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Encyclopedia > William A. Wellman
William Welllman

William Wellman on location
during filming of The High and Mighty
Born William Augustus Wellman
29 February 1896(1896-02-29)
Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Died 9 December 1975 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Director, Actor
Years active 1919-1975
Spouse(s) Helene Chadwick (1918)
Margery Chapin (1925)
Marjorie Crawford (1931–1933)
Dorothy Coonan (1934-1975)

William Augustus Wellman (29 February 18969 December 1975) was an American movie director, noted for directing the film which received the first Academy Award for Best Picture, Wings (1927). Throughout his long career, during which Wellman helmed over 80 films, he was a prolific director of crime, adventure and action films, often focusing on aviation themes, a particular passion. He also directed several acclaimed satirical comedies. The High and the Mighty is a 1954 disaster film released through Warner Brothers. ... February 29 is a day added into a leap year of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Norfolk Settled 1638 Incorporated 1705 Government  - Type Representative town meeting Area  - Total 6. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Wings is a 1927 silent movie about World War I fighter pilots produced and released by Paramount Pictures. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... DVD cover showing stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. ... Director Guild of America building on Sunset Boulevard. ... February 29 is a day added into a leap year of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Wings is a 1927 silent movie about World War I fighter pilots produced and released by Paramount Pictures. ... See also: 1926 in film 1927 1928 in film 1920s in film years in film film // Events January 10 - The film Metropolis by Fritz Lang premieres. ... The quintessential adventure film. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Aviation encompasses all the activities relating to airborne devices created by human ingenuity, generally known as aircraft. ...

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Early life

Wellman's father, Arthur Gouverneur Wellman, was a New England Brahmin of English-Welsh-Scottish and Irish descent. William was a great-great-great grandson of Francis Lewis of New York, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence. His much beloved mother was an Irish immigrant named Cecilia McCarthy. Francis Lewis Francis Lewis (March 21, 1713 – December 30, 1803), was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York. ... A declaration of independence is an assertion of the independence of an aspiring state or states. ...


Wellman was kicked out of Newton High School in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts,[1] for dropping a stink bomb on the principal's head.[2] Ironically, his mother was a probation officer who was asked to address Congress on the subject of juvenile delinquency.[3] Wellman worked as a salesman and then at a lumber yard, before ending up playing professional ice hockey, which is where he was first seen by Douglas Fairbanks, who suggested that with Wellman's good looks he could become a film actor. Newton Highlands is a village of Newton, Massachusetts. ... A prank stink bomb A stink bomb or stinkbomb is a device designed to create an unpleasant smell. ... Douglas Fairbanks (May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939) was an American actor, screenwriter, director and producer, who became noted for his swashbuckling roles in silent movies such as The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924) and The Black Pirate (1926). ...


World War I

Corporal William Wellman and Celia Nieuport 24 fighter c. 1917 (one of a series of aircraft all named after his mother)
Corporal William Wellman and Celia Nieuport 24 fighter c. 1917 (one of a series of aircraft all named after his mother)

In World War I Wellman enlisted in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps as an ambulance driver. [4] While in Paris, Wellman joined the French Foreign Legion and was assigned in 3 December 1917 as a fighter pilot and the first American to join N.87 escadrille in the Lafayette Flying Corps (not the sub-unit Lafayette Escadrille as usually stated),[5][6] where he earned himself the nickname "Wild Bill" and received the Croix de Guerre with two palms.[7] N.87, les Chats Noir (Black Cat Group) was stationed at Luneville in the Alsace-Lorraine sector and was equipped with Nieuport 17 and later Nieuport 24 "pursuit" aircraft. Wellman's combat experience culminated in three recorded "kills," along with five probables, although he was ultimately shot down.[8] Wellman survived the crash but he walked with a pronounced limp for the rest of his life. (He used the limp to his advantage, often exaggerating it when he had to "meet a pretty girl.")[4] “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Legionnaire redirects here. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... A SPAD S.XIII in Lafayette Escadrille livery James Norman Hall (1887-1951) of the Lafayette Escadrille, 1917 The Lafayette Escadrille (from the French Escadrille Lafayette) was a squadron of the French Air Service, the Aéronautique militaire, during World War I composed largely of American pilots flying fighters. ... The Croix de guerre is a military decoration of both Belgium and France which was first created in 1915. ... Lunéville is a commune in the French région of Lorraine. ... Imperial Province of Elsaß-Lothringen Alsace-Lorraine (German: , generally Elsass-Lothringen) was a territorial entity created by the German Empire in 1871 after the annexation of most of Alsace and parts of Lorraine in the Franco-Prussian War. ... The Nieuport 17 was a biplane fighter aircraft manufactured by Nieuport, and prominent during the World War I era. ... The Nieuport 24 was a French biplane fighter aircraft during World War I designed by Gustave Delage as a replacement for the successful Nieuport 17. ...


