Robert D. Webb

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Robert D. Webb (b. Clay City, Kentucky, 08/01/1903 – d. Newport Beach, California, 18/04/1990) was an American director.


In 1967 Robert D. Webb came over from the United States to direct two films produced by Killarney Film Studios, then owned by Twentieth Century-Fox. He had started his career as an assistant director and second unit director and in the early 1930s went to work for Fox, frequently working with Henry King. None of his own films as director can be regarded as major productions, though he was in charge of Elvis Presley’s movie debut, Love Me Tender (1956). His South African films were Escape Route Cape Town / The Cape Town Affair (1967) and The Jackals (1967). Both were based on properties already owned by Twentieth Century-Fox. Escape Route Cape Town was a remake of Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street (1953) and The Jackals reworked William A. Wellman’s Yellow Sky (1948).


Le Roux, André I. & Fourie, Lilla – Filmverlede: geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse speelfilm (1982)

Variety, 4 July 1990

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