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The man and his Wings : William A. Wellman and the making of the first best picture

Author: William A Wellman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William "Wild Bill" Wellman was not Paramount Pictures' first choice to direct the World War I epic Wings (1927), but as a former aviator and war hero, he was the right choice. Despite months waging epic battles of his own with studio executives, "Wild Bill" managed to finish the big-budget war saga by inventing many of the techniques still used to film aerial battle scenes. The film, starring Clara Bow, broke box
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wellman, William A., 1937-
Man and his Wings.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
(OCoLC)607709476
Online version:
Wellman, William A., 1937-
Man and his Wings.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006
(OCoLC)607719129
Named Person: William A Wellman; William Augustus Wellman; William A Wellman; William A Wellman
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Wellman
ISBN: 0275985415 9780275985417
OCLC Number: 62326672
Description: xvii, 184 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Waiting Game --
In Love and War --
The Homefront --
The Slippery Ropes of Hollywood --
The Director --
The Picture --
Judgments.
Responsibility: William Wellman, Jr. ; foreword by Robert Redford.
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William Wellman was the director of the World War I epic, "Wings". This is his biography, and it describes the war hero, family man, occasional prankster, and underestimated visionary who changed  Read more...

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schema:description"With the recent release of Wellman's later aviation classics, Island in the Sky (1953) and The High and the Mighty (1954), both starring John Wayne, Wellman is gaining renewed attention and appreciation from a new generation of film enthusiasts. The book ends with a detailed Filmography of more than 75 classic films directed by Wellman."--BOOK JACKET."@en
schema:description""Augmented with personal correspondence from Wellman's own World War I tour of duty as a fighter pilot, on-set photographs from Wings and other classic Hollywood films, and anecdotes from the back lots of the early studio system, this work traces the way in which the first Best Picture's director used his own war experience to bring a war epic to the screen. The versatile director also excelled at comedies such as Nothing Sacred (1937), and had a lasting influence on the gangster genre with The Public Enemy (1931), starring James Cagney."@en
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