William Wellman:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library

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Journal Articles

Articles and Books on Individual films


Men Who Made the Movies: William Wellman[Video]
AVMC: VIDEO/C 2031; Storage Info: B 4 175 623

Thompson, Frank T.
William A. Wellman Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1983.
MAIN: PN1998.A3 W467 1983

Wellman, William Augustus
A short time for insanity; an autobiography Published: New York, Hawthorn Books [1974]
MAIN: PN1998.A3 W461 1974; Storage Info: B 3 567 099
PFA : PN1998.3.W44 A3 1974

Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick[Video]
This film explores the life and times of the prolific American filmmaker, William A. "Wild Bill" Wellman, as well as examining the social fabric of an emerging popular culture that he was helping to construct. A fighter pilot seriously wounded in WWI, he was not easily cowed by the brutality of the Hollywood studio system, and fought his way to carve out 76 films in a career spanning 35 years. 93 min.
Media Resources Center VIDEO/C MM227

Journal Articles

Beylie, Claude
"Will 'Wild' Wellman." Ecran nr 43 (Jan 1976); p 76-77
On the American film-maker W.W. who died in 1975 aged 79.

Brooks, Louise
"On location with Billy Wellman." Film Culture nr 53-54-55 (Spring 1972); p 145-161

Gallagher, J.
"William Wellman, part one." Films in Review Vol XXXIII nr 5 (May 1982); p 275-298
The career of US director W.W. up to 1937.

Gallagher, J.
"William Wellman, part two." Films in Review Vol XXXIII nr 6 (June-July 1982); p 323-333 Part two of a bio-filmographic article on W.W., covering his career from 1938.

Langlois, G.
"William Wellman 1896-1975." Avant-Scène Cinéma nr 203 (Mar 1 1978); p 27-58
Article on the career of W.W. including detailed filmography. (Anthologie du Cinéma, 96).

Tavernier, Bertrand
"Pioneer spirit." Film Comment Vol XL nr 1 (Jan-Feb 2004); p 34-37,39-41
Surveys the work of Hollywood director William A. Wellman. Originally published in 'Positif' (1970).

Thompson, Frank.
"William Wellman: movies like the man - rugged, sentimental, two-fisted. (motion picture director)." American Film 15.n1 (Oct 1989): 98(3).

Wellman, William, Jr.
"William A. Wellman. An affectionate portrait by his son." Films in Review Vol XLII nr 7-8 (July-Aug 1991); p 232-237

Books & Articles on Individual Films

The Oxbow Incident

Crain, M.B.
"The Ox-bow incident revisited." Literature/Film Quarterly Vol IV nr 3 (Summer 1976); p 240-248
Contrasts points of view in the novel and the film and discusses historical setting in which film was made.

Public Enemy

Brill, Lesley.
"Growing Up Gangster: Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and the American Dream." In: Hollywood : reflexions sur l'ecran / textes recueillis et presentes par Daniel Royot ; Groupe de recherche et d'etudes nord-americaines. Aix-en-Provence : Publications, Universite de Provence ; Marseille : Diffusion, J. Laffitte, 1984.
Main Stack PN1993.5.U6.H5921 1984 oyot, Daniel (ed.). (1984). Hollywood: Réflexions sur l'écran. (pp. 10-22). Aix-en-Provence: Groupe de Recherche et d'Études Nord-Americaines, Univ. de Provence, 190 pp.

Maltby, Richard
"The Public Enemy." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 29, pp. (no pagination), November 2003.

