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William Beaudine (1892–1970)

William Beaudine, the director of nearly 350 known films (nearly one for every day of the year; some listings of his work put his output at 500 movies and hundreds of TV episodes) and scores of television episodes, enjoyed a directing career that stretched across seven decades from the 'Teens to the '70s (he also was a screenwriter, credited on 26... See full bio »

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Duke of the Navy Director


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 1960-1969 Lassie (TV Series) (80 episodes)
- Burst of Freedom (1968)
- The Foundling (1968)
 1967 Flight of the Cougar (TV Movie)
 1966-1967 The Green Hornet (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Ace in the Hole (1967)
 1960 Ten Who Dared
 1959 The Secret of the Gift (Short)
 1958-1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series) (11 episodes)
- Death for Hire (1959)
- High Pressure (1959)
- Hour of Rage (1959)
 1957-1959 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series) (21 episodes)
- Royal Recruit (1959)
- The Matador (1959)
 1958 Naked City (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- The Bird Guard (1958)
- Belvedere Tower (1958)
- No More Rumbles (1958)
 1957-1958 Broken Arrow (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- Escape (1958)
- The Broken Wire (1957)
- Ordeal (1957)
- Quarantine (1957)
 1958 In the Money
 1957 Up in Smoke
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Uncle Cyrus (1957)
- The Dancing Bear (1957)
- Alex the Great (1957)
 1956 Adventure in Dairyland (TV Series) (1956)
 1956 3D Jamboree (Short) (segment "Mouseketeer")
 1956 Design for Dreaming (Short)
 1956 Corky and White Shadow (TV Series) (18 episodes)
- White Shadow's Secret (1956) ... (director, writer)
- The Search (1956) ... (director, writer)
- Outlaws on the Loose (1956) ... (director, writer)
- The Jail Break (1956) ... (director, writer)
- More Trouble for Corky (1956) ... (director, writer)
 1955 The Beginning (Short)
 1955 The Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- The Battle (1955)
- A Froggy Day (1955)
- The Misfit (1955)
- The 'Triple R' (1955)
 1955 The Mickey Mouse Club (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Circus Day (1955)
- Circus Day (1955) ... (live action)
 1955 Jail Busters
 1955 High Society
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Top Secret (1955)
 1954 City Story (Short)
 1953 For Every Child (Short)
 1951-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series) (16 episodes)
- Impatient Heir (1953)
- The Big Touch (1953)
 1953 Criswell Predicts (TV Series)
 1953 Jalopy
 1952 Feudin' Fools
 1952 Yukon Gold (uncredited)
 1952 Jet Job
 1952 Rodeo
 1951 Havana Rose
 1951 Ghost Chasers
 1950 Blues Busters
 1950 Second Chance
 1950 A Wonderful Life (Short)
 1950 County Fair
 1950 Lucky Losers
 1950 Jiggs and Maggie Out West (as William Beaudine Sr.)
 1949 Trail of the Yukon (as William X. Crowley)
 1949 Tuna Clipper
 1948 Kidnapped
 1948 Incident
 1948 Jinx Money
 1948 Angels' Alley
 1948 Rocky (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1947 News Hounds
 1946 Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1946 Mr. Hex
 1946 Spook Busters
 1946 Behind the Mask (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1946 The Shadow Returns (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1945 Blonde Ransom
