BRETAIGNE WINDUST, that’s a name to conjure with.
A director Warner Brothers brought out to Hollywood from Broadway and then only used to direct five films over a three year period.
Born in Paris to an English father and American mother, the director moved to America in his teens and attended Princeton University where his interest in the theatre was born.
Mr WINDUST directed Broadway productions for 30 years. His biggest hits were ARSENIC AND OLD LACE,LIFE WITH FATHER, STATE OF THE UNION and FINIAN’S RAINBOW.
But he didn’t do the film versions ( though Finian’s Rainbow was made after his early death).
After the call from Warners, he was dialogue director on STALLION ROAD (1947), and then the novice film director was handed two Bette Davis films back to back – WINTER MEETING and JUNE BRIDE,both in 1948.
In 1950, he did PERFECT STRANGERS with Ginger Rogers, and PRETTY BABY with Dennis Morgan and Betsy Drake.
And finally, THE ENFORCER with Humphrey Bogart in 1951.
And that was the extent of his Hollywood film career. ( He later directed some episodes of Wagon Train and Alfred Hitchcock Presents).
Of the few films he made ,I rate The Enforcer very highly, a very well made drama about District Attorney Humphrey Bogart’s attempt to bring a murder gang to justice.
June Bride is a bright comedy with Davis and Montgomery. Perfect Strangers has similarities to Twelve Angry Men,but the script just isnt good enough.
Winter Meeting wasn’t a great film for Bette Davis.
I haven’t seen the comedy Pretty Baby.
Still, two hits out of five isn’t a bad average. Who knows what else he might have done if he had been in Hollywood longer.
Maybe he didn’t want to be tied to a long term contract with Warners or any other studio.
But I wish BRETAIGNE WINDUST had been in Hollywood longer.