Boris Petroff

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Saratov, Russia
  • Film director
  • Producer
Spouse(s)Jane Mann
ChildrenGloria Petroff(daughter)

Boris Petroff was a film director and producer who specialized in low budget exploitation films.[1] He sometimes used the pseudonym Brooke L. Peters.[1] He included stock footage in some of his films.[1]

Born in Saratov, Russia, he reportedly came to the U.S. as a ballet dancer eventually directing performances.[2] In 1929 he directed a production titled Noah's Lark featuring Morton and Mayo, modeled after the 1928 film Noah's Ark.

He asked Eddie Cochran to be in his musical comedy film The Girl Can't Help It in 1956 and Cochran performed the song "Twenty Flight Rock" in the movie.

Petroff married Jane Mann, a screenwriter who co-wrote the scripts for The Unearthly and Anatomy of a Psycho. Gloria Petroff was their daughter and was in his films Two Lost Worlds and The Unearthly.

In 2014, MoMA screened the 1936 film Hats Off he directed.[3]



  • Hats Off (1936 film)[4][5]
  • Red Snow (1952 film)[6] directed by Harry S. Franklin and Boris Petroff
  • The Unearthly (1957), produced and directed by Boris Petroff (as Brook L. Peters)
  • Outcasts of the City (1958)
  • Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)
  • Shotgun Wedding (1963 film)[7][8]

Other roles

  • Arctic Fury (1949), one of the film's producers
  • Two Lost Worlds (1951), wrote story and produced (dba Sterling Productions Inc.)[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Warren, Bill (October 19, 2009). "Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, The 21st Century Edition". McFarland – via Google Books.
  2. Nyc, Mae West (May 2, 2013). "Mae West: Mae West: Boris Petroff".
  3. "Events | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art.
  4. Dombrowski, Lisa (May 15, 2015). "The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I'll Kill You". Wesleyan University Press – via Google Books.
  5. "AFI|Catalog".
  6. "Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series". March 10, 1952 – via Google Books.
  7. "The Unsung (Intentional) Comedy of Edward Davis Wood, Jr". August 15, 2019.
  8. Blevins, Joe (October 2, 2013). "Dead 2 Rights: Ed Wood Wednesdays, Week 13: "Shotgun Wedding" (1963)".
  9. Svehla, Gary J. (March 10, 1996). "Guilty Pleasures of the Horror Film". Midnight Marquee & BearManor Media – via Google Books.

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