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Dwain Esper (1893–1982)

Dwain Esper was probably the most obscure of the 'Hollywood hack' filmmakers of the 1930s alongside Victor Adamson, Robert J. Horner and others whom directed low-budget Westerns feature films and serials. Esper's film career was focused on softcore exploitation features which have a hard, merciless edge and a serial killer pathology. His films are... See full bio »

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(1932)
Sinister Harvest Producer
(1930)
(1934)
Sex Madness Producer
(1938)

Filmography

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 1948 Will It Happen Again? (Documentary) (producer)
 1946 The March of Crime (Documentary short) (producer)
 1946 Curse of the Ubangi (Documentary) (producer)
 1938 Sex Madness (producer)
 1937 How to Take a Bath (Short) (producer)
 1937 How to Undress in Front of Your Husband (Short) (producer)
 1936 Hell-A-Vision (Documentary) (producer - reissue)
 1936 Reefer Madness (producer - reissue, uncredited)
 1936 The March of Crime (Documentary short) (producer)
 1936/I Marihuana (producer)
 1935 Angkor (producer)
 1934 Man's Way with Women (producer - US version)
 1934 Maniac (producer - uncredited)
 1934 Modern Motherhood (producer)
 1933 Narcotic (producer)
 1932 The Seventh Commandment (producer)
 1932 Freaks (producer - reissue, uncredited)
 1930 Sinister Harvest (Short documentary) (producer)
 1930 Caïn, aventures des mers exotiques (producer - reissue)
 1928 The Truth About Sex (Short) (producer)
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Alternate Names:

Dwain A. Esper
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Trivia:

Esper initially eschewed the exchange system to distribute his films, the main problem being that he didn't understand how it worked (see "Trivia" of his sleazier contemporary Robert J. Horner for a description). Secondly, the topics he was drawn to were sex, drug addiction and general debauchery, things that rubbed many exchange owners the wrong way. Thirdly, although his later films improved--... See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses animal imagery in his films

Nickname:

King of the Celluloid Gypsies

Star Sign:

Libra

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