William Beaudine


Director

About

Also Known As
William Washington Beaudine Sr., Wm. X. Crowley, William Beaudine Sr., William X. Crowley
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
January 15, 1892
Died
March 18, 1970

Biography

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 pilote...

Photos & Videos

Three Wise Girls - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter - Lobby Cards

Family & Companions

Marguerite Beaudine
Wife
Born in 1894; died in November 1970.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Fury of the Dragon (1976)
Director
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)
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Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (1966)
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Lassie's Great Adventure (1963)
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Ten Who Dared (1960)
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In the Money (1958)
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Up In Smoke (1957)
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Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956)
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High Society (1955)
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Jail Busters (1955)
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Paris Playboys (1954)
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Pride of the Blue Grass (1954)
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Yukon Vengeance (1954)
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City Story (1954)
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The Roar of the Crowd (1953)
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Jalopy (1953)
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Murder Without Tears (1953)
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Feudin' Fools (1952)
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The Congregation (1952)
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No Holds Barred (1952)
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Here Come the Marines (1952)
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Born to the Saddle (1952)
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Rodeo (1952)
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Hold That Line (1952)
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The Rose Bowl Story (1952)
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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)
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Sea Tiger (1952)
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Jet Job (1952)
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Cuban Fireball (1951)
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Ghost Chasers (1951)
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Havana Rose (1951)
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A Wonderful Life (1951)
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Crazy Over Horses (1951)
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Let's Go Navy (1951)
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Bowery Battalion (1951)
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Blue Grass of Kentucky (1950)
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Again Pioneers (1950)
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Blues Busters (1950)
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Lucky Losers (1950)
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Blonde Dynamite (1950)
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County Fair (1950)
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Second Chance (1950)
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Jiggs and Maggie Out West (1950)
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The Lawton Story (1949)
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Incident (1949)
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Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters (1949)
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Tough Assignment (1949)
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Forgotten Women (1949)
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Tuna Clipper (1949)
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Trail of the Yukon (1949)
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Kidnapped (1948)
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Smugglers' Cove (1948)
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The Golden Eye (1948)
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Jinx Money (1948)
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Jiggs and Maggie in Court (1948)
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Shanghai Chest (1948)
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Angels' Alley (1948)
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The Feathered Serpent (1948)
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Philo Vance Returns (1947)
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Bowery Buckaroos (1947)
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Killer at Large (1947)
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Gas House Kids Go West (1947)
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Too Many Winners (1947)
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News Hounds (1947)
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The Chinese Ring (1947)
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Hard Boiled Mahoney (1947)
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Behind the Mask (1946)
Fill-In Director
Below the Deadline (1946)
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Spook Busters (1946)
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One Exciting Week (1946)
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Don't Gamble with Strangers (1946)
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The Face of Marble (1946)
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Mr. Hex (1946)
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Girl on the Spot (1946)
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Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945)
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Black Market Babies (1945)
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Fashion Model (1945)
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Blonde Ransom (1945)
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Swingin' on a Rainbow (1945)
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Come Out Fighting (1945)
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Mom and Dad (1945)
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Hot Rhythm (1944)
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What a Man! (1944)
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Crazy Knights (1944)
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Bowery Champs (1944)
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Shadow of Suspicion (1944)
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Leave It to the Irish (1944)
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Voodoo Man (1944)
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Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)
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Follow the Leader (1944)
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Oh, What a Night (1944)
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The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)
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Ghosts on the Loose (1943)
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Spotlight Scandals (1943)
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Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)
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Here Comes Kelly (1943)
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Clancy Street Boys (1943)
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The Ape Man (1943)
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Professor Creeps (1942)
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Duke of the Navy (1942)
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Men of San Quentin (1942)
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Foreign Agent (1942)
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The Panther's Claw (1942)
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The Living Ghost (1942)
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Gallant Lady (1942)
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Phantom Killer (1942)
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Broadway Big Shot (1942)
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One Thrilling Night (1942)
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Lucky Ghost (1942)
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Mr. Celebrity (1941)
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Federal Fugitives (1941)
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Desperate Cargo (1941)
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The Miracle Kid (1941)
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Emergency Landing (1941)
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Blonde Comet (1941)
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Misbehaving Husbands (1940)
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The Honeymoon's Over (1939)
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Torchy Blane in Chinatown (1939)
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Torchy Gets Her Man (1938)
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Says O'Reilly to McNab (1937)
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Feather Your Nest (1937)
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Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk (1936)
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Boys Will Be Boys (1936)
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Educated Evans (1936)
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It's in the Bag (1936)
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Windbag the Sailor (1936)
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So You Won't Talk! (1935)
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Dandy Dick (1935)
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Two Hearts in Harmony (1935)
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Get Off My Foot (1935)
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The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
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The Crime of the Century (1933)
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Her Bodyguard (1933)
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Three Wise Girls (1932)
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Make Me a Star (1932)
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The Lady Who Dared (1931)
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Penrod and Sam (1931)
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The Mad Parade (1931)
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Men in Her Life (1931)
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Father's Son (1931)
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Misbehaving Ladies (1931)
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Those Who Dance (1930)
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Road to Paradise (1930)
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Wedding Rings (1929)
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The Girl From Woolworth's (1929)
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Two Weeks Off (1929)
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Fugitives (1929)
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The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris (1928)
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Heart to Heart (1928)
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Do Your Duty (1928)
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Home James (1928)
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Give and Take (1928)
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Frisco Sally Levy (1927)
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The Irresistible Lover (1927)
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The Life of Riley (1927)
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The Social Highwayman (1926)
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The Canadian (1926)
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That's My Baby (1926)
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Sparrows (1926)
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Hold That Lion (1926)
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How Baxter Butted In (1925)
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Little Annie Rooney (1925)
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A Broadway Butterfly (1925)
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Lovers' Lane (1924)
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Cornered (1924)
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The Narrow Street (1924)
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Wandering Husbands (1924)
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A Self-Made Failure (1924)
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Daughters of Pleasure (1924)
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Daring Youth (1924)
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The Printer's Devil (1923)
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The Country Kid (1923)
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Boy of Mine (1923)
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Her Fatal Millions (1923)
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Penrod and Sam (1923)
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Watch Your Step (1922)
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Heroes of the Street (1922)
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Catch My Smoke (1922)
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Cast (Feature Film)

