Director of the 1933 and 1953 science fiction films Deluge and Donovan's Brain. His film noir credits include The Threat and The Devil Thumbs a Ride.
He studied at Columbia University prior to beginning his career in film.
His father was an MGM sales executive, and his uncle worked for a publishing house.
His stepson was the acclaimed fantasy author Raymond Feist.
His short film Every Sunday starred Judy Garland.