Stanley Chase, Producer of ‘Threepenny Opera,’ Dies at 87

Producer Stanley Chase died Oct. 7 in Santa Monica at the age of 87.

A native of New York City, Chase’s career spanned theater, television and film, beginning as a script analyst at CBS. Chase went on to produce the Kurt Weill-Bertold Brecht off-Broadway musical “The Threepenny Opera,” and other stage productions including “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” “The Cave Dwellers” and “Free and Easy.”

Chase landed in television in 1963 when he co-created “Inside Danny Baker” alongside Mel Brooks. He later served as vice president of network television program development for ABC, working with shows such as “The Fugitive” and “Peyton Place.”  Chase later worked as a producer for “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater,” on NBC, and for Universal’s made-for-TV movies.

In 1968 Chase produced his first full-length feature film, “The Hell with Heroes,” spurring other productions as well as the formation of his own independent film production, sales and distribution company that produced various television films including the 1975 CBS Movie of the Week “Fear on Trial” and ABC’s “A American Christmas Carol” in 1980.

Chase is survived by his wife, Dorothy Rice Chase. Memorial services will be held Oct. 19 at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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