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Joan Davis

  • Jun 29, 1907 - May 22, 1961 (age 53)
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2002
Now on PBS
TV ShowJan 18, 2002

Now on PBS

NOW is a weekly newsmagazine focusing mainly on socio …
NOW is a weekly newsmagazine focusing mainly on socio-political issues such as war, health care, media, and the environment. The program utilizes documentary reports, one-on-one interviews and thoughtful commentary. NOW was originally titled NOW with Bill Moyers until Moyers retired as the host at the end of 2004. Then co-host David Brancaccio took over hosting duties at the start of 2005, and the program was shortened from 1 hour to 30 minutes.
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1961
Joan Davis
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Joan Davis

Joan Davis passed away.
1958
The Garry Moore Show
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TV ShowSep 30, 1958

The Garry Moore Show

The Garry Moore Show is the name for several separate …
The Garry Moore Show is the name for several separate American variety series on the CBS television network in the 1950s and 1960s. Hosted by experienced radio performer Garry Moore, the series helped launch the careers of many comedic talents, such as Dorothy Loudon, Don Adams, George Gobel, Carol Burnett, Don Knotts, Lee Goodman, James Kirkwood, Jr., and Jonathan Winters. The Garry Moore Show garnered a number of Emmy nominations and wins.
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1956
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
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TV ShowOct 5, 1956

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

The Dinah Shore Chevy …
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show is an American variety series hosted by Dinah Shore, and broadcast on NBC from October 1956 to May 1963. The series was sponsored by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors and its theme song, sung by Shore, was "See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet", which continued to be used in Chevrolet advertising for several more years after the cancellation of the show.
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The Steve Allen Show
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TV ShowJun 24, 1956

The Steve Allen Show

The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show …
The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June 1960 on NBC, from September 1961 to December 1961 on ABC, and in first-run syndication from 1962 to 1964.
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1954
The George Gobel Show
TV ShowOct 2, 1954

The George Gobel Show

For Gobel's half-hour series, …
For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.
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1953
Nomination1953

Best Comedienne

Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Best Comedienne.
Primetime Emmy Award
1952
I Married Joan
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TV ShowOct 15, 1952

I Married Joan

I Married Joan is an American situation comedy that aired …
I Married Joan is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from 1952 to 1955. It starred veteran vaudeville, film, and radio comedian-comedy actress Joan Davis as the manic, scatterbrained wife of a mild-mannered community judge, the Honorable Bradley Stevens (Jim Backus).
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Harem Girl
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MovieJan 21, 1952

Harem Girl

A wise-cracking, uninhibited American girl, Susie Perkins …
A wise-cracking, uninhibited American girl, Susie Perkins (Joan Davis), is hired as a secretary/companion to Princess Shareen (Peggie Castle), a middle-east ruler of a small desert kingdom. Soon after their arrival, Susie learns that Shareen is in great danger, as a wicked sheik desires to get a hold of her oil-rich lands, and the Princess, also. After some wild adventures, aided by Majeed (Paul Marion), sweetheart of Shareen, Susie cleans up the situation, and is last seen joining the French Foreign Legion, which is 'for men only,' which suits Susie just fine. So is she.
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1951
The Groom Wore Spurs
MovieMar 14, 1951

The Groom Wore Spurs

Actor Ben Castle is a phony singing cowboy who can not ride, …
Actor Ben Castle is a phony singing cowboy who can not ride, sing, or act, and is afraid of guns and horses and the first one out the door when trouble breaks out. His studio hires attorney Abigail Furnival, to get him out of trouble with a big-time gambler because he can not pay off a gambling debt. And the next thing she knows is that she has married him. The gambler decides to write off the debt when he learns that Abigail is the daughter of an old friend. But the gambler is murdered, and Ben appears to be involved.
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1950
Love That Brute
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MovieMay 26, 1950

