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B. Reeves Eason DIRECTOR


William Reeves Eason was born in New York City on October 2nd, 1886 and first began his career as an actor before switching over to the other side of the industry and working as a director. 

He began his career in 1913 appearing on a number of shorts such as, "The Step Brothers" (1913), "A Divorce Scandal" (1913), "The Miser's Policy" (1913), "The Hermit" (1914) and "Like Father, Like Son" (1914).  He continued acting up until 1928 with his last film roles being on, "Nine-Tenths of the Law" (1918), "Two Kinds of Love" (1920) and "The Danger Rider" (1928).

Reeves then remained in the industry but switched to the other side working behind the scenes as a director.  He made quite a name for himself and became known for his use of 42 cameras when he filmed, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" (1925) starring Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman, which also was the most expensive silent film ever made reaching $3.9 million.

Some of his more well known films included, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" (1925), "Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936) starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles, David Niven, Nigel Bruce, Spring Byington, Henry Stephenson, J. Carrol Naish, Scotty Beckett and Donald Crisp, "Gone with the Wind" (1939) starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Rand Brooks, George Reeves and Butterfly McQueen, "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941) starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland and "Truck Busters" (1943) starring Richard Travis, Virginia Christine and Charles Lang.
Although he did act and direct, he made a real name for himself in the industry as an action specialist as well as a second-unit director.  He earned the nickname 'Breezy' for his attitude in regards to safety on set at all times.

He was known for using a total of forty two cameras to film the chariot race in, "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ" (1925).  

He retired completely from the industry in 1952 after directing the films, "Rim Fire" (1949) starring James Millican, Reed Hadley, George Cleveland, Henry Hull, Mary Beth Hughes, Glenn Strange, I. Stanford Jolley and John Forrest 'Fuzzy' Knight and "Dick Tracy" (1950).  He was only married once to Jimsy Maye and they had one son together who also worked as an actor, however at the age of six he was killed in a car accident. 

B. Reeves Eason passed away on June 9th, 1956 at the age of sixty nine after suffering from a heart attack.  His remains are buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


