Budd Boetticher

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
The career of Budd Boetticher is one of the most interesting ever confined to B pictures. A collegiate athlete at Ohio State University, he traveled to Mexico in the mid-1930s, becoming so enamored with bullfighting ... Read more »
Born: 07/29/1916 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (38)

My Kingdom For... 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

A Time For Dying 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Arruza 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

77 Sunset Strip 1956 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Maverick 1956 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

The Rifleman 1956 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Director

Comanche Station 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Buchanan Rides Alone 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Ride Lonesome 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Westbound 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Decision at Sundown 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tall T 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Seven Men From Now 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Killer Is Loose 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magnificent Matador 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

City Beneath the Sea 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

East of Sumatra 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man From the Alamo 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Bronco Buster 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Horizons West 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Ball Express 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Seminole 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Wings of the Hawk 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cimarron Kid 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Bullfighter and the Lady 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Killer Shark 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Midnight 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wolf Hunters 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Assigned to Danger 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Behind Locked Doors 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

A Guy, a Gal and a Pal 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape in the Fog 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fleet That Came to Stay 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

Youth on Trial 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

One Mysterious Night 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

The Missing Juror 1944 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

My Kingdom For... 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Time For Dying 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arruza 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Two Mules For Sister Sara 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Magnificent Matador 1954 (Movie)

(From Story)

Bullfighter and the Lady 1950 (Movie)

(From Story)

Bullfighter and the Lady 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

Judge Nizetitch (Actor)
Production Management (3)

Cover Girl 1944 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Desperadoes 1942 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Blood and Sand 1941 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Producer (3)

Arruza 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Comanche Station 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ride Lonesome 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

The career of Budd Boetticher is one of the most interesting ever confined to B pictures. A collegiate athlete at Ohio State University, he traveled to Mexico in the mid-1930s, becoming so enamored with bullfighting that he eventually wielded the cape as a professional matador. Boetticher's experience in the bull ring led to his entrance in the film industry as a technical advisor on Rouben Mamoulian's "Blood and Sand" (1941), and he spent the next couple years as an assistant director, apprenticing to the likes of Charles Vidor and George Stevens. His first directing credit (as Oscar Boetticher) came at the helm of "One Mysterious Night" (1944), and he continued with low-budget second features throughout the decade (with a brief interruption for military service). Boetticher (now taking his credit as Budd) returned to his former calling with "The Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951), co-writing the autobiographical tale of a cocky American who journeys to Mexico and decides to tackle the profession, enlisting the aid of the country's leading matador. The picture launched Robert Stack to stardom and won Boetticher an Oscar nomination for his original motion picture story, even though John Ford cut 42 minutes of footage before its release. (A version that restored 37 of those minutes is even better than the shorter print.)

Relationships

Oscar Boetticher Sr

Father

Henry Boetticher

Brother
survived him

Mary Chelde

Wife
Married 1971 until his death November 2000; together raised Portuguese Lusitano stallions and trained them in the art of rejonero, or bullfighting on horseback

Helen Hale

Daughter
survived him

Debra Paget Actor

Wife
Married 1960 but separated after only 22 days

Georgia Shambara

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Culver Military Academy

Culver , Indiana

studied bullfighting in Mexico

Ohio State University

Columbus , Ohio
varsity football and basketball player

Milestones

1988

Acted in Robert Towne's "Tequila Sunrise"

1985

Last directorial assignment to date, the documentary "My Kingdom For . . ."; also wrote screenplay

1970

First feature as director in more than a decade, the Audie Murphy-produced "A Time for Dying", released shortly after Murphy's death; wrote screenplay; Murphy contributd cameo as Jesse James; lensing completed in 1964; Ballard was cinematographer

1969

Wrote story for Don Siegel's "Two Mules for Sister Sara"

1968

First showing of "Arruza", his documentary about his friend Carlos Arruza, the Mexican bullfighter; also produced and wrote screenplay; released in USA in 1971 with new narration (Quinn replacing Jason Robards Jr); Lucien Ballard was director of photograp

1960

Seventh and last film directing Scott, "Commanche Station"; also produced; final film with Lawton

1960

With "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond", added a fine gangster film to his oeuvre; Ballard was director of photography

1959

First credit as producer, "Ride Lonesome", starring Scott (who was executive producer); Lawton was director of photography

1958

Employed Ballard as director of photography for "Buchanan Rides Alone", the only Boetticher-Scott Western for which he was head cameraman

1957

Hired Charles 'Buddy' Lawton Jr as director of photography for "The Tall T", the first of three collaborations (all for which Kennedy provided screenplays); also first of six films produced by Harry Joe Brown

1956

Reunited with Randolph Scott, for the first in a series of Westerns, "Seven Men From Now"; produced by John Wayne's brother Robert E Morrison; also first of four collaborations with screenwriter Burt Kennedy

1955

First of six collaborations with Lucien Ballard as director of photography, "The Magnificent Matador", starring Quinn

1953

Directed Anthony Quinn (whom he met during "Blood and Sand") in "City Beneath the Sea"; Quinn would later act in three other Boetticher films and provide the narration for "Arruza"

1951

First screenplay credit, "The Bullfighter and the Lady"; shared Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture Story with with Ray Nazarro; also directed; film produced by John Wayne

1951

Helmed "The Cimarron Kid", starring Audie Murphy

1951

Changed billing to Budd Boetticher

1948

First post-war films, "Assigned to Danger" and "Behind Locked Doors"

1943

Film directing debut, credited as Oscar Boetticher, "One Mysterious Night"

1942

First association with actor Randolph Scott, as assistant director on Charles Vidor's "The Desperadoes"

1940

Worked as a messenger at Hal Roach studios

1940

Hired as technical advisor for "Blood and Sand"

Raised in Evansville, Indiana

In the mid-1930s, suffered a football injury; traveled to Mexico to recuperate; studied and became a professional matador

Served in the US Marines; made propaganda films including 1946's "The Fleet That Came to Stay"

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