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Cast (feature film)

Look for the Silver Lining (1949) as Violet
Musical biography of Marilyn Miller, who overcame heartache to become a Broadway star.
Night unto Night (1949) as Josephine
A terminally ill scientist seeks comfort from a mentally disturbed widow.
A Date with Judy (1948) as Nightingale
A teenager thinks her father is involved with a fiery Latin singer.
My Brother Talks to Horses (1947) as Psyche
A small boy's secret gifts help him pick racetrack winners.
Saratoga Trunk (1946) as Servant
A woman with a past returns to 19th-century New Orleans for revenge.
The Sailor Takes a Wife (1946) as Black cook
A sailor gets more than he bargained for from a quickie marriage.
No Leave, No Love (1946) as Black maid
During a whirlwind two-day pass in New York, a sailor falls in love with an Englishwoman.
The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946) as Elaine's maid
Two producers and their girls look for a backer for their big show.
Faithful in My Fashion (1946) as Celia
A sailor on leave causes problems at the department store his girlfriend manages.
The Naughty Nineties (1945) as Effie
In the gay '90s, cardsharps take over a Mississippi riverboat from a kindly captain. Their first act is to change the showboat into a floating gambling house. A ham actor and his bumbling sidekick try to devise a way to help the captain regain ownership of the vessel.
Music for Millions (1945) as Jessie
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
Presenting Lily Mars (1943) as Isobel's maid
A small-town girl fights for her big chance on Broadway.
The Gang's All Here (1943) as Maid
Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Eadie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring Eadie's show troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity...and meet Vivian, his 'family-arrangement' fiancée. Mostly song and dance.
Swing Shift Maisie (1943) as Myrtlee
A brassy showgirl signs on to help the war effort as a factory worker.
Redhead from Manhattan (1943) as Polly
Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) as
A radio sleuth infiltrates the Brooklyn Dodgers to solve a murder.
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) as Daisy
The Western hero takes on a ruthless land baron whose henchmen killed his best friend.
Between Us Girls (1942) as Maid [Phoebe]
Carrie (Diana Barrymore), ambitious young actress and her manager Mike Kilinsky (Andy Devine), travel east from Chicago to Long Island so Carrie can see the new mansion that her mother Chris (Kay Francis) has just purchased. Chris is not there when Carrie arrives by Gallagher (Ethel Griffies), the family major domo, tells Carrie that Chris is in love with the very rich Steve (John Boles.) Chris confesses to Carrie that she has lied about her age to Steve, claiming to be 31, and that the photograph of Carrie is Carrie's (non-existent) Aunt Sadie and Carrie is only twelve. Carrie insists that her mother keep up the masquerade, and she will pose as a 12-year-old. Steve arrives and brings with him his friend Jimmy Blake (Robert Cummings). More than a little confusion follows including Carrie starting a fight with another "kid" to keep Jimmy from keeping a date with his fiancee and Mike escorting Chris and the "under-age" Carrie to a night club, and other incidents that only tend to prove that Steve and Jimmy aren't the brightest bulbs shining. Diana Barrymore is better as the 12-year-old than she is later playing Joan of Arc in a Detroit theatre, where the light finally dawns on the perplexed Robert Cummings character.
The Great Man's Lady (1942) as Mandy
A pioneer couple struggle to build a city in the wild West.
Footlight Serenade (1942) as Maid
Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout.
Henry Aldrich for President (1941) as Lucinda
Buy Me That Town (1941) as Nancy
With the gang business washed up, Ricky Dean (Lloyd Nolan), suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran (Sheldon Leonard), and Louie Lanzer (Albert Dekker), a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation in the country. They are followed by three hard-boiled characters, Fingers (Horace MacMahon), Ziggy (Edward Brophy) and Crusher (Warren Hymer). Ricky, thinking they are to be rubbed out for deserting Chink, who has been drafted into the Army, stops his car and confronts them. But they merely want to ask Ricky to be their new boss. He declines but promises to call them sometime if the need arises. They are speeding through a Connecticut village and are stopped by yokel Constable Sam Smedley (Olin Howlin as Olin Howland). Judge Paradise (Richard Carle), with his daughter Virginia (Constance Moore) as court clerk, fines them $5.00 each, plus $37 costs - or 30 days in jail. They, while waiting to hear from Jimmy's lawyer, are taken to the cells and are amazed to find the tumbledown jail wide open, with prisoners walking in and out. The door won't lock. The judge explains to Jimmy that Middle Village is unincorporated and broke, its sole income being traffic fines. The town's bonds, for everything from the houses to the village pump, are owned in New York. He also adds that anyone in jail in an unincorporated village is safe from the outside law - Federal,State and City. Ricky, fine paid, hustles back to New York and buys the town bonds for $40,000. Back in Middle Village, Ricky starts the ball rolling;he retains Judge Paradise, sends for Fingers, Ziggy and Crusher, and renovates the jail into a luxurious club. His lawyer then starts a stream of "customers on the lam" who pay $1000 a week for the comfort and protection of the Middle Village Jail. New fire chief Crusher, police chief Ziggy and the others board with Henrietta (Barbara Jo Allen), a maiden lady with aspirations of becoming a gun moll. She also startles them with her collection of wanted posters, their pictures among them. Louie and Henrietta fall for each other. Virginia, in love with Ricky, tries to talk him into doing big things for the town, such as reopening its one-and-only factory. Ricky agrees when the Army offers a defense contract for shell casings. Meanwhile, Chink has gotten out of the Army and buys Louie's half interest in Middle Village. He tells the "boys" they are suckers for letting Ricky spend the jail "take" on civic improvements and he plans to wreck the factory deal.
Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941) as Juline
Honeymoon Deferred (1940) as Maid
Sandy Gets Her Man (1940) as Hattie
Lucky Cisco Kid (1940) as Queenie
Cisco and Gordito arrive to find there is an outlaw operating in the area who is assumed to be the Cisco Kid. When a reward is offered for his capture and a large shipment of money goes out, Cisco is on hand. Seeing the gang rob the stage he goes after them only to be wounded. The gang leader leaves Cisco's handkerchief at the scene and now he is wanted for the murder he tried to break up.
They Drive by Night (1940) as Chloe
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
Boy Friend (1939) as Delphinie
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
Way Down South (1939) as Janie
A young orphan fights off attempts to steal his inheritance.
Destry Rides Again (1939) as Clara
A deputy who''''s sworn not to shoot again takes on a corrupt town boss and a sultry saloon singer.
Persons in Hiding (1939) as Maid
Cafe Society (1939) as Mattie Harriett
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) as Maid
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer.
The Family Next Door (1939) as Blossom
Society Lawyer (1939) as Sadie
A lawyer plays with fire when he gets mixed up with underworld types.
Wives Under Suspicion (1938) as Creola
A D.A.''''s personal life mirrors the love-triangle murder he''''s prosecuting.
You Can't Take It with You (1938) as Rheba
A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.
Up the River (1938) as Black prisoner
Card sharps Chipper Morgan (Preston Foster) and Darby Randall (Arthur Treacher) pick the wrong victim, Detective Willis (Alan Dinehart), on a transatlantic crossing, and are arrested upon docking in New York and returned up the river to Rockwell Prison, their old alma mater. They had played brilliant football for "dear old Pen" during their prior semesters, and prison coach Slim Nelson (Slim Summerville) is happy to see them back for graduate work, especially with the annual grudge game with Larson State Pen coming up. Willis, who has been named the new warden for Rockwell, gives them soft jobs and then places a large bet on the Larson eleven. Both Chipper and Darby feel badly about the raw deal handed fellow "student" Tommy Grant (Tony Martin) and his sweetheart, Helen (Phyllis Brooks), who were innocently caught up in a phoney pension racket ran by swindlers Jeffrey Mitchell (Sidney Toler) and Ray Douglas (Robert Allen), and were both jailed. When Phyllis is released from Stillwell Prison for Women, she tells Tommy about the two men and their racket, and he decides to escape, even though he has only a month more to serve, and put an end to their scheme. He plans his break for the night of the prison's "varsity show" and tells Chipper and Darby, who promise to help him. But the pair tie up Tommy and make the break themselves, dressed as women. They go to Springfield, save the victim's money, get a confession from Mitchell and Douglas clearing Tommy and Helen, turn them over to the sheriff...and race back to Rockwell to find their team behind 14-9 late in the game. Can they lead old Rockwell to a comeback victory?
Kentucky (1938) as Magnolia
A Romeo and Juliet love story set amidst horseracing.
Penrod's Double Trouble (1938) as Mrs. Washington
A missing boy''''s lookalike takes his place and raises havoc.
There's That Woman Again (1938) as Attendant
Stella Dallas (1937) as Maid
After divorcing a society man, a small-town woman tries to build a better life for their daughter.
Big Town Girl (1937) as Scarlett
Rainbow on the River (1936) as Seline
Young Phillip Ainsworth, (Bobby Breen), an orphan of the US Civil War, has been lovingly raised by Toinette, (Louise Beavers) a former slave. Toinette has big plans for the boy. She has saved her money to send him to a private school. But when the local priest, Father Josef, (Henry O'Neill) finds Phillip's family living in New York, the boy is sent north to live with people who refuse to accept him as their own. His only friend is the butler, Barrett, (Charles Butterworth). But his curmodgeon of a grandmother, (May Robson) is finally broken down by the boy's charm and good manners, and all ends happily. Along the way Breen has ample opportunity to show off his voice by singing several songs, including the title song three times.

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