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Christine Photo-Ads, P.6

page last updated:  10/25/2002

This is a detail from the cover of the pressbook for 1943's THE STRANGER FROM PECOS. It's a beautiful Christine publicity portrait for the Johnny Mack Brown B Western feature. This film marked Chris' first of many screen appearances with Johnny Mack (the college-football-star-turned actor). A colorized version of this cover, used as a one-sheet, can be seen a bit lower down the page:

Christine picks the pocket of an unsuspecting Shemp Howard in another fanciful publicity still from 1947's BRIDELESS GROOM:
(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

This is a lobby card for ROLLING DOWN TO RENO, a very funny 1947 vehicle for Harry Von Zell. In this short, Harry, during a radio broadcast, accidentally makes enemies with a mobster (Kenneth MacDonald, center of the inset getting hit with a shoe). Harry (a momma's boy with a pet parrot) then takes off on the train to Reno to hide out, little realizing that the woman whom everyone thinks is his wife (Christine), is really the mobster's wife on the run for a divorce. Chris has some great comic moments in this one as she gets enraged at the aggravatingly clumsy Harry. In the close-up below, you can see her peeking out of the train berth curtains:
(Courtesy of Greg Hilbrich)

In this one-sheet for Hugh Herbert's 1947 short HOT HEIR, we see Dick Wessel and Hugh squaring-off because Dick has become convinced his wife (Christine, in a familiar formula role) is being romanced by Hugh. The close-up below this graphic is of Christine and Emil Sitka, who plays Hugh's rich uncle who shows up at the worst time possible:
(Courtesy of Greg Hilbrich)

This is a one-sheet for DEFECTIVE DETECTIVES (1944). Christine is pictured here between stars (L to R) El Brendel and Harry Langdon, who play detectives hired to protect a banker and his wife from a mobster:
(Courtesy of Greg Hilbrich)

Pictured in this lobby card for 1946's THE BLONDE STAYED ON are Andy Clyde and Gladys Blake. But in the lower left corner, notice the little caricatures of Andy and the blonde of the title -- namely Christine McIntyre:

Christine (as "Dolly DeVore") and Moe Howard tug on a curtain chord to which they hope a dangling Shemp Howard (not pictured, obviously) is still attached outside the hotel window in this publicity shot for 1950's STUDIO STOOPS:
(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

With newly-dyed hair (during the year of 1944, she moved swiftly from a brunette to dark blonde to a platinum blonde onscreen), here's Christine to the right of Vernon Dent in this publicity photo for IDLE ROOMERS, her very first outing with the Stooges. To the right of Vernon and Chris (as Mr. and Mrs. Leander) are, L to R, Larry Fine, Moe Howard, and Curly Howard as the bellhops who have a wacky encounter with the Leanders' wolfman (Duke York, not pictured), hidden in the couple's hotel room:
(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

Here's dark-haired Christine again in her first lead role with Fred Scott, and his horse White King, featured on this nice title card for 1938's THE RANGERS' ROUND-UP. Inset at the bottom center on horseback are Al "Fuzzy" St. John, Fred Scott, Cactus Mack, and Carl Mathews:
(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Johnny Mack Brown (as "Nevada Jack McKenzie"), Christine (as "Alice Darcy"), and Dennis Moore (as "Ethan Boyd") are featured in this lobby card for WEST OF THE RIO GRANDE (1944). The original black and white press photo, colorized for the card below by a Monogram publicity artist, can be found on Christine Photo-Ads, P.3:

Below is a one-sheet for the 1943 Johnny Mack Brown feature THE STRANGER FROM PECOS in which Christine portrays range ingénue Ruth Martin, daughter of a frontier cafe owner. This may have been Christine's final feature appearance as a brunette. Her picture is inset on top of JMB's shirt -- see the close-up below the one-sheet -- and that's prolific sidekick Raymond Hatton on the left:

(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

This is a lobby card from the El Brendel and Harry Langdon short PISTON PACKIN' NITWITS (1945). [Langdon's star had fallen so far by this time that he is not even credited as co-lead even though his part is bigger than Brendel's... Langdon died shortly after filming.] It's not a very good movie at all, but Christine does sing a lengthy and funny mock version (the high point of the short) of "Father, Dear Father" as "Queenie Lynch" -- perhaps Chris' first film appearance as a saloonkeeper. And check out the bottom of this lobby card. Aubrey Menezes, friend of this site and of the late Ed Bernds, writes that Bernds signed the lobby card with the following footnote to credited director Harry Edwards' name: "A Columbia mistake -- I directed it... but I'm not proud of it -- It's not a good picture" -- which begins on the bottom of the lobby card and continues onto the back (scanned by Aubrey and included below). This implies that it was Bernds, and not Harry Edwards, who actually directed this ill-fated two-reeler, a Columbia front office error. [Though Bernds does get credit for the story...which he sort of remade with the Stooges a couple years later as OUT WEST!] So this news is a minor piece of film history revision. And it was possibly a stroke of odd luck for Bernds who was trying to make his mark as a director at that time. Pictured at the top, L to R, are Langdon, B Western actor Brad King (given powers in this film more like Superman's, oddly enough), El Brendel, and bad guy Dick Curtis (at whose feet, at one point, Christine shoots a barrage of bullets, making him dance). In the insert that's Swedish dialect comedian El Brendel with Chris:

(Courtesy of Aubrey Menezes)

FRONTIER FEUD (Monogram, 1945) was one of the earlier "blonde" westerns Christine made. L to R, the players in the shot below are [and thanks to Les Adams for most of these ID's] Pierce Lyden (hidden), Dennis Moore (as "Joe"), Dan White (as a "Townsman"), Johnny Mack Brown (as "Nevada Jack McKenzie" getting everyone's attention in the saloon), Raymond Hatton (as "Sandy Hopkins"), an unidentified player, Jack Ingram (as "Don Graham"), Terry Frost (as a "Henchman"), possibly Carl Sepulveda, Stanley Price (hidden, as another "Henchman"), Lynton Brent (as Henchman "Red"), Christine (as "Blanche Corey"), Frank LaRue (as "Chalmers"), and (last but not least) Jack Baxley:
(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

Raymond Hatton, Johnny Mack Brown, Christine, and Dennis Moore are featured in another still from FRONTIER FEUD (1945), a good-natured publicity shot which is either supposed to be a happy ending or an introduction pose:
(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

Pictured in this detail from a theatrical one-sheet for the 1945 short WHERE THE PEST BEGINS, are, L to R, Christine, Shemp Howard, and Rebel Randall. Shemp plays the pest of the title, driving his new neighbor (played by Tom Kennedy, not pictured) absolutely crazy. Rebel plays Shemp's wife, and Chris plays Tom's:
(Courtesy of Monica Leeson)

Christine Photo-Ads, P.7

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