After the Armistice, Wellman returned to the United States, wrote a book about his exploits (with the help of a ghostwriter), and joined the United States Army Air Service. Stationed at Rockwell Field, San Diego, he taught combat tactics to new pilots. Front page of the New York Times on Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 The armistice treaty between the Allies and Germany was signed in a railway carriage in Compiègne Forest on November 11, 1918, and marked the end of the First World War on the Western Front. ... The United States Army Air Service was a forerunner of the United States Air Force. ... Rockwell Field, located on North Island in San Diego, California, was originally called the Signal Corps Aviation School. ... San Diego redirects here. ...


Film career

While in San Diego, Wellman would fly to Hollywood for the weekends in his Spad fighter, using Fairbanks' polo field in Bel Air as a landing strip.[4] Fairbanks was fascinated with the true-life adventures of "Wild Bill"[4] and promised he would get Wellman a job in the movie business, which he did, getting him the juvenile lead in The Knickerbocker Buckaroo (1919).[2] Wellman was then hired for the role of a young officer in Evangeline (1919), but was fired for slapping the leading lady, who happened to be director Raoul Walsh's wife.[3] The SPAD S.VII was the first of a series of highly successful biplane fighter aircraft produced by Société Pour LAviation et ses Dérivés during the First World War. ... Statue of Evangeline - heroine of the Acadian deportation - Saint Martinville, Louisiana Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie is a poem by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. ... Raoul Walsh as John Wilkes Booth in Birth of a Nation Raoul Walsh (March 11, 1887 – December 31, 1980) was an American film director, actor, founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the brother of silent screen actor George Walsh. ...

William Wellman as a flight instructor at Rockwell Field, San Diego (1919)
William Wellman as a flight instructor at Rockwell Field, San Diego (1919)

It didn't matter, because Wellman hated being an actor, thought it was unmanly,[9] and disliked how he looked on film. He soon switched to working behind the screen, aiming to be a director, and progressed up the line as "a messenger boy, as an assistant cutter, an assistant property man, a property man, an assistant director, second unit director and eventually... director."[2] His first assignment as an assistant director for Bernie Durning provided him with a work ethic that he adopted for future film work. One strict rule that Durning enforced was no fraternization with screen femme fatales, which almost immediately Wellman broke, leading to a confrontation and a thrashing from the director. Despite his transgression, both men became lifelong friends, and Wellman steadily progressed to more difficult first unit assignments.[4] Rockwell Field, located on North Island in San Diego, California, was originally called the Signal Corps Aviation School. ... San Diego redirects here. ...


