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William Witney

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Years active  1939-1982
Siblings  Frances Clark
Role  Film director
Name  William Witney

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Full Name  William Nuelsen Witney
Born  May 15, 1915 (1915-05-15) Lawton, Oklahoma
Other names  William WhitneyBill WitneyWilliam N. Witney
Died  March 17, 2002, Jackson, California, United States
Spouse  Beverly Witney (m. 1977–2002), Maxine Doyle (m. 1938–1973)
Books  In a door, into a fight, out a door, into a chase
Movies  Master of the World, Apache Rifles, Adventures of Captain Marvel, The Crimson Ghost, 40 Guns to Apache Pass
Similar People  Roy Rogers, Roy Barcroft, Michael Dante, Rod Cameron, Rex Allen

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William Nuelsen Witney (May 15, 1915 – 17 March, 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 and Drums of Fu Manchu.


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He 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. Prolific and pugnacious, Witney began directing while still in his 20s, and continued until 1982.

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Quentin Tarantino has singled out Witney as one of his favorite directors and a "lost master", and considers four films as Witney's best work: The Golden Stallion (1949), a Roy Rogers vehicle, Stranger at My Door (1956), The Bonnie Parker Story (1958), and Paratroop Command (1959). Witney also directed Master of the World (1961) starring 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.

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An interview with William Witney in 1978


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