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What's your favorite film by William A. Wellman?

Wings
0 (0%)
Beggars of Life
0 (0%)
Other Men's Women
0 (0%)
The Public Enemy
1 (5%)
Night Nurse
0 (0%)
So Big!
0 (0%)
The Purchase Price
0 (0%)
Heroes for Sale
0 (0%)
Midnight Mary
0 (0%)
Wild Boys of the Road
1 (5%)
Female
0 (0%)
Viva Villa!
0 (0%)
The Call of the Wild
0 (0%)
Small Town Girl
0 (0%)
A Star Is Born (1937)
1 (5%)
Nothing Sacred
0 (0%)
Beau Geste
0 (0%)
Roxie Hart
0 (0%)
Lady of Burlesque
0 (0%)
The Ox-Bow Incident
8 (40%)
Buffalo Bill
0 (0%)
Story of G.I. Joe
1 (5%)
Magic Town
0 (0%)
Yellow Sky
0 (0%)
Battleground
0 (0%)
The Next Voice You Hear...
0 (0%)
The Happy Years
0 (0%)
Across the Wide Missouri
0 (0%)
Westward the Women
0 (0%)
Island in the Sky
0 (0%)
The High and the Mighty
0 (0%)
Track of the Cat
0 (0%)
Blood Alley
0 (0%)
Darby's Rangers
0 (0%)
other (please specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
8 (40%)
don't like any
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 19

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #20 on: January 11, 2015, 03:44:22 PM »
The High and the Mighty (1954)
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Soap on a Plane. Syrup, corn and cheese are not a tasty mix and large portions of all three went into this. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress noms for both Claire Trevor and Jan Sterling (Ace in the Hole). To be honest, Sterling's big moment where she proudly removes all her tarty makeup including drawn-on eyebrows is the best part of the film. I was destined to watch this with a cast including John Wayne, Paul Fix, John Qualen and Phil Harris, but I cannot recommend it. Most interesting as a comparison to modern airflight, which wouldn't have such large seat and aisle space and certainly wouldn't be so calm about a passenger waving a gun.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #21 on: January 11, 2015, 05:07:00 PM »
A movie so disappointing that it single-handedly made me question Wellman's directorial abilities (and kept him off my original Top 20 Directors).

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Re: Directors Best Poll - William A. Wellman
« Reply #22 on: January 11, 2015, 07:24:32 PM »
Magic Town (1947)
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Didn't surprise me to learn this is from screenwriter Robert Riskin, who penned 13 films for Frank Capra. Jimmy Stewart plays Mr. Smith, not the same character but you really can't tell. It's Jimmy arriving and falling in love with a small town and its newspaper editor (Jane Wyman). Lots of warm folksy charm, but Capra knew just how to make this stuff shine. Wellman is like a director brought in to helm the sequel nobody asked for. They go through some of the same beats, but you can tell nobody has their heart in it. Just the charisma of the two leads. Also interesting to see a film with a number of locals played by actors I've never seen in a movie before, aside from Donald Meek. The stock company is sorely missed.

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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2015, 03:46:26 PM »
A Star is Born (1937)
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Melodrama requires finesse and Wellman's polite condemnation of the Hollywood dream lays it on a bit thick at times, but the story is rock solid, David O. Selznick brought in some of the best writers and actors in the business to make this top drawer - I thought it was filled with celebrity cameos, but it's just my familiar character actors whose faces I hadn't seen in a while - and the lead performances are superb. Janet Gaynor is such a slam dunk talent, this would actually rank as one of her lesser roles. I should pay more attention to Fredric March.

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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2015, 03:54:50 PM »
I'm very excited to see how Wellman does in the Directors rating project.

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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2015, 03:55:26 PM »
Fine! It's on the list.
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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2015, 04:08:00 PM »
I'm very excited to see how Wellman does in the Directors rating project.

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I haven't seeded the Inactive Directors yet, but with only 9 votes, Wellman should be coming up in about 6 weeks. Our demographic skews so modern, I wonder how many votes these old timers will get.

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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2016, 12:02:24 PM »
1. The Ox-Bow Incident (2.5)
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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2018, 09:16:58 AM »
Wings: 8/10
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Re: Wellman, William A.
« Reply #29 on: July 14, 2018, 07:30:21 PM »
Men With Wings (1938)
★ ★ ★ Good
Oscar bait about the history of aviation from the first flight of the Wright Brothers to what was then the modern age, right before World War II. Wellman does a good job weaving these fictional characters into real events to give them an A-B-C story, even if that story is a fairly typical love triangle. Shot in vivid color, Wellman shows his skill once again for airplane footage with some spectacular stunts, including a WWI dogfight. The cast is also remarkable, with Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, the invaluable Andy Devine, ("He's always been kind of ignorant about the ground.") and more famiiar character actors than John Ford could shake a riding crop at. (Porter Hall, Walter Abel, Donald O'Connor, Dennis Morgan, Evelyn Keyes, Joan Leslie.) Given the innocuous title and subject matter, this is a surprisingly engaging and joyful film.

 

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