Wellman made his directorial debut in 1920 at Fox with The Twins of Suffering Creek, for which he has not credited - the first films he was credited with directing were The Man Who Won and Second Hand Love, released on the same day in 1923. After directing a dozen low-budget "horse opera" films (some of which he would rather forget),[2] Wellman was hired by Paramount in 1927 to direct Wings, a major war drama dealing with fighter pilots during World War I that was highlighted by air combat and flight sequences. The film culminates with the epic Battle of Saint-Mihiel. It was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. See also: 1919 in film 1920 1921 in film 1920s in film years in film film Events November 28 - The Mask of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. ... See also: 1922 in film 1923 1924 in film 1920s in film years in film film // Events April 15 - Lee De Forest demonstrates the Phonofilm sound-on-film system at the Rivoli Theater in New York with a series of short musical films featuring vaudeville performers. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wings is a 1927 silent movie about World War I fighter pilots produced and released by Paramount Pictures. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Combatants United States German Empire Commanders John J. Pershing Georg von der Marwitz Strength American Expeditionary Force German Fifth Army Casualties 7,000 2000 dead and 5500 wounded The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was a World War I battle fought between September 12 - 15, 1918, involving the American Expeditionary Force... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... ©A.M.P.A.S.® The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to artists working in the motion picture industry. ...


Wellman's other notable films include The Public Enemy (1931), the original version of A Star Is Born (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), the 1939 version of Beau Geste starring Gary Cooper, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Lady of Burlesque (1943), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Battleground (1949) and two films starring and co-produced by John Wayne, Island in the Sky (1953) and The High and the Mighty (1954). This article is about the 1931 film. ... // Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff Ingagi, starring Sir Hubert Winstead Mata Hari, starring Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore City Lights starring Charles Chaplin Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring Fredric March Best Picture: Cimarron - MGM Best Actor: Lionel Barrymore - A Free Soul Best Actor: Wallace Beery - The Champ Best Actor: Fredric... DVD cover showing stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. ... See also: 1936 in film 1937 category:1937 films 1938 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events April 16 - Way Out West premieres in the US. May 7 - Shall We Dance premieres in the US. Top grossing films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Conquest Damaged Lives... Nothing Sacred is a 1937 movie starring Carole Lombard and Fredric March, and directed by William A. Wellman. ... The year 1939 in film involved some significant events. ... Beau Geste is a 1939 film made by Paramount Pictures based on the novel by P. C. Wren. ... The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1940 western novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which two drifters are drawn into a posse formed to find the murderer of a local man. ... The year 1943 in film involved some significant events. ... The Story of G.I. Joe is a war film released in 1945. ... // Paramount Studios releases theatrical short cartoon titled The Friendly Ghost, featuring ghost named Casper With Rossellinis Roma Città aperta, Italian neorealist cinema begins. ... Battleground is a 1949 war film that tells the story of a platoon of the 3rd Battalion 327th Glider Infantry Regiment (formerly the 1st Battalion 401st GIR)101st Airborne Division trying to cope during the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium. ... See also: 1948 in film 1949 1950 in film 1940s in film 1950s in film years in film film Events Top grossing films North America Adams Rib Jolson Sings Again Pinky I Was a Male War Bride, The Snake Pit, Joan of Arc Academy Awards Best Picture: All the... Island in The Sky is a 1953 disaster film released through Warner Brothers. ... The year 1953 in film involved some significant events. ... The High and the Mighty is a 1954 disaster film released through Warner Brothers. ... The year 1954 in film involved some significant events. ...

Director William Wellman early in his career
Director William Wellman early in his career

While he was primarily a director, Wellman also produced ten films, one of them uncredited, all of which he also directed. His last film was Lafayette Escadrille (1958), which he produced, directed, wrote the story for and narrated. He wrote the screenplay for two other films that he directed, and one film that he did not direct, 1936's The Last Gangster. He also wrote the story for A Star Is Born and received a story credit for both remakes in 1954 and 1976. The year 1958 in film involved some significant events. ... See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... A Star Is Born is a 1954 musical remake of the original 1937 film, directed by George Cukor and starring Judy Garland and James Mason. ... Video cover showing Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand The 1976 version, helmed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, updated the story by bringing it into the rock era. ...


