Lindsley Parsons


Executive, Producer

About

Birth Place
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Born
September 12, 1905
Died
October 09, 1992
Cause of Death
Heart Failure

Biography

Veteran film executive, producer and screenwriter. Parsons produced more than 150 theatrical features and three TV series in addition to supervising vast numbers of genre pictures as the production head of Monogram Studios and Allied Artists. He began as a newspaperman and moved into the entertainment industry as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures. Before long Parsons was churni...

Family & Companions

Myrtle Viola Nettleton
Wife
Married in December 1957.
Suzanne Parsons
Wife
Second wife; married on June 19, 1958; survived him.

Notes

Parsons was a dedicated boating enthusiast who was a writer and contributing editor for Yachting, Pacific Skipper, Motor Boating and Sea magazines.

Biography

Veteran film executive, producer and screenwriter. Parsons produced more than 150 theatrical features and three TV series in addition to supervising vast numbers of genre pictures as the production head of Monogram Studios and Allied Artists. He began as a newspaperman and moved into the entertainment industry as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures. Before long Parsons was churning out screenplays for B Westerns--nearly 20 in a five-year period--many starring a bright young talent named John Wayne. He went on to personally produce over 40 films, including some titles in the popular Charlie Chan and Bowery Boys series.

Parsons' credits as a producer include films by such notable tough-guy B filmmakers as Bud Boetticher ("Black Midnight" 1949, "The Wolf Hunters" 1949, "The Killer Shark" 1950) and Phil Karlson. A sampling of his voluminous credits yields such colorful titles as "King of the Zombies" (1941), "Law of the Jungle" (1942), "Rhythm Inn" (1951), "Cry Vengeance" (1954), "Desert Pursuit" (1952), "Trail of the Yukon" (1949), "The Adventures of Kitty O'Day" (1944) and "Leave It to the Irish" (1944).

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

Oklahoma Terror (1939)
Original Story
Panamint's Bad Man (1938)
Original Story
Frontier Town (1938)
Screenwriter
Rollin' Plains (1938)
Screenwriter
Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (1937)
Story
Trouble in Texas (1937)
Original Story
Arizona Days (1937)
Story
Riders of the Rockies (1937)
Story
Hittin' the Trail (1937)
Original Story
Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937)
Original screen story
Song of the Gringo (1936)
Contr to Screenplay const
The Oregon Trail (1936)
Screenwriter
The Oregon Trail (1936)
Original Story
Headin' for the Rio Grande (1936)
Story
Paradise Canyon (1935)
Story
Westward Ho (1935)
Story and Screenplay
Lawless Range (1935)
Story
Paradise Canyon (1935)
Screenwriter
The Desert Trail (1935)
Story and Screenplay
Lawless Range (1935)
Screenwriter
Rainbow Valley (1935)
Story
The Trail Beyond (1934)
Screenwriter
The Man from Utah (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Randy Rides Alone (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Sagebrush Trail (1933)
Story
Sagebrush Trail (1933)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

The Big Cube (1969)
Producer
Good Times (1967)
Producer
Mara of the Wilderness (1965)
Executive Producer
The Purple Gang (1960)
Producer
Wolf Larsen (1958)
Producer
Oregon Passage (1958)
Producer
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957)
Producer
Portland Exposé (1957)
Producer
The Cruel Tower (1956)
Producer
The Come On (1956)
Producer
Strange Intruder (1956)
Producer
Finger Man (1955)
Producer
The Return of Jack Slade (1955)
Producer
Cry Vengeance (1954)
Producer
Loophole (1954)
Producer
Jack Slade (1953)
Producer
Northern Patrol (1953)
Producer
Mexican Manhunt (1953)
Producer
Fangs of the Arctic (1953)
Producer
Tangier Incident (1953)
Producer
Desert Pursuit (1952)
Producer
Arctic Flight (1952)
Producer
Yukon Manhunt (1951)
Producer
Yellow Fin (1951)
Producer
Northwest Territory (1951)
Producer
Casa Mañana (1951)
Producer
Rhythm Inn (1951)
Producer
Square Dance Katy (1950)
Producer
Killer Shark (1950)
Producer
Trail of the Yukon (1949)
Producer
Mississippi Rhythm (1949)
Producer
Black Midnight (1949)
Producer
Tuna Clipper (1949)
Producer
Kidnapped (1948)
Producer
Louisiana (1947)
Producer
Below the Deadline (1946)
Producer
In Fast Company (1946)
Producer
Swing Parade of 1946 (1946)
Producer
Bowery Bombshell (1946)
Producer
Live Wires (1946)
Producer
Fear (1946)
Producer
The Lonesome Trail (1945)
Producer
Springtime in Texas (1945)
Producer
Saddle Serenade (1945)
Executive Producer
South of the Rio Grande (1945)
Producer
G. I. Honeymoon (1945)
Producer
Adventures of Kitty O'Day (1945)
Producer
Army Wives (1944)
Producer
The Utah Kid (1944)
Producer
Alaska (1944)
Producer
Marked Trails (1944)
Producer
Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)
Producer
Hot Rhythm (1944)
Producer
Trigger Law (1944)
Producer
Leave It to the Irish (1944)
Producer
Crime Smasher (1943)
Producer
Silver Skates (1943)
Producer
Sarong Girl (1943)
Executive Producer
Revenge of the Zombies (1943)
Producer
You Can't Beat the Law (1943)
Producer
Nearly Eighteen (1943)
Producer
The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)
Producer
Melody Parade (1943)
Producer
Campus Rhythm (1943)
Producer
Wings Over the Pacific (1943)
Producer
Rhythm Parade (1942)
Executive Producer
Law of the Jungle (1942)
Producer
Lure of the Islands (1942)
Producer
Freckles Comes Home (1942)
Producer
Police Bullets (1942)
Producer
Man from Headquarters (1942)
Producer
So's Your Aunt Emma (1942)
Producer
Criminal Investigator (1942)
Producer
Top Sergeant Mulligan (1941)
Producer
Let's Go Collegiate (1941)
Producer
The Gang's All Here (1941)
Producer
You're Out of Luck (1941)
Producer
Father Steps Out (1941)
Producer
King of the Zombies (1941)
Producer
Up in the Air (1940)
Producer
Laughing at Danger (1940)
Producer
Boy's Reformatory (1939)
Associate Producer
Oklahoma Terror (1939)
Producer
Frontier Town (1938)
Producer
Wanted by the Police (1938)
Supervisor
Tough Kid (1938)
Associate Producer
Rawhide (1938)
Associate Producer
Riders of the Rockies (1937)
Supervisor
Hittin' the Trail (1937)
Supervisor
Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (1937)
Supervisor
Trouble in Texas (1937)
Supervisor
The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (1937)
Supervisor
Sing, Cowboy, Sing (1937)
Supervisor
Arizona Days (1937)
Supervisor
Headin' for the Rio Grande (1936)
Supervisor
Song of the Gringo (1936)
Supervisor

