Oliver Drake

Director, Actor, Producer
Prolific director of B westerns whose career spanned the early days of silent film through the "golden age" of TV. A former cattle rancher, Drake entered silent films as the star of numerous Westerns for Golden West ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1903 in Boise, Idaho, USA

Filmography

Writer (37)

The Parson and the Outlaw 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventures of Superman 1952 (TV Show)

Writer

Boss of Hangtown Mesa 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cheyenne Tornado 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Law of the Tong 1930 (Movie)

(From Story)

Boots and Saddles (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Border Buckaroos (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Born to Battle (Movie)

(Screen Story)

City of Missing Girls (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Comin' Round the Mountain (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Cyclone of the Range (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Deadwood Pass (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Forbidden Trails (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Gun Law (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Heart of the Rockies (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Hit the Saddle (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Law and Lawless (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Lawless Valley (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Pals of the Pecos (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Phantom of the Range (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Public Cowboy No. 1 (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Riders of the Whistling Skull (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Roarin' Lead (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Rogue of the Rio Grande (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Round-Up Time in Texas (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Shut My Big Mouth (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Feathered Serpent (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Lone Star Trail (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Renegade Ranger (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Saddle Buster (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Singing Vagabond (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Trigger Trio (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Today I Hang (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Trail of Terror (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Via Pony Express (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

When a Man Rides Alone (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Wild Horse Rodeo (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (7)

The Parson and the Outlaw 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Sky King 1951 - 1954 (Tv Show)

Director

Border Buckaroos (Movie)

(Director)

Riders of the Dawn (Movie)

(Director)

Sunset Carson Rides Again (Movie)

(Director)

Today I Hang (Movie)

(Director)

Trail of Terror (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (7)

Cheyenne Roundup (Movie)

(Producer)

Marshal of Gunsmoke (Movie)

(Producer)

Riders of the Dawn (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lone Star Trail (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mummy's Curse (Movie)

(Producer)

Trigger Trail (Movie)

(Producer)

Weird Woman (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (3)

Rogue of the Rio Grande (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Old Corral (Movie)

(Songwriter)

The Singing Cowboy (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Biography

Prolific director of B westerns whose career spanned the early days of silent film through the "golden age" of TV. A former cattle rancher, Drake entered silent films as the star of numerous Westerns for Golden West Productions in San Diego, most of which he also wrote and directed. As a writer-director for Republic, Monogram, RKO, Columbia and Universal, he reworked basic sagebrush plots as vehicles for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter, Sunset Carson and Jimmy Wakely. Drake moved to TV in 1951, working on the western series "The Gene Autry Show", "Annie Oakley" and "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" as well as "The Adventures of Superman" and "Lassie" before his retirement in 1967.

Relationships

Maybelle Barringer

Wife

Liz Marshall

Wife
Married 1949 until his death 1991

Milestones

1967

Retired

1951

Began directing TV Westerns

1917

Entered show business with Golden West Productions in San Diego as an actor and sometimes writer and director of 28 Westerns

Created "26 Men", a syndicated Western series

Was a cattle rancher until 1917

After advent of sound wrote Westerns for Republic, Monogram, RKO, Columbia and Universal

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