Elmer Clifton

  • Elmer Clifton – Paroled from the Big House (1938)

    Elmer Clifton1931-1940ActionCrimeUSA

    A federal agent poses as a criminal to infiltrate a gang of parolees seeking vengeance on the lawmen who jailed them.Read More »

  • Elmer Clifton – The Secret of Treasure Island (1938)

    1931-1940ClassicsElmer CliftonMysteryUSA

    The serial is set on a remote island in the Caribbean, where reporter Larry Kent (Don Terry) and his enemies search for a lost treasure trove of gold. Kent arrives on the island in search of another reporter who had gone missing. Kent discovers that valuable lost treasure is buried on the island, and finds half of a map which holds a clue to its location. Toni Morrell (Gwen Gaze), the daughter of a shipmate whose murdered partner knew where the treasure was buried, agrees to help Kent investigate his friend’s disappearance and locate the treasure. Morrell and Kent are opposed by a villain named Collins (Walter Miller) who uses his henchmen and supply of weapons and land mines in an attempt to stop them. Kent’s enemy in the film is Dr. X. (Hobart Bosworth) who wears a skull mask and pirate clothing, and is in the process of developing a powerful explosive. Due to the actions of Dr. X., Kent is nearly buried alive, killed with dynamite and slashed in a sword battle. He defeats Dr. X. in the last installment of the serial titled “Justice”.[2][4][5]Read More »

  • Elmer Clifton – The Judge (1949)

    1941-1950CrimeElmer CliftonFilm NoirUSA

    One of the last films directed by the great Elmer Clifton, whose career dates back to the mid-teens and D.W.Griffith, The Judge was also the first production of Ida Lupino’s production company, first called Emerald Productions, later called The Filmmakers.

    This is a quirky film which is both hard-boiled and pretentious, raw and artsy. It is also a film that raises as many questions as it answers. Elements are introduced into the story, covered in detail, and then not developed. Dream sequences are introduced, but are unclear. The main character–who is a sleazy defense attorney, NOT a judge–is well-played by Milburn Stone, but his story is not really typical of anyone other than this one oddball character.Read More »

  • Elmer Clifton & Ida Lupino – Not Wanted (1949)

    1941-1950DramaElmer CliftonIda LupinoUSA

    Originally begun as NOT WANTED by low-budget director Elmer Clifton, who almost immediately suffered a heart attack and died soon after, the film was completed by actress Ida Lupino, her first directorial effort (she also co-wrote and co-produced this one). Lupino was a film noir favorite, and would continue acting well into the 1970s, but her short directing career was a first in Hollywood. She was one of the first actors to make the move behind the camera, and was the very first actress to direct her own feature-length film. Read More »

  • Elmer Clifton & Ida Lupino – Not Wanted (1949) (HD)

    1941-1950DramaElmer CliftonIda LupinoUSA

    After a beautiful but unsophisticated girl is seduced by a worldly piano player and gives up her out-of-wedlock baby, her guilt compels her to kidnap another child.Read More »

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