William Beaudine (15-01-1892, New York City, New York, USA)

From WikipediaWilliam Beaudine (January 15, 1892 – March 18, 1970) was anAmerican film actor and director. He was one of Hollywood's most prolificdirectors, turning out films in remarkable numbers and in a wide variety ofgenres.In 1915 he was hired as an actor and director by the KalemCompany. He was an assistant to director D.W. Griffith on The Birth of a Nationand 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 shortsexclusively until 1922, when he shifted his efforts into making feature-lengthfilms.Beaudine directed silent films for Goldwyn Pictures (beforeit became part of MGM), Metro Pictures (also before MGM), First NationalPictures, Principal and Warner Brothers. In 1926 he made Sparrows, the story oforphans imprisoned in a swamp farm starring Mary Pickford. Beaudine had atleast 30 pictures to his credit before the sound era began. Among his firstsound films were short Mack Sennett comedies; he made at least one film forSennett while contractually bound elsewhere, resulting in his adopting thepseudonym "William Crowley." He would occasionally use the pseudonymin later years, usually as "William X. Crowley."He ground out several movies annually for Fox Films, WarnerBrothers, Paramount, and Universal Pictures. His most famous credit of theearly 1930s is The Old-Fashioned Way, a comedy about old-time show folksstarring W. C. Fields.Beaudine was one of a number of experienced directors(including Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan) who were brought to England fromHollywood in the 1930s to work on what were in all other respects very Britishproductions. Beaudine directed four films there starring Will Hay, includingBoys Will Be Boys (1935) and Where There's a Will (1936).Beaudine was often entrusted with series films, includingthe Torchy Blane, The East Side Kids, Jiggs and Maggie, The Shadow, CharlieChan and The Bowery Boys series. His efficiency was so well known that WaltDisney hired him to direct some of his television projects of the 1950s and hadhim direct a feature western, Ten Who Dared (1960). Beaudine became even busierin TV, directing Naked City, The Green Hornet, and dozens of Lassie episodes.His last two feature films, both released in 1966, were thehorror-westerns Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (with John Carradine) and Jesse JamesMeets Frankenstein's Daughter. By the end of the decade he was the industry'soldest working professional, having started in 1909.Beaudine died of uremic poisoning in 1970 in California andwas interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.

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