Film producer Russell Doughten dies in Iowa

CARLISLE, Iowa (AP) — Russell S. Doughten Jr., known for producing a series of four films depicting life on Earth following the Christian Rapture, has died. He was 86.

Peterson Funeral Home confirms that Doughten died Monday at his home in Carlisle following a long battle with a kidney ailment.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/19EAcxG) that Doughten also helped produce and direct the 1958 monster movie classic “The Blob.”

Wendol Jarvis, former director of the Iowa Film Office, says Doughten was a key figure in making Iowa a destination for filmmaking.

Doughten was born en route to the Iowa Falls hospital on Feb. 16, 1927. He graduated from high school in Chester and studied drama at Drake University in Des Moines.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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