Samuel Fuller  

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Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American film director, screenwriter and novelist, known for low-budget, understated genre movies with controversial themes, often made outside the conventional studio system. Fuller wrote his first screenplay for Hats Off in 1936, and made his directorial debut with the Western I Shot Jesse James (1949). He would continue to direct several other Westerns and war thrillers throughout the 1950s.

Fuller shifted from Westerns and war thrillers in the 1960s with his low-budget thriller Shock Corridor in 1963, followed by the neo-noir The Naked Kiss (1964). He was inactive in filmmaking for most of the 1970s, before writing and directing the war epic The Big Red One (1980), and the experimental White Dog (1982), whose screenplay he co-wrote with Curtis Hanson.


Year Name Director Screenwriter Notes
1936 Hats Off Template:Yes Co-written with Edmund Joseph with additional dialogue by Thiele Lawrence. Directed by Boris Petroff.
1937 It Happened in Hollywood Template:Yes Co-written with Ethel Hill, Harvey Fergusson and Myles Connolly. Directed by Harry Lachman.
1938 Adventure in Sahara Story credit; screenplay by Maxwell Shane.
Federal Man-Hunt Story credit with William Lively; screenplay by Maxwell Shane.
Gangs of New York Story credit; based on the book by Herbert Asbury.
1940 Bowery Boy Story credit with Sid Sutherland.
1941 Confirm or Deny Story credit with Henry Wales; screenplay by Jo Swerling.
1943 Margin for Error Template:Yes Uncredited; screenplay by Lillie Hayward based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce.
Power of the Press Story credit.
1945 Gangs of the Waterfront Story credit; screenplay by Albert Beich.
1949 I Shot Jesse James Template:Yes Template:Yes Based on the article by Homer Croy.
Shockproof Template:Yes Co-written by Helen Deutsch; directed by Douglas Sirk.
1950 The Baron of Arizona Template:Yes Template:Yes
1951 The Steel Helmet Template:Yes Template:Yes
Fixed Bayonets! Template:Yes Template:Yes Based on the novel by John Brophy.
1952 Park Row Template:Yes Template:Yes
Scandal Sheet Based upon Fuller's novel The Dark Page; co-written by Eugene Ling, James Poe and Ted Sherdeman.
1953 Pickup on South Street Template:Yes Template:Yes Story by Dwight Taylor.
1954 Hell and High Water Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with David Hempstead and Jesse L. Lasky, Jr..
1955 House of Bamboo Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with Harry Kleiner
1957 China Gate Template:Yes Template:Yes
Run of the Arrow Template:Yes Template:Yes
Forty Guns Template:Yes Template:Yes
1959 Dog Face Template:Yes Template:Yes Unaired TV pilot.
Verboten! Template:Yes Template:Yes
The Crimson Kimono Template:Yes Template:Yes
1960 Burnett's Woman Story credit; teleplay by Larry Welch.
1961 Underworld U.S.A. Template:Yes Template:Yes Based on articles by Joseph F. Dinneen.
1962 Merrill's Marauders Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with Milton Sperling.
1963 Shock Corridor Template:Yes Template:Yes
1964 The Naked Kiss Template:Yes Template:Yes
1967 The Cape Town Affair Template:Yes Co-written with Dwight Taylor and Harold Medford.
1968 Targets Template:Yes Uncredited; co-written with Polly Platt and Peter Bogdanovich. Directed by Bogdanovich and produced by Roger Corman.
1969 Shark! Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with John Kingsbridge.
1973 Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Template:Yes Template:Yes Television film for the German crime series Tatort.
1973 The Deadly Trackers Template:Yes Template:Yes Uncredited; based on Fuller's story "Riata".
1974 The Klansman Template:Yes Co-written with Millard Kaufman.
1980 The Big Red One Template:Yes Template:Yes
1982 White Dog Template:Yes Template:Yes Co-written with Curtis Hanson.
1984 Thieves After Dark Template:Yes Template:Yes
1986 Let's Get Harry Template:Yes Story credit with Mark Feldberg; screenplay by Charles Robert Carner.
1989 Street of No Return Template:Yes Template:Yes
1990 The Madonna and the Dragon Template:Yes Template:Yes
1994 Girls in Prison Template:Yes Directed by John McNaughton. Co-written with Christa Lang.

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