Gordon Douglas (December 15, 1907 – September 29, 1993) was an American film director, who directed many different genres of films over the course of a five-decade career in motion pictures. He was a native of New York City.
Hal Roach and Our Gang
Born Gordon Douglas Brickner, he began his career as a child actor. As a teenager he worked at the Hal Roach Studios, working in the office and appearing in bit parts in various Hal Roach films. He made walk-on appearances in at least three Our Gang shorts: Teacher’s Pet, Big Ears and Birthday Blues. By 1934 Douglas was assistant to director Gus Meins, and served as assistant director on Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s 1934 film Babes in Toyland, and on the Our Gang comedies made between 1934 and mid-1936.
Beginning with Bored of Education in 1936, Our Gang moved from two-reel (20-minute) comedies to one-reel (10-minute) comedies, and Douglas became the senior director of the series. Bored of Education won… read more
Along with Forbidden Planet, half of me wishes there was a lower bugget and that hand puppets were involved. Otherwise, I am kind of in love with the stereotypical depictions of Los Angeles (corruption, urban desolation and sin sin sin!) and the anti-nuclear weapons message (oh, the 50s). Also, the ants continue to be genuinely creepy. Their damn cry/scream/call noise gives me chills...