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Burt Kennedy



Born into a show business family, Burt Kennedy was but a tot when he joined his parents' vaudeville dancing troupe. After serving with distinction as a Naval Officer in World War II, Kennedy turned to writing for radio. His particular specialty was western shows, particularly westerns with a sturdy inner lining of comedy and satire. He curbed his comic tendencies in the 1950s when he became a principal scripter for the terse, rugged Budd Boetticher-directed Randolph Scott westerns. Graduating to directing himself with 1961's The Canadians, Kennedy spent several years in series television, again working primarily in westerns. He returned to theatrical features as writer/director of the 1964 Buddy Ebsen vehicle Mail Order Bride, then scored a box-office hit with his tongue-in-cheek rodeo saga The Rounders (1965). While auterists prefer the violent allegory of Kennedy's Welcome to Hard Times (1967), the director enjoyed more financial success with his comedy westerns Support Your Local Sheriff (1968) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1970). As westerns gradually went out of fashion in Hollywood, Kennedy shifted his base of operations to television. While he still contributed to the big screen from time to time (as director of Suburban Commando and co-writer of Clint Eastwood's White Hunter, Black Heart, among other projects), Burt Kennedy has been most prolific in the last two decades on the small screen, directing such made-for-TVers as Shootout in a One Dog Town (1974), Sidekicks (1974), Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978), Down the Long Hills (1987),The Alamo: 13 Days of Glory (1987), Where the Hell's That Gold (1988), and both of the Wild Wild West "reunion" films of the early 1980s.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
17% Suburban Commando
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Big Bad John
  • Director
1990
88% White Hunter Black Heart
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Where the Hell's That Gold?!!?
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Dynamite and Gold
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Texas Guns
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet The Trouble with Spies
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet The Concrete Cowboys
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Revisited
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Rhinemann Exchange
  • Director
1977
40% The Killer Inside Me
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet All the Kind Strangers
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Sidekicks
  • Director
1974
20% The Train Robbers
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1973
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
67% Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1971
No Score Yet Ride to Glory
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Deserter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Dirty Dingus Magee
  • Producer
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Good Guys and the Bad Guys
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Young Billy Young
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1969
67% Support Your Local Sheriff!
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Stay Away, Joe
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1967
83% The War Wagon
  • Director
1967
13% Return of the Seven
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet The Money Trap
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Mail Order Bride
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Six Black Horses
  • Screenwriter
1962
100% Comanche Station
  • Screenwriter
1960
No Score Yet Yellowstone Kelly
  • Screenwriter
1959
83% Ride Lonesome
  • Screenwriter
1959
No Score Yet Fort Dobbs
  • Screenwriter
1958
100% The Tall T
  • Screenwriter
1957
No Score Yet Man in the Vault
  • Screenwriter
1956
No Score Yet Gun the Man Down
  • Screenwriter
1956
100% Seven Men From Now
  • Screenwriter
1956

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