Love That Brute

In 1928, Big Ed Hanley, boss of a gang of Chicago racketeers, …
In 1928, Big Ed Hanley, boss of a gang of Chicago racketeers, has money and power, but he is bored. Watching some kids play in the park, he sees Ruth Manning and is interested at once. He tells her he has a couple of kids and gives her the job of taking care of them. He moves Mamie in as a housekeeper, but the best he can scrape up as a son is Harry, a pint-sized monster. A couple of henchmen sent by to rub Big Ed out by his rival, Pretty Willie, are relieved of their hardware by Quentin, Ed's butler, and Bugs, his right-hand man. They march them downstairs, supposedly to drop in the river, but actually leave them in a very nice jail maintained by Ed for gangsters who drop by to rub him out. Ed's problems include keeping Ruth, who has begun to like him, from finding out about his activities, increasing his family, and keeping uninvited guests from dropping by.
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The Bob Hope Show
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TV ShowApr 9, 1950

The Bob Hope Show

The Bob Hope Show is a 1952 family, comedy TV series …
The Bob Hope Show is a 1952 family, comedy TV series written by Mort Lachman, John Rapp, Lester A. White, Bill Larkin, Charles Lee and Ted Lang and directed by Jack Shea, Dick McDonough, Jim Jordan and Bill Ward.
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The Traveling Saleswoman
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MovieJan 5, 1950

The Traveling Saleswoman

In this western comedy, the …
In this western comedy, the King Soap Company is doing poorly and to receive a bank loan the Banker says they must have orders. So daughter Mabel heads west as a traveling saleswoman. Just before a saloon gunfight, the loser secretely slips Mabel a paper that contains evidence that will hang three rustlers. The rustlers think she has it and are now out to get her.
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1948
If You Knew Susie
MovieFeb 7, 1948

If You Knew Susie

In the small town of Brookford, everybody can trace their …
In the small town of Brookford, everybody can trace their ancestors back to the Revolutionary War, except Sam and Susie Parker. One day, however, they find a letter written by George ...
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1946
She Wrote the Book
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MovieMay 31, 1946

She Wrote the Book

A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern …
A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed ...
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1945
George White's Scandals
MovieOct 10, 1945

George White's Scandals

This Broadway revue is …
This Broadway revue is about two love affairs. The romance between the comedienne Joan Mason and Jack Evans of Boston is easily disturbed by Jack's cynical sister, Clara Belle Evans, who is...
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She Gets Her Man
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MovieJan 12, 1945

She Gets Her Man

Two people have been murdered in Clayton by a mysterious killer …
Two people have been murdered in Clayton by a mysterious killer using a blow-gun. Socialite club-leader Phoebe Witherspoon comments that "the town needs another Ma Pilkington, the best ...
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1944
Kansas City Kitty
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MovieAug 24, 1944

Kansas City Kitty

Polly, an amiable wisecracking piano teacher, becomes …
Polly, an amiable wisecracking piano teacher, becomes involved with some shady music publishers. She also happens to be infatuated with her music loving dentist Henry--who is not quite as ...
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Show Business
MovieMay 10, 1944

Show Business

Four young hopefuls, George, Connie, Joan and Eddie, …
Four young hopefuls, George, Connie, Joan and Eddie, doing the Burlesque and Amateur Circuits meet by chance, and decide to form a team. Of course, their act is a success, and they finally make it to Vaudeville! George is crazy for Connie, however, George's ex-flame, Nancy Gai isn't too thrilled and from the moment she hears about George and Connie tying the knot, she does everything to break up their union... sadly, one night she succeeds, and the foursome go separate ways. Connie divorces George, and gets engaged to a rich agent, and makes it on her own- singing in an upper-class Boston Night Club, while Eddie and Joan still keep a successful couple act, but George ends up in a sleazy San Francisco bar, singing for drinks. After all, one minute you're the toast of the town, the next - you're in the gutter. Isn't that Show Business? Can the group be reunited? Can they be a success once more!?
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Beautiful But Broke
MovieJan 28, 1944

Beautiful But Broke

Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the …
Theatrical agent Waldo Main (John Eldredge) is inducted into the army, and turns his (now clientless) agency over to his secretary Dottie Duncan (Joan Davis). Dottie decides to organize an all-girl orchestra to fill the void caused by so many orchestra members being called to service due to WWII, and joins struggling singers/songwriters Sally Richards (Jane Frazee) and Sue Ford ('Judy Clark') in this endeavor. Dottie's screwball schemes to get engagements for the group often lead to disaster.
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1943
Two Señoritas from Chicago
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MovieJun 10, 1943

