Biography

From Wikipedia

William Beaudine (January 15, 1892 – March 18, 1970) was an

American film actor and director. He was one of Hollywood's most prolific

directors, turning out films in remarkable numbers and in a wide variety of

genres.

In 1915 he was hired as an actor and director by the Kalem

Company. He was an assistant to director D.W. Griffith on The Birth of a Nation

and Intolerance. By the time he was 23 Beaudine had directed his first picture,

a short called Almost a King (1915). He would continue to direct shorts

exclusively until 1922, when he shifted his efforts into making feature-length

films.

Beaudine directed silent films for Goldwyn Pictures (before

it became part of MGM), Metro Pictures (also before MGM), First National

Pictures, Principal and Warner Brothers. In 1926 he made Sparrows, the story of

orphans imprisoned in a swamp farm starring Mary Pickford. Beaudine had at

least 30 pictures to his credit before the sound era began. Among his first

sound films were short Mack Sennett comedies; he made at least one film for

Sennett while contractually bound elsewhere, resulting in his adopting the

pseudonym "William Crowley." He would occasionally use the pseudonym

in later years, usually as "William X. Crowley."

He ground out several movies annually for Fox Films, Warner

Brothers, Paramount, and Universal Pictures. His most famous credit of the

early 1930s is The Old-Fashioned Way, a comedy about old-time show folks

starring W. C. Fields.

Beaudine was one of a number of experienced directors

(including Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan) who were brought to England from

Hollywood in the 1930s to work on what were in all other respects very British

productions. Beaudine directed four films there starring Will Hay, including

Boys Will Be Boys (1935) and Where There's a Will (1936).

Beaudine was often entrusted with series films, including

the Torchy Blane, The East Side Kids, Jiggs and Maggie, The Shadow, Charlie

Chan and The Bowery Boys series. His efficiency was so well known that Walt

Disney hired him to direct some of his television projects of the 1950s and had

him direct a feature western, Ten Who Dared (1960). Beaudine became even busier

in TV, directing Naked City, The Green Hornet, and dozens of Lassie episodes.

His last two feature films, both released in 1966, were the

horror-westerns Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (with John Carradine) and Jesse James

Meets Frankenstein's Daughter. By the end of the decade he was the industry's

oldest working professional, having started in 1909.

Beaudine died of uremic poisoning in 1970 in California and

was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.

From Wikipedia

William Beaudine (January 15, 1892 – March 18, 1970) was an

American film actor and director. He was one of Hollywood's most prolific

directors, turning out films in remarkable numbers and in a wide variety of

genres.

In 1915 he was hired as an actor and director by the Kalem

Company. He was an assistant to director D.W. Griffith on The Birth of a Nation

and Intolerance. By the time he was 23 Beaudine had directed his first picture,

a short called Almost a King (1915). He would continue to direct shorts

exclusively until 1922, when he shifted his efforts into making feature-length

films.

Beaudine directed silent films for Goldwyn Pictures (before

it became part of MGM), Metro Pictures (also before MGM), First National

Pictures, Principal and Warner Brothers. In 1926 he made Sparrows, the story of

orphans imprisoned in a swamp farm starring Mary Pickford. Beaudine had at

least 30 pictures to his credit before the sound era began. Among his first

sound films were short Mack Sennett comedies; he made at least one film for

Sennett while contractually bound elsewhere, resulting in his adopting the

pseudonym "William Crowley." He would occasionally use the pseudonym

in later years, usually as "William X. Crowley."

He ground out several movies annually for Fox Films, Warner

Brothers, Paramount, and Universal Pictures. His most famous credit of the

early 1930s is The Old-Fashioned Way, a comedy about old-time show folks

starring W. C. Fields.

Beaudine was one of a number of experienced directors

(including Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan) who were brought to England from

Hollywood in the 1930s to work on what were in all other respects very British

productions. Beaudine directed four films there starring Will Hay, including

Boys Will Be Boys (1935) and Where There's a Will (1936).

Beaudine was often entrusted with series films, including

the Torchy Blane, The East Side Kids, Jiggs and Maggie, The Shadow, Charlie

Chan and The Bowery Boys series. His efficiency was so well known that Walt

Disney hired him to direct some of his television projects of the 1950s and had

him direct a feature western, Ten Who Dared (1960). Beaudine became even busier

in TV, directing Naked City, The Green Hornet, and dozens of Lassie episodes.

His last two feature films, both released in 1966, were the

horror-westerns Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (with John Carradine) and Jesse James

Meets Frankenstein's Daughter. By the end of the decade he was the industry's

oldest working professional, having started in 1909.

Beaudine died of uremic poisoning in 1970 in California and

was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 172

Birthday 1892-01-15

Day of Death 1970-03-18

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • William Washington Beaudine
  • William "One-Shot" Beaudine
  • William Beaudine Sr.
  • W.W. Beaudine
  • William X. Crowley
  • William Crowley

