Max Youngstein

Max Youngstein, a longtime film executive and independent producer, who, along with four other partners, purchased an ailing United Artists in 1951 from Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford and turned it into a profitable studio, died July 8 of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Youngstein, the last of the original five partners, served as head of production and marketing at UA for 12 years and not only oversaw the production end of the business, but was founder and president of UA’s record and music business, United Artists Records & United Artists Music.

As an indie producer, Youngstein produced “Fail Safe” and “The Money Trap.”

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