December 6, 1899
|Died||November 10, 1964
Los Angeles, California
|Other names||Sherman Scott, Peter Stewart|
|Known for||"America's most prolific sound film director"|
|Spouse(s)||Violet Newfield |
|Children||Jacqueline Newfield, Joel Newfield |
|Parents||Simon Neufeld (father), Josephine Neufeld (mother)|
|Relatives||Murray, Morris, Sadie and Sigmund Neufeld (siblings)|
Sam Newfield, born Samuel Neufeld, (December 6, 1899 - November 10, 1964), also known as Sherman Scott or Peter Stewart, was an American B-movie director, with over 250 feature films to his credit, and a large number of shorts, training films, industrial films, TV episodes, and pretty much anything anyone would pay him for. Because of this massive output--he would sometimes direct more than 20 films in a single year--he has been called the most prolific director of the sound era. Many of Newfield's movies were made for PRC Pictures. This was a film production company that he operated in association with his brother Sigmund Neufeld. The films PRC produced were low-budget productions, the majority being westerns, with an occasional horror film or crime drama.
Family and education
Sam Newfield was credited as Sherman Scott and Peter Stewart on a number of films he made for PRC. He used these names in order to hide the fact that one person was responsible for so many of PRC's films.
A detailed filmography is available at The Films of Sam Newfield. Partial filmography is listed below for the different names used.
As Sam Newfield
- Bulldog Courage (1935)
- The Fighting Deputy (1937)
- Six-Gun Trail (1938)
- The Fighting Renegade (1939)
- Marked Men (1940)
- The Mad Monster (1942)
- Tiger Fangs (1943)
- I Accuse My Parents (1944)
- Swing Hostess (1944)
- His Brother's Ghost (1945)
- Shadows of Death (1945)
- The Lady Confesses (1945)
- Rustlers' Hideout (1945)
- Apology for Murder (1945)
- White Pongo (1945)
- Outlaws of the Plains (1946)
- Money Madness (1948)
- Lost Continent (1951)
- Lady in the Fog (aka Scotland Yard Inspector) (1952)
- The Gambler and the Lady (1952)
- Outlaw Women (1952)
- Thunder over Sangoland (1955)
- The Wild Dakotas (1956)
- The Three Outlaws (1956)
- Frontier Gambler (1956)
- Last of the Desperadoes (1956)
- Wolf Dog (1958)
- Flaming Frontier (1958)
As Sherman Scott
- Hitler, Beast of Berlin (1939)
- I Take This Oath (1940)
- Billy the Kid's Gun Justice (1940)
- Billy the Kid's Fighting Pals (1941)
- Billy the Kid's Smoking Guns (1942)
- The Flying Serpent (1946)
- Lady at Midnight (1948)
- The Strange Mrs. Crane (1948)
- The Wild Weed (1949)
As Peter Stewart
- Black Mountain Stage (1940)
- Adventure Island (1947)
- The Counterfeiters (1948)
- State Department: File 649 (1949)
Between 1923 and 1930 Newfield directed over 50 comedies. Feature films statistics per year, starting with 1933, are summarised in the following table.
- Fred Olen Ray, another B movie director who has used many of these pseudonyms
- "B-Western - Sam Newfield". Retrieved 2011-01-21.
- Wheeler Winston Dixon (November 2007). "Fast Worker: The Films of Sam Newfield". Senses of Cinema (45). Retrieved December 2013.
- 1940 US Census
- 1940 US Census
- 1930 US Census
- "The Films of Sam Newfield". Retrieved 2011-01-21.
- "Sam Newfield at Allmovie".