Writer-Producer Stanley Rubin Dies at 96

5:57 PM PST 03/05/2014 by Mike Barnes
Courtesy John Rubin

His credits include the films “The Narrow Margin,” “The President’s Analyst” and “White Hunter Black Heart” and the TV comedy “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.”

Stanley Rubin, a writer and producer who guided such TV shows and films as The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The President’s Analyst starring James Colburn and Clint Eastwood’s White Hunter Black Heart, has died. He was 96.

Rubin died Sunday in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, his son, documentary filmmaker John Rubin, said.

In January 1949, at the first Emmy Awards ceremony, Rubin accepted the trophy for best film made for television for the pilot episode of the NBC anthology series Your Show Time that he wrote.

Rubin also collected Emmy noms in 1969 for producing the comedy series The Ghost & Mrs. Muir and in 1976 for co-producing the telefilm Babe, starring Susan Clark as the legendary athlete Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias.

His producing credits include the films The Narrow Margin (1952), a noir thriller starring Charles McGraw; My Pal Gus (1952), with Richard Widmark; River of No Return (1954), directed by Otto Preminger and starring Marilyn Monroe; and Francis in the Navy (1955), with Donald O’Connor and Francis the Talking Mule.

For television, Rubin produced the series Peck’s Bad Girl, General Electric Theater and Bracken’s World and the telefilm Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

He served as president of the Producers Guild for five years and was the recipient of the Charles B. Fitzsimons Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the PGA in 1992. He represented the Writers Guild in early contract negotiations.

The Bronx-born Rubin enrolled at UCLA in 1933 but dropped out to work for a Beverly Hills newspaper owned by Will Rogers Jr. During World War II, he served a stint with the U.S. Army's First Motion Picture Unit.

During his career, Rubin worked at Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox, MGM, NBC and CBS and, lastly, as an independent producer.

He returned to UCLA in 2006 to graduate.

In addition to his son John, survivors include his wife of 59 years, actress Kathleen Hughes (It Came from Outer Space); daughter Angie, a film music editor; and another son, Michael.

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