Elmer Clifton
(03/14/1890 - 10/15/1949)

Elmer Clifton acted on the stage from 1907 and worked with D.W. Griffith in various capacities between 1913 and 1922, including appearances in The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). He became a director in 1917, with his best-known production probably being the big-budget whaling epic Down to the Sea in Ships (1922), which brought Clara Bow to the attention of audiences. Unfortunately, his career began to wane in the late 1920s; although he occasionally worked for such "major" studios as Columbia or RKO, he spent most of the rest of his career mired in the depths of Poverty Row, writing and/or directing low-budget westerns and thrillers for such low-rent studios as PRC and even lower-budget exploitation pictures for such quickie producers as J.D. Kendis and the Weiss Brothers.

Available Films

The Birth of a Nation (1915) as an actor

Down to the Sea in Ships (1922)

Rough Riding Ranger (1935)

Skull and Crown (1935)

Cyclone of the Saddle (1935) / Fighting Caballero (1935)

Custer's Last Stand (1936)

Ten Laps To Go (1936)