Two Señoritas from Chicago

Daisy Baker, a Chicago …
Daisy Baker, a Chicago "refuse collector" who fancies herself as a theatrical agent, finds a play which had been thrown away by two Portuguese playwrights. Without bothering to get ...
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1942
Yokel Boy
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MovieMar 13, 1942

Yokel Boy

A "Perfect Movie Fan",Joe Ruddy, is brought to Hollywood as a …
A "Perfect Movie Fan",Joe Ruddy, is brought to Hollywood as a publicity stunt, and is put in charge of a production company as a gag, but everybody isn't in on the gag, and Joe imports a notorious gangster, "Buggsy" Malone, to play "himself" in a film based on his life. "Buggsy" has gone straight, more or less, but retains some of his old habits to the extent of assuming control of the film, and the whole studio. His sister, Molly, also comes along and she falls in love with Joe. The head of the studio, R. B. Harris, quickly becomes disenchanted with the idea of publicity stunts.
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1941
Two Latins from Manhattan
MovieSep 25, 1941

Two Latins from Manhattan

Joan Daley (Joan Davis), a …
Joan Daley (Joan Davis), a New York booking/press agent, attempts to recruit two local stand-ins, Jinx Terry (Jinx Falkenburg) and Lois Morgan (Joan Woodbury), when the Cuban sister-act, Marianela (Marquita Madero) and Rosita (Carmen Morales), she as booked into the nightclub for which she works fails to materialize. Complications arrive when the real Cuban sisters show up.
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Sun Valley Serenade
MovieAug 21, 1941

Sun Valley Serenade

As a surefire way to receive good press, bandleader Phil Corey …
As a surefire way to receive good press, bandleader Phil Corey (Glenn Miller) and his ensemble decide to adopt a war refugee. When it turns out that their adoptee isn't a child, but a pretty Scandinavian woman named Karen Benson (Sonja Henie), it leads to a flirtatious relationship with the group's pianist, Ted Scott (John Payne), who is already involved with singer Vivian Dawn (Lynn Bari). As the band heads to snowy Idaho for a gig, romantic drama, skiing, ice skating and musical numbers ensue.
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Hold That Ghost
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MovieAug 6, 1941

Hold That Ghost

Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the …
Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their trip to claim their fortune is sidetracked when they are stranded in a haunted house along with several other strangers.
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For Beauty's Sake
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MovieJun 6, 1941

For Beauty's Sake

A woman-hating astronomy professor, Bertram Dillsome, …
A woman-hating astronomy professor, Bertram Dillsome, inherits a swank beauty salon in a New York hotel from his aunt. His New York arrival beings an unexpected fanfare of publicity ...
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1940
Manhattan Heartbeat
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MovieJul 12, 1940

Manhattan Heartbeat

Manhattan Heartbeat is a 1940 American drama film directed …
Manhattan Heartbeat is a 1940 American drama film directed by David Burton and written by Clark Andrews, Harold Buchman, Jack Jungmeyer and Edith Skouras. It is based on the 1928 novel Bad Girl by Viña Delmar. The film stars Robert Sterling, Virginia Gilmore, Joan Davis, Edmund MacDonald, Don Beddoe and Paul Harvey. The film was released on July 12, 1940, by 20th Century Fox.
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Sailor's Lady
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MovieJul 3, 1940

Sailor's Lady

Sailor (Hall) is going to marry his girlfriend (Kelly) when he …
Sailor (Hall) is going to marry his girlfriend (Kelly) when he returns, but she becomes foster mother to baby whose parents are accidentally killed. The baby is accidentally left on board a...
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Free, Blonde and 21
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MovieMar 29, 1940

Free, Blonde and 21

Stories of women who live in an all-women hotel. One (Bari) …
Stories of women who live in an all-women hotel. One (Bari) works hard and marries a millionaire; another (Hughes) cheats and goes to jail.
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1939
Day-Time Wife
MovieNov 24, 1939

