Radio: Oldtimer

While gun fights raged around him, 61-year-old William Beaudine Sr. scrambled last week over the rocky hills of Big Bear, Calif. Looking like a scarecrow in a straw sombrero, worn levis and scuffed sneakers, Director Beaudine shouted, "Cut it! Print it!" and wound up the shooting of an eight-episode package of Wild Bill Hickok TV films. Bill Beaudine was making TV movies as quickly and cheaply as any director in the business.

Beaudine learned his trade in the silent days with such oldtimers as Marie Prevost and Ben Turpin. Says he: "We'd write 'em,...

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