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Howard Christie

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Born in Orinda, CA, in 1912, Howard Christie was a good enough student to plan on a career in medical school. Instead, as a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a football All-American, he was chosen to appear in a small role in the anti-communist comedy/drama Fighting Youth (1935). He stayed on in Hollywood as an actor for a year and decided that he liked the movie business, but not working in front of the camera. He moved into the production side as an assistant production manager before becoming an assistant director and then a director at Universal. His work in the latter capacity was competent but otherwise as undistinguished as most of the studio's releases of the late 1930s and 1940s. He moved up to the producer's spot in the late 1940s and was responsible for the production of the Ma & Pa Kettle series and many of Abbott & Costello's late 1940s and early 1950s movies. Among Christie's best films were Lady on a Train (an attempt to put Deanna Durbin into a film noir-type setting), Against All Flags (starring Errol Flynn), Away All Boats with George Nader and Jeff Chandler, and Joe Dakota, a fascinating topical western dealing with racism and murder. By the end of the 1950s, Universal was making fewer of the B-westerns and comedies in which Christie specialized, but he landed on his feet when the studio appointed him to a vice presidency in its television division. It was there where he became one of the most familiar of studio-employed producers, responsible for the series Wagon Train, starring Ward Bond and then John McIntire, for its complete run, and also for the successful 90-minute western series The Virginian, which also enjoyed an extended run on television across most of the 1960s and into the beginning of the next decade. He retired from the studio in 1970, at age 58, and passed away in 1992. Reruns of Wagon Train and The Virginian have both enjoyed great popularity on cable television in the decades since, and several of Christie's film productions have seen re-release on laserdisc and, more recenty, on DVD.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Price Of Fear
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Journey to Shiloh
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet A Man Called Gannon
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet The Ride to Hangman's Tree
  • Producer
1967
No Score Yet No Name on the Bullet
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet The Monolith Monsters
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Away All Boats
  • Producer
1956
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Producer
1955
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
  • Producer
1955
No Score Yet The Purple Mask
  • Producer
1955
63% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Producer
1953
33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Seminole
  • Producer
1953
No Score Yet Against All Flags
  • Producer
1952
No Score Yet Lost in Alaska
  • Producer
1952
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Producer
1951
80% Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Producer
1951
No Score Yet Love Before Breakfast
  • [uncredited]
1936
No Score Yet Strike Me Pink
  • [uncredited]
1936
No Score Yet Sing, Sinner, Sing
  • Director
1933

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