27 June, 2017

Jess Franco's favorite film directors.


Reginald Le Borg
Reginald Le Borg directs Louise Allbritton in San Diego I Love You (1944)

During my interview with Jess Franco he noted some of his favorite film directors. The Austrian director Reginald Le Borg was one of them. Franco compared his career as an eclectic B director to that of Le Borg, who made numerous low budgeted films in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1970s. He made a number of interesting, stylish horror films including DEAD MAN'S EYES, WEIRD WOMAN (Inner Sanctum mysteries), THE BLACK SLEEP, the last feature film of Bela Lugosi, DIARY OF MADMAN with Vincent Price, VOODOO ISLAND, with Boris Karloff. He also made THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944), possibly the best of the UNIVERSAL follow ups to the 1932 classic, THE MUMMY.

Le Borg, who reportedly had a rather intimidating on set attitude, was a busy filmmaker, with over 60 films to his credit between the 1935 and 1965. He also directed episodes of such prominent 1950s US television series as 77 SUNSET STRIP (1958), MAVERICK, DEATH VALLEY DAYS, SCHLITZ PLAYHOUSE (1951) and numerous others. 

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