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William Beaudine



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
No Score Yet Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet The Rose Bowl Story
  • Director
1952
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 The Living Ghost
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet Duke of the Navy
  • Screenwriter
  • 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 Where There's a Will
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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

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