Priscilla Lane

Priscilla Lane (June 12, 1915 – April 4, 1995) was an American film actress.

Priscilla was cast with John Garfield in Dust Be My Destiny, a melodrama of prison life. She played the sympathetic stepdaughter of a brutal prison foreman, played by Stanley Ridges. She falls in love with convict Garfield. The original ending of the film had the young lovers dying as fugitives from justice. Audience reaction at previews was so negative that the studio withdrew the film and reshot a happy ending. Variety wrote, "She is completely sincere throughout with several dramatic scenes rising far above the material provided.

Priscilla attained full co-starring status in her next film, The Roaring Twenties and was billed above the title along with James Cagney. A major box office hit, Priscilla was shown to advantage as a night club singer, who marries lawyer Jeffrey Lynn, but is lusted after by gangster Cagney. She sang "It Had to Be You," "Melancholy Baby," and "I’m Just Wild About Harry".

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

Bodyguard (1948) .... Doris Brewster
Fun on a Weekend (1947) .... Nancy Crane... aka The Pretenders (USA: alternative title)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) .... Elaine Harper... aka Frank Capra's 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (USA: complete title)
The Meanest Man in the World (1943) .... Janie Brown
Silver Queen (1942) .... Coralie Adams
Saboteur (1942) .... Patricia "Pat" Martin
Blues in the Night (1941) .... Ginger 'Character' Powell
Million Dollar Baby (1941) .... Pamela 'Pam' McAllister
Four Mothers (1941) .... Ann Lemp Deitz
Three Cheers for the Irish (1940) .... Maureen Casey
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) .... Joyce Winfree... aka Baby Be Good (UK)
Four Wives (1939) .... Ann Lemp Dietz
The Roaring Twenties (1939) .... Jean Sherman, later Jean Hart
Dust Be My Destiny (1939) .... Mabel Alden
Daughters Courageous (1939) .... Buff Masters... aka A Family Affair ... aka American Family... aka Family Reunion
Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939) .... Ellen Murray
Brother Rat (1938) .... Joyce Winfree
Four Daughters (1938) .... Ann Lemp
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) .... Jane Hardy... aka Romance and Rhythm (UK)
Men Are Such Fools (1938) .... Linda Lawrence Hall
Love, Honor and Behave (1938) .... Barbara Blake
Varsity Show (1937) .... Betty Bradley

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