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The Men Who Made the Movies: William A. Wellman (1973)

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Live interview with W Wellman, director, writer, actor
14 May 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Included on the Turner Classic "Forbidden Hollywood Vol III" films by William Wellman, this documentary from 1973 describes the life and films of Wellman. Filmed shortly prior to his 1975 death, this one includes live interviews from the actor/writer/director himself. They spend quite a bit of time on James Cagney's performances, as they had made three films together. Several stories of his battles with the producers and studio heads of the early days. This documentary also spends some time on his pre-code films of the early 1930s, and even one of the slightly steamy "Tarzan" movies. Feisty character! Interesting to watch, and even more-so because so much is told by the man himself, with some narration by Robert Wagner. Wellman tells us much of his material was pulled right from his own life. Directed by historian Richard Schickel, who had written, directed and produced the TV series which chronicled the lives of the early Hollywood directors.


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