Herbert L. Strock
MORENO VALLEY, Calif.--Herbert L. Strock, a veteran producer and director who worked in the early days of television
and directed several well-remembered 1950s B-movies, died here Nov. 30th of heart failure, following a car accident.
He was 87. MSTies will remember him as the director of the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
A Boston native, his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a teenager. He soon became interested in the movie
business, and was still a student at Beverly Hills High School when he started working as a director for Fox Movietone
newsreels. He had just graduated from USC, where he majored in journalism and film, when the U.S. entered World
War II. He served a stint in the Army's Motion Picture Division. When he left the service, got a job as an editor
When television arrived, he became involved immediately, as producer and director of "The Cases of Eddie Drake,"
an early detective series. He later worked on a number of series, including "Highway Patrol," "Sky
King," "Sea Hunt," "Maverick" and "77 Sunset Strip."
He also landed directing jobs in a number of B movies made for the flouishing "drive-in" market, gaining
a reputation for bringing projects in on time and under budget. Among them: "The Magnetic Monster," "Donovan's
Brain," "Blood of Dracula" and "Gog," shot in 3-D.
In later years, Strock owned a post-production facility, and wrote about his career in the 2000 book Picture Perfect.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, three daughters and two grandsons.