Dorothy Kingsley


Screenwriter

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Girl Crazy (1943) - Grinding Coffee Their first meeting in their last co-starring MGM Musical, frisky Mickey Rooney as east-coast publishing-heir playboy Danny, banished to college out west, meets taller and prettier Judy Garland, whom we’ll learn is the college post-mistress Ginger, in the all-Gershwin full-tilt Freed Unit production, Girl Crazy, 1943.
Don't Go Near The Water (1957) - It Is Not Customary Nearly 90 minutes in, P-R Lt. Siegel has drawn the short straw, required to escort a lady correspondent, presumed to be elderly or worse, when Eva Gabor appears as Miss Aldridge, disorienting all including Russ Tamblyn as Tyson, Jeff Richards as Lt. Pendleton, and Howard Smith as the admiral, in MGM’s Don’t Go Near The Water,1957.
Don't Go Near The Water (1957) - Never Second Class Having contrived a fake air raid to separate her from a higher-ranking suitor, yeoman sailor Garrett (Earl Holliman) confesses his admiration for Lt. Tomlen (Anne Francis, in her last feature before her long run as an in-demand TV guest star), on an MGM WWII South Pacific island, in Don’t Go Near The Water,1957, starring Glenn Ford.
Don't Go Near The Water (1957) - They're Completely Unpredictable Jaded Lt. Siegel (Glenn Ford) with swabbie yeoman Garrett (Earl Holliman) stuck with showing goofball congressmen (Jansen and Smithfield, Jack Albertson and Charles Watts) around their rear-sector Pacific island base, meets (23 year-old Sicilian-Irish) Gia Scala as native schoolteacher Melora (Alba), Chuck Walters directing for MGM, in Don’t Go Near The Water, 1957, from the novel by Life magazine editor William Brinkley.
Don't Go Near The Water (1957) - Playin' With His Sexton Opening the straightforward MGM/Glenn Ford service comedy (his first following the hit The Teahouse Of The August Moon, 1956), narration by Keenan Wynn (who appears later as a nutty newsman) introducing Fred Clark as the CO, with Ford, Russ Tamblyn and Ike Gibson as Pratt, in Don’t Go Near The Water,1957, featuring Gia Scala, Anne Francis and Eva Gabor.
Bathing Beauty (1944) - Nastursiums To You! Comedy with Red Skelton and Esther Williams, him a songwriter, her a swimming teacher, who walked out at their wedding after he was wrongly accused of being already married, now trying to win her back by enrolling at her school, Bill Goodwin the foil, in MGM’s Bathing Beauty, 1944.
Pal Joey (1957) - Open, Here's Your Ticket Director George Sidney’s opening, shot at the Berkeley, California train station, introduces Frank Sinatra (title character) followed by the first of many San Francisco location scenes, in Pal Joey, 1957, also starring Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, from the Rodgers & Hart musical.
Pal Joey (1957) - I Could Write A Book Planning to lure hot-property performer Linda (Kim Novak) to the club he’s about to open, singer Joey (Frank Sinatra, title character) disses their current boss (Hank Henry) then works his charms with the Rodgers & Hart standard from the Broadway original, in Pal Joey, 1957.
Pal Joey (1957) - A Dog To Replace Snuffy Accidental boarding-house roommate and San Francisco night club colleague Linda (Kim Novak) tricks slippery Joey (Frank Sinatra, title character) into proving his professed love for pets, in Pal Joey, 1957, based on the Broadway musical, from stories by John O’Hara.
Jupiter's Darling (1955) - -- Never Trust A Woman Curious Roman Amytis (Esther Williams) has pretty much caused herself to be captured by conqueror Hannibal of Carthage (Howard Keel), who offers a tune by Burton Lane and Harold Adamson as he considers whether to rely on her intelligence, George Sidney directing, in MGM’s Jupiter’s Darling,1955.
Texas Carnival (1951) - She's Half A Girl And Half A Fish Opening the musical from producer Jack Cummings’ unit at MGM, Red Skelton is the carnival barker with a tune by Harry Warren and Dorothy Fields, Esther Williams as his brand new partner, discovering problems with their act, in Texas Carnival, 1951.
Angels In The Outfield (1951) - Everyone Was Talking About Angels Top-billed Janet Leigh as reporter Jennifer resumes her narration as news of the Pirates’ heavenly support spreads, with comments from Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb in his only movie appearance, composer Harry Ruby, and Bing Crosby, who really did own 15% of the team, in Angels In The Outfield, 1951.

Family

Walter Kingsley
Father
Writer, press agent. Divorced from Kingsley's mother.
Alma Hanlon
Mother
Actor. Divorced from Kingsley's father.
Terry Kingsley-Smith
Son
Playwright, novelist. Survived her.
Michael Durney
Son
Survived her.
Susan Durney Mickelson
Daughter
Survived her.
Christine Durney Armanasco
Daughter
Survived her.

Companions

William W Durney
Husband
Died in 1989.

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