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Joseph H. Lewis (1907–2000)


The term "style over content" fits director Joseph H. Lewis like a glove. His ability to elevate basically mundane and mediocre low-budget material to sublime cinematic art has gained him a substantial cult following among movie buffs. The Bonnie & Clyde look-alike Gun Crazy (1950), shot in 30 days on a budget of $400,000, is often cited as his ... See full bio »

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Known For

Gun Crazy Director
(1950)
Bombs Over Burma Director
(1942)
The Spy Ring Director
(1938)

Filmography

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 1965-1966 The Big Valley (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1965-1966 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Plunder (1966)
 1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Thursday's Child (1965)
 1965 Branded (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Vindicators (1965)
 1964 Daniel Boone (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pompey (1964)
 1963 Bonanza (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1958-1963 The Rifleman (TV Series) (51 episodes)
- Old Tony (1963)
- The Guest (1963)
- The Bullet (1963)
- The Sidewinder (1963)
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Hook (1962)
 1961 The Investigators (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- The Dead End Man (1961)
- Panic Wagon (1961)
 1961 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Release (1961)
 1959 The Detectives (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- My Name Is Tommy (1959)
- The Hiding Place (1959)
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Corporal Hardy (1959)
 1956 7th Cavalry
 1955 Man on a Bus (Short)
 1955 The Big Combo (as Joseph Lewis)
 1952 Desperate Search (as Joseph Lewis)
 1950 Gun Crazy
 1948 The Swordsman
 1944 Minstrel Man
 1941 Criminals Within (as Joseph Lewis)
 1938 Border Wolves
 1938 The Spy Ring
 1937 The Gold Racket (uncredited)
 1937 Navy Spy
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Personal Details

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2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joe Lewis | Joseph Lewis

Spouse:

Buena Lewis  (his death)  (1 child)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[explaining how he got the nickname "Wagon Wheel Joe"] I carried a box filled with different wagon wheels. Whenever I'd come to a scene which was just disgraceful in dialogue and all, I'd place a wagon wheel in one portion of the frame, and make an artistic shot out of it, so by the time the scene was over you only saw the artistic value and couldn't analyze what the scene was about. See more »

Trivia:

His nickname was "Wagon Wheel Joe," a name he received early in his career when he was shooting B Westerns for Universal. He had a penchant for framing shots through the spokes of the nearest wagon wheel, to break up the visual monotony of a scene. Several of the editors at Universal complained to the studio brass that they had a hard time cutting Lewis' films because "he keeps putting these damn... See more »

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