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Also Known As: William Washington Beaudine Sr., Wm. X. Crowley, William Beaudine Sr., William X. Crowley Died: March 18, 1970
Born: January 15, 1892 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, props, screenwriter, production assistant

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Began his career as a prop boy for D.W. Griffith in 1909 and worked his way up to the director's chair six years later. Handling features from 1922, Beaudine was a prolific craftsman rather than an auteur; he worked dependably across a wide range of genres and did on occasion turn out noteworthy films such as the Mary Pickford vehicle, "Sparrows" (1926).From 1934 to 1937 Beaudine piloted over ten features in Great Britain and, after returning to the US, continued his prolific output, working for various low-budget producers and directing a number of the "Bowery Boys" movies. From the early 1950s he worked increasingly in TV, directing some 200 shows including over 80 episodes of "Lassie" and over 50 instalments of the "Walt Disney" series.

Began his career as a prop boy for D.W. Griffith in 1909 and worked his way up to the director's chair six years later. Handling features from 1922, Beaudine was a prolific craftsman rather than an auteur; he worked dependably across a wide range of genres and did on occasion turn out noteworthy films such as the Mary Pickford vehicle, "Sparrows" (1926).

From 1934 to 1937 Beaudine piloted over ten features in Great Britain and, after returning to the US, continued his prolific output, working for various low-budget producers and directing a number of the "Bowery Boys" movies. From the early 1950s he worked increasingly in TV, directing some 200 shows including over 80 episodes of "Lassie" and over 50 instalments of the "Walt Disney" series.

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  Ten Who Dared (1960) Director
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  In the Money (1958) Director
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  Up In Smoke (1957) Director
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  Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956) Director
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  High Society (1955) Director

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 A Summer Tragedy (1910)
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 With a Kodak (1911)
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1909:
Entered films as production assistant at Biograph; worked first under D.W. Griffith (until 1912), then Dell Henderson (1913-1914), and finally Marshall Neilan (1914-1915)
1915:
Began directing career on October 11 with an episode (a short) of the "Ham and Bud" comedy series
1922:
Feature film directing debut, "Watch Your Step"
1951:
Directed over 350 TV shows, including over 80 episodes of "Lassie", 20 episodes of "Rin Tin Tin", and over 50 installments of the Walt Disney series
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wife:
Marguerite Beaudine. Born in 1894; died in November 1970.

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son:
William Beaudine Jr. Producer, director. Born in 1921.
daughter:
Lucille Beaudine Warden.
grandson:
Skip Beaudine. Producer, director. Born in 1949.

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