Ira S. Webb: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0916129/
Rose Gordon: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0330572/
Sammy Gordon: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0330589/
Harry Gordon: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330245/
Gordon Webb: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0916118/
Robert Webb: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0916265/
Eddie Saeta: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0755763/



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