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

Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo (November 30, 1920 – January 17, 2005) was an American film actress.

Born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri. Tutored by a series of dancing instructors engaged by her aunt, she appeared in the St. Louis Municipal Opera chorus and then appeared with six other girls at an act at the Jefferson Hotel. There she was recruited by vaudeville performer Andy Mayo to appear in his act (as ringmaster for two men in a horse suit), taking his surname as as her stage name. She appeared in vaudeville for three years in the act, appearing with Eddie Cantor on Broadway in 1941's Banjo Eyes.

In 1949's White Heat she took on the role of "Verna Jarrett," opposite James Cagney. Mayo later claimed in interviews that she was occasionally genuinely frightened by Cagney during the filming of the picture, because Cagney's acting was so realistic and natural.

White Heat (1949)

The Man Next Door (1997) .... Lucia
Midnight Witness (1993) .... Kitty... aka Maximum Force 2 (video title)
Evil Spirits (1990) .... Janet Wilson
"Murder, She Wrote" .... Elinor (1 episode, 1984)
- Hooray for Homicide (1984) TV Episode .... Elinor
"Santa Barbara" .... Peaches DeLight (11 episodes, 1984)
- Episode #1.33 (1984) TV Episode .... Peaches DeLight
- Episode #1.30 (1984) TV Episode .... Peaches DeLight
- Episode #1.24 (1984) TV Episode .... Peaches DeLight
- Episode #1.23 (1984) TV Episode .... Peaches DeLight
- Episode #1.22 (1984) TV Episode .... Peaches DeLight
(6 more)
The Haunted (1979) .... Michelle... aka Haunted (USA: video title) ... aka The Glass Cage
"Lanigan's Rabbi" (1 episode, 1977)
- The Cadaver in the Clutter (1977) TV Episode
French Quarter (1977) .... Countess Willie Piazza/Ida
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) .... Miss Batley... aka Won Ton Ton (USA: poster title)
"Police Story" .... Angie (1 episode, 1975)
- Face for a Shadow (1975) TV Episode .... Angie
Fugitive Lovers (1975) .... Liz Trent... aka The Runaways
"Night Gallery" .... Carrie Crane (1 episode, 1971)... aka Rod Serling's Night Gallery (USA)
- The Diary (1971) TV Episode .... Carrie Crane
"The Outsider" .... Jean Daniels (1 episode, 1969)
- Behind Gods Back (1969) TV Episode .... Jean Daniels
Fort Utah (1967) .... Linda Lee
"Daktari" .... Vera Potter (1 episode, 1967)
- Judy and the Gorilla (1967) TV Episode .... Vera Potter
Castle of Evil (1966) .... Mary Theresa 'Sable' Pulaski
"Burke's Law" .... Dr. Terry Foster (1 episode, 1965)... aka Amos Burke, Secret Agent (USA: new title)
- Who Killed the Man on the White Horse? (1965) TV Episode .... Dr. Terry Foster
Young Fury (1965) .... Sara McCoy
Rivolta dei mercenari, La (1961) .... Lady Patrizia, Duchessa di Rivalta... aka Mercenarios, Los (Spain) ... aka Revolt of the Mercenaries (USA)
McGarry and His Mouse (1960) (TV) .... Kitty McGarry
Jet Over the Atlantic (1959) .... Jean Gurney
"Lux Playhouse" .... Gloria Crawford (1 episode, 1959)
- Deathtrap (1959) TV Episode .... Gloria Crawford
Westbound (1959) .... Norma Putnam
"Letter to Loretta" .... Myrna Nelson (1 episode, 1958)... aka The Loretta Young Show (USA: new title) ... aka The Loretta Young Theatre (USA: rerun title)
- Operation Snowball (1958) TV Episode .... Myrna Nelson
"Wagon Train" .... Beauty Jamison (1 episode, 1958)... aka Major Adams, Trail Master
- The Beauty Jamison Story (1958) TV Episode .... Beauty Jamison
Fort Dobbs (1958) .... Celia Gray
The Tall Stranger (1957) .... Ellen
... aka Walk Tall (USA: alternative title)
The Story of Mankind (1957) .... Cleopatra
"Conflict" (1 episode, 1957)
- Execution Night (1957) TV Episode
The Big Land (1957) .... Helen Jagger... aka Stampeded (UK)
Congo Crossing (1956) .... Louise Whitman
The Proud Ones (1956) .... Sally, Cass' Woman/Hotel Owner
Great Day in the Morning (1956) .... Ann Merry Alaine
Pearl of the South Pacific (1955) .... Rita Delaine
The Silver Chalice (1954) .... Helena
King Richard and the Crusaders (1954) .... Lady Edith Plantagenet
Devil's Canyon (1953) .... Abby Nixon
South Sea Woman (1953) .... Ginger Martin
She's Back on Broadway (1953) .... Catherine Terris
The Iron Mistress (1952) .... Judalon de Bornay
She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) .... Angela Gardner/'Hot Garters Gertie'
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951) .... Carol
Along the Great Divide (1951) .... Ann Keith... aka The Travelers (USA)
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) .... Lady Barbara Wellesley... aka Captain Horatio Hornblower (USA)
The West Point Story (1950) .... Eve Dillon... aka Fine and Dandy (UK)
The Flame and the Arrow (1950) .... Anne de Hesse
Backfire (1950) .... Julie Benson
Always Leave Them Laughing (1949) .... Nancy Egan
Red Light (1949) .... Carla North
White Heat (1949) .... Verna Jarrett
The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) .... Ruth Wilson
Colorado Territory (1949) .... Colorado Carson... aka North of the Rio Grande (USA: alternative title)
Flaxy Martin (1949) .... Flaxy Martin
A Song Is Born (1948) .... Honey Swanson
Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948) .... Linda Vickers
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) .... Rosalind van Hoorn
Out of the Blue (1947) .... Deborah Tyler
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) .... Marie Derry... aka Samuel Goldwyn's The Best Years of Our Lives (USA: poster title)
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) .... Polly Pringle
Wonder Man (1945) .... Ellen Shanley
The Princess and the Pirate (1944) .... Princess Margaret
Seven Days Ashore (1944) .... Carol Dean
Up in Arms (1944) (uncredited) .... Nurse Joanna
Jack London (1943) .... Mamie
Follies Girl (1943) (uncredited) .... Extra
Gals and Gallons (1939)

