Franklin Adreon

Active - 1937 - 1966  |   Born - Nov 18, 1902   |   Died - Sep 10, 1979   |   Genres - Adventure, Action, Western, Science Fiction, Drama

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A former bond salesman and a member of the U.S.M.C., Franklin Adreon (or, as it was sometimes given, Franklyn Adreon) entered motion pictures in 1935 with Mascot, serving in various low-paying capacities including that of a bit player in the serial The Fighting Marines. Adreon stayed with the serial unit after Mascot became part of the new Republic and was soon awarded the title of associate producer, remaining with the studio almost for the duration of its existence. A serial mainstay, and according to his subordinates a demanding presence on the set, the former marine was in fact listed as producer-director on King of the Carnival (1955), the final chapterplay made at Republic on what was actually the old Mack Sennett studio compound. He later went into television, producing and writing such typical matinee fare as Stories of the Century (Republic Pictures' only foray into small-screen entertainment), Commando Cody, Adventures of Fu Manchu, and Men Into Space. In his later years, Adreon directed a couple of very low-budget feature films as well, including Dimension 5 and Cyborg 2087.

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