Del Andrews

Active - 1921 - 1935  |   Born - Jan 1, 1894   |   Died - Oct 27, 1942   |   Genres - Western, Drama, Action

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A prolific writer/director of low-budget Westerns in the 1920s, Del Andrews (born Udell Endrows) began his screen career as a film cutter and laboratory assistant for producer Thomas H. Ince. By the 1920s, he was helming low-budget oaters for both Universal and FBO, directing such stalwart screen cowboys as Hoot Gibson, Fred Thomson, and Bob Custer. Surprisingly, this specialist in inexpensive hayburners went on to win an Academy Award nomination for co-writing (with Maxwell Anderson) Universal's 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front. It was, alas, a sort of last hurrah for the veteran filmmaker, who quickly returned to the realm of B-Westerns.

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