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William A. Wellman

Director, Actor

WingsWings (1927) Recommended
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Clara Bow, Charles Rogers, Gary Cooper
Renowned silent film represents the epic struggles of the allied airforces in WWI, with brilliant aerial sequences, battle recreations and several…
Public Enemy, ThePublic Enemy, The (1931)
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. James Cagney, Jean Harlow
The most influential of early crime films exhibits an unglorified depiction of the American underworld, but James Cagney makes a hoodlum sure worth…
Nothing SacredNothing Sacred (1937) Recommended
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Carole Lombard, Fredric March
Top comedy–farce rests on the charms of Carole Lombard, here at her mercurial best playing a screwy smalltown gal. Pretending to have an…
A Star Is BornA Star Is Born (1937)
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Fredric March, Janet Gaynor
The first version of this since twice–remade tale of Hollywood tragedy is non–musical, developing a more critical edge to accompany the…
Beau GesteBeau Geste (1939) Recommended
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston
Classic Hollywood gallantry with, Gary Cooper as the eldest of three brothers who run away to join the French Foreign Legion, only to clash bayonets…
Thunder BirdsThunder Birds (Soldiers of the Air) (1942)
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Gene Tierney, Preston Foster, John Sutton
Routine wartime love triangle with two fighter pilots falling for a radiant Gene Tierney, gorgeous Technicolor and ace aerial photography liven it up…
Ox Bow Incident, TheOx Bow Incident, The (Strange Incident) (1943) Recommended
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes
Superlative moral drama in a Western setting, where three lynched cattle rustlers are later proven innocent by the upstanding Henry Ford. Although…
Buffalo BillBuffalo Bill (1944)
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Joel McCrea, Maureen O'Hara, Linda Darnell
Fictionalized story of one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West, William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, from his days as an army scout to his…
Yellow SkyYellow Sky (1948)
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark
Tough–minded western shot largely in Death Valley has Anne Baxter coming across a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in a neighboring…
BattlegroundBattleground (1949)
Dir. William A. Wellman
Feat. Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban
A tough depiction of WW2 combat set among an American squad during the gruelling Battle of the Bulge, that stands as something of an early classic.…

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