Wellman was well known in Hollywood for his disdain for actors in general, and actresses in particular. Many actors disliked working with him, because he bullied them to get the performance he wanted. [3] Wellman liked to work fast. Even though he hated their narcissism, he preferred working with men, because they didn't need as much preparation time before shooting as women did.[10] Despite all this, Wellman managed to elicit Oscar-nominated performances from seven different actors: Fredric March and Janet Gaynor (A Star Is Born), Brian Donlevy (Beau Geste), Robert Mitchum (The Story of G.I. Joe), James Whitmore (Battleground), and Jan Sterling and Claire Trevor (The High and Mighty). Fredric March (August 31, 1897 – April 14, 1975) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Janet Gaynor (October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American actress who, in 1928, became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her three most prominent films: Sunrise (1927), Seventh Heaven (1927), and Street Angel (1928). ... Brian Donlevy in The Big Combo Brian Donlevy (born Waldo Bruce Donlevy on February 9, 1901 in Cleveland, Ohio, died April 6, 1972 in Woodland Hills, California) was an American actor, known for many film roles from the 1930s to the 1960s. ... Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an Academy award nominated American film actor and singer. ... Whitmore in The Asphalt Jungle James Allen Whitmore (born October 1, 1921) is an American film actor. ... One of Hollywoods most talented and versatile stars, often cool and stunning blonde in Hollywood film noir movies of the 1940s and 50s, the actrees Jan Sterling ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy roles in soaps, crime action and comedies. ... Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 - April 8, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


In his career, Wellman won a single Academy Award, for the story of A Star Is Born. He was nominated as best director three times, for A Star Is Born, Battleground and The High and Mighty, for which he was also nominated by the Directors Guild of America as best director. In 1973, the DGA honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Wellman also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6125 Hollywood Blvd.[11] Director Guild of America building on Sunset Boulevard. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Several filmmakers have examined Wellman's career. Richard Schickel devoted an episode of his PBS series The Men Who Made the Movies to Wellman in 1973,[12] and in 1996, Todd Robinson made the feature-length documentary Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick[13]. Richard Warren Schickel (b. ...


Family

Wellman married four times:

  • Helene Chadwick: married 1918; separated after a month; later divorced
  • Margery Chapin: married in 1925; together for a short time
  • Marjorie Crawford: married in 1931; divorced 1933
  • Dorothy Coonan: married in March 1934

Dorothy starred in Wellman's 1933 film Wild Boys of The Road and had seven children with Wellman, including actors Michael Wellman, William Wellman Jr., Maggie Wellman, Gloria Wellman and Cissy Wellman. His daughter Kathleen "Kitty" Wellman married actor James Franciscus, although they later divorced. James Grover Franciscus (January 31, 1934 – July 8, 1991) was a leading and supporting American actor. ...


His son William Jr. wrote a book about Wellman, The Man And His Wings: William A. Wellman and the Making of the First Best Picture, and has appeared a number of times on Turner Classic Movies to introduce films made by his father. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ...


William Wellman died in 1975 of leukemia. He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered at sea.[14] Leukemia or leukaemia (Greek leukos λευκός, white; aima αίμα, blood) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ...


