Edward L. Cahn

Edward L. Cahn (February 12, 1899 – August 25, 1963)[1] was an American film director.

Edward L. Cahn
Born(1899-02-12)February 12, 1899
Brooklyn, New York, USA
DiedAugust 25, 1963(1963-08-25) (aged 64)
Hollywood, California, USA
OccupationFilm director

Early life and education

Cahn was born in Brooklyn, New York. He went to work at Universal Pictures in 1917 while still a student at UCLA.[2]


He is best known for directing Our Gang comedies from 1939-43, and a long line of other short subjects and B-movies afterward. He is also known for directing the 1958 film It! The Terror from Beyond Space, the film that inspired the 1979 film Alien. He made a number of films for American International Pictures.[3]

Personal life

His brother was film editor Philip Cahn,[2] who was the father of film editor Dann Cahn, who, in turn, was the father of film editor Daniel T. Cahn.

Selected filmography as director[1]



  1. "Edward L. Cahn". BFI. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  2. "The Road to Hell: Three Early Films of Edward L. Cahn (Law and Order, Afraid to Talk, Laughter in Hell)". Bright Lights Film Journal. 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2019-11-17.
  3. Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p52
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