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William A. Berke

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A graduate of Los Angeles Polytechnic High School, William A. Berke entered the burgeoning film industry as an office boy for L-KO comedies and later functioned as assistant to the cameraman then cameraman for the same company. He continued his career behind the camera with Pathé, Fox, Paramount, and, finally, FBO, a purveyor of inexpensive Westerns. An eye infection summarily ended Berke's aspirations as a cinematographer, however, and instead he became an assistant to C.C. Burr, the producer of the popular Torchy comedies. In the 1930s, Berke became one of the most prolific producer-directors of low-budget Westerns, directing under such pseudonyms as Lester Williams and William Hall, before signing on as an associate producer with newcomer Republic Pictures in 1937. He remained with the San Fernando Valley B-Western factory until 1941, then functioned as producer-director at Columbia Pictures. After a short stint directing training films for the Signal Corps., Berke returned to mainstream movie-making as a producer and/or director on a host of low-budget ventures for Monogram and its successor, Allied Artists, taking time out to produce the 1949 television series The Goldbergs. More television would follow -- including directorial duties on the Gene Autry and Annie Oakley shows -- but Berke's forte would become cheap jungle melodramas, a trait he shared with the even more notorious "Jungle Sam" Sam Katzman. His son, Lester William Berke, also entered the film industry, mostly as a writer.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Arson Inc.
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Naked Youth
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet The Lost Missile
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Cop Hater
  • Producer
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet Valley of Head Hunters
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Marshal's Daughter
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Jungle
  • Director
  • Producer
1952
No Score Yet FBI Girl
  • Producer
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Fury of the Congo
  • Director
1951
No Score Yet Jungle Jim in Pygmy Island
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Gunfire
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet I Shot Billy the Kid
  • Director
  • Producer
1950
No Score Yet Captive Girl
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Mark of the Gorilla
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Train to Tombstone
  • Director
  • Producer
1950
No Score Yet Operation Haylift
  • Director
1950
No Score Yet Treasure Of Monte Cristo
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Lost Tribe
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Jungle Jim
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Speed to Spare
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Rolling Home
  • Producer
  • Director
1948
No Score Yet Shoot to Kill
  • Producer
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Code of the West
  • Director
1947
No Score Yet Renegade Girl
  • Producer
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Alibi
  • Producer
1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Adventure
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Sunset Pass
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Dick Tracy, Detective
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Why Girls Leave Home
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Dangerous Passage
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet That's My Baby
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Navy Way
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Dark Mountain
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Minesweeper
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Saddles and Sagebrush
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Tornado
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Confessions of Boston Blackie
  • Producer
1941
No Score Yet New Frontier (Frontier Horizon)
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet Outlaws of Sonora
  • Producer
1938
No Score Yet Bill Cracks Down
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Atlantic Flight
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Dangerous Holiday
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Aces Wild
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Ghost Town
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Ghost Town Gold
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Desert Justice
  • Producer
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Wagon Trail
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet The Pecos Kid
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Toll of the Desert
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Rustler's Paradise
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet The Last of the Clintons
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Corruption
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet The Flaming Signal
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Forbidden Trail
  • Actor
1923

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