Partial filmography

See also: 1919 in film 1920 1921 in film 1920s in film years in film film Events November 28 - The Mask of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. ... The Boob is a 1926, MGM film starring George K. Arthur and Joan Crawford. ... Wings is a 1927 silent movie about World War I fighter pilots produced and released by Paramount Pictures. ... See also: 1926 in film 1927 1928 in film 1920s in film years in film film // Events January 10 - The film Metropolis by Fritz Lang premieres. ... This 1928 film was directed by William Wellman, produced by Jesse Lasky and Adolph Zukor for Famous Players Lasky Corporation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, baised on a story by Ernest Booth. ... See also: 1927 in film 1928 1929 in film 1920s in film years in film film // Events Although some movies released in 1928 had sound, most were still silent. ... Chinatown Nights is a 1929 film begun as a silent movie then finished as a sound one via dubbing. ... See also: 1928 in film 1929 1930 in film 1920s in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events The days of the silent film were numbered. ... This article is about the 1931 film. ... // Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff Ingagi, starring Sir Hubert Winstead Mata Hari, starring Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore City Lights starring Charles Chaplin Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring Fredric March Best Picture: Cimarron - MGM Best Actor: Lionel Barrymore - A Free Soul Best Actor: Wallace Beery - The Champ Best Actor: Fredric... Night Nurse (1931) is a pre-code, Prohibition-era, crime drama, mystery film, starring Barbara Stanwyck, and Ben Lyon. ... The Hatchet Man Even in 1932, it was a bit difficult to accept Edward G. Robinson as a hatchet-wielding Chinese hit man. ... See also: 1931 in film 1932 1933 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events Shirley Temples film career begins Disney released Flowers and Trees their first cartoon in three-strip Technicolor film. ... So Big! is a 1932 film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, and Bette Davis. ... Love Is a Racket (UK title: Such Things Happen) is a romantic comedy drama 1932 film starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. ... Central Airport is a 1933 film staring Richard Barthelmess and Sally Eilers. ... See also: 1932 in film 1933 1934 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events British Film Institute founded. ... Wild Boys of the Road is a (1933) black and white, Depression-era American film telling the story of several teens forced into hobo-ing. ... College Coach, UK title Football Coach, is a 1933 film staring Dick Powell and Ann Dvorak. ... Viva Villa! is a 1934 movie that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. ... See also: 1933 in film 1934 1935 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 26 - Samuel Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) finally purchased the film rights to The Wizard of Oz from Frank J. Baum for $40,000. ... The President Vanishes is a novel by Rex Stout that was first published in 1934. ... The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London. ... See also: 1934 in film 1935 1936 in film 1930s in film years in film film Events Judy Garland signs a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). ... See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... Small Town Girl is a 1936 film starring Janet Gaynor, Robert Taylor, and James Stewart. ... Tarzan Escapes is the third in the MGM Tarzan series to feature Johnny Weissmuller as the King of the Apes. Plot Captain Fry, a hunter, attempts to take Tarzan to civilization so he can be put on public display. ... DVD cover showing stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. ... See also: 1936 in film 1937 category:1937 films 1938 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events April 16 - Way Out West premieres in the US. May 7 - Shall We Dance premieres in the US. Top grossing films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Conquest Damaged Lives... Nothing Sacred is a 1937 movie starring Carole Lombard and Fredric March, and directed by William A. Wellman. ... Beau Geste is a 1939 film made by Paramount Pictures based on the novel by P. C. Wren. ... The year 1939 in film involved some significant events. ... A novel, first published in 1890, by the British writer Rudyard Kipling ... See also: 1941 in film 1942 1943 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash when returning from a War Bond tour. ... Roxie Hart is a 1942 film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, William Frawley, and Spring Byington billy bob marley. ... The year 1943 in film involved some significant events. ... The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1940 western novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which two drifters are drawn into a posse formed to find the murderer of a local man. ... Buffalo Bill is a 1944 biographical western film about the life of the legendary frontiersman, starring Joel McCrea and Maureen OHara. ... // July 20 - Since You Went Away is released. ... This Mans Navy is a 1945 World War II film about U.S. Naval Airships starring Wallace Beery. ... // Paramount Studios releases theatrical short cartoon titled The Friendly Ghost, featuring ghost named Casper With Rossellinis Roma Città aperta, Italian neorealist cinema begins. ... The Story of G.I. Joe is a war film released in 1945. ... Magic Town is the name of a 1947 comedy film directed by William A. Wellman, starring James Stewart and Jane Wyman. ... The year 1947 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 1948 in film involved some significant events. ... Yellow Sky is a 1948 American western movie directed by William A. Wellman. ... Battleground is a 1949 war film that tells the story of a platoon of the 3rd Battalion 327th Glider Infantry Regiment (formerly the 1st Battalion 401st GIR)101st Airborne Division trying to cope during the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne, Belgium. ... See also: 1948 in film 1949 1950 in film 1940s in film 1950s in film years in film film Events Top grossing films North America Adams Rib Jolson Sings Again Pinky I Was a Male War Bride, The Snake Pit, Joan of Arc Academy Awards Best Picture: All the... The year 1950 in film involved some significant events. ... Across the Wide Missouri is a film produced in 1951. ... See also: 1950 in film 1951 1952 in film 1950s in film 1940s in film years in film film Events Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati Top grossing films North America David and Bathsheba Show Boat tie The Great Caruso and An... Island in The Sky is a 1953 disaster film released through Warner Brothers. ... The year 1953 in film involved some significant events. ... The High and the Mighty is a 1954 disaster film released through Warner Brothers. ... The year 1954 in film involved some significant events. ... Track of the Cat is a 1949 adventure novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, which was adapted into the 1954 William A. Wellman film starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. ... Blood Alley is a 1955 seafaring adventure movie starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. ... The year 1955 in film involved some significant events. ... Good-bye, My Lady is a novel by James H. Street about a boy and his dog. ... The year 1956 in film involved some significant events. ... Darbys Rangers is a 1958 Warner Brothers black and white war film starring James Garner as a World War II leader of the US Army Rangers named William Orlando Darby. ... The year 1958 in film involved some significant events. ... A SPAD S.XIII in Lafayette Escadrille livery James Norman Hall (1887-1951) of the Lafayette Escadrille, 1917 The Lafayette Escadrille (from the French Escadrille Lafayette) was a squadron of the French Air Service, the Aéronautique militaire, during World War I composed largely of American pilots flying fighters. ...

