Friday, October 12, 2007

Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966)

William Beaudine (January 15, 1892 – March 18, 1970) was an American film actor and director. He was one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, turning out films in remarkable numbers and in a wide variety of genres. Born in New York City, he began his career as an actor in 1909 with American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. In 1915, he was hired as an actor as well as a director by the Kalem Company. He was an assistant to director D.W. Griffith on the films The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance. By the time he was 23, Beaudine had directed his first picture, a short called Almost a King (1915). The authors of the 1978 book "The 50 Worst Films of All Time" gave William Beaudine the unflattering nickname "One Shot," because he always seemed to shoot just one take, regardless of actors flubbing their lines or special effects going haywire. It is true that Beaudine shot economically -- he usually had no choice -- but he was always professional, and actually did shoot multiple takes of movie scenes. (Wikipedia: William Beaudine)

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