Herbert L. Strock

Herbert L. Strock (January 13, 1918 – November 30, 2005) was an American television producer and director, and a B-movie director of titles such as I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957), How to Make a Monster (1958), and The Crawling Hand (1963).

Strock was born in Boston, and moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was 13. By 17, while a student at Beverly Hills High School, Strock was director of gossip columnist Jimmy Fidler's Hollywood segments for Fox Movietone News. Strock graduated in 1941 from USC, where he studied journalism and film. During World War II, he served in the Army's Ordnance Motion Picture Division. He was assistant editor on the 1944 film Gaslight for MGM.[1]

In a "pioneering" television career that began in the 1940s,[2] Strock was involved with many television series including The Cases of Eddie Drake. Highway Patrol, Sky King, Sea Hunt, and Maverick.

Other directorial efforts included Blood of Dracula (a 1957 film in which a disturbed teenage girl at a boarding school becomes a vampire through hypnosis) and Ivan Tors' "Office of Scientific Investigation" trilogy, which included The Magnetic Monster, Riders to the Stars and Gog, shot in 3-D.

In 2000, Strock published a memoir, Picture Perfect.[3]

Strock died after a car accident in Moreno Valley, California on November 30, 2005.


  1. ^ "Producer-director Herbert L. Strock dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. December 5, 2005.[dead link]
  2. ^ McLellan, Dennis (December 4, 2005). "Herbert L. Strock, 87; Creature Feature Director, Pioneering TV Producer". The Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Strock, Herbert L. (2000). Picture Perfect. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-3815-4.

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