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Jeff Donnell

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Also Known As: Died: April 11, 1988
Born: July 10, 1921 Cause of Death: apparent heart attack
Birth Place: South Windham, Maine, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Portrait of a Stripper (1979) as Edith Sterling
Young widow, supporting herself and her pre-teen son by performing as a nightclub dancer, finds the place turned into a strip joint and learns that her father-in-law is trying to prove her an unfit mother.
Murder by Natural Causes (1979) as Mrs Mathews
An elaborate mystery involving a famous mentalist, his unfaithful wife who is trying literally to scare him to death, the best friend of the family, and the wife's ham-actor lover -- not only an intriguing who (or whether) dunnit but also a literate, adult dramatic puzzle with an endless series of t
Rendezvous Hotel (1979) as Mrs Williams
"Love Boat" transposed to a posh resort hotel best describes this prospective pilot to a comedy series that ultimately never saw the light of night. The hotel, run by a madcap family headed by Bill Daily (long one of the second bananas on "The Bob Newhart Show") and Jeff J. Redford as his somewhat s
Spider-Man (1977) as Aunt May Parker
A comic-book superhero who gained mysterious powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider pursues an evil extortionist whose mind-control plot threatens the lives of ten innocent people. This pilot movie previewed a series of once-in-a-while programs during the 1977-78 season and thereafter.
McNaughton's Daughter (1976) as Juror
A series pilot about a female deputy district attorney, here assigned the task of trying to pin a murder rap on a "saint," a beloved religious crusader accused of killing her young lover. The subsequent series ran for three episodes.
Stand Up and Be Counted (1972) as Ruth
Sheila is a newspaper reporter who returns to her home town in order to write an article about the progress of the liberation of the women. Arriving at the town she is very surprised to see that her sister and also her mother agree very much with the feministic arguments.
Love, Hate, Love (1971) as Mary Blunden
O'Neal's TV movie debut casts him as a glib engineer who steals the heart of a fashion model. She in turn jilts her jet-setter fiancee who turns out to be a psychotic.
Congratulations, It's a Boy! (1971) as Rose
A happy bachelor's swinging life is disrupted by the arrival of a teenager who claims to be his son. "So's Your Old Man!" was this movie's original pre-airing title. Jack Albertson replaced Edmond O'Brien.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) as Cornelia
The Japanese take advantage of American blunders to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Comic (1969) as Nurse
A silent comic's rampant ego ruins the lives of those around him.
The Swingin' Maiden (1963) as Mrs. Fisher
An American airline firm plan to buy a new British passenger plane, but the deal hits trouble when the plane's designer Jack Hopkins and Kathy Fisher the daughter of the Airline owner, take an instant dislike to each other, after crashing into each other in a quiet country lane. With each blaming the other for the accident, the arrangement looks in trouble, unless nature takes a hand.
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) as Dorothy Lawrence
A surfer girl leaves the California beaches behind for a romantic vacation in Rome.
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961) as Dorothy Lawrence
A surfer girl triggers romantic confusion during a Hawaiian vacation.
Force of Impulse (1961) as Louise Reese
My Man Godfrey (1957) as Molly
A bedraggled man becomes the butler of an eccentric household.
The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957) as Mary Wheeler
A Union deserter helps a group of women fight off an Indian attack.
Destination 60,000 (1957) as Ruth Buckley
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) as Sally
A crooked press agent stoops to new depths to help an egotistical columnist break up his sister's romance.
Magnificent Roughnecks (1956) as Julie
Massacre Canyon (1954) as Cora
Lt. Faraday has two wagons full of guns that he and his men must deliver. He also must escort two young ladies through hostile Indian Country. It is up to Running Horse to sabotage the wagons so that they will end up at Massacre Canyon where they will meet their fate.
Flight Nurse (1954) as Lt. Ann Phillips
The Blue Gardenia (1953) as Sally Ellis
A telephone operator kills in self-defense but can''t remember the details of the encounter.
So This Is Love (1953) as Henrietta Van Dyke
Opera singer Grace Moore turns to popular music when her dreams of a classical career fail to materialize.
Because You're Mine (1952) as Patty Ware
After being drafted, an opera star falls for his sergeant's sister.
Skirts Ahoy! (1952) as Lt. Giff
Three women join the Navy to find husbands.
The First Time (1952) as Donna Gilbert
Expectant parents Joe and Betsy Bennett anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then after the baby arrives, they discover the unpleasant side of parenting: sleepless nights, extra bills and no more free time.
Thief of Damascus (1952) as Lady Sheherazade
A young man assembles a band of adventurers to take on an evil sultan.
Three Guys Named Mike (1951) as Alice Reymend
A stewardess can't choose among three suitors.
