This is the first in-depth look at Reginald LeBorg, the quintessential Hollywood contract director, who worked constantly during the 1940s and 50s at such studios as Universal, PRC, and Monogram, making a series of beautiful and resonant films under severe constraints of time and budget. Here, in a book-length interview recorded a year before his death in 1989, LeBorg looks back at all his work-Destiny, Calling Doctor Death, Weird Woman, The Flight That Disappeared, Jungle Woman, Diary of A Madman, San Diego I Love You, and many others, and discusses his impatience with "fans" who don't bother to screen his more interesting non-Gothic films, describes studio life during the 1940s, and gives the reader insights into his personal life. With stills and a thorough filmography.
Wheeler Winston Dixon, Chair, Film Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, is author of The Early Film Criticism of Francois Truffaut (Indiana, forthcoming), The Cinematic Vision of F.Scott Fitzgerald, and The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher (Scarecrow, 1991). Dixon has also written for The Velvet Light Trap, Post Script, The New Orleans Review, Film Criticism, and Cineaste. His films and videotapes have been screened at the Whitney Museum, the Kithen, and the Jewish Museum. In Spring, 1992, he served as Guest Curator for a series on "Dystopian Science-Fiction" at the National Film Theatre in London.