Jay Marchant

Active - 1923 - 1925  |   Born - Jan 7, 1888   |   Died - Jun 14, 1962   |   Genres - Western, Action, Drama, Romance, Comedy

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

Along with Robert F. Hill, South Dakota-born Jay Marchant, a former film cutter, directed most of Universal's action fare in the 1920s, from serials such as The Great Circus Mystery (1925), in which his refusal to let Louise Lorraine do her own stunts saved the leading lady's life when the car she was supposed to be driving overturned and killed its passenger, to the studio's innumerable two-reel Western series. He became an assistant director after the advent of sound, working mainly on Spanish-language versions of such popular studio vehicles as The Cat and the Canary (1930; re-titled La Voluntad del Muerto) and Dracula (1931).