But what she mostly did was clown around with the Three Stooges.
|Born||Christine Cecilia McIntyre|
(1911-04-16)April 16, 1911
Nogales, Arizona, U.S.
|Died||July 8, 1984(1984-07-08) (aged 73)|
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City|
|Spouse(s)||J. Donald Wilson (1953-1984; his death)|
Early careerA native of Nogales, Arizona, Christine McIntyre was one of five children. A classically trained singer, McIntyre received a Bachelor of Music degree at Chicago Musical College in 1933. It was here that she developed her operatic soprano voice, which would be put to good use in several Three Stooges films in the 1940s. McIntyre began singing in feature films at RKO Pictures, and made her film debut in 1937's Swing Fever. She then appeared in a series of B-westerns featuring the likes of Ray Corrigan and Buck Jones. She appeared with dark hair in these early roles, and also appeared occasionally in "mainstream" feature films (like 1939's Blondie Takes a Vacation). She sang songs such as "The Blue Danube" and "Voices of Spring" in a Vienna-themed short Soundies musical film, and her performance was singled out as the best of the inaugural series. Her singing in this soundie may have given the Three Stooges the idea of using "Voices of Spring" in their short film Micro-Phonies.
The Three Stooges and Columbia PicturesIt was in 1944 that Columbia Pictures producer Hugh McCollum signed Christine McIntyre to a decade-long contract. During her time at Columbia, she appeared in many short subjects starring Shemp Howard, Andy Clyde, Joe Besser, Bert Wheeler, and Hugh Herbert. The Herbert comedy Wife Decoy is actually a showcase for McIntyre, who is the principal character. In this film, she appears as a brunette who dyes her hair blonde. From then on in her screen appearances, she remained a blonde. In all of her Columbia comedies she demonstrated a capable range, playing charming heroines, scheming villains, and flighty socialites equally well.
McIntyre's association with the Three Stooges would become her most memorable. Her debut appearance with the team was in Idle Roomers, followed by Open Season For Saps. McIntyre's singing voice was featured prominently in 1945's Micro-Phonies, as she sung both "Voices of Spring" and "Lucia Sextet." She would again sing "Lucia Sextet" three years later in Squareheads of the Round Table.
Her performance as Miss Hopkins in Brideless Groom featured a knockabout scene in which she beats voice instructor Shemp Howard into submission. Director Edward Bernds remembers:
|“||"In the story, Shemp had a few hours in which to get married if he wanted to inherit his uncle's fortune. He called on Christine McIntyre, who mistook him for her cousin (Basil) and greeted him with hugs and kisses. Then the real cousin phoned and she accused Shemp of kissing her, as it were, under false pretenses. At this point, she was supposed to slap Shemp around. Lady that she was, Chris couldn't do it right; she dabbed at him daintily, afraid of hurting him. After a couple of bad takes, Shemp pleaded with her. 'Honey,' he said, 'if you want to do me a favor, cut loose and do it right. A lot of half-hearted slaps hurts more than one good one. Give it to me, Chris, and let's get it over with.' Chris got up her courage and on the next take, let Shemp have it. 'It' wound up as a whole series of slaps—the timing was beautiful; they rang out like pistol shots. Shemp was knocked into a chair, bounced up, met another ringing slap, fell down again, scrambled up, trying to explain, only to get another stinging slap. Then Chris delivered a haymaker—a right that knocked Shemp through the door. When the take was over, Shemp was groggy, really groggy. Chris put her arms around him and apologized tearfully. 'It's alright, honey,' Shemp said painfully. 'I said you should cut loose and you did. You sure as hell did!'" ||”|
McIntyre also won a feature-film contract with Monogram Pictures. After playing a newspaper publisher in News Hounds, a comedy with The Bowery Boys, she usually played opposite Monogram's cowboy stars in low-budget Westerns. Her attractive features belied that she was close to 40 years of age at the time, much more mature than the conventional ingenue.