Don't Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang

Don't Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang
By Ellen Poulsen

Buried under decades of stereotype and parody, the true history of the female companions of the Great Depression's bank-robbing gang is uncovered. Don't Call Us Molls carefully examines the legacy of the Dillinger women using eyewitness and descendants' accounts as well as courtroom and prison records. This book explores the collective experience of these fugitives and offers a thoughtful, well-informed commentary on past attitudes toward the marginalized women of the day the lawbreakers, the informers, and a lone female sheriff. FBI memos, court transcripts, and never-before-published photos reveal the events experienced by women under siege, resurrecting historical figures and their private behavior. This history lays bare the personal lives of the wives and girlfriends of the public enemies of the 1930s and examines how their conflicting loyalties were challenged and exploited by unrelenting pressure of the United States government to betray their men.

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Vixens, Floozies And Molls: 28 Actresses Of Late 1920s And 1930s Hollywood

Vixens, Floozies And Molls: 28 Actresses Of Late 1920s And 1930s Hollywood
By Hans J. Wollstein

They were everywhere, at least on the silver screen of the 1920s and 1930s: vamps and vixens with a dangerous talent for slinking away with a scene. Bad girl roles abounded, and most actresses played at least one. But for a small group of actresses, the spike heel was a perfect fit, and they wore it, over and over again. Because censorship required that goodness prevail, the bad girl was often a supporting or secondary role. As a result, few of these actresses are well known today, and the viewer who catches one of their brassy performances is left to wonder: Who was that lady I saw last night? That was no lady, of course. That was the gangster's moll, the floozy, the nasty debutante. That was Hollywood's bad girl - and this book tells the stories of 28 actresses who brought her to life.

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Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill (August 26, 1916 - March 24, 1966) was a Chicago Outfit courier who was famous for being the steady girlfriend of Los Angeles mob boss and Genovese crime family associate Bugsy Siegel, following the breakdown of his marriage.

At the age of 17, Hill moved to Chicago, allegedly to work as a prostitute at the 1933 World's Fair and later became a waitress. During this time, she met a mobster named Joseph Epstein, a ranking associate of Chicago Outfit political corruptor Jake Guzik. Hill allegedly became Epstein's mistress, party hostess, and a co-conspirator in his bookmaking ring. In the process she became a close associate of several high-ranking Outfit mobsters. She was eventually the mistress of Frank Costello, Frank Nitti, Charles Fishetti and Joe Adonis.

