Dorothy Appleby was another girl who worked in comedy short subjects.
|Born||(1906-01-06)January 6, 1906|
|Died||August 9, 1990(1990-08-09) (aged 84)|
Long Island, New York
|Spouse||Paul Drake (1943-1990)|
CareerAppleby was seen in many supporting roles, almost always in short subjects or low-budget feature films. She never progressed to leading roles in important pictures because of her height, which made her difficult to cast. The trim brunette stood just over five feet tall, and her early leading men (like comedian Charley Chase) towered over her. She soon found steady if not prestigious work in Columbia Pictures' two-reel comedies. She appeared frequently with The Three Stooges, who were only a few inches taller than she was, and in 1940 she became Buster Keaton's leading lady, for the same reason: her height complemented his. She also worked with Columbia comics Andy Clyde, El Brendel, and Hugh Herbert.
Some of her Stooge comedies were Loco Boy Makes Good, So Long Mr. Chumps, and In the Sweet Pie and Pie. One memorable appearance was as Mexican brunette Rosita in 1940's Cookoo Cavaliers. In the film, Appleby gets clobbered by the Stooges when a facial "mud pack" made of cement dries on her face.
Jane Withers feature Small Town Deb.
Personal and deathAppleby left Hollywood in 1943 and married musician Paul Drake soon thereafter. They remained married until her death August 9, 1990.
- Under 18 (1931)
- As the Earth Turns (1934)
- I Give My Love (1934)
- Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)
- Riffraff (1936)
- Nothing but Pleasure (1940)
- Rockin' Thru the Rockies (1940)
- From Nurse to Worse (1940) (uncredited)
- The Spook Speaks (1940)
- Convicted Woman (1940)
- Cookoo Cavaliers (1940) (uncredited)
- High Sierra (1941) (uncredited)
- So Long Mr. Chumps (1941) (uncredited)
- Manpower (1941)
- In the Sweet Pie and Pie (1941)
- Loco Boy Makes Good (1942)
- What's the Matador? (1942)
- Dorothy Appleby at the Internet Movie Database
- Dorothy Appleby at AllRovi
- Dorothy Appleby at threestooges.net
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JAIL BIRDS OF PARADISE had Dorothy Appleby in a leading role, with Stooges in supporting roles. It is considered a lost film today.
At the left, in the climactic pie fight in IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE.
NOTHING BUT PLEASURE with Buster Keaton
Elsie Ames and Dorothy Appleby from one of the Buster Keaton films.
SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, 1935. From left: Lona Andre, Toby Wing, Dorothy Appleby, Anne Shirley, Dorothy Lee
RIFF-RAFF with Judith Merrill and Spencer Tracy.
Dorothy Appleby at left with Barbara Pepper, Lucia Carroll, Marlene Dietrich, and Joyce Compton. Eve Arden is visible in the rear.
Dagmar Spiggott, the wife
Dorothy - Army nurse
Pomeroy's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Tim's dancing partner (uncredited)
Dr. Lerious' Receptionist (uncredited)
Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
Woman in Book Store (uncredited)
Treatment Girl (uncredited)
Maybelle, a Waitress (uncredited)
Girl in Saloon (uncredited)
Lou - Bob's Model (uncredited)
Dorothy Appleby as she looked when she appeared on Broadway in the 1920's.
Tribute to Dorothy Appleby on youtube:
Apache Dance from CHARLEY CHAN IN PARIS:
Charlie Chan Movies:
Dorothy Appleby ( Bill's Blog ):
Dorothy Appleby obituary:
Keaton Columbia Comedies:
The Shorts Department ( Columbia short subjects ):
Three Stooges, Official Site:
World Of Charley Chase: