Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman
Presented by an impressive lineup of collegues and admirers, a documentary about the long-underrated talent of the late legendary action director William A. Wellman (1896-1975), one of Hollywood's most distinguished journeymen helmers. William A. Wellman drew on his experiences as a fighter pilot during World War I to create a series of films about men of action as rugged, sentimental, raucous and tender as the director himself. He was equally noted for his off-screen battles with executives; and after building his career at Paramount and Warner Bros., Wellman vowed never to sign another long-term studio contract, and went on his way, refusing to take guff from anybody!
Mike Connors, Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Darryl Hickman, Arthur Hiller, Tab Hunter, Howard W Koch, Tom Laughlin, Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Harry Morgan, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Nancy Reagan, Robert Redford, Buddy Rogers, Martin Scorsese, Tony Scott, Robert Stack, Frank Thompson, Michael Wayne, Dorothy Wellman, William Wellman Jr., James Whitmore, Richard Widmark, Robert Wise, Jane Wyman, Alec Baldwin