Erle C. Kenton

1896 - 1980

Erle C. Kenton entered films as an actor with the Mack Sennett troupe (he was one of the original Keystone Kops). In addition to acting, he performed pretty much any kind of behind-the-scenes job he could get, and by 1919 Sennett gave him a job directing two-reel comedies. The next year he graduated to features. While specializing in comedies (he directed two of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's best films, Pardon My Sarong (1942) and Who Done It? (1942)), Kenton also branched out into the horror field, turning out a few somewhat interesting efforts (House of Dracula (1945), House of Frankenstein (1944)) and one genuine classic: Island of Lost Souls (1932). In the 1950s, like many of his B-picture colleagues, he turned to television and finished his career there.

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