Christy Cabanne

William Christy Cabanne (April 16, 1888 – October 15, 1950) was an American film director, screenwriter and silent film actor.

Christy Cabanne
Cabanne, c. 1917
William Christy Cabanne

(1888-04-16)April 16, 1888
DiedOctober 15, 1950(1950-10-15) (aged 62)
Years active1911-1948


Cabanne (pronounced "CAB-a-nay") spent several years in the US 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 1911-14. He signed on with the Fine Arts Film Company and 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 shut it 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 credited role in a feature-length movie.credits.[1]

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

Christy Cabanne was married to Millicent Fisher. They had two children, William and Audrey. Audrey married Bill Davisson and they had two children, William Christy Jr. and Melinda. William Christy has two children, Monica and Danielle Davisson.

Partial filmography


  1. "The Red-Haired Alibi (1932)".; retrieved April 16, 2014.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.