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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)
Marihuana Producer
(1936)

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 Cain (producer - reissue)
 1928 The Truth About Sex (Short) (producer)
Show Show Director (12 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (7 credits)
Show Show Sound department (3 credits)
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Dwain A. Esper
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Trivia:

Once owned the rights to Tod Browning's big-budget MGM flop Freaks (1932). Esper turned a tidy profit by doing what he usually did: renting out theaters himself and sensationally exploiting the film in ways no conventional promoter would ever think of. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses animal imagery in his films

Nickname:

King of the Celluloid Gypsies

Star Sign:

Libra

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