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      Budd Boetticher

      Budd Boetticher

      Highest Rated: 100% The Tall T (1957)

      Lowest Rated: 40% A Time for Dying (1969)

      Birthday: Jul 29, 1916

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      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.)

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      ARRUZA, director Budd Boetticher, ca. 1960s

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat Camera: The Pacific Director - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Arruza Director - 1972
      40% No Score Yet A Time for Dying Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1969
      100% 70% Comanche Station Director,
      Producer
      - 1960
      71% 85% The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Director - 1960
      90% 71% Ride Lonesome Director - 1959
      No Score Yet 68% Westbound Director - 1959
      100% 66% Buchanan Rides Alone Director - 1958
      100% 82% The Tall T Director - 1957
      100% 76% Decision at Sundown Director - 1957
      100% 82% Seven Men From Now Director - 1956
      60% 40% The Killer Is Loose Director - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magnificent Matador Director - 1955
      No Score Yet 40% Seminole Director - 1953
      100% 65% The Man From the Alamo Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City Beneath the Sea Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings of the Hawk Director - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East of Sumatra Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 40% Horizons West Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Buster Director - 1952
      No Score Yet 42% Red Ball Express Director - 1952
      60% 56% The Cimarron Kid Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 60% The Bullfighter and the Lady Director - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer Shark Director - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Midnight Director - 1949
      No Score Yet 42% Behind Locked Doors Director - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assigned to Danger Director - 1948
      No Score Yet 30% Escape in the Fog Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Youth on Trial Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Guy, a Gal, and a Pal Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Mysterious Night Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Missing Juror Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Appointment With Death Director - 1944

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Director 1960-1961