C. E. Christensen

C. E. Christensen worked for the Roach studio for at least a decade and a half. The Standard Casting Directory of 1936 lists the heads of department for various movie studios, including Hal Roach Studios, and Christensen is listed as the head of the construction department (but with his last name spelled Christenson). A look into The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd reveals a page out of a 1920 publication showing the department heads at the Roach studio for that year, and Christensen is listed as 'technical chief.' In an October 1924 casting directory, he's credited as 'technical director' for the studio. Presumably, these titles had some connection to the construction department, but I'm not sure about that. In any event, he probably had at least a casual involvement with all of the Roach films made during his tenure, including all of the Our Gang films made until late 1936, if not beyond to the 1938 move to MGM. As can be seen with this filmography, Christensen pretty much never received onscreen credit. The one credit given here is from the Lloyd book.


Safety Last! (co-production assistant)
prem. Mar. 17, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 7 reels - prod. L-17 - Harold Lloyd feature
Filmed July 15 to Oct. 18, 1922, with retakes Oct. 23, Nov. 29, and Dec. 1, 1922. ©Jan. 25, 1923. Released Apr. 1, 1923. Added to the National Film Registry on Nov. 14, 1994.


Hollywood: The Gift Of Laughter (archival)
May 16, 1982 - Wolper/Haley/MPA/ABC - 135 min. - TV movie
Includes footage from "Safety Last!"

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