In a Door, into a Fight, Out a Door, into a Chase
Moviemaking Remembered by the Guy at the Door
About the Book
Early in 1937, a young film editor went on-location to St. George, Utah, for the filming of Republic’s The Painted Stallion. Rain and cast problems put the production hopelessly behind schedule. The studio summarily fired the director and replaced him with the film editor. Thus was born the career of one of Hollywood’s most famous serial directors, Bill Witney.
Witney went on to direct or codirect 23 Republic serials, working with such stars as William Benedict, Hoot Gibson, Bela Lugosi, and Noah Beery, Sr. Witney’s output included some of the most famous cliffhangers of the era, such as Adventures of Red Ryder, Spy Smasher, Drums of Fu Manchu, The Lone Ranger, and The Lone Ranger Rides Again. Though he enjoyed a long career as a feature film and television director, it is the Republic serials for which he is best remembered. This engaging story is a behind-the-scenes look at the heyday of the Hollywood cliffhanger, the making of the movies, and the people involved in them.
About the Author(s)
Foreword by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 
Table of Contents
Foreword by Francis M. Nevins, Jr. 1
1: The Serials Remembered 5
2: Rex, King of the Wild Horses 22
3: Larry Wickland 28
4: Darkest Africa—The First Serial Under the Republic Banner 39
5: The Old Order Changeth 47
6: Rider of the Painted Stallion 59
7: I Lose a Friend and Gain One 76
8: John English 90
9: The Lone Ranger 101
10: That Old House 113
11: The Director’s Guild 129
12: Daredevils of the Red Circle 143
13: Zorro’s Fighting Legion 160
14: Two Duds and a Hot Water Tank 172
15: Captain Marvel 182
16: Bill O’Sullivan 196
17: The Dog Teams 224
18: Eddy White 224
A Filmography 233
Book Reviews & Awards
“essential reading”—Big Reel; “essential…fascinating and insightful…recommended”—Wrangler’s Roost; “one of the greatest cliffhanger bargains available”—Serial Report; “this could easily be the most interesting book ever written about the early days of movie making. Great stuff. McFarland at its best!”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “Witney writes well and fondly of his films and colleagues…his ability to recapture the excitement of filmmaking is phenomenal”—Classic Images; “engaging”—New York Times.