Day-Time Wife

When Jane Norton inadvertently discovers that Ken, her …
When Jane Norton inadvertently discovers that Ken, her husband of two years, is dallying with his beautiful secretary, she decides to turn the tables by applying for a job as secretary to philandering architect Barney Dexter, an associate of her husband. Despite cynical advice from her friend Blanche, a three-time divorcée, Jane stays one step ahead of the amorous Dexter and uses Ken's jealousy to get him to renounce his extra-marital indiscretions.
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Too Busy to Work
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MovieNov 17, 1939

Too Busy to Work

The Jones family females decide to teach Father a lesson. He's …
The Jones family females decide to teach Father a lesson. He's neglecting the family business to run for mayor, so they decide to neglect their household chores.
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Tail Spin
MovieFeb 19, 1939

Tail Spin

Tail Spin (also known as Tailspin) is a 1939 aviation film. The …
Tail Spin (also known as Tailspin) is a 1939 aviation film. The screenplay was written by Frank Wead and directed by Roy Del Ruth. It was based on the book, "Women with Wings: A novel of the modern day aviatrix" (Ganesha Publishing, 1935), authored by Genevieve Haugen, who was also an advisor and stunt pilot in the film. Tail Spin starred Alice Faye, Constance Bennett, Nancy Kelly, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell and Jane Wyman.
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1938
Just Around the Corner
MovieNov 11, 1938

Just Around the Corner

Shirley helps her idealistic …
Shirley helps her idealistic architect father get his dream of a slum clearance project; The little miss dances with bill "Bojangles" robinson. Based on paul gerard smith's book, "Lucky penny".
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Hold That Co-ed
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MovieSep 16, 1938

Hold That Co-ed

While running for governor a politician aids a needy …
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.
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My Lucky Star
MovieSep 9, 1938

My Lucky Star

The son (Romero) of a department store owner enrolls the …
The son (Romero) of a department store owner enrolls the store's sports clerk (Henie) at a university to use her as an advertisement for their fashion department. She falls for a teacher (Greene) and gets expelled.
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Josette
MovieJun 3, 1938

Josette

Two young men try to wrest their father from the clutches of a …
Two young men try to wrest their father from the clutches of a gold digger but by mistake think the woman is a young nightclub singer with whom they both fall in love.
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Sally, Irene and Mary
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MovieMar 4, 1938

Sally, Irene and Mary

Sally, Irene and Mary is a …
Sally, Irene and Mary is a 1938 American comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and written by Harry Tugend and Jack Yellen. It is based on the 1922 play Sally, Irene and Mary by Eddie Dowling and Cyrus Wood. The film stars Alice Faye, Tony Martin, Fred Allen, Joan Davis, Marjorie Weaver and Gregory Ratoff. The film was released on March 4, 1938, by 20th Century Fox.
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1937
Love and Hisses
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MovieDec 21, 1937

Love and Hisses

Love and Hisses is a 1937 American musical comedy …
Love and Hisses is a 1937 American musical comedy film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Walter Winchell, Ben Bernie and Simone Simon. It is the sequel to the film Wake Up and Live. Twentieth Century Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck wanted to continue the series with further films, but Winchell chose to return to New York to concentrate on his newspaper and radio work.
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Life Begins in College
MovieOct 1, 1937

Life Begins in College

When a wealthy Indian …
When a wealthy Indian student endows the college so they can keep the football coach rumor has it the Indian has played professionally and can't be on the team.
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Wake Up and Live
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MovieJul 16, 1937

Wake Up and Live

Built around the publicity "feud" between newspaper-radio …
Built around the publicity "feud" between newspaper-radio-gossip spreader Walter Winchell and band leader Ben Bernie, a radio star, Alice Huntley (Alice Faye), who does an advice-and-inspiration program, helps a mike-shy singer, Eddie Kane (Jack Haley) to success by tricking him into singing with Bernie's orchestra. Winchell uses it to expose Bernie as the trickster. But Kane becomes a great hit with the radio public, and falls in love with Alice. And Bernie and Winchell shake hands to show there's no business like show business and fabricated feuds.
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Sing and Be Happy
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MovieJun 18, 1937