A Summer Tragedy (1910)

Writer (Feature Film)

What a Man! (1944)
Original story idea
What a Man! (1944)
Original Screenplay
Follow the Leader (1944)
Screenwriter
Spotlight Scandals (1943)
Screenwriter
Mr. Muggs Steps Out (1943)
Original story and Screenplay
Duke of the Navy (1942)
Story and Screenplay
Professor Creeps (1942)
Screenwriter
Dandy Dick (1935)
Screenwriter

Director (Short)

The Big Idea (1934)
Director

Assistant Direction (Short)

With a Kodak (1911)
Assistant Director

Cast (Short)

With a Kodak (1911)

Life Events

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

Photo Collections

Three Wise Girls - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Three Wise Girls - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Little Annie Rooney (1925) - Let's Go Down Town From the new 4K restoration with Andy Gladbach's score, the opening of producer Mary Pickford's crowd-pleasing comic-drama Little Annie Rooney, 1925, with some scale, Mary (age 32) brawls with the whole neighborhood, focused on Mickey (Joe Butterworth), William Beaudine directing.
Sparrows (1926) - They're Awful Mean To Us We’re just finding that producer and star Mary Pickford is Molly, eldest of the orphans stuck at the Southern “baby farm” run by cruel Grimes, reassuring them that their creator is watching out for them, despite appearances, in Sparrows, 1926, William S. Beaudine directing.
Sparrows (1926) - Remember What The Bible Says Producer and star Mary Pickford as Molly, the eldest and de facto leader of the suffering “baby farm,” overseeing work while the proprietor Grimes (Gustave Von Seyffertitz) and wife (Charlotte Mineau) contemplate a kidnapping, in Sparrows, 1926.
Sparrows (1926) - See The New Baby Molly (producer and star Mary Pickford), the eldest of the orphans stuck at the “baby farm” somewhere in a Southern swamp, is summoned by the proprietor Grimes (Gustave Von Seyffertitz) to take charge of an infant he’s just kidnapped, in Sparrows, 1926.
Little Annie Rooney (1925) - You Can All Pay For It! Failing to avoid implication in the sprawling neighborhood dispute her Irish cop father (Walter James) is adjudicating in the front room, Mary Pickford (the producer, in the title role) confesses somewhat, with her fellow toughs agreeing to a settlement, in Little Annie Rooney, 1925.
Little Annie Rooney (1925) - She's A Wildcat! Annie (producer Mary Pickford in the title role) continues her fight with Mickey (Joe Butterworth) until his charming and slightly criminal older brother Joe (William Haines) turns up, showing some interest in his tomboy opponent, in Little Annie Rooney, 1925.
Kidnapped (1948) - Of The Honest Party Fugitive David (Roddy McDowall) welcomes shelter from Scottish lass Aileen (Sue England), whose innkeeper father (Alex Frazer) feigns delight at meeting David's colleague Breck (Dan O'Herlihy), then attempts a betrayal, in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, 1948.
Face Of Marble, The (1946) - We Have Conquered Joining first scene for Dr. Randolph (John Carradine) and Cochran (Robert Shayne), who’ve found a body (Clark Kuney) near their coastal lab, revealing their well-intended mission, though the doc’s wife (Claudia Drake) seems worried, in the Monogram programmer The Face Of Marble, 1946.
