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      William A. Wellman

      William A. Wellman

      Highest Rated: 100% Yellow Sky (1948)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Blood Alley (1955)

      Birthday: Feb 29, 1896

      Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

      Having directed nearly 80 motion pictures throughout his career, William Wellman was an extraordinarily prolific director whose output contained a number of cinematic gems amidst a rather unexceptional canon. Wellman started his career during the silent era and had the prestige of directing the World War I actioner, "Wings" (1927), which was the first motion picture to ever win an Oscar for Best Picture. He spent the next 10 years directing a string of forgettable movies until reaching new heights with the scathing screwball comedy "Nothing Sacred" (1937) and the original version of "A Star Is Born" (1937), which earned him the only Academy Award of his career. Wellman went on to direct the dark and gritty Western "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943), the tone of which ran counter to America's thirst for escape from the war, therefore sealing its fate as a commercial failure, though it lived on as one of Wellman's masterpieces. From there, he helmed a number of great Westerns and war-themed movies like "The Story of G.I. Joe" (1945), "Yellow Sky" (1948) and "Battleground" (1949). Late in his career, Wellman teamed with John Wayne on the terror-in-the-skies thriller "The High and the Mighty" (1954), but rode off into the sunset on the back of several mediocre films until his retirement in 1958. Though his career was uneven, Wellman directed enough film classics to be considered one of the premier directors of Hollywood's Golden Age.

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      BATTLEGROUND, director William Wellman, Van Johnson, 1949 LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE, William Wellman directing his son William Wellman Jr. on set, 1958 LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE, William Wellman Jr., Tab Hunter, Jody McCrea, David Janssen, 1958 GALLANT JOURNEY, Janet Blair, director William Wellman, on-set, 1946 LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE, William Wellman, Jr., Tab Hunter, 1958.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 25% Lafayette Escadrille Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1958
      No Score Yet 42% Darby's Rangers Director - 1958
      No Score Yet 86% Goodbye, My Lady Director - 1956
      40% 45% Blood Alley Director,
      Producer
      - 1955
      98% 81% A Star Is Born Writer - 1954
      No Score Yet 50% Ring of Fear Director - 1954
      46% 59% The High and the Mighty Director - 1954
      No Score Yet 50% Track of the Cat Director - 1954
      86% 62% Island in the Sky Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% My Man and I Director - 1952
      69% 83% Westward the Women Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 25% It's a Big Country Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 35% Across the Wide Missouri Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 65% The Next Voice You Hear Director - 1950
      No Score Yet 86% The Happy Years Director - 1950
      78% 83% Battleground Director - 1949
      100% 78% Yellow Sky Director - 1948
      No Score Yet 50% The Iron Curtain Director - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Iron Curtain Director - 1948
      50% 36% Magic Town Director,
      Producer
      - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gallant Journey Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Man's Navy Director - 1945
      79% 73% G.I. Joe Director - 1945
      No Score Yet 47% Buffalo Bill Director - 1944
      92% 91% The Ox-Bow Incident Director - 1943
      71% 50% Lady of Burlesque Director - 1943
      No Score Yet 44% The Great Man's Lady Director,
      Producer
      - 1942
      No Score Yet 33% Thunder Birds Director - 1942
      82% 58% Roxie Hart Director - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reaching for the Sun Director - 1941
      92% 85% Beau Geste Director,
      Producer
      - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Light That Failed Director - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men With Wings Director - 1938
      100% 78% A Star Is Born Director - 1937
      92% 69% Nothing Sacred Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 61% Small Town Girl Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Hood of El Dorado Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Horse Town Director - 1936
      No Score Yet 53% Call of the Wild Director - 1935
      No Score Yet 40% Stingaree Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The President Vanishes Director - 1934
      No Score Yet 54% Frisco Jenny Director - 1933
      88% 76% Wild Boys of the Road Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet College Coach Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Central Airport Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lilly Turner Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 69% Midnight Mary Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Trouble Director - 1933
      75% 69% Heroes for Sale Director - 1933
      83% 55% Female Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Is a Racket Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 47% The Purchase Price Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Conquerors Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 50% So Big Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pioneer Builders Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 13% The Hatchet Man Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 46% Other Men's Women Director - 1931
      100% 85% The Public Enemy Director - 1931
      82% 74% Night Nurse Director - 1931
      No Score Yet 56% Star Witness Director - 1931
      100% 38% Safe in Hell Director - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Eagles Director - 1930
      No Score Yet 0% Eleven Men and a Girl Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerous Paradise Director - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chinatown Nights Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Woman Trap Director - 1929
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man I Love Director - 1929
      No Score Yet 82% Beggars of Life Director - 1928
      90% No Score Yet The Legion of the Condemned Director,
      Producer
      - 1928
      85% No Score Yet Ladies of the Mob Director,
      Producer
      - 1928
      94% 79% Wings Director - 1927
      No Score Yet 11% The Boob Director - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Never Know Women Director - 1926
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Hand Love Director - 1923
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Knickerbocker Buckaroo Henry (Character) - 1919