William Beaudine

William Beaudine

  • Highest Rated: 29% Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1965)
  • Birthday: Jan 15, 1892
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Director William Beaudine's long association with the lowest of low-budget "B" pictures in the talkie era has tended to obscure his largely worthwhile silent efforts. Breaking into films in 1909 as a jack-of-all-trades for director D.W. Griffith, Beaudine directed his first film in 1915. He was most comfortable with films requiring homespun charm, notably the Wesley Barry vehicles Penrod and Sam (1923) and The Country Kid (1923) and the Mary Pickford starrers Little Annie Rooney (1925) and Sparrows (1926) (the latter film also contained several scenes of convincing and masterfully handled horror). His best silent film was also one of his least typical: the 1926 location-filmed The Canadian, based on a story by Somerset Maugham. Making a successful transition to sound, Beaudine gained a reputation for swiftness and efficiency, earning him the soubriquet "One Shot" Beaudine (an appellation that was either affectionate or derogatory, depending upon whom one talked to). He accepted an offer to make films in England in 1934, spending three years turning out such productions as the Will Hay vehicle Windbag the Sailor (1937). Upon returning to Hollywood, Beaudine found that he'd been by and large forgotten, and was forced to restart his career at the bottom, accepting $500-per-picture gigs at Columbia, Monogram, and PRC. He had no pretensions about his "art" during this period: when advised that he was running over schedule on an East Side Kids epic, Beaudine exclaimed "You mean someone out there is actually waiting to see this?" Nevertheless, Beaudine survived and prospered on the new terms dealt him by Hollywood, directing such bottom-barrel efforts as the Kroger Babb exploitation classic Mom and Dad (1944), the imitation Martin and Lewis extravaganza Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1955), and a brace of so-bad-they're-good horror "classics," Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966) and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966). On a more worthwhile note, Beaudine was one of the principal directors for the Lassie TV series of the late 1950s and early 1960s, a task that he passed on to his son William Beaudine Jr. At the time of his retirement in 1967, William "One Shot" Beaudine was the oldest active director in Hollywood.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Voodoo Man Director 2009
No Score Yet Ghosts On The Loose Director 2000
No Score Yet Dress Gray Producer 1986
No Score Yet The Green Hornet Director 1974
No Score Yet Flight of the Cougar Director 1967
No Score Yet Billy the Kid vs. Dracula Director 1966
14% Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter Director 1965
No Score Yet Lassie's Great Adventure Director 1963
No Score Yet Ten Who Dared Director 1960
No Score Yet Westward Ho the Wagons! Director 1956
No Score Yet Westward Ho the Wagons! Director 1956
No Score Yet Born to the Saddle Director 1953
No Score Yet Feudin' Fools Director 1952
29% Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla Director 1952
No Score Yet The Rose Bowl Story Director 1952
No Score Yet Ghost Chasers Director 1951
No Score Yet Bowery Battalion Director 1951
No Score Yet Second Chance Director 1950
No Score Yet Kidnapped Director 1948
No Score Yet The Chinese Ring Director 1947
No Score Yet Spook Busters Director 1946
No Score Yet Below The Deadline (Jumping Joe) Director 1946
No Score Yet The Face of Marble Director 1946
No Score Yet Swingin' on a Rainbow Director 1945
No Score Yet Fashion Model Director 1945
No Score Yet Adventures of Kitty O'Day (Kitty O'Day Comes Through) Director 1945
No Score Yet Mom and Dad Director 1945
No Score Yet Hot Rhythm Director 1944
No Score Yet The Mystery of the 13th Guest Director 1943
No Score Yet Ghosts on the Loose Director 1943
No Score Yet Clancy Street Boys Director 1943
No Score Yet The Ape Man Director 1943
No Score Yet Spotlight Scandals Director 1943
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Clancy Street Boys Director 1943
No Score Yet Foreign Agent Director 1942
No Score Yet Men of San Quentin Director 1942
No Score Yet The Panther's Claw Director 1942
No Score Yet Phantom Killer Director 1942
No Score Yet The Miracle Kid Director 1942
No Score Yet Duke of the Navy Screenwriter Director 1942
No Score Yet The Living Ghost Director 1942
No Score Yet The Blonde Comet Director 1941
No Score Yet Mr. Celebrity Director 1941
No Score Yet Desperate Cargo Director 1941
No Score Yet Federal Fugitives Director 1941
No Score Yet Emergency Landing Director Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Lucky Ghost Director 1941
No Score Yet Misbehaving Husbands Director 1940
No Score Yet Torchy Blane in Chinatown Director 1939
No Score Yet Windbag the Sailor Director 1936
No Score Yet Where There's a Will Screenwriter Director 1936
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys (Narkover) Director 1935
No Score Yet The Old Fashioned Way Director 1934
No Score Yet Make Me a Star Director 1932
No Score Yet Three Wise Girls Director 1932
No Score Yet Men in Her Life Director 1931
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Paris Director 1928
No Score Yet Sparrows Director 1926
No Score Yet Little Annie Rooney Director 1925
No Score Yet Boy of Mine Director 1923
No Score Yet The Country Kid Director 1923

TV

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No Score Yet The Green Hornet
1966-1967
Director
  • 1967
  • 1966

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