Face Of Marble, The (1946) - Severe Brain Injury Happy cop Norton (Thomas E. Jackson) provides exposition on Elaine (Claudia Drake), wife of the scientist (not-seen John Carradine) he’s come to visit, as we learn that maid Maria (Rosa Rey) was behind the voodoo item delivered to assistant Cochran (Robert Shayne), in Face Of Marble, 1946.
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter - The Very Gods Brother and sister Maria and Rudolph Frankenstein (Narda Onyx, Stephen Geray) carry the burden of exposition in their first scene, also the only scene for hapless "Francisco" (Mark Norton), in one of producer Carroll Case's two funky Western-horror features, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, 1966.
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter - I'm Jesse Zealous Maria Frankenstein (Narda Onyx) upbraids brother Rudolph (Stephen Geray) and bemoans her need for new specimens, when Jesse (John Lupton) and burly sidekick Hank (Cal Bolder) are introduced, in Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, 1966.
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter - What A Brute! Jesse (John Lupton) and Hank (Cal Bolder), who's just been injured by somebody in the posse, fortuitously seek refuge at the improbable home of Maria (Narda Onyx) and Rudolph (Stephen Geray) Frankenstein in the American West, in, Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter, 1966.

Trailer

Ghost Chasers - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys take on a fake medium in Ghost Chasers (1951).
Feudin' Fools - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys get caught in a hillbilly feud when one of them inherits a Kentucky farm in Feudin' Fools (1952).
Crazy Over Horses - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys get mixed up with a race horse and the gambling racket in Crazy Over Horses (1951).
Bowery Buckaroos - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys head west and land themselves in hot water in Bowery Buckaroos (1947).
Bowery Battalion - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys join the Army to catch a spy ring in Bowery Battalion (1951).
Blues Busters - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys open a night club when a tonsillectomy turns one of them into a singing star in Blues Busters (1950).
Ghosts on the Loose - (Re-issue Trailer) The East Side Kids offer to redecorate Ava Gardner's cottage, only to find it inhabited by Bela Lugosi in Ghosts on the Loose (1943).
Torchy Gets Her Man - (Original Trailer) The man woman reporter Glenda Farrell gets is a counterfeiter posing as a G-Man in Torchy Gets Her Man (1938).
Torchy Blane In Chinatown - (Original Trailer) Glenda Farrell goes where Jack Nicholson fears to tread in Torchy Blane In Chinatown (1939).
In The Money - (Original Trailer) For the last Bowery Boys movie, the Boys escort a diamond concealing poodle on a cruise in In The Money (1958).
Hold That Line - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys crash college when one of them lands on the football team in Hold That Line (1952).
Here Come the Marines - (Original Trailer) When they're drafted, the Bowery Boys set out to solve a murder in Here Come the Marines (1952).

Family

William Beaudine Jr
Son
Producer, director. Born in 1921.
Lucille Beaudine Warden
Daughter
Skip Beaudine
Grandson
Producer, director. Born in 1949.

Companions

Marguerite Beaudine
Wife
Born in 1894; died in November 1970.

Bibliography