 1945 Fashion Model
 1945 Mom and Dad
 1944 Crazy Knights
 1944 Bowery Champs
 1944 Hot Rhythm
 1944 Voodoo Man (directed by)
 1944 What a Man!
 1943 Ghosts on the Loose (directed by)
 1943 The Ape Man
 1942 Foreign Agent
 1942 Gallant Lady
 1942 Lady Luck (as William X. Crowley)
 1941 Up Jumped the Devil (as William X. Crowley)
 1941 Blonde Comet
 1941 Mr. Celebrity
 1941 Mr. Washington Goes to Town (uncredited)
 1935 Dandy Dick
 1934 The Big Idea (Short) (as WIlliam Crowley)
 1934 Trick Golf (Short) (as William X. Crowley)
 1933 Her Bodyguard
 1933 See You Tonight (Short) (as William Crowley)
 1933 Dream Stuff (Short) (as William X. Crowley)
 1931 The Great Junction Hotel (Short)
 1931 Father's Son
 1931 The College Vamp (Short)
 1931 One Yard to Go (Short)
 1930 A Hollywood Theme Song (Short)
 1929 Wedding Rings
 1929 Hard to Get
 1929 Two Weeks Off
 1929 Fugitives
 1928 Give and Take
 1928 Do Your Duty
 1928 Home, James
 1927 Wild Wallops (Short)
 1926 The Canadian
 1926 Sparrows
 1925 My Swedie (Short)
 1924 Lovers' Lane (unconfirmed)
 1924 Cornered
 1924 Daring Youth
 1923 Boy of Mine
 1922 The Chased Bride (Short)
 1922 Pardon My Glove (Short)
 1922 Strictly Modern (Short)
 1922 Punch the Clock (Short)
 1922 Step Forward (Short)
 1921/II Fresh from the Farm (Short)
 1921 Pure and Simple (Short)
 1921 Falling for Fanny (Short)
 1921 Oh Buddy! (Short)
 1921 Ninety Days or Life (Short)
 1921 Hero Pro Tem (Short)
 1921 Zulu Love (Short)
 1921 Short and Sweet (Short)
 1921 Hubby Behave (Short)
 1921 Short and Snappy (Short)
 1921 Who Kissed Me? (Short)
 1921 Twin Husbands (Short)
 1921 Dead Easy (Short)
 1921 Ouija Did It! (Short)
 1921/I Movie Mad (Short)
 1920 Why Wild Men Go Wild (Short)
 1920 Back from the Front (Short)
 1920 Tea for Two (Short)
 1920 Shuffle the Queens (Short)
 1920 A Home Spun Hero (Short)
 1920 Seven Bald Pates (Short)
 1920 Fit to Fight (Short)
 1920 A Seaside Siren (Short)
 1920 A Husband in Haste (Short)
 1920 Why Be Jealous? (Short)
 1920 Petticoats and Pants (Short)
 1920 The Captivating Captive (Short)
 1920 Hearts and Diamonds (Short)
 1920 Watch Your Step, Mother (Short)
 1920 Eat-a-Bite-a-Pie (Short)
 1920 Save Me, Sadie (Short)
 1919 He Who Hesitates (Short)
 1919 A Rustic Romeo (Short)
 1919 Sea Sirens (Short)
 1919 Brides for Two (Short)
 1919 Mixed Wives (Short)
 1919 Easy Payments (Short)
 1918 Dan Cupid: M.D. (Short)
 1918 A High Diver's Last Kiss (Short)
 1918 The Pie Eyed Piper (Short)
 1918 Flapjacks (Short)
 1918 The Poor Fish (Short)
 1918 Mr. Miller's Economies (Short)
 1918 Eddie, Get the Mop (Short)
 1918 Mud (Short)
 1917 A Sanitarium Scandal (Short)
 1917 Secret Servants (Short)
 1917 Won by a Fowl (Short)
 1917 A Bad Little Good Man (Short) (as William W. Beaudine)
 1917 What'll We Do with Uncle? (Short)
 1917 The Cross Eyed Submarine (Short)
 1917 Who Done It? (Short)
 1917 The Fountain of Trouble (Short)
 1917 Hawaiian Nuts (Short)
 1917 Officer, Call a Cop (Short)
 1917 Why They Left Home (Short)
 1917 Behind the Map (Short) (as William W. Beaudine)
 1917 Out Again, in Again (Short)
 1917 O-My the Tent Mover (Short)
 1917 The Battling Bellboy (Short) (as W.W. Beaudine)
 1917 Canning the Cannibal King (Short)
 1917 He Had 'em Buffaloed (Short)
 1917 His Fatal Beauty (Short) (as W. W. Beaudine)
 1917 A Desert Dilemma (Short)
 1917/II 20,000 Legs Under the Sea (Short)
 1917 One Damp Day (Short)
 1917 A Jungle Cruise (Short)
