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William C. Thomas

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  • Birthday: Aug 11, 1903
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  • A Californian through and through, William C. Thomas entered the movie business right after graduation from USC. He started out as a screenwriter, then moved up the ladder to become a staff producer at Paramount. In partnership with William H. Pine, Thomas set up an autonomous production unit using Paramount facilities, contract players and distribution channels. The proprietors of the Pine-Thomas unit were known as the "Two Dollar Bills" for the following reasons: their films stayed scrupulously within their tiny budgets, they always made money, and both Pine's and Thomas' first names were Bill. Most Pine-Thomas films were action/adventures, usually starring such journeyman actors as Richard Arlen, Chester Morris, Buster Crabbe and Jean Parker. Originally, each of the unit's films was supposed to focus on aviation, but the plotlines also embraced oil digging, firefighting and espionage. From 1949 onward, the Pine-Thomas films were endowed with increased budgets, bigger star names (Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan, Rhonda Fleming) and liberal use of lush Technicolor. William C. Thomas and his partner William H. Pine closed out their careers at United Artists with a handful of second features, including Nightmare (1956) and The Big Caper (1957); their partnership ended with the death of Bill Pine in the late '50s.

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No Score Yet You're a Sweetheart Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Cat Murkil And The Silks Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Cruisin' High Producer Screenwriter 1976
No Score Yet The Big Caper Producer 1957
No Score Yet Nightmare Producer 1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant Producer 1955
No Score Yet The Far Horizons Producer 1955
No Score Yet Run for Cover (Colorado) Producer Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Hell's Island Producer Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet Those Redheads from Seattle Producer 1953
No Score Yet Sangaree Producer 1953
No Score Yet Hong Kong Producer 1952
No Score Yet Passage West Producer 1951
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Producer 1951
No Score Yet The Lawless Producer 1950
No Score Yet El Paso Producer 1949
No Score Yet Special Agent Producer Director 1949
No Score Yet Manhandled Producer 1949
No Score Yet Dynamite Producer 1949
No Score Yet Speed to Spare Producer 1948
No Score Yet Mr. Reckless Producer 1948
No Score Yet Albuquerque Producer 1948
No Score Yet Underworld Scandal (Big Town Scandal) Director 1948
No Score Yet Big Town After Dark Producer Director 1947
No Score Yet Adventure Island Producer 1947
No Score Yet Fear in the Night Producer 1947
No Score Yet Seven Were Saved Producer 1947
No Score Yet Swamp Fire Producer 1946
No Score Yet They Made Me a Killer Director Producer 1946
No Score Yet Midnight Manhunt Director 1945
No Score Yet Scared Stiff Producer 1945
No Score Yet Dangerous Passage Producer 1944
No Score Yet One Body Too Many Producer 1944
No Score Yet Gambler's Choice Producer 1944
No Score Yet The Navy Way Director Producer 1944
No Score Yet Timber Queen Producer 1944
No Score Yet Dark Mountain Director Producer 1944
No Score Yet Take It Big Producer 1944
No Score Yet Submarine Alert Producer 1943
No Score Yet Alaska Highway Producer 1943
No Score Yet Minesweeper Producer 1943
No Score Yet Tornado Producer 1943
No Score Yet Wildcat Producer 1942
No Score Yet Wrecking Crew Producer 1942
No Score Yet I Live on Danger Producer 1942
No Score Yet Flying Blind Producer 1941
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance) Producer 1939

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