|Full Name Samuel Neufeld|
Employer mainly PRC
Name Sam Newfield
Role Movie director
Years active 1923-1958
|Born December 6, 1899 (1899-12-06) New York|
Other names Sherman Scott, Peter Stewart
Known for "America's most prolific sound film director"
Died November 10, 1964, Los Angeles, California, United States
Children Joel Newfield, Jackie Newfield
Parents Simon Neufeld, Josephine Neufeld
Siblings Sigmund Neufeld, Morris Neufeld, Murray Neufeld, Sadie Neufeld
Movies The Flying Serpent, The Terror of Tiny Town, Dead Men Walk, Lost Continent, Nabonga
Similar People George Zucco, Al St John, Buster Crabbe, Tim McCoy, Charles King
The Black Raven (Sam Newfield, 1943)
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, one of the most prolific in American film history—he is credited with directing over 250 feature films in a career which began during the silent era and ended in 1958. In addition to his staggering feature output, he also directed one -and two-reel comedy 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 films were made for PRC Pictures. This was a film production company headed by his brother Sigmund Neufeld. The films PRC produced were low-budget productions, the majority being westerns, with an occasional horror film or crime drama.
- The Black Raven Sam Newfield 1943
- Family and education
- As Sam Newfield
- As Sherman Scott
- As Peter Stewart
- Film statistics
Family and education
Newfield completed one year of high school, according to the 1940 US census. Brother Morris Neufeld was a stage actor, according to the 1930 US census.
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
As Sherman Scott
As Peter Stewart
Between 1923 and 1930 Newfield directed over 50 comedies. Feature films statistics per year, starting with 1933, are summarised in the following table.