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William Beaudine
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    (January 15, 1892-March 18, 1970)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Directed the films 'Little Annie Rooney' (1925), 'Sparrows' (1926), 'The Cohens and the Kellys in Paris' (1928), 'Penrod and Sam' (1931), 'The Old Fashioned Way' (1934), 'Torchy Blaine in Chinatown' (1939), 'The Ape Man' (1943), 'Mom and Dad' (1945), 'The Gas House Kids Go West' (1947), 'Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla' (1952), 'Billy the Kid vs. Dracula' (1966) and 'Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter' (1966)
    Directed episodes of 'Lassie,' 'The Mickey Mouse Club,' 'Naked City' and 'The Green Hornet'
    The Medved brothers nicknamed him 'One-Shot' and nominated him as one of the four worst directors of all time for his tendency to print any take regardless of technical screw-ups.
    After losing his fortune in the 1929 stock market crash, he ended up working for low-budget 'Poverty Row' studios.
    When an executive complained about one of his films falling behind schedule, he replied, 'You mean someone out there is actually waiting to see this shit?'
    Despite being an atheist, he directed ten 'spread the word of God' movies for the Protestant Film Commission.
    When he was thirteen, his father and older brother died of pneumonia, leaving him the sole support for his mother and younger brother.
    Before being reduced to hackwork on low-budget films, he was a respected director.
    He was an assistant director on D. W. Griffith's classics 'Birth of a Nation' (1915) and 'Intolerance' (1916).
    He was married to Marguerite Fleischer for 56 years until his death.
    He was honored by the American Film Institute as Hollywood's longest-working director (1969).

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