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Christie in a 1920 Robertson-Cole ad
Alfred Ernest Christie
23 October 1881
London, Ontario, Canada
|Died||April 14, 1951 (aged 69)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Al E. Christie|
Albert E. Christie
Alfred E. Christie
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
Alfred Ernest Christie was born in London, Ontario, Canada. One of a number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood, he began his career in 1909 working for David Horsley's Centaur Film Company in Bayonne, New Jersey.:77 In 1910, Christie began turning out one single-reel, Mutt and Jeff comedy every week.
The following year, Christie moved to Southern California to manage Centaur's West Coast unit, the Nestor Film Company. Nestor established the first permanent movie studio in Hollywood, opening on 27 October 1911. Christie then created a partnership with his brother Charles to form Christie Film Company.
Christie Comedies, as they were known, were different from the fast-paced slapstick efforts of other producers. They relied more on humorous situations and embarrassing moments, and the action was slower and subtler. Christie's stars of the 1920s were former Mack Sennett juvenile Bobby Vernon, Neal Burns, Jimmie Adams, Walter Hiers, and sailor-suited comic Billy Dooley.
Christie's own studio lasted until 1933 when the company went into receivership. Christie was then hired by Earle Hammons of Educational Pictures as a director, where he worked with The Ritz Brothers, Bob Hope, and Buster Keaton. Christie's last film was Half a Sinner (1940), originally produced by Hammons for Grand National Pictures and ultimately released by Universal Pictures.
Christie died in 1951. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard.
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- Works by or about Al Christie at Internet Archive
- Al Christie on IMDb
- List of films made by Christie Film Company at IMDB
- "Al Christie". Find a Grave. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
- Al. E. Christie, The Elements of Situation Comedy, "One of a series of lectures especially prepared for student-members of the Palmer Plan [of Photoplay Writing]." Published 1920.