Music (Feature Film)

Hittin' the Trail (1937)
Composer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Equinox (1992)
Production

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Torpedo Alley (1953)
Company
Desert Pursuit (1952)
Company
Yellow Fin (1951)
Company
Yukon Manhunt (1951)
Company
Northwest Territory (1951)
Company
Casa Mañana (1951)
Company
Call of the Klondike (1950)
Company
Big Timber (1950)
Company
Sierra Passage (1950)
Company
Snow Dog (1950)
Company
The Wolf Hunters (1949)
Company
Trail of the Yukon (1949)
Company
Rocky (1948)
Company
Ginger (1947)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Guncrazy (1992)
Other
The Moderns (1988)
Assistant
Walker (1987)
Assistant

Life Events

1931

Entered show business as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures

1933

Became a screenwriter; first credit on "Sagebush Trail", a B-Western starring the young John Wayne

1967

Produced the directorial debut of William Friedkin, "Good Times" starring Sonny & Cher

1975

Joined Completion Service Company as executive vice president

Videos

Movie Clip

Live Wires (1946) - Overgrown Kid The first scene with Leo Gorcey reincarnated as "Slip Mahoney," in the first official "Bowery Boys" movie, who gets into trouble then joins his angered sister (Pamela Blake) and old Dead End and East Side Kids mates (Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Billy Benedict), in Live Wires, 1946.
Live Wires (1946) - Ignorance Is Bliss Leo Gorcey (as "Slip") is in everybody's face, particularly Sach (Huntz Hall) and waitress Mabel (Patti Brill), in the Bowery Boys' first feature, Live Wires, 1946.
Big Cube, The - Cats Like Her Devious ex-medical student Johnny (George Chakiris) with innocent lover Lisa (Karin Mossberg) conspires to send her mother Adriana (Lana Turner) on an LSD trip, about which she complains to confidante Frederick (Richard Egan) in The Big Cube, 1969.
Kidnapped (1948) - Of The Honest Party Fugitive David (Roddy McDowall) welcomes shelter from Scottish lass Aileen (Sue England), whose innkeeper father (Alex Frazer) feigns delight at meeting David's colleague Breck (Dan O'Herlihy), then attempts a betrayal, in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, 1948.
Kidnapped (1948) - She Gave Us The Go By First appearance for fugitive Scot Breck (Irish-born Dan O'Herlihy) sort-of rescued by scoundrel Captain Hoseason (Roland Winters) and first mate Shaun (Jeff Corey), their captive David (Roddy McDowall) showing some empathy, in Kidnapped, 1948, from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel.
Kidnapped (1948) - Small Taste For Murder Crucial events as Scottish heir David (Roddy McDowall), still nervous about the intentions of his uncle Ebenezer (Houseley Stevenson), meets Captain Hoseason (Roland Winters), then Ransome (Bobby Anderson) and Shaun (Jeff Corey), in Kidnapped, 1948, from the Robert Louis Stevenson novel.

Family

Louis Parsons
Father
Louise Lindsley Parsons
Mother
Lindsley Parsons Jr
Son
Producer, executive. Mother, Myrtle Viola Nettleton; survived him.
Edward L Parsons
Son
Mother, Myrtle Viola Nettleton; survived him.
Lindsley Parsons III
Grandson
Producer. Son of Lindsley Jr; survived him.

Companions

Myrtle Viola Nettleton
Wife
Married in December 1957.
Suzanne Parsons
Wife
Second wife; married on June 19, 1958; survived him.

Bibliography

Notes

Parsons was a dedicated boating enthusiast who was a writer and contributing editor for Yachting, Pacific Skipper, Motor Boating and Sea magazines.