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1976 Fury of the Dragon Director
1974 The Green Hornet Director
1966 The Green Hornet (4 episodes)Director
1966 Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter Director
1966 Billy the Kid vs. Dracula Director
1963 Lassie's Great Adventure Director
1962 Disneyland After Dark Director
1960 Moochie of Pop Warner Football Director
1960 Ten Who Dared Director
1958 Naked City (4 episodes)Director
1958 In the Money Director
1957 Up In Smoke Director
1956 Westward Ho, The Wagons! Director
1956 The Plausible Impossible Director
1956 Broken Arrow (7 episodes)Director
1956 Design for Dreaming Director
1955 Jail Busters Director
1955 High Society Director
1955 TV Reader's Digest (1 episode)Director
1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1 episode)Director
1954 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (159 episodes)Director
1954 Lassie (32 episodes)Director
1954 Pride of the Blue Grass Director
1954 Paris Playboys Director
1954 Yukon Vengeance Director
1953 Murder Without Tears Director
1953 Born to the Saddle Director
1953 Jalopy Director
1952 No Holds Barred Director
1952 Feudin' Fools Director
1952 Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla Director
1952 Yukon Gold Director
1952 The Rose Bowl Story Director
1952 Here Come the Marines Director
1952 Hold That Line Director
1951 Crazy Over Horses Director
1951 Let's Go Navy! Director
1951 Racket Squad (5 episodes)Director
1951 Ghost Chasers Director
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (13 episodes)Director
1951 Cuban Fireball Director
1951 Bowery Battalion Director
1950 Again Pioneers Director
1950 Blues Busters Director
1950 County Fair Director
1950 Lucky Losers Director
1950 Jiggs and Maggie Out West Director
1950 Blonde Dynamite Director
1950 Blue Grass of Kentucky Director
1949 Tough Assignment Director
1949 Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters Director
1949 Trail of the Yukon Director
1949 Forgotten Women Director
1949 Tuna Clipper Director
1949 The Lawton Story Director
1948 The Feathered Serpent Director
1948 Jiggs and Maggie in Court Director
1948 Kidnapped Director
1948 Incident Director
1948 Smuggler's Cove Director
1948 The Golden Eye Director
1948 The Shanghai Chest Director
1948 Jinx Money Director
1948 Angels' Alley Director
1947 The Chinese Ring Director
1947 Bowery Buckaroos Director
1947 News Hounds Director
1947 Gas House Kids Go West Director
1947 Too Many Winners Director
1947 Hard Boiled Mahoney Director
1947 Philo Vance Returns Director
1946 Mr. Hex Director
1946 Spook Busters Director
1946 Below the Deadline Director
1946 Don't Gamble with Strangers Director
1946 One Exciting Week Director
1946 Behind the Mask Director
1946 The Shadow Returns Director
1946 The Face of Marble Director
1946 Girl on the Spot Director
1945 Black Market Babies Director
1945 Come Out Fighting Director
1945 Swingin' on a Rainbow Director
1945 Blonde Ransom Director
1945 Fashion Model Director
1945 Adventures of Kitty O'Day Director
1945 Mom and Dad Director
1944 Crazy Knights Director
1944 Bowery Champs Director
1944 Shadow of Suspicion Director
1944 Leave It to the Irish Director
1944 Follow the Leader Director
1944 Detective Kitty O'Day Director
1944 Hot Rhythm Director
1944 Voodoo Man Director
1944 What a Man! Director
1943 The Mystery of the 13th Guest Director
1943 Mr. Muggs Steps Out Director
1943 Spotlight Scandals Director
1943 Here Comes Kelly Director
1943 Ghosts on the Loose Director
1943 Clancy Street Boys Director
1943 The Ape Man Director
1942 Foreign Agent Director
1942 Phantom Killer Director
1942 The Living Ghost Director
1942 One Thrilling Night Director
1942 Gallant Lady Director
1942 Men of San Quentin Director
1942 The Panther's Claw Director
1942 The Lucky Ghost Director
1942 Broadway Big Shot Director
1942 Duke of the Navy Director
1941 Blonde Comet Director
1941 The Miracle Kid Director
1941 Mr. Celebrity Director
1941 Desperate Cargo Director
1941 Federal Fugitives Director
1941 Emergency Landing Director
1940 Misbehaving Husbands Director
1940 Four Shall Die Director
1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown Director
1938 Torchy Gets Her Man Director
1937 Said O'Reilly to McNab Director
1937 Feather Your Nest Director
1936 Windbag the Sailor Director
1936 Educated Evans Director
1936 Where There's a Will Director
1935 Get Off My Foot Director
1935 Boys Will Be Boys Director
1935 So You Won't Talk Director
1935 Dandy Dick Director
1935 Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk Director
1934 The Old Fashioned Way Director
1934 The Big Idea Director
1933 Her Bodyguard Director
1933 Dream Stuff Director
1933 The Crime of the Century Director
1932 Make Me a Star Director
1932 Three Wise Girls Director
1931 Men in Her Life Director
1931 Penrod and Sam Director
1931 The Mad Parade Director
1931 The Lady Who Dared Director
1931 Misbehaving Ladies Director
1931 Father's Son Director
1930 Road To Paradise Director
1930 Those Who Dance Director
1929 The Girl from Woolworth's Director
1929 Two Weeks Off Director
1928 Give and Take Director
1928 Home, James Director
1928 Heart to Heart Director
1927 The Life of Riley Director
1926 The Canadian Director
1926 Sparrows Director
1925 Little Annie Rooney Director
1924 Lovers' Lane Director
1924 Daughters of Pleasure Director
1924 Daring Youth Director
1922 Punch the Clock Director
1922 Step Forward Director
1922 Watch Your Step Director
1920 A Home Spun Hero Director
1920 Why Wild Men Go Wild Director
1920 A Husband in Haste Director
1917 A Sanitarium Scandal Director
1917 Won by a Fowl Director

Writing

1944 Follow the Leader Writer
1944 What a Man! Screenplay
1943 Mr. Muggs Steps Out Screenplay
1943 Spotlight Scandals Story
1942 Duke of the Navy Screenplay Story
1936 Where There's a Will Screenplay
1913 Black and White Scenario Writer

Acting

1931 Forgotten Women as Director
1931 Movie-Town as William Beaudine - Director

Production

1987 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (3 episodes)Producer
1931 The Mad Parade Producer

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