Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dorothy Appleby Portrait

From the Three Stooges Fan Club on facebook.

Here's a portrait of Dorothy Appleby that Richard Parks commissioned for the Three Stooges card series, by the amazing Romanian artist Claudiu Macarie.

He asked that I mention that these cards are available from RRParksCARDS.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Autographed Photo Of Thelma Todd

An autographed picture of Thelma Todd from the thirties.


Thelma Todd And Patsy Kelly Photo

Arthur Houseman with Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd in DONE IN OIL. Patsy Kelly is in blackface, a then common comedy gag that isn't considered as acceptable today.

From the Laurel And Hardy Archive on facebook.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dorothy Appleby Photo

Pretty Dorothy Appleby in a shorty costume. This photo is undated, but I think it must be from the thirties.



Another publicity photo for SPEAK EASILY ( 1932 ) which was the second Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante movie made at MGM.


Dorothy Appleby Photos

More Dorothy Appleby photos.

Autographed photo. 

With Buster Keaton in GENERAL NUISANCE.


The Spook Speaks - 1940 - Dorothy Appleby, Buster and Elsie Ames 
 Autographed by Buster Keaton.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Joyce Compton

Joyce Compton was one of Hollywood's favorite dumb blondes.

Joyce Compton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Joyce Compton
Joyce Compton.jpg
BornOlivia Joyce Compton
(1907-01-27)January 27, 1907
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedOctober 13, 1997(1997-10-13) (aged 90)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1925–1961
Spouse(s)William Francis Kaliher (1955-1956) (divorced)
Joyce Compton (January 27, 1907 – October 13, 1997) was an American actress.
She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky and not "Eleanor Hunt" as is frequently erroneously stated.[1] (She had appeared in the film Good Sport (1931) with Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.) After graduating high school she spent two years studying at the University of Tulsa, studying dramatics, art, music and dancing. She won a personality and beauty contest and spent two months in a film studio as an extra.
Compton first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton appeared in a long string of mostly B-movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. She was a comedy actress and protested at being stereotyped as a "dumb blonde".[2]
Among her over two hundred films[3] were Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, The Awful Truth, Mildred Pierce, and The Best Years of Our Lives.[4]
A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress".[5] She died from natural causes, aged 90, and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

Partial filmography


  1. Jump up ^ Compton, Joyce & Ankerich, Michael (2009). "The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the dumb blonde movie image". BearManor Media, p.286-7.
  2. Jump up ^ Compton & Ankerich, (2009), p.12.
  3. Jump up ^ Lamparski, Richard (1982). Whatever became of-- ?: eighth series. Crown Publishers. 
  4. Jump up ^ Compton & Ankerich, 2009.
  5. Jump up ^ Find a Grave


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Joyce Compton made a career out of playing dumb blondes. She made two-reel comedies for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, but it better known for her work in feature films. She made some television programs, including THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW. When her acting career slowed down in the fifties she also had a career as a nurse.

Joyce Compton appeared in several movies with Dorothy Appleby and so they are seen in publicity pictures together. They were both associated with comedy films, although they didn't actually play the same type. Joyce Compton played a dumb blonde and Dorothy Appleby tended to be a wise guy.

Joyce Compton and Clara Bow in THE WILD PARTY ( 1929 )

Joyce Compton, Loretta Young, and Joan Marsh in Three Girls Lost (1931)

Cheesecake shot for Mack Sennett, 1933.

With Charley Chase in MANHATTAN MONKEY BUSINESS ( 1935 ).

Eric Linden and Joyce Compton in the film Let 'Em Have It (1935)

Autographed picture of Joyce Compton from THE AWFUL TRUTH ( 1937 )
Dorothy Appleby, Douglas "Wrong-Way" Corrigan, and Joyce Compton in THE FLYING IRISHMAN ( 1939 ).
This film was based on aviator Corrigan's real-life exploits.
With Buster Keaton in THE VILLIAN STILL PURSUED HER ( 1940 )
Joyce Compton testifying in the trial of George Raft in THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT ( 1940 ).
 This movie also featured Ida Lupino. It reused some elements from BORDERTOWN ( 1935 ) which had starred Bette Davis and Margaret Lindsay.

MANPOWER ( 1941 )

Dorothy Appleby at left with Barbara Pepper, Lucia Carroll, Marlene Dietrich, and Joyce Compton. Eve Arden is visible in the rear.

Joyce Compton, Roy Rogers, and Phyllis Brooks in Silver Spurs (1943)

Molly Lamont, Joyce Compton, and Douglas Fowley in Scared to Death (1947)

With Red Skelton in A SOUTHERN YANKEE, 1948.

Joyce Compton with Abbott and Costello on an episode of their tv show in 1953, "Las Vegas".

Robert Paige, Ruth Warrick (center) & Joyce Compton in the NBC-TV series Fireside Theater, episode The Gift Horse


SUICIDE SQUAD ( 1935 ) - With Norman Foster

SMALL TOWN BOY ( 1937 ) with Stuart Erwin and Dorothy Appleby.

MANPOWER  ( 1941 ) Left to right- Lucia Carroll, Eve Arden, Marlene Dietrich, Lynn Baggot, Joyce Compton.

SILVER SPURS ( 1943 ) With Roy Rogers and Smiley Burnette.

SCARED TO DEATH ( 1947 ) With Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, and Nat Pendleton

GRAND CANYON ( 1949 ) With Richard Arlen and Mary Beth Hughes.

I think Joyce Compton is the girl with the two guys at lower left on this poster.

                                                                                     COVER GIRL


WILFRED WAVES ( Sept. 1940 )




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