It is impossible to detail the career of writer/producer/director Stuart E. McGowan without mentioning his brother Dorrell. Stuart and Dorrell McGowan virtually always worked in collaboration, from their first project in 1936 to their last in 1963. The brothers began as screenwriters at Republic, where they worked on such above-average westerns as Gene Autry's Yodelin' Kid From Pine Ridge (1936). Stuart and Dorrell turned producers for a brace of 1946 Republic productions, and beginning with 1950's Showdown collaborated on the direction of three feature films. Their partnership carried over into television, where they produced (and occasionally wrote) the first few seasons of the long-running (1952-70) western anthology Death Valley Days, and later worked in the same capacity on the Canadian-filmed TV weekly The Littlest Hobo (1963-64). Stuart and Dorrell McGowan were the sons of Australia-born actor/director J.P. McGowan.