McIntyre married radio personality J. Donald Wilson in 1953. By this time, her mentors Hugh McCollum and Edward Bernds had left Columbia, leaving Jules White in charge of short subjects. White favored strenuous, extremely physical humor, and forced the ladylike McIntyre to submit to low comedy; in a single film, her character was tackled, hit with messy projectiles, covered with cake batter, and knocked into a cross-eyed stupor. When her contract at Columbia expired in 1954, she was all too happy to retire from show business, eventually developing a career in real estate. Columbia continued to use old footage of McIntyre through 1958, which is why she received billing in films made after her retirement.
Later yearsWilson's sudden death from a heart attack in January 1984 took its toll on McIntyre. She was already suffering from cancer at the time of his passing, and his death worsened her illness. McIntyre died in Van Nuys, California on July 8, 1984, six months after her husband. She was 73. She had no children.
- Idle Roomers (1944)
- No Dough Boys (1944)
- Three Pests in a Mess (1945)
- Micro-Phonies (1945)
- The Three Troubledoers (1946)
- Three Little Pirates (1946)
- Gilda (1946)
- Society Mugs (1946)
- Out West (1947)
- Brideless Groom (1947)
- All Gummed Up (1947)
- Angel and the Badman (1947)
- Shivering Sherlocks (1948)
- Squareheads of the Round Table (1948)
- The Hot Scots (1948)
- Crime on Their Hands (1948)
- Who Done It? (1949)
- Fuelin' Around (1949)
- Vagabond Loafers (1949)
- Punchy Cowpunchers (1950)
- Hugs and Mugs (1950)
- Dopey Dicks (1950)
- Love at First Bite (1950)
- Three Hams on Rye (1950)
- Studio Stoops (1950)
- Bubble Trouble (1953) (stock footage)
- Pals and Gals (1954)
- Knutzy Knights (1954)
- Scotched in Scotland (1954)
- Of Cash and Hash (1955)
- Hot Ice (1955) (stock footage)
- Husbands Beware (1956) (stock footage)
- For Crimin' Out Loud (1956) (stock footage)
- Hot Stuff (1956) (stock footage)
- Scheming Schemers (1956) (stock footage)
- Fifi Blows Her Top (1958) (stock footage)
- Stop! Look! and Laugh! (1960) (stock footage)
- Christine McIntyre at the Internet Movie Database
- Christine McIntyre at Find a Grave
- Christine McIntyre at threestooges.net
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Christine McIntyre worked in radio as well as in the movies, and eventually married radio pioneer John Donald Wilson and retired. A devout Catholic, she was remembered by her coworkers as ladylike even if that description didn't always fit the characters she played on screen. It is said that the Three Stooges treated her like a lady and never told off-color jokes in her presence.
Christine McIntyre appeared in many other two-reel comedies as well as those of the Three Stooges, working with Hugh Herbert, Harry Langdon, Harry Von Zell, Andy Clyde, and Joe De Rita
Christine McIntyre wasn't in any movies with Laurel and Hardy, but she did appear in a Stan Laurel production. Something Stan Laurel had gotten into during a period when he wasn't working with Olvier Hardy.
A publicity photo for RANGERS ROUNDUP
Christine McIntyre also appeared in westerns with Johnny Mack Brown, Buck Jones, Dave O'Brien, and Fred Scott. She doesn't seem to be remembered for these so much today, but I remember seeing a couple of her movies with the "Rough Riders" on "Western Theater" on local television some years ago.
And she did have a wonderful singing voice.
Laurel and Hardy ( Official Site ):
The Wonderful World of Christine McIntyre:
My Search For Christine McIntyre by Bill Cappello:
Christine McIntyre at B Westerns:
Christine McIntyre at the IMDB:
Christine McIntyre on my brother Dale's blog:
MICROSPOOK ( Christine McIntyre film ):
ROCK RIVER RENEGADES ( Western with Crash Corrigan, who also played the gorilla in MICROSPOOK ):
Rough Riders Western Film Series:
The Shorts Department ( Columbia Short Subjects ):