 1917 Uneasy Money (Short) (as W.W. Beaudine)
 1917 The Boss of the Family (Short)
 1917 The Last Scent (Short)
 1917 The Man with a Package (Short)
 1917 Left in the Soup (Short)
 1917 The Leak (Short)
 1917 Take Back Your Wife (Short)
 1917 The Careless Cop (Short)
 1917 A Boob for Luck (Short)
 1917 What the ---? (Short)
 1917/I Whose Baby? (Short)
 1917 Art Aches (Short)
 1917 Wanta Make a Dollar? (Short) (as W.W. Beaudine)
 1917 Passing the Grip (Short)
 1917 Gone, But Where? (Short)
 1917 Rosie's Rancho (Short)
 1917 Mule Mates (Short)
 1917 Out for the Dough (Short)
 1917 His Coming Out Party (Short)
 1917 Love Me, Love My Biscuits (Short)
 1917 Barred from the Bar (Short)
 1917 The Miti Ranch (Short)
 1917 Mines and Matrimony (Short)
 1917 Love in Suspense (Short)
 1916 A Tale of a Turk (Short)
 1916 Toto Interferes (Short)
 1916 Jags and Jealousy (Short)
 1916 Their Dark Secret (Short)
 1916 The Tramp Chef (Short)
 1916 Scrappily Married (Short)
 1916 A Janitor's Vendetta (Short)
 1916 Their First Arrest (Short)
 1916 In Love with a Fireman (Short)
 1916 A Shadowed Shadow (Short)
 1916 A Crooked Mix-Up (Short)
 1916 Beans and Bullets (Short)
 1916 Bombs and Business (Short)
 1916 Lashed by Love (Short)
 1916 The Inspector's Double (Short)
 1916 Musical Madness (Short)
 1916 Romeo of the Coal Wagon (Short)
 1916 Counting Out the Count (Short)
 1916 Their Taking Ways (Short)
 1916 Ham and Preparedness (Short)
 1916 Fashion and Fury (Short)
 1916 Millionaires by Mistake (Short)
 1916 Trapping the Bachelor (Short)
 1916 From Altar to Halter (Short)
 1916 The Trailing Tailor (Short)
 1916 At Bachelor's Roost (Short)
 1916 For Sweet Charity (Short)
 1916 The Eveless Eden Club (Short)
 1916 Ham Agrees with Sherman (Short)
 1916 When Hubby Forgot (Short)
 1916 Maybe Moonshine (Short)
 1916 A Riddle in Rascals (Short)
 1916 Winning a Widow (Short)
 1916 Ham the Diver (Short)
 1916 A Molar Mix-Up (Short)
 1916 Ham Takes a Chance (Short)
 1916 Wurra-Wurra (Short)
 1916 Artful Artists (Short)
 1916 Snoop Hounds (Short)
 1916 The Tale of a Coat (Short)
 1916 Guardian Angels (Short)
 1916 The Missing Mummy (Short)
 1915 The Caretaker's Dilemma (Short)
 1915/II Almost a King (Short)
 1915 Minnie the Tiger (Short)
 1915 The Hoodoo's Busy Day (Short)
 1915 Diana of the Farm (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercials: Directed commercials for Nabisco cookies See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

William Beaudine Jr. | William Beaudine Sr. | W. W. Beaudine | W.W. Beaudine | William W. Beaudine | WIlliam Crowley | William X. Crowley | William Crowley


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[reflecting on his career] Long ago I quit thinking that every picture I did was going to be an Academy Award contender. I'm a commercial director. I know how to save money and get something on the screen. I let those artsy guys shoot the scenes through chandeliers or from behind the wine glass. That's not for me. See more »


In 1947 Beaudine was hired to direct a religious-themed film for the Protestant Film Commission. It was successful and they were so impressed with his work they hired him on a regular basis, and from 1947 to 1955 he directed 10 more films for the organization--an evangelical Christian group--all of which were designed to spread the word of God and try to convert non-believers to Christianity. ... See more »


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