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William Nuelsen Witney (May 15, 1915 – March 17, 2002) was an American film and television director. He is best remembered for the movie serials he co-directed with John English for Republic Pictures such as Daredevils of the Red Circle, Zorro's Fighting Legion
Zorro's Fighting Legion
and Drums of Fu Manchu.[1]

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career 3 Selected filmography 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Early years[edit] Witney was born in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was four years old when his father died, and he lived with his uncle, who was an Army captain at Fort Sam Houston. Colbert Clark, Witney's brother-in-law, introduced him to films by letting him ride in some chase scenes for the serial Fighting with Kit Carson
Fighting with Kit Carson
(1933). Witney stayed around the Mascot Pictures headquarters while preparing for the entrance exam to the U.S. Naval Academy. After he failed that exam, he continued at the studio, working in the music and editing departments before beginning work as a director.[2][irrelevant citation] Career[edit] Witney directed many Westerns during his career, and is credited with devising the modern system of filming movie fight sequences in a series of carefully choreographed shots, which he patterned after the musical sequences of American director Busby Berkeley.[1] Prolific and pugnacious, Witney began directing while still in his 20s, and continued until 1982. Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
has singled out Witney as one of his favorite directors and a "lost master",[3] and considers four films as Witney's best work: The Golden Stallion (1949), a Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
vehicle, Stranger at My Door (1956), The Bonnie Parker Story
The Bonnie Parker Story
(1958), and Paratroop Command (1959).[3] Witney also directed Master of the World (1961) starring Vincent Price
Vincent Price
and Charles Bronson. Whitney was also a director for Jim Davis' syndicated adventure television series, Rescue 8, which aired from 1958 to 1960. Selected filmography[edit]

Outlaws of Pine Ridge (1942) The Girl from Alaska (1942) The Golden Stallion (1949) Shadows of Tombstone
Shadows of Tombstone
(1953) Down Laredo Way (1953) Stranger at My Door (1956) The Bonnie Parker Story
The Bonnie Parker Story
(1958) Valley of the Redwoods
Valley of the Redwoods
(1960) Arizona Raiders (1965)

References[edit]

^ a b "William Witney, 86, Director of Westerns". The New York Times. March 30, 2002.  ^ Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. pp. 291–292. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved 5 October 2017. [irrelevant citation] ^ a b Lyman, Rick (September 15, 2000). "Whoa, Trigger! Auteur Alert!". The New York Times.  Interview with Quentin Tarantino; Lyman and Tarantino watched The Golden Stallion together.

Further reading[edit]

Witney, William. In a Door, into a Fight, Out a Door, into a Chase: Moviemaking Remembered by the Guy at the Door. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-2258-0.  Witney, William. Trigger Remembered. Earl Blair Enterprises.  ASIN B0006EYMSG.

External links[edit]

William Witney's Bio William Witney's web site William Witney on IMDb

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Films directed by William Witney

The Painted Stallion
The Painted Stallion
(1937) S.O.S. Coast Guard
S.O.S. Coast Guard
(1937) The Trigger Trio
The Trigger Trio
(1937) Zorro Rides Again
Zorro Rides Again
(1937) The Lone Ranger (1938) The Fighting Devil Dogs
The Fighting Devil Dogs
(1938) Dick Tracy Returns
Dick Tracy Returns
(1938) Hawk of the Wilderness (1938) The Lone Ranger Rides Again
The Lone Ranger Rides Again
(1939) Zorro's Fighting Legion
Zorro's Fighting Legion
(1939) Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939) Heroes of the Saddle
Heroes of the Saddle
(1940) Drums of Fu Manchu
Drums of Fu Manchu
(1940) Adventures of Red Ryder (1940) King of the Royal Mounted (1940) Mysterious Doctor Satan
Mysterious Doctor Satan
(1940) Adventures of Captain Marvel
Adventures of Captain Marvel
(1941) Jungle Girl (1941) King of the Texas Rangers
King of the Texas Rangers
(1941) Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941) Spy Smasher (1942) Perils of Nyoka
Perils of Nyoka
(1942) King of the Mounties
King of the Mounties
(1942) G-Men vs. the Black Dragon
G-Men vs. the Black Dragon
(1943) The Crimson Ghost
The Crimson Ghost
(1946) Eyes of Texas (1948) Night Time in Nevada
Night Time in Nevada
(1948) The Golden Stallion (1949) Trail of Robin Hood
Trail of Robin Hood
(1950) The Last Musketeer
The Last Musketeer
(1952) Border Saddlemates
Border Saddlemates
(1952) Old Oklahoma Plains
Old Oklahoma Plains
(1952) The WAC from Walla Walla
The WAC from Walla Walla
(1952) South Pacific Trail
South Pacific Trail
(1952) Old Overland Trail
Old Overland Trail
(1953) Iron Mountain Trail
Iron Mountain Trail
(1953) Shadows of Tombstone
Shadows of Tombstone
(1953) Santa Fe Passage
Santa Fe Passage
(1955) City of Shadows
City of Shadows
(1955) Headline Hunters (1955) The Fighting Chance (1955) A Strange Adventure
A Strange Adventure
(1956) Panama Sal
Panama Sal
(1957) The Cool and the Crazy
The Cool and the Crazy
(1958) Juvenile Jungle (1958) Young and Wild (1958) The Bonnie Parker Story
The Bonnie Parker Story
(1958) Valley of the Redwoods
Valley of the Redwoods
(1960) The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960) The Long Rope (1961) The Cat Burglar
The Cat Burglar
(1961) Master of the World (1961) Arizona Raiders (1965) 40 Guns to Apache Pass
40 Guns to Apache Pass
(1967) I Escaped from Devil's Island
I Escaped from Devil's Island
(1973) Darktown Strutters (1974)

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