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Wilder, W Lee

Entry updated 4 October 2021. Tagged: Film, People.

(1904-1982) European-born US film producer and director, elder brother of director Billy Wilder. His filmmaking career went in a very different direction from his brother's, directing low-budget crime dramas beginning with The Glass Alibi (1946) as well as a series of musical shorts. Of genre interest are his low-budget sf and Horror films Phantom from Space (1953), followed by Killers from Space (1954), and The Snow Creature (1954), all of which he produced and directed. All three were scripted by his son, Myles Wilder, who would later go on to be a scriptwriter for Television. Wilder later co-directed the genre films The Man Without a Body (1957), about a human head transplant (see Identity Exchange) using the head of Nostradamus, and The Omegans (1968), a crime drama involving a radioactive jungle river in Malaysia whose waters cause people to glow, age rapidly, and disintegrate. [LW]

William Lee Wilder

born Sucha, Galacia, Austria-Hungary [now Sucha Beskidzka, Malopolskie, Poland]: 22 August 1904

died Los Angeles, California: 14 February 1982


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