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William C. Thomas

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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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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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