Witney's Republic serials served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones" movies. And director Quentin Tarantino, a Witney fan, has praised his rough and believable action scenes and visual style in films such as "The Golden Stallion" with Rogers and "Stranger at My Door," a western starring Macdonald Carey.
Witney's most frequent co-director on the serials was John English, who preferred directing the interior dialogue scenes and having Witney handle the action scenes.
[William Witney]: Shown in 1994, he directed or co- directed 23 serials from 1937 to '46, including "The Lone Ranger."; PHOTOGRAPHER: DON KELSEN / Los Angeles Times; Witney, right, with Dusty Rogers and [Roy Rogers] on the set of "North of the Great Divide." The Republic Pictures director, who introduced the now- standard practice of choreographing fight scenes, made 27 Roy Rogers westerns.