References

Notes

  1. ^ FilmReference.com William Wellman
  2. ^ a b c d "Wild Bill": William A. Wellman (interview from issue #29 of Focus on Film.) filmlinc.com. Retrieved: 5 December 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Jon C. Hopwood IMDB biography "William A. Wellman"
  4. ^ a b c d e Silke 1980, p. 57.
  5. ^ Lafayette Flying Corps
  6. ^ Lafayette
  7. ^ Curtiss, Thomas Quinn. "The Film Career of William Wellman." International Herald Tribune (iht.com), 9 February 1994. Retrieved: 5 December 2007.
  8. ^ Color profile of Corporal Wellman's Nieuport 24 "Celia V"
  9. ^ TCM Biography
  10. ^ Silke 1980, p. 58.
  11. ^ All Movie Awards, IMDB Awards
  12. ^ IMDB "The Men Who Made the Movies: William A. Wellman
  13. ^ IMDB "Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick"
  14. ^ Find a Grave William Wellman

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Bibliography

  • Maltin, Leonard. "William Wellman" (film documentary)." The High and the Mighty (Collector's Edition) DVD. Burbank, California: Paramount Home Entertainment, 2005.
  • Silke, James R. "Fists, Dames & Wings." Air Progress Aviation Review, Volume 4, No. 4, October 1980.
  • Thompson, Frank T. William A. Wellman (Filmmakers Series). Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1983. ISBN 0-81081-594-X.
  • Wellman, William A. Go, Get 'em! The True Adventures of an American Aviator of the Lafayette Flying Corps. Boston: The Page Company, 1918.
  • Wellman, William A. A Short Time for Insanity: An Autobiography. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1974. ISBN 0-80156-804-8.
  • Wellman, William Jr. The Man And His Wings: William A. Wellman and the Making of the First Best Picture. New York: Praeger Publishers, 2006. ISBN 0-275-98541-5.

External links

  • 1978 interview with Wellman
  • William A. Wellman at the Internet Movie Database
  • William A. Wellman at TCM Movie Database
  • William A. Wellman at All Movie Guide
  • William Wellman at FilmReference.com
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NAME Welllman, William
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Wellman, William Augustus
SHORT DESCRIPTION Director, Actor
DATE OF BIRTH 1896-2-29
PLACE OF BIRTH Best Picture
1927 Wings
Best Original Screenplay
1937 A Star Is Born
DATE OF DEATH 1975-12-9
PLACE OF DEATH Los Angeles, California, USA
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