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William C. McGann (1893–1977)

William C. McGann was an American director of second features. He began his film career as assistant cameraman and graduated to cinematographer for Douglas Fairbanks in the late 1910s. He had a long tenure as director with the Warner Bros. "B" unit, 1930-39. Afterwards, he had brief spells with Paramount and RKO. Well-regarded as a second-unit ... See full bio »

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Known For

Key Largo Special Effects
A Stolen Life Special Effects
We Go Fast Director


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 1944 Trial by Trigger (Short) (as William McGann)
 1944 America's Hidden Weapon (Documentary short)
 1943 Frontier Badmen (uncredited)
 1942 American Empire (as William McGann)
 1942 Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (as William McGann)
 1942 In Old California (as William McGann)
 1941 We Go Fast (as William McGann)
 1941 Highway West (as William McGann)
 1941 A Shot in the Dark (as William McGann)
 1941 The Lady and the Lug (Short) (as William McGann)
 1940 Dr. Christian Meets the Women (as William McGann)
 1940 Cinderella's Feller (Short) (as William McGann)
 1940 The Singing Dude (Short) (as William McGann)
 1940 Wolf of New York (as William McGann)
 1939 Pride of the Blue Grass (as William McGann)
 1939 Everybody's Hobby (as William McGann)
 1939 Sweepstakes Winner (as William McGann)
 1939 Lincoln in the White House (Short) (as William McGann)
 1939 Blackwell's Island (as William McGann)
 1938 Girls on Probation (as William McGann)
 1938 When Were You Born (as William McGann)
 1938 Penrod and His Twin Brother (as William McGann)
 1937 Sh! The Octopus (as William McGann)
 1937 Alcatraz Island (as William McGann)
 1937 Marry the Girl (as William McGann)
 1937 Penrod and Sam (as William McGann)
 1936 Polo Joe (as William McGann)
 1936 The Case of the Black Cat (as William McGann)
 1936 Hot Money (as William McGann)
 1936 Times Square Playboy (as William McGann)
 1936 Brides Are Like That (as William McGann)
 1936 Freshman Love (as William McGann)
 1936 Two Against the World (as William McGann)
 1935 Man of Iron (as William McGann)
 1935 A Night at the Ritz (as William H. McGann)
 1935 Maybe It's Love (as William McGann)
 1933 Long Live the King (Short)
 1932 Her Night Out
 1932 Little Fella
 1932 On the Air (Short)
 1932 Illegal (as William McGann)
 1932 Impromptu (Short)
 1932 A Voice Said Goodnight (Short)
 1931 I Like Your Nerve (as William McGann)
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
 1930 On the Border
 1930 Niagara Falls (Short) (as William McGann)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Special effects technician, Cameraman

Alternate Names:

William H. McGann | William M. McGann | William McGann


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Replaced director Alan Crosland on The Case of the Black Cat (1936) after Crosland received critical injuries (which he later died from) in a road accident.



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