Herman C. Raymaker

Active - 1921 - 1934  |   Born - Jan 22, 1893 in Fruitvale, CA  |   Died - Mar 6, 1944 in Oceanside, NY  |   Genres - Adventure, Drama

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A native Californian, silent screen director Herman C. Raymaker began his screen career with Mack Sennett's Keystone company in the early 1910s, later directing such also-ran comedians as Hank Mann and Monty Banks. In the early 1920s, Raymaker directed several of the "Hall Room Boys" comedies for the enterprising Cohn brothers. Based on Harold Arthur McGill's long-running comic strips, the series put the Cohn's upstart Columbia Pictures on the map. By the middle of the decade, however, Raymaker had shifted gears and was mainly directing outdoor action melodramas that included a couple of Rin Tin Tin vehicles. Raymaker only directed two sound films on his own, Trailing the Killer (1932) -- starring one of Rin Tin Tin's less-remembered successors, Caesar -- and Adventure Girl (1934), a manipulated documentary featuring author/explorer Joan Lowell.