Harry Joe Brown

Harry Joe Brown


Harry Joe Brown
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Director | Producer
Born Sept. 22, 1890 in Pittsburgh, PA
Died April 28, 1972 of heart attack in Palm Springs, CA

Producer and director Harry Joe Brown was associated with most of the major studios during his career that began in the silent film era and ranged into television.

His movies included “Captain Blood” with Errol Flynn, “Down Argentine Way” with Carmen Miranda, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” "Moon Over Miami” and “Johnny Apollo.”

Starting in 1956, he and star-producer Randolph Scott co-produced six classic "Ranown westerns," directed by Budd Boetticher. They were "Seven Men From Now" (1956), "The Tall T" and "Decision at Sundown" (both 1957), "Buchanan Rides Alone" (1958), "Ride Lonesome" (1959) and "Comanche Station" (1960).

The Ranowns, with their harsh, opulent landscapes, terrifying bursts of action, cock-eyed absurdist humor and perversely compelling relationships between hero and villain, are tense fables of duty and dishonor. Set in scorching terrains that become corridas for mano-a-mano combat, they gave Boetticher his cinematic cultural icon status in Europe.

Brown also produced the “Mr. and Mrs. North” and “Topper” television series.

Brown’s first marriage to actress Salle Eilers ended in divorce. In 1953, he married Dorothy Gray.

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