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Edward L. Cahn (February 12, 1899 – August 25, 1963) was an American film director.

Edward L. Cahn
Born(1899-02-12)February 12, 1899
Brooklyn, New York, USA
DiedAugust 25, 1963(1963-08-25) (aged 64)
Hollywood, California, USA
OccupationFilm director


He is best known for directing Our Gang comedies from 1939-43, and a long line of other short subjects and B-movies afterward. He is also known for directing the 1958 film It! The Terror from Beyond Space, the film that inspired the 1979 film Alien. He made a number of films for American International Pictures.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

His brother was film editor Philip Cahn, who was the father of film editor Dann Cahn, who, in turn, was the father of film editor Daniel T. Cahn.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p52

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