1966         Sharad of Atlantis
1950         Dick Tracy
1949         Rimfire
1946         North of the Border
1946         'Neath Canadian Skies
1944         Black Arrow
1944         The Desert Hawk
1943         The Phantom
1943         Wagon Wheels West
1943         Murder on the Waterfront
1943         Oklahoma Outlaws
1943         Mountain Fighters
1943         Mechanized Patrolling
1943         Truck Busters
1943         The Fighting Engineers
1942         Men of the Sky
1942         Spy Ship
1942         Murder in the Big House
1942         Maybe Darwin Was Right
1942         Soldiers in White
1941         The Tanks Are Coming
1941         Wings of Steel
1941         Take the Air
1940         Sockeroo
1940         Meet the Fleet
1940         March On, Marines
1940         Service with the Colors
1940         Young America Flies
1940         Pony Express Days
1940         Men with Steel Faces
1939         Mountain Rhythm
1939         Blue Montana Skies
1938         Call of the Yukon
1938         Daredevil Drivers
1938         The Kid Comes Back
1938         Sergeant Murphy
1937         Prairie Thunder
1937         Empty Holsters
1937         Land Beyond the Law
1936         Give Me Liberty
1936         Undersea Kingdom
1936         Red River Valley
1936         Darkest Africa
1935         The Fighting Marines
1935         The Adventures of Rex and Rinty
1935         The Miracle Rider
1935         The Phantom Empire
1934         Mystery Mountain
1934         The Law of the Wild
1934         Hollywood Hoodlum
1933         Neighbors' Wives
1933         Dance Hall Hostess
1933         Her Resale Value
1933         Alimony Madness
1933         Revenge at Monte Carlo
1932         Behind Jury Doors
1932         The Heart Punch
1932         Cornered
1932         The Honor of the Press
1932         The Last of the Mohicans
1932         The Shadow of the Eagle
1932         The Sunset Trail
1931         The Galloping Ghost
1931         The Vanishing Legion
1931         King of the Wild
1930         Spurs
1930         Trigger Tricks
1930         Roaring Ranch
1930         Troopers Three
1929         The Winged Horsema
1929         The Lariat Kid
1928         Clearing the Trail
1928         Riding for Fame
1928         The Flyin' Cowboy
1928         A Trick of Hearts
1927         Galloping Fury
1927         Through Thick and Thin
1927         Painted Ponies
1927         The Prairie King
1927         The Denver Dude
1927         Johnny Get Your Hair Cut
1926         Lone Hand Saunders
1926         The Sign of the Claw
1926         The Test of Donald Norton
1925         The Shadow on the Wall
1925         A Fight to the Finish
1925         The New Champion
1925         Fighting the Flames
1925         Border Justice
1925         Fighting Youth
1925         The Texas Bearca
1924         Flashing Spurs
1924         Trigger Fingers
1924         Women First
1924         Tiger Thompson
1924         Treasure Canyon
1923         His Last Race
1923         Around the World in Eighteen Days
1922         The Lone Hand
1922         Roughshod
1922         When East Comes West
1922         Pardon My Nerve!
1921         The Fire Eater
1921         Red Courage
1921         The Big Adventure
1921         Colorado
1920         Two Kinds of Love
1920         Pink Tights
1920         Blue Streak McCoy
1920         Human Stuff
1920         The Moon Riders
1920         His Nose in the Book
1920         The Rattler's Hiss
1920         Held Up for the Makin's
1920         Hair Trigger Stuff
1920         The Prospector's Vengeance
1919         The Kid and the Cowboy
1919         The Fighting Line
1919         The Tell Tale Wire
1919         The Crow
1919         The Jack of Hearts
1919         The Four-Bit Man
1919         The Fighting Heart
1918         Nine-Tenths of the Law
1916         Shadows
1916         A Sanitarium Scramble
1916         Viviana
1916         Time and Tide
1916         Matching Dreams
1915         The Solution to the Mystery
1915         The Silver Lining
1915         The Bluffers
1915         The Substitute Minister
1915         To Rent Furnished
1915         The Wasp
1915         The Smuggler's Cave
1915         The Blot on the Shield
1915         Profit from Loss
1915         Hearts in Shadow
1915         The Barren Gain
1915         The Little Lady Next Door
1915         In Trust
1915         A Question of Honor
1915         The Spirit of Adventure
1915         Drawing the Line
1915         The Assayer of Lone Gap
1915         The Exile of Bar-K Ranch
1915         After the Storm
1915         The Newer Way
1915         The Honor of the District Attorney
1915         To Melody a Soul Responds
1915         Mountain Mary
1915         A Good Business Deal
1915         She Walketh Alone
1915         The Day of Reckoning
1915         The Poet of the Peaks
1915         Competition

Matinee Classics - The Desert Hawk starring Gilbert Roland, Mona Maris, Ben Welden, Kenneth MacDonald, Frank Lackteen, I. Stanford Jolley, Charles Middleton, Egon Brecher, Georges Renavent, Margia Dean and Forrest Taylor
Matinee Classics - Law of the Wild starring Edmund Cobb, Ben Turpin, Rex and Rin Tin Tin
Matinee Classics - Blue Montana Skies starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Glenn Strange, Edmund Cobb, Harry Woods, Tully Marshall and Al Bridge
Matinee Classics - Mountain Rhythm starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, June Storey, Maude Eburne, Ferris Taylor, Tom London and Walter Fenner
Matinee Classics - The Galloping Ghost starring Harold 'Red' Grange, Dorothy Gulliver, Tom Dugan, Gwen Lee, Ralph Bushman, Theodore Lorch, Walter Miller, Edward Hearn, Ernie Adams, Tom London, Edward Brownlee, Edward Peil Sr, Joe Mack, Stepin Fetchit, Dick Dickinson, Wilfred Lucas, Yakima Canutt, Lon Chaney and Fred Toones
Matinee Classics - The Fighting Marines starring Grant Withers, Ann Rutherford, Adrian Morris, Robert Warwick, George J. Lewis, Patrick H. O'Malley, Victor Potel, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Robert Frazer, J. Frank Glendon, Donald Reed, Max Wagner, Richard Alexander and Tom London

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