George Blair

Active - 1943 - 1960  |   Born - Jan 1, 1906   |   Died - Apr 20, 1970   |   Genres - Action, Crime, Drama, Comedy, Western

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Biography by Hal Erickson

While a staff producer at Republic Pictures in 1944, George Blair tried his hand at directing with the spoofish crime drama Silent Partner. Blair liked the experience and remained a Republic director until the studio shut down in 1959. While his B-pictures were breezy, enjoyable efforts, Blair tended to be ponderous when handed an A-assignment like Mickey Rooney's Twinkle in God's Eye (1955). Outside of Republic, Blair was the guiding hand behind such programmers as the Bowery Boys' Spook Chasers (1957) and the gimmicky melodrama The Hypnotic Eye (1960). George Blair also directed his share of episodic television, helming episodes of series ranging from Superman to Hogan's Heroes, as well as a brace of TV pilots for Indian actor Sabu.

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