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Wild Bill Wellman

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Wild Bill Wellman by William Wellman, Jr.
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Apr 07, 2015 | ISBN 9780307377708

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Praise for William Wellman’s
“A film buff’s delight . . . gloriously detailed . . . filled with juicy on-set stories . . . An affectionate, candid and extremely well-researched biography of film director William Wellman.”
                                                                                                -Kevin Howell, Shelf Awareness
“[A] thorough account of a remarkable career.”
                                                                                                -Wendy Smith, Boston Globe
“Movies are meant to move, and William Wellman’s work demonstrates this in an exemplary fashion. This welcome new biography, Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel, briskly and objectively told by his son, does nothing to tame the reputation of the prodigious filmmaker who battled studio head Darryl Zanuck not only verbally in the front office but also with his fists in the field. A Boston Brahmin by birth but a brawler by practice, Wellman remains one of the few Golden Age Hollywood figures still richly deserving of the title (so overused these days but applicable here): Iconic. A terrific read.”
– Stephen M. Silverman, author of David Lean
“A star-studded homage to a prolific director . . . loving, abundantly detailed . . . Wellman worked with megastars and studio moguls, all portrayed here in lively detail . . . A rich, exuberant life, well-captured in this exuberant biography.”
“A thoroughgoing biography.”
                                                                                                –Library Journal

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Wild Bill Wellman     ix
1. The Rebel     3
2. The Recruit     25
3. The Pilot     53
4. The War Hero     83
5. The Hollywood Ladder     111
6. The Directors’ Board     145
7. The Road to a Classic     163
8. Battlefield Wings     185
9. Consequences and Achievements     209
10. Pranks and Misdemeanors     235
11. I Ain’t So Tough     253
12. The Neon Violin     289
13. Looking for Trouble     307
14. Passions and Prizes     327
15. The Golden Year     345
16. The Road to Ox-Bow     363
17. Picture Patchwork     387
18. Battleground Sends a Message     421
19. Goodbye MGM, Hello John Wayne     451
20. The Final Straw     479
21. The Flame Is Flickering     501
Addendum     521
Afterword     523
Acknowledgments     527
Filmography     529
Academy Award Recognition     581
Notes     583
Selected Bibliography     617
Index     621

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