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Profile - Director - Paul Landres

THERE WERE MANY FINE DIRECTOR'S THAT WORKED DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF
TELEVISION. BUT THE ONE THAT STANDS OUT ABOVE ALL IS PAUL LANDRES. PAUL'S
CAREER BEGAN IN 1937 AS A FILM EDITOR AT UNIVERSAL PICTURES, CUTTING MOSTLY
LOW BUDGET DRAMA'S AND B-WESTERNS. HE WORKED ALONGSIDE DIRECTOR'S, THE LIKES
OF RAY TAYLOR, ROY WILLIAM NEILL, JEAN YARBROUGH AND LEWIS SEILER. HIS
CAREER AS FILM EDITOR LASTED UNTIL 1949. AT THAT TIME HE WAS GIVEN AN
OPPORTUNITY TO DIRECT. HE WORKED ON A COUPLE OF FEATURE FILMS, BUT A NEW
FORM OF FILM CREATIVITY WAS ON THE HORIZON. A NEW MEDIA CALLED TELEVISION.
HIS FIRST HELMING ASSIGNMENT WAS THE "LONE RANGER" SERIES(1949-1957). HE
THEN WENT ON TO DIRECT SOME 42 TV SERIES FROM 1949 TO 1971.

THE LIST IS TOO GREAT TO LIST, BUT SOME INCLUDED:
"CISCO KID"(1950-1956),
"BOSTON BLACKIE"(1951-1953),
"RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE"(1952-1954),
"THE MAN BEHIND THE BADGE"(1953-1955),
"MAVERICK"(1957-1962),
"77 SUNSET STRIP" (1958-1964),
"THE RIFLEMAN"(1958-1963)
"DANIEL BOONE"(1964-1970),
"ADAM-12"(1968-1971)
AND MANY MORE.

DURING THE 1951-52 SEASON LANDRES WAS PROBABLY THE MOST OVERWORKED
DIRECTOR IN AMERICA, HELMING TWENTY OF THE 26 EPISODES THAT MADE UP
THE CISCO KID'S SECOND SEASON PLUS 17 SEGMENTS OF THE BOSTON BLACKIE SERIES
THAT ZIV LAUNCHED THAT YEAR.

IN BETWEEN HIS TELEVISION ASSIGNMENTS, LANDRES ALSO DIRECTED WESTERN
THEATRICAL FEATURES::
" HELL CANYON OUTLAWS"(1957),(A DALE ROBERTSON OATER),
"FRONTIER GUN"(1958),
LONE TEXAN"(1959).

THE SUCCESS OF ANY FILM PROJECT IS NOT ONLY THE ACTORS BUT THE TECNICIANS
WORKING FOR YOU. PAUL LANDRES ALWAYS WAS SURROUNDED WITH THE BEST THAT
FILM AND TV HAD TO OFFER. HIS YEARS OF BEING A FILM EDITOR WAS NO DOUBT
THE BEST EXPERIENCE IN LEARNING HIS CRAFT AS A DIRECTOR. KNOWING HOW TO
'CUT' A FILM AND DIRECTING GOES HAND AND HAND. PAUL LANDRES' CAREER WAS
A LONG AND PRODUCTIVE ONE. HIS STYLE AND TECHNIQUES HAVE SURELY INFLUENCED
THE YOUNGER DIRECTORS OF TODAY.

Sal Crisanti <crisanti52@netscape.net>

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