Hoedown (1950) as Vera Wright
Cowboy movie star Stoney Rhodes (Jock Mahoney as Jock O'Mahoney) has made one western film and thinks he is on a personal appearance tour paid for by the studio, but he and his film were so bad that the studio, unknown to Stoney, has cancelled his contract, and his mother has mortgaged her home to supply the funds necessary for the tour and expenses of Stoney and his agent. (Stoney is shown in front of two theatres where Columbia, missing no bets, has displays of one-sheet posters from "Strawberry Roan" with Gene Autry and "The Undercover Man" with Glenn Ford.) Reporter Vera Wright (Jeff Donnell), following him to get a story of a failure, informs Stoney that he is a never-was has-been, and they find themselves stranded in the hometown of Eddy Arnold, where Eddy's film "cousin" Carolina Cotton (Carolina Cotton) quickly takes a shine to the shy and clumsy Stoney. Eddy sees a print of Stoney's film in which the character is singing "I Can't Shake the Sands of Texas From My Shoes" and is impressed and telephones his agent Sam Baker (Fred Sears) to come there quickly and sign Stoney to a contract, especially since he sounds like Gene Autry. Meanwhile, some bank robbers and gangsters get involved and have their eyes on the proceeds from a charity fund-raiser Eddy is doing. When the agent shows up to sign Stoney to a recording contract because "you sound like Gene Autry", Stoney says that is because it was Gene Autry doing the singing in the film. The film is somewhat of an inside joke built around ace stuntman Mahoney, in that his Stoney role is the opposite of his real-life abilities, and most of the males in the cast, Big Boy Williams, Douglas Fowley, Don Harvey and Charles Sullivan, takes turns beating him up and knocking him out...when he isn't falling out of hay lofts or involved in accidents. But a kiss from Carolina makes a new man out of him and the gangsters are rounded up in a one-man blitz, and Stoney ends up with eight studios bidding for his services. Eddy performs most of his best-selling hits of the day, with the exception of "Cattle Call", the vastly-underrated Carolina Cotton (as a performer and actress with a personality) yodels up a storm, and this overall turns out to be a pretty fair little sleeper, especially in regards to films where Hollywood takes a poke at itself.And probably unknown to those who go around compiling such lists.
Big Timber (1950) as Sally
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) as Gwen
A small-time crook on the run is reformed by the love of a crippled woman.
In a Lonely Place (1950) as Sylvia Nicolai
An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950) as Jane Bixby
A daffy door-to-door saleswoman blunders into a murder investigation.
Redwood Forest Trail (1950) as Julie Westcott
Arthur Cameron (Pierre Watkin) has spent many years establishing the mountain forest community of New Horizon for underprivileged boys. His chief assistant is Hattie Hickory (Jane Darwell) who cooks and acts as a foster mother for the boy. The property is in danger of reverting to Julie Westcott (Jeff Donnell), whose father Sam Westcott (Bob Burns) has recently being killed by riding his horse into a rope stretched across the trail, and she believes the New Horizon boys to be responsible. She is determined to end the Cameron project and to sell the property to lumber king Bart Bryant (Joseph Granby). Actually behind the trouble is her attorney, Craig Danvers (Marten Lamont), who is in debt to Bryant, who has agreed to take the New Horizon property in payment of the debt. Danvers, with the help of his henchmen Curley (John Cason) and Lush Mason (Robert W. Wood), pulled off the killing through one of the New Horizon boys, Two-Bits (Jimmy Ogg), who just thought he was playing a trick on Westcott. Into this situation rides Rex Allen (Rex Allen), a young official of the American Forestry League, and his sidekick "Alfalfa" Donahue (billed as Carl Switzer).
Easy Living (1949) as Penny McCarr
An aging football star risks his health when his greedy wife won't let him retire.
Roughshod (1949) as Elaine [Wyatt]
A rancher tries to save his fellow stagecoach passengers from a murderous enemy.
Stagecoach Kid (1949) as Jessie Arnold
Stagecoach owners try to save a friend''s ranch from crooks.
Post Office Investigator (1949) as April Shaughnessy
Outcasts of the Trail (1949) as Lavinia White
Lavinia White (Jeff Donnell) and her young brother Chad (Tommy Ivo) are shunned by the townspeople of Twin Wells because their father Tom (John Gallaudet) is serving the last part of a long prison sentence for robbing the Rysen Company of $100,000. Their only friends are Doc Meadowlark (Paul Hurst) and Pat Garrett (Monte Hale), who is employed by the Rysen Transportation Company. When released, Tom is determined to return the money to its rightful owners over the objections of Jim Judd (Roy Barcroft.) Judd threatens harm to Chad and forces Lavinia to aid him, under the same threat against Chad, in the stick-up of the stage in which Tom is returning to Twin Wells with the money. Pat arrives and Judd and the girl escape without the money. The money is returned and Tom prepares to settle down and make amends for the past. Judd conspires with Elias Dunkenscold (Milt Parsons), the Rysen office manager, to steal the money and frame it on Tom. In a chase, Sheriff Wilson (Steve Darrell) is shot but swears Pat in as a deputy before he dies. He has to jail Tom and Lavinia has to keep quiet as the outlaws have kidnapped Chad.
