Lindsley Parsons

Producer, Executive, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1905 in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Filmography

Writer (23)

The Oregon Trail 1935 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Oregon Trail 1935 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lawless Range 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lawless Range 1934 (Movie)

(From Story)

Paradise Canyon 1934 (Movie)

(From Story)

Paradise Canyon 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rainbow Valley 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Desert Trail 1934 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Desert Trail 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Westward Ho 1934 (Movie)

(From Story)

Westward Ho 1934 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Randy Rides Alone 1933 (Movie)

(From Story)

Randy Rides Alone 1933 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man From Utah 1933 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Man From Utah 1933 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Trail Beyond 1933 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arizona Days (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Headin' for the Rio Grande (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Panamint's Bad Man (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Riders of the Rockies (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Rollin' Plains (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Trouble in Texas (Movie)

(Screen Story)
Producer (22)

The Big Cube 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Good Times 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Come On 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Killer Shark 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Midnight 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wolf Hunters 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

G.I. Honeymoon 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gang's All Here 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Boys' Reformatory (Movie)

(Producer)

Freckles Comes Home (Movie)

(Producer)

In Fast Company (Movie)

(Producer)

King of the Zombies (Movie)

(Producer)

Law of the Jungle (Movie)

(Producer)

Let's Go Collegiate (Movie)

(Producer)

Man from Headquarters (Movie)

(Producer)

Oklahoma Terror (Movie)

(Producer)

Revenge of the Zombies (Movie)

(Producer)

Silver Skates (Movie)

(Producer)

Swing Parade of 1946 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

(Producer)

Wanted by the Police (Movie)

(Producer)

Wings over the Pacific (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

The George Raft Story 1961 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (4)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

production bond (Production)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

production bond (Production)

The Moderns 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Walker 1987 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

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.<p>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).

Relationships

Louis Parsons

Father

Louise Lindsley Parsons

Mother

Myrtle Nettleton

Wife
married in December 1957

Suzanne Parsons

Wife
Married on June 19, 1958 until his death 1992

Edward Parsons

Son
mother, Myrtle Viola Nettleton survived him

Lindsley Parsons

Son
mother, Myrtle Viola Nettleton survived him

Lindsley Parsons

Grandson
son of Lindsley Jr survived him

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1975

Joined Completion Service Company as executive vice president

1967

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

1933

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

1931

Entered show business as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures

Personally produced over 40 features including some in the Charlie Chan and Bowery Boys series

Worked on the editorial staff of various newspapers including "City News Service" (LA), "Alhambra Post-Advocate", "Calexico Chronicle", "Santa Rosa Press Democrat", and the "Humboldt Times"

Served as executive in charge of production for Monogram Studios and Allied Artists

Worked as a producer at Grand National Studios

Served as publicity director for Republic Studios

Produced three TV series, "The Files of Jeffery Jones", "The Gray Ghost", and "The Whistler"

Worked as a producer at Motion Pictures International

Edited and published the "San Marino News"

Served as president of Completion Service Company

Scripted a series of Westerns for Grand National Studios and Republic

Worked as an independent producer releasing films through Monogram and AA; served as president of Lindsley Parsons Productions

Wrote at least nine more B-Westerns which starred John Wayne including "The Man From Utah", "Randy Rides Alone", "Paradise Canyon", "Rainbow Valley", and "The Oregon Trail"

Served as executive vice president of Film Finances Inc., A completion guarantee company

Bonus Trivia

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

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