Maltby, Richard
"Why Boys Go Wrong: Gangsters, Hoodlums, and the Natural History of Delinquent Careers." In: Mob culture: hidden histories of the American gangster film
Edited by Lee Grieveson, Esther Sonnet, and Peter Stanfield. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2005.
Main Stack PN1995.9.G3.M63 2005
Contents: Gangsters and governance in the silent era / Lee Grieveson -- Why boys go wrong : gangsters, hoodlums, and the natural history of delinquent careers / Richard Maltby -- Gang busters : the Kefauver Crime Committee and the syndicate films of the 1950s / Ronald W. Wilson -- Ladies love brutes : reclaiming female pleasures in the lost history of Hollywood gangster cycles, 1929-1931 / Esther Sonnet -- A gunsel is being beaten : gangster masculinity and the homoerotics of the crime film, 1941-1942 / Gaylyn Studlar -- Mother Barker : film star and Public Enemy No. 1 / Mary Elizabeth Strunk -- "Good evening gentlemen; can I check your hats please?" : masculinity, dress, and the retro gangster cycles of the 1990s / Esther Sonnet and Peter Stanfield -- Waddaya lookin' at? : rereading the gangster film through The Sopranos / Martha P. Nochimson -- Black hands and white hearts : Southern Italian immigrants, crime, and race in early American cinema / Giorgio Bertellini -- "American as chop suey" : invocations of gangsters in Chinatown, 1920-1936 / Peter Stanfield -- The underworld films of Oscar Micheaux and Ralph Cooper : toward a genealogy of the Black screen gangster / Jonathan Munby -- Walking the streets : Black gangsters and the "abandoned city" in the 1970s blaxploitation cycle / Peter Stanfield.

Morris, Gary
"Public Enemy: Warner Brothers in the Pre-Code Era." Bright Lights

Munby, Jonathan.
Public enemies, public heroes: screening the gangster from Little Caesar to Touch of Evil / Jonathan Munby. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Main Stack PN1995.9.G3.M86 1999
Moffitt PN1995.9.G3 M86 1999

Roddick, Nick.
A new deal in entertainment : Warner Brothers in the 1930s London : British Film Institute, 1983.
Main Stack PN1993.5.U65.R6 1983
PFA PN1999.W3.R63 1983)

Shadoian, Jack.
"The Public Enemy" In: Dreams and dead ends: the American gangster/crime film / Jack Shadoian. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, c1977.
Main Stack PN1995.9.G3.S51
Moffitt PN1995.9.G3.S51

Shannon, Christopher.
"Public Enemies, Local Heroes: The Irish-American Gangster Film in Classic Hollywood Cinema." New Hibernia Review - Volume 9, Number 4, Winter 2005, pp. 48-64
UC users only

Smyth, J.E.
"Revisioning modern American history in the age of Scarface (1932)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol XXIV nr 4 (Oct 2004); p 535-563
Considers the gangster as a historical figure and classic Hollywood gangster films ("Doorway to hell", "Little Caesar", "Public enemy" and "Scarface") as constructed interpretations of postwar American history.

A Star Is Born

Delamater, Jerome
"'Once More, from the Top': Musicals the Second Time Around." In: Play it again, Sam : retakes on remakes / edited by Andrew Horton and Stuart Y. McDougal ; with an afterword by Leo Braudy. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998
Main Stack PN1995.9.R45.P58 1998
Media Center PN1995.9.R45.P58 1998

Joseph, Keith A.
"Shifting Egos: Three Generations of A Star Is Born." In: Sex and love in motion pictures : proceedings of the Second Annual Film Conference of Kent State University, April 11, 1984 / edited by Douglas Radcliff-Umstead. [Kent, Ohio] : Romance Languages Dept., Kent State University, c1984.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S45.F551 1984

Morey, Anne
"A Star Has Died: Affect and Stardom in a Domestic Melodrama." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 95-105, Spring 2004.
An analysis of the melodramas by Douglas Sirk. Compares "Imitation of life" to "A star is born", in order to explore Sirk's narrative strategy.

Wild Boys of the Road

Klein, G.
"Wellman's 'Wild boys of the road': the rhetoric of a depression movie." Velvet Light Trap nr 15 (Autumn 1975); p 2-6
Exploration of the use of the Depression as a subject in "Wild boys of the road".


Paris, Michael
"Wings." History Today, vol. 45, no. 7, pp. 44-50, Summer 1995.
UC users only

Wellman, William
"William Wellman: making Wings." In: Film-makers on film-making / edited by John Boorman and Walter Donohue. London : Faber and Faber, 1996.
Main Stack PN1994.F43912 1996

Wellman, William A.
The man and his Wings : William A. Wellman and the making of the first best picture Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2006.
MAIN: PN1998.3.W454 W45 2006

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