Franklin “Pete” Adreon (November 18, 1902 – September 10, 1979) was an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.
Early life and career
Born in Gambrills, Maryland, Adreon was a Marine Reservist during the 30s, and served in the United States Marine Corps in World War II. Serving initially with the 6th Marines in Iceland, Major Adreon was put in charge of the Marine Corps Photographic Unit in Quantico.
Adreon, an ex-bond salesman who entered motion pictures in 1935 with no experience, landed some small paying jobs, including as a technical advisor on the serial The Fighting Marines (in which he also appeared in the role of Captain Holmes). This led to a writing position at Mascot Pictures and its successor Republic Pictures. Adreon stayed with the serial unit and soon, through hard work and toil, was awarded the title of associate producer. Adreon stayed with the studio for nearly all of its short life. He worked with serial director William Witney at Republic Pictures, who was also in the Marines in the war.
He then worked as a director, producer, and writer on various television series and films.
Adreon died on September 10, 1979, in Thousand Oaks, California, at the age of 76.
|1937||S.O.S. Coast Guard||Original screenplay|
|1938||The Fighting Devil Dogs||Original screenplay|
|1939||Zorro’s Fighting Legion||Original screenplay|
|1940||Adventures of Red Ryder||Original screenplay
Credited as Franklyn Adreon
|1947||Jesse James Rides Again||Original screenplay|
|1948||Adventures of Frank and Jesse James||Associate producer|
|1949||Ghost of Zorro||Associate producer|
|1950||The Invisible Monster||Associate producer|
|1951||Government Agents vs Phantom Legion||Associate producer|
|1952||Zombies of the Stratosphere||Associate producer|
|1953||Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders||Director, associate producer|
|1954||Trader Tom of the China Seas||Director, associate producer|
|1955||King of the Carnival||Director, associate producer|
|1956||The Man is Armed||Director|
|1962||The Nun and the Sergeant||Director|
Alternative title: Man from Tomorrow
|1955||Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe||Associate producer, 12 episodes|
|1957||Cheyenne||Director, 2 episodes|
|1957–1958||Maverick||Director, 2 episodes|
|Colt .45||Director, 4 episodes|
|Sugarfoot||Director, 10 episodes|
|1958||Frontier Doctor||Director, 2 episodes|
|1958–1959||26 Men||Director, 2 episodes|
|Lassie||Director, 14 episodes|
|The Rough Riders||Director, 5 episodes|
|1959–1960||Tombstone Territory||Director, 5 episodes|
|1960||Pony Express||Director, 1 episode|
|Men into Space||Director, 1 episode|
|Lock-Up||Director, 3 episodes|
|Shotgun Slade||Director, 2 episodes|
|Gunsmoke||Director, 1 episode|
|1960–1961||Bat Masterson||Director, 5 episodes|
|1961||Ripcord||Director, 1 episode|
|The Tall Man||Director, 1 episode|