Mr. District Attorney (1947) as Miss Miller
Throw a Saddle on a Star (1946) as Judy Lane
It's Great to Be Young (1946) as Georgia Johnson
Ricky Malone (Jimmy Lloyd), Spud Winters (Bob Haymes AS Robert Stanton and not Kirby Grant as Robert Stanton, since Grant hadn't used that name in over five years, but I digress) and some other returning G.I.'s are trying to break into show business by the old summer resort resort. Terry (Leslie Brooks and she needs no number since she was in films 40 years before Leslie Brooks (I) directed his one-and-only film), a runaway daughter of a big producer who is trying to stifle her show-biz career, hires on as the (dubbed) singer.
Tars and Spars (1946) as Penny McDougal
Howard Young (Alfred Drake) is a coast guardsman who has been on shore duty for three years despite his efforts to be sent into action. His nearest approach to sea duty was on a harbor-moored life raft for 21 days as part of an experiment with a new type of vitamin gum for the government. He meets Christine Bradley (Janet Blair), a SPAR, sent to take over his communications job and, by things he leaves unsaid, she thinks his life-raft experience was the result of a ship-wreck at sea.
Night Editor (1946) as Martha Cochrane
A detective hides key evidence in a murder case rather than reveal he was cheating on his wife.
Singing on the Trail (1946) as Cindy Brown
The Phantom Thief (1946) as Anne Duncan
A reformed thief tries to stop a murderous blackmailer.
That Texas Jamboree (1946) as Jean Warren
With the backing of the Mayor, Brady is running a crooked gambling operation. When Sheriff Curt shuts him down, he reopens when the Mayor charters his place as a private club. When Curt decides to run for Mayor, he is made to shut down the popular Warren medicine show. With Curt now out of favor the Warrens decide to run their daughter for Mayor and Brady has a plan to stop her also.
Cowboy Blues (1946) as Susan Nelson
The Unknown (1946) as Nina Arnold
A woman hires two detectives to keep her alive long enough to claim her inheritance.
Eadie Was a Lady (1945) as Pamela Parker
Edithea Alden, a college girl from a wealthy family, is working at night as dancer in a nightclub. When the leading lady Rose is loosing the customers attractiong, Editha gets her job, but due to the fact that her double life could be discoverd, she quits, the nightclub is forced to close. In college she gets a role in the annual college show. The ex-nightclubowner finds out who his star really was, and gets her back, but on opening night they are arrested, because the former star has found out the truth about the job offer. After that the college wants to expell her.
The Power of the Whistler (1945) as Francie Lang
A young woman seeks an amnesiac''s true identity in the clues in his pockets.
Over 21 (1945) as Jan Lupton
When a newspaper editor enlists during World War II service, his wife has to run interference with his boss.
Song of the Prairie (1945) as Penny
Joan Wingate's wealthy father doesn't want his daughter to go into show business. As they vacation in the west she gets a job with Dan Tyler's show and uses Wingate money to keep him afloat. Sandwiched in between the numerous musical numbers they try to keep her father away from the show. But he eventually finds out and decides they will return east.
Nine Girls (1944) as "Butch" Hendricks
When a sorority girl is found murdered, her classmates set out to solve the case.
3 Is a Family (1944) as Hazel Whitaker
Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944) as Hostess
A henpecked husband surprises his family by coming back from World War II a hero.
She's a Soldier Too (1944) as Mary Fleming
Dancing in Manhattan (1944) as Julie Connors
Carolina Blues (1944) as Charlotte Barton
When he loses his lead singer, bandleader Kay Kyser can''''t find a replacement he likes.
Stars on Parade (1944) as Mary Brooks
Once Upon a Time (1944) as Brooklyn girl
A Broadway producer finds fame with his new act -- a dancing caterpillar.
What's Buzzin' Cousin? (1943) as Billie
Freddy Martin (Himself) and his band go on a trailer vacation, taking along Rochester (Eddie Anderson) as a handy man. They run out of gas in a ghost town and have to spend the night in the deserted Palace Hotel. The next morning, Ann Crawford (Ann Miller) and her three friends, Josie (Leslie Brooks), Billie (Jeff Donnell) and May (Carol Hughes), arrive as Ann has inherited the hotel and most of the surrounding property, and she and her friends have pooled their savings to pay off the debts and formed a company to run the hotel. Jimmie Ross (John Hubbard), singer with the band, decides to help the girls and has the hotel done over at his expense. Rochester, digging in the Victory Garden he has started, finds a gold nugget and the rush is on. Gangster Pete Hartley (Bradley Page) and his henchmen move in with intentions of taking over. He succeeds, over Ann's protests, in buying the property from her friends. Jimmie returns and thinks Ann has double-crossed him and they quarrel and part. Jimmie discovers that Rochester's gold nugget was his own gold inlay. Later, back on the radio with Freddie's band, Jimmie sings a song especially to Ann, who he hopes is listening.
There's Something About a Soldier (1943) as Jean Burton
Five officer candidates fight to prove their mettle during training.
Doughboys in Ireland (1943) as Molly Callahan
A Night to Remember (1942) as Anne Carstairs
A mystery writer and his wife stumble on a murder in their new apartment.
The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942) as Winnie Layden
A young divorcee tries to convert a house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants.
My Sister Eileen (1942) as Helen Loomis
Two sisters - one smart, one pretty - move to New York to build careers.

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