Frank R. Strayer

Frank R. Strayer (September 21, 1891 – February 3, 1964)[1] was an actor, film writer, director and producer. He was active from the mid-1920s until the early 1950s.

Frank R. Strayer
Frank Strayer (left) on the set of Moran of the Marines (1928)
Frank R. Strayer

(1891-09-21)September 21, 1891[1]
DiedFebruary 3, 1964(1964-02-03) (aged 72)[1]
Film writer
Film director
Film producer
Years active1920s-1950s


Strayer attended Carnegie Tech and then the Pennsylvania Military Academy. After graduation, he served in the Navy during World War I. After the War, he found work at Metro Studios, which would later become known as MGM. While there, he worked as an assistant director and also acted in a few films. During the 1920s, he moved on to Columbia Pictures. While there, he became a successful writer, director and producer.[2]




Frank Strayer is credited with having directed 86 films. These include 14 movies in a series based on the Blondie and Dagwood comic strip,[3] dramas such as Manhattan Tower (1931), starring Mary Brian and James Hall, and several horror films, including The Monster Walks (1932).[4] Unless otherwise noted, credits below are as listed in the AFI database.[5]


  • Footlight Glamour (1943)
  • It's a Great Life (1943)



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