William James Craft

A former cameraman, American director William J. Craft became a mainstay of the Universal action units, where he helmed scores of two-reel Westerns and such serial fare as With Stanley in Africa (1922) and Beast of ... Read more »
Born: in Toronto, Canada

Filmography

other (8)

Hero for a Night (Movie)

(Director)

King of the Saddle (Movie)

(Director)

Poor Girls (Movie)

(Director)

The Flash (Movie)

(Director)

The Little Accident (Movie)

(Director)

The Runaround (Movie)

(Director)

Wolf Pack (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Wolf Pack (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A former cameraman, American director William J. Craft became a mainstay of the Universal action units, where he helmed scores of two-reel Westerns and such serial fare as With Stanley in Africa (1922) and Beast of Paradise (1923). In a roundabout way, Craft later passed on all he knew to his young assistant William Wyler, whom he reportedly often left in charge while catching a nap or two behind some scenery. Turning from B-Westerns to comedy in the late '20s, Craft directed several of the then-popular Cohens and Kelly farces. He died from injuries sustained when his car ran off a cliff in Pacific Palisades, CA.

~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

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