She also became a "bag woman", and funnelled Outfit funds into Swiss bank accounts. She later denied it, but it is known that she bought a new home for her family in Marietta for $10,000 - in cash.

Mae West

Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol. Famous for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the legitimate stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a comedian, actress and writer in the motion picture industry.

One of the most controversial stars of her day, West encountered many problems including censorship.

Mae West - Night After Night (1932)

Sextette (1978) .... Marlo Manners/Lady Barrington
Myra Breckinridge (1970) .... Leticia Van Allen... aka Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge
The Heat's On (1943) .... Fay Lawrence... aka Tropicana (UK)
My Little Chickadee (1940) .... Flower Belle Lee
Every Day's a Holiday (1937) .... Peaches O'Day
Go West Young Man (1936) .... Mavis Arden
Klondike Annie (1936) .... The Frisco Doll/Rose Carlton/Sister Annie Alden
Goin' to Town (1935) .... Cleo Borden
Belle of the Nineties (1934) .... Ruby Carter
I'm No Angel (1933) .... Tira
She Done Him Wrong (1933) .... Lady Lou
Night After Night (1932) .... Maudie Triplett

Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. Known as the "Platinum Blonde" and "The Blonde Bombshell" for her famous hair, Harlow starred in several films, mainly designed to showcase her magnetic sex appeal and strong screen presence before transitioning to more developed roles and achieving massive fame under contract to MGM. Harlow's enormous popularity and "laughing vamp" image were in distinct contrast to her personal life, which was marred by disappointment, tragedy, and ultimately, her sudden death from renal failure at 26.

Harlow was linked to American mobster Bugsy Siegel and was the godmother of his daughter Millicent. She also dated mobster Abner Zwillman at one time. He bought her a Cadillac and a jeweled bracelet, as well as getting her a two-picture deal with Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures due to a loan he made to Cohn.

Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Saratoga (1937) .... Carol Clayton
Personal Property (1937) .... Crystal Wetherby... aka The Man in Possession
Libeled Lady (1936) .... Gladys
Suzy (1936) .... Suzy
Wife vs. Secretary (1936) .... Whitey
Riffraff (1936) .... Hattie
China Seas (1935) .... Dolly 'China Doll' Portland
Reckless (1935) .... Mona Leslie
The Girl from Missouri (1934) .... Eadie... aka 100 Per Cent Pure (UK) ... aka Born to Be Kissed (USA)
Bombshell (1933) .... Lola Burns... aka Blonde Bombshell (UK)
Dinner at Eight (1933) .... Kitty Packard
Hold Your Man (1933) .... Ruby Adams
Red Dust (1932) .... Vantine
Red-Headed Woman (1932) .... Lillian 'Lil'/'Red' Andrews Legendre
The Beast of the City (1932) .... Daisy Stevens, aka Mildred Beaumont
Three Wise Girls (1932) .... Cassie Barnes
Beau Hunks (1931) (uncredited) .... Jeanie-Weenie (in photo)... aka Beau Chumps (UK)
Platinum Blonde (1931) .... Anne Schuyler
Goldie (1931) .... Goldie
Iron Man (1931) .... Rose Mason
The Public Enemy (1931) .... Gwen Allen... aka Enemies of the Public (UK)
The Secret Six (1931) .... Anne Courtland
City Lights (1931) (uncredited) .... Extra in restaurant scene... aka City Lights: A Comedy Romance in Pantomime (USA: copyright title)
Hell's Angels (1930) (as Jean Harlowe) .... Helen
New York Nights (1929) (uncredited) .... Party Girl
Weak But Willing (1929) (uncredited)
This Thing Called Love (1929) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
The Love Parade (1929) (uncredited) .... Woman applauding in theater box
The Saturday Night Kid (1929) (uncredited) .... Hazel... aka Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
Bacon Grabbers (1929) .... Mrs. Kennedy
Thundering Toupees (1929)
Double Whoopee (1929) .... Swanky blonde
The Unkissed Man (1929) (uncredited)
Close Harmony (1929) (uncredited)
Why Is a Plumber? (1929) (uncredited)
Why Be Good? (1929) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Fugitives (1929) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Liberty (1929) .... Woman in cab... aka Criminals at Large
Chasing Husbands (1928) (uncredited) .... Bit Role
Moran of the Marines (1928) (uncredited) .... Bit part
Honor Bound (1928) (uncredited) .... Extra