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UCLA film series touts William Wellman, 'Hollywood Rebel'

UCLA film series touts William Wellman, 'Hollywood Rebel'

In the lexicon of classic Hollywood, the letter W looms especially large. But of all the directors in that distinguished group, including Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles and William Wyler, no one is harder to define than William Wellman, a filmmaker who went his own way.

Often neglected and sometimes maligned (critic Andrew Sarris listed him as "Less Than Meets the Eye" in his landmark "The American Cinema"), Wellman is starting to get his due. The UCLA Film & Television Archive begins a series called "William A. Wellman, Hollywood Rebel" on Friday night at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood with a double bill of two of his...