W. Lee Wilder
William Lee Wilder (August 22, 1904 in Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary – February 14, 1982 in Los Angeles, California) was an Austrian-born American screenwriter, film producer and director. He was the brother of the film director Billy Wilder and father of television comedy writer and producer Myles Wilder.
Wilder originally was a NY-based maker of purses, Wm. Wilder Co., Inc. Original Handbags, before heading to Hollywood in 1945 to produce movies.
From 1949 to 1950, Wilder directed, wrote and produced 16 musical short subjects featuring traditional spirituals and folk-music.
During the 1950s Wilder formed a film production company called Planet Filmplays where he produced and directed several low budget science fiction films with screenplays cowritten by his son Myles.
- The Glass Alibi (1946)
- The Pretender (1947)
- Yankee Fakir (1947)
- The Vicious Circle (1948) (also known as Woman in Brown)
- Once a Thief (1950)
- Three Steps North (1951)
- Phantom from Space (1953)
- Killers from Space (1954)
- The Snow Creature (1954)
- The Big Bluff (1955)
- Fright (1956)
- Manfish (1956) (also known as Calypso)
- The Man Without a Body (1957)
- Spy in the Sky! (1958)
- Bluebeard's Ten Honeymoons (1960)
- Caxambu (1967)
- The Omegans (1968)