Legendary screenwriter and producer Stanley Rubin started his career in screenwriting at Universal with a trio of films co-written with Edmund L. Hartmann: South to Karanga (1940) starring Charles Bickford, Diamond Frontier (1940) starring Victor McLaglen and San Francisco Docks (1940) starring Burgess Meredith. He spent a decade writing screenplays and stories for films of diverse genres, from musical comedies like Two Señoritas from Chicago (1943) to crime dramas like the film noir Decoy (1946).
Rubin made his foray into the nascent field of television and into the role of producer with the NBC telefilm series Your Show Time. For the pilot of Your Show Time, he wrote and produced an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Diamond Necklace.” Stanley Rubin received one of the first Emmy awards, as The Necklace (1949) won Best Film Made for Television at the first-ever Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards presentation.
After his debut as a television producer with Your Show Time, Stanley Rubin left screenwriting to produce feature films. One of his first features as a producer was the classic film noir THE NARROW MARGIN (1952), directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor and Jacqueline White. The film’s immense success cemented Rubin’s status as an influential producer. He went on to produce numerous feature films including Destination Gobi (1953) starring Richard Widmark, RIVER OF NO RETURN (1954), directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe, and The Girl Most Likely (1958) starring Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson. A veteran producer, he spent five years as president of the Producers Guild, where he remains an honorary board member.
Rubin’s early success in television production continued throughout his career, as he produced popular series like General Electric Theatre and Bracken’s World. He received Emmy nominations for his comedy series The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and for the TV movie Babe (1975), which also won a Golden Globe.
Stanley Rubin received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 2006, after starting there in 1933. Though his illustrious film career caused a few interruptions in his educational pursuits, he was proud to return to the university and receive a degree from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Stanley Rubin lives with his wife, actress Kathleen Hughes.