William Beaudine

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Began his career as a prop boy for D. W. Griffith in 1909 and worked his way up to the director's chair six years later. Handling features from 1922, Beaudine was a prolific craftsman rather than an auteur; he worked ... Read more »
Born: 01/15/1892 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (64)

Broken Arrow 1953 - 1964, 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Director

The Mickey Mouse Club 1953 - 1964, 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Director

Thunder 1953 - 1954, 1956 - 1964, 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Director

Billy the Kid vs. Dracula 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger 1953 - 1954, 1956 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Timmy and Lassie 1957 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Ten Who Dared 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Westward Ho the Wagons! 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Jail Busters 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

High Society 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Paris Playboys 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Pride of the Blue Grass 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Jalopy 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Blonde Dynamite 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

The Old-Fashioned Way 1933 (Movie)

(Director)

Sparrows 1925 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Market Babies (Movie)

(Director)

Clancy Street Boys (Movie)

(Director)

County Fair (Movie)

(Director)

Crazy Knights (Movie)

(Director)

Daring Youth (Movie)

(Director)

Fashion Model (Movie)

(Director)

Forgotten Women (Movie)

(Director)

Gas House Kids Go West (Movie)

(Director)

Hard to Get (Movie)

(Director)

Her Bodyguard (Movie)

(Director)

Her Fatal Millions (Movie)

(Director)

Heroes of the Street (Movie)

(Director)

Hold That Line (Movie)

(Director)

Home James (TV Show)

Director

How Baxter Butted in (Movie)

(Director)

It's in the Bag (Movie)

(Director)

Jiggs and Maggie in Court (Movie)

(Director)

Jiggs and Maggie out West (Movie)

(Director)

Life of Riley (TV Show)

Director

Little Annie Rooney (Movie)

(Director)

Make Me a Star (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Hex (Movie)

(Director)

Penrod and Sam (Movie)

(Director)

Philo Vance Returns (Movie)

(Director)

Professor Creeps (Movie)

(Director)

Road to Paradise (Movie)

(Director)

Roar of the Crowd (Movie)

(Director)

Rodeo (TV Show)

Director

That's My Baby (Movie)

(Director)

The Ape Man (Movie)

(Director)

The Chinese Ring (Movie)

(Director)

The Cohens and Kellys in Paris (Movie)

(Director)

The Feathered Serpent (Movie)

(Director)

The Irresistible Lover (Movie)

(Director)

The Living Ghost (Movie)

(Director)

The Miracle Kid (Movie)

(Director)

The Panther's Claw (Movie)

(Director)

The Rose Bowl Story (Movie)

(Director)

The Shanghai Chest (Movie)

(Director)

Three Wise Girls (Movie)

(Director)

Too Many Winners (Movie)

(Director)

Torchy Blane in Chinatown (Movie)

(Director)

Torchy Gets Her Man (Movie)

(Director)

Up in Smoke (TV Show)

Director

Voodoo Man (Movie)

(Director)

Where There's a Will (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Where There's a Will (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Began his career as a prop boy for D. W. Griffith in 1909 and worked his way up to the director's chair six years later. Handling features from 1922, Beaudine was a prolific craftsman rather than an auteur; he worked dependably across a wide range of genres and did on occasion turn out noteworthy films such as the Mary Pickford vehicle, "Sparrows" (1926).

From 1934 to 1937 Beaudine piloted over ten features in Great Britain and, after returning to the US, continued his prolific output, working for various low-budget producers and directing a number of the "Bowery Boys" movies. From the early 1950s he worked increasingly in TV, directing some 200 shows including over 80 episodes of "Lassie" and over 50 instalments of the "Walt Disney" series.

Relationships

Lucille Beaudine Warden

Daughter

Marguerite Beaudine

Wife
born in 1894 died in November 1970

William Beaudine

Son
born in 1921

Skip Beaudine

Grandson
born in 1949

Milestones

1951

Directed over 350 TV shows, including over 80 episodes of "Lassie", 20 episodes of "Rin Tin Tin", and over 50 installments of the Walt Disney series

1922

Feature film directing debut, "Watch Your Step"

1915

Began directing career on October 11 with an episode (a short) of the "Ham and Bud" comedy series

1909

Entered films as production assistant at Biograph; worked first under D.W. Griffith (until 1912), then Dell Henderson (1913-1914), and finally Marshall Neilan (1914-1915)

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