George Archainbaud

Active - 1916 - 1953  |   Born - May 7, 1890   |   Died - Feb 20, 1959   |   Genres - Western, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Crime

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Paris-born George Archainbaud came to Hollywood in 1915, armed with several years' worth of experience as an actor and stage manager. He started his film career as assistant to director Emile Chautard, piloting his first solo directorial effort in 1917. Though he tackled several genres in his four-decade career, Archainbaud is most closely associated with westerns. With the Harry Sherman unit in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Archainbaud helmed several Hopalong Cassidy oaters and also held the reins on Sherman's B-plus effort Woman of the Town. During the 1950s, George Archainbaud was one of the principal directors for Gene Autry's Flying A TV productions, where he guided many an episode of such weekly western series as Buffalo Bill Jr. and Annie Oakley.

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