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Nathaniel Levine was born July 26, 1899 in New York, New York. He got his start in show business as an office boy for the Loew’s theatre chain, eventually working his way up to becoming the personal secretary for Marcus Loew. Levine stayed with Loew until 1920, when he decided to venture out and create his own independent film distribution company. The pictures he helped put out where the ones that major film studios refused to promote. In 1921 he served as executive producer for one of the films he helped distribute, “Every Woman’s Problem”.

Six years after founding his company, Levine, as well as a few investors, produced a serial entitled “The Silent Flyer” (1926), which they sold to Universal Pictures. Vitalized by the success of his first picture, Levine formed Mascot Pictures to continue doing what he enjoyed. The producer put out a number of silent films like “Isle of Sunken Gold” (1927) and “The King of the Congo” (1929) before releasing the studio’s first all-talking feature, “The Phantom of the West” (1931). Additionally, while the studio did aid in the production of feature films, its specialty was in low budget serials. Many up and coming stars also found places in these pictures; celebrities like Gene Autry, Harry Carey, Tom Tyler, and John Wayne.

In 1935, the producer released one of his most notable successes, the Tom Mix serial “The Miracle Rider”. As well, many of Levine’s other sci-fi, action, and western serials also fared well, and in 1935 he struck up a deal with Herbert J. Yates to merge Mascot Pictures, Monogram Pictures, Victory Pictures, and a few other independent production companies to become Republic Pictures.

After this, Levine was put in charge of producing Republic’s serials and westerners.  As well, he was asked to produce some comedies and actions. He did as he was told, producing such works as “The House of a Thousand Candles” (1936), “Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island” (1936), “The Riders of the Whistling Skull” (1937), and “Dick Tracy” (1937), even though Yates was a difficult man to work with. Other producers quickly left due to these difficulties and formed their own studio. Levine stuck it out until 1937, where he agreed to a buyout of over $1 million.

The producer then had a short stint at MGM in the 'B' unit before sticking with a job managing a movie theater in Redondo Beach, California. He remained there for twenty years, only retiring after his health started to deteriorate somewhere in the late 1960's or early 1970's. Levine was then admitted to the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California where he spent the remainder of his life. The producer died on August 6, 1989. For his contributions in western film, Levine was awarded a Golden Boot.


1946       Desert Command 

1940       Men with Steel Faces 

1939       Four Girls in White 

1937       Dick Tracy

1937       Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm 

1937       Hit Parade of 1937 

1937       Hit the Saddle 

1937       Circus Girl 

1937       Round-Up Time in Texas 

1937       Paradise Express 

1937       Dick Tracy

1937       Two Wise Maids 

1937       Join the Marines

1937       Larceny on the Air

1937       The Riders of the Whistling Skull 

1936       A Man Betrayed 

1936       The Mandarin Mystery

1936       Beware of Ladies

1936       The Old Corral 

1936       Happy Go Lucky 

1936       Roarin' Lead 

1936       The Bold Caballero 

1936       The Big Show 

1936       Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island

1936       Country Gentlemen 

1936       Ghost-Town Gold 

1936       Ride Ranger Ride 

1936       The President's Mystery 

1936       The Three Mesquiteers 

1936       Bulldog Edition 

1936       Sitting on the Moon 

1936       The Vigilantes Are Coming 

1936       Oh, Susanna

1936       The Gentleman from Louisiana 

1936       Follow Your Heart 

1936       Winds of the Wasteland 

1936       Ticket to Paradise

1936       Guns and Guitars

1936       Navy Born 

1936       Down to the Sea 

1936       Undersea Kingdom 

1936       Hearts in Bondage 

1936       The Lonely Trail 

1936       The Singing Cowboy 

1936       The Girl from Mandalay 

1936       The Harvester 

1936       The House of a Thousand Candles 

1936       Comin' 'Round the Mountain 

1936       Doughnuts and Society

1936       Darkest Africa 

1935       Hitch Hike Lady

1935       The Singing Vagabond 

1935       Harmony Lane 

1935       1,000 Dollars a Minute 

1935       Melody Trail 

1935       Confidential 

1935       Waterfront Lady 

1935       Streamline Express 

1935       Tumbling Tumbleweeds 

1935       The Adventures of Rex and Rinty 

1935       Ladies Crave Excitement 

1935       The Headline Woman   

1935       Behind the Green Lights       

1935       The Fighting Marines  

1935       Sagebrush Troubadour

1935       One Frightened Night 

1935       The Miracle Rider 

1935       The Phantom Empire

1934       Mystery Mountain

1934       In Old Santa Fe

1934       Burn 'Em Up Barnes 

1934       The Lost Jungle   

1934       Burn 'Em Up Barnes 

1934       Little Men      

1934       Crimson Romance 

1934       Young and Beautiful 

1934       The Law of the Wild

1933       The Mystery Squadron 

1933       The Three Musketeers    

1933       The Wolf Dog 

1933       Laughing at Life 

1933       Fighting with Kit Carson 

1933       The Whispering Shadow   

1932       The Devil Horse

1932       Pride of the Legion    

1932       The Shadow of the Eagle 

1932       The Hurricane Express 

1932       The Last of the Mohicans

1931       The Galloping Ghost 

1931       The Vanishing Legion

1931       The Lightning Warrior  

1931       King of the Wild 

1931       The Phantom of the West 

1930       The Lone Defender 

1929       The King of the Kongo 

1929       The Fatal Warning 

1928       The Vanishing West 

1928       Vultures of the Sea 

1927       Heroes of the Wild 

1927       Isle of Sunken Gold 

1927       The Golden Stallion 

1926       The Silent Flyer 

1921       Every Woman's Problem

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