Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dorothy Appleby

Dorothy Appleby was another girl who worked in comedy short subjects.

Dorothy Appleby

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Dorothy Appleby
Born(1906-01-06)January 6, 1906
Portland, Maine
DiedAugust 9, 1990(1990-08-09) (aged 84)
Long Island, New York
Years active1931-1943
SpousePaul Drake (1943-1990)
Dorothy Appleby (January 6, 1906 – August 9, 1990) was an American film actress. She appeared in over 50 films between 1931 and 1943.


Appleby 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.[1] 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.

Appleby (second from right) watches in horror as Curly Howard gets a haircut in the film In the Sweet Pie and Pie.
Her petite figure belied her age, and she continued to play "younger" roles into the 1940s. One of her last screen roles was a one-line bit (playing a college co-ed at age 35) in the 1941 Jane Withers feature Small Town Deb.

 Personal and death

Appleby left Hollywood in 1943 and married musician Paul Drake soon thereafter. They remained married until her death August 9, 1990.

 Selected filmography


 External links

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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.

More usually it was the other way around.


                  At the left, in the climactic pie fight in IN THE SWEET PIE AND PIE.


Elsie Ames and Dorothy Appleby from one of the Buster Keaton films.

Elsie Ames and Dorothy Appleby from a Harry Langdon film
The man at the left is Monte Collins.

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.


Actress (56 titles)
1943Pitchin' in the Kitchen (short)
Dagmar Spiggott, the wife
1942What's the Matador? (short)
O'Brien's Secretary
1942What Makes Lizzy Dizzy? (short)
1942Three Blonde Mice (short)
Dorothy Smith
1942Loco Boy Makes Good (short)
Twitchell's Girl
1941In the Sweet Pie and Pie (short)
Tiska Jones
1941General Nuisance (short)
Dorothy - Army nurse
1941Yankee Doodle Andy (short)
Nazi Agent
1941Black Eyes and Blues (short)
1941Yumpin' Yimminy! (short)
Judge's Wife
1941So Long Mr. Chumps (short)
Pomeroy's Girlfriend (uncredited)
1941Small Town Deb
Tim's dancing partner (uncredited)
1940His Ex Marks the Spot (short)
His wife
1940Cookoo Cavaliers (short)
Rosita (uncredited)
1940A Bundle of Bliss (short)
1940The Devil's Pipeline
1940The Spook Speaks (short)
Newlywed wife
1940From Nurse to Worse (short)
Dr. Lerious' Receptionist (uncredited)
1940Gold Rush Maisie
Hatcheck Girl (uncredited)
1940The Taming of the Snood (short)
Miss Wilson
1940The Doctor Takes a Wife
Woman in Book Store (uncredited)
1940Pardon My Berth Marks (short)
Mary Crissman
1940Rockin' Thru the Rockies (short)
1940The Heckler (short)
Ole's girlfriend
1940Convicted Woman
1940Nothing But Pleasure (short)
Mrs. Plunkett
1939The Women
Treatment Girl (uncredited)
1939When Tomorrow Comes
Waitress (uncredited)
1939The Flying Irishman
Maybelle, a Waitress (uncredited)
Girl in Saloon (uncredited)
1938Making the Headlines
Claire Sandford
1937Live, Love and Learn
Lou - Bob's Model (uncredited)
1937Small Town Boy
Sandra French
1937Fit for a King
Waitress (uncredited)
1937Make a Wish
Telephone Girl
1937Sea Racketeers
Dancer (uncredited)
1937Paradise Express
Kay Carson
1936North of Nome
1936Lady of Secrets
1935Let 'em Have It
Lola McArdle
1934Fate's Fathead (short)
Dorothy Chase
1934You Said a Hatful! (short)
Dorothy Anderson
1934Two Heads on a Pillow
Mitzie LaVerne
1934I Give My Love
Alice Henley
1934School for Girls
Florence Burns
1934Jailbirds of Paradise (short)
1934As the Earth Turns
1933Trick for Trick
Maisie Henry
1931Under 18
1928Square Crooks
Kay Ellison
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1939The Flying Irishman(performer: "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain When She Comes")
1934Fate's Fathead (short) (performer: "How About Another Cup of Coffee?" - uncredited)
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1974The Three Stooges Follies
Mrs. Plunkett
1953Love's A-Poppin' (short)


Miss Smith
Constance Sinclair
Constance Sinclair
Constance Sinclair
Kay Ellison
Marjorie Hale

Read more:

Dorothy Appleby as she looked when she appeared on Broadway in the 1920's.

And a program from one of her plays in that period.

Tribute to Dorothy Appleby on youtube:

Apache Dance from CHARLEY CHAN IN PARIS:


Charlie Chan:

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:,1835157,6932387,486766


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