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Son of ‘Wild Bill’ reflects on his father’s legacy as award-winning pilot and director




Circa 1930: Leo Nomis, Lt R H Robinson, Jean Arthur and Frank Clark are some of the cast of Paramount's 'Young Eagles', seen with the director William A Wellman (far right) in one of the rare moments when they are all on the ground together.
Circa 1930: Leo Nomis, Lt R H Robinson, Jean Arthur and Frank Clark are some of the cast of Paramount's 'Young Eagles', seen with the director William A Wellman (far right) in one of the rare moments when they are all on the ground together.
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Maybe you remember classic movies like "Wings," "The Call of the Wild," "The Public Enemy," or "A Star Is Born."

What you don’t remember is the man behind the camera who flew planes and was awarded the Croix de Guerre (“Cross of War”) during the Great War, directed almost a hundred films, and raised a loving family.

His son, William Wellman, Jr., takes us back to the golden age of Hollywood to share his father’s story.

What’s your favorite “Wild Bill” film? How did his innovative techniques such as putting cameras on planes change the technical and creative sides of filmmaking? If you or someone you know worked with him, share your stories below and give us a call!

WELLMAN WILL BE AT UCLA FILM AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE ON SATURDAY MAY 9 AS WELL AS SIGNING HIS BOOK AT VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE IN PASADENA ON SUNDAY MAY 24

Guest:

William Wellman, Jr., son of William “Wild Bill” Wellman and author of “Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel” (Pantheon Books, 2015).