Christy Cabanne

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Christy Cabanne
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Beyond the Rainbow (1922) with debuting Clara Bow.
Born William Christy Cabanne
(1888-04-16)April 16, 1888
St. Louis, Missouri
Died October 15, 1950(1950-10-15) (aged 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cause of death
heart attack
Years active 1911 to 1948
The Adopted Brother (1913), directed by D.W. Griffith and Christy Cabanne for Biograph is a western about revenge. Collection EYE Film Institute Netherlands.

Christy Cabanne, born William Christy Cabanne, (April 16, 1888 – October 15, 1950) was an American film director, screenwriter and silent film actor. Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American film.

Biography[edit]

Cabanne (pronounced "CAB-a-nay") graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent several years in the Navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although acting was his main profession, when he finally broke into the film industry it was chiefly as a director after appearing in over 40 short films between 1911 and 1914. He signed on with the Fine Arts Co., then was employed as an assistant to D.W. Griffith. Miriam Cooper credited him with discovering her as an extra in 1912.

Being a published author, he was hired by Metro Pictures to write a serial. After that he formed his own production company, but was shut down only a few years later. He then became a director for hire, mainly of low- to medium-budget films for such studios as FBO, Associated Exhibitors, Tiffany and Pathe, although he worked at MGM on a few occasions in the mid- to late 1920s on films such as The Midshipman (1925). Cabanne directed legendary child actress Shirley Temple in The Red-Haired Alibi (1932) in her first ever credited role in a feature length movie.

In the 1930s he made many films with Universal. By the 1940s he continued to direct Universal's popular B pictures, and made himself available to low-budget, independent producers. In 1947 he directed a Bela Lugosi thriller, Scared to Death, which was experimental in that it was photographed on semi-professional, economical 16mm color film. (Robert L. Lippert released it on standard 35mm film in 1947.)

Personal life[edit]

Christy Cabanne was married to Millicent Fisher. They had two children, a son William, and daughter Audrey.

Partial filmography[edit]

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