Sing and Be Happy

Sing and Be Happy is a 1937 American comedy film …
Sing and Be Happy is a 1937 American comedy film directed by James Tinling and written by Lou Breslow, Ben Markson and John Patrick. The film stars Tony Martin, Leah Ray, Joan Davis, Helen Westley, Allan Lane and Dixie Dunbar. The film was released on June 25, 1937, by 20th Century Fox.
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Angel's Holiday
MovieMay 28, 1937

Angel's Holiday

Angel's Holiday is a 1937 American comedy film directed by …
Angel's Holiday is a 1937 American comedy film directed by James Tinling and written by Frank Fenton and Lynn Root. The film stars Jane Withers, Joan Davis, Sally Blane, Robert Kent, Harold Huber and Frank Jenks. The film was released on June 7, 1937, by 20th Century Fox.
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The Great Hospital Mystery
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MovieMay 14, 1937

The Great Hospital Mystery

The first of three films made …
The first of three films made featuring the Nurse Sarah Keate character created by Mignon Eberhardt. This 20th Century-Fox film was followed by two from Warner Bros. in 1938 ("Mystery House" and "The Patient in Room 18"), both starring Ann Sheridan in the role played here by Jane Darwell, who was, despite source that seems to think otherwise, first-billed in this film with her name on the posters twice the size of that of Sig Rumann(as billed in this film), Sally Blane, Thomas Beck and Joan Davis. The story has nurse Ann Smith, with the knowledge of her night supervisor Sarah Keate, smuggling her brother Allen Tracy into the hospital as a patient of Doctor Taggert, in order to hide him from gunmen sworn to get him. Gangster Mortimer Beatty is admitted to the room next to Tracy's. Ann's patient is found dead, but the dead man is not Tracy but a charity patient who had died days before, but now has some fresh bullet wounds in his body. Ann's sweetheart, hospital physician David McKerry, and the police, led by Detective Mattoon, try to solve the mystery of why anyone would want to shoot a man already dead. Bumbling nurse Flossie Duffy finds the body of the murdered morgue keeper, while Ann explains that her brother slipped out of the hospital and she had substituted the corpse in his bed, hoping the gangsters would believe he had died. Beatty also turns up missing, and in his place on the operating table is the unconscious Tracy, suffering from blows to his head. And it is learned that Dr. Taggert and the morgue keeper were mortal enemies. Maybe there are two mysteries.
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Thin Ice
MovieApr 1, 1937

Thin Ice

Lili is a skating instructor at a grand hotel in the Alps. An …
Lili is a skating instructor at a grand hotel in the Alps. An international conference is booked at the hotel. The conference is led by Prince Rudolph, whose plan is really to keep a pair of feuding countries at odds with each other. Feining illness, the Prince moves into a small inn so he can enjoy some skiing in private -- and delay the conference. One morning he meets Lili on the slopes and they hit it off; but she has no idea her "Rudy" is the Prince. That evening Lili is seen leaving the Prince's car, having been given a ride home by her beau, a cousin of the Prince's chauffeur. Tongues wag and Lili is thought to be romantically involved with the Prince. This gets her lots of attention and a starring role in her own ice skating revue. But when she finds out people think she is involved with the Prince she is horrified, while Rudy is amused and plays along.
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Time Out for Romance
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MovieFeb 10, 1937

Time Out for Romance

Time Out for Romance is a 1937 American romantic comedy …
Time Out for Romance is a 1937 American romantic comedy film directed by Malcolm St. Clair, written by Lou Breslow and John Patrick, and starring Claire Trevor, Michael Whalen, Joan Davis, Chick Chandler, Douglas Fowley and Benny Bartlett. It was released on February 10, 1937, by 20th Century Fox.
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On the Avenue
MovieFeb 4, 1937

On the Avenue

A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly …
A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly lampoons the rich Carraway family. To get her own back, daughter Mimi sets out to ensnare Blake, but the courtship is soon for real, to the annoyance of his co-star, hoofing chanteuse Mona Merrick.
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The Holy Terror
MovieJan 29, 1937

The Holy Terror

"Corky" Wallace (Jane Withers) is the daughter of a U.S. Navy …
"Corky" Wallace (Jane Withers) is the daughter of a U.S. Navy flying service officer and the sweetheart of the navy base. She stages musical shows in which the sailors and pilots participate. At one of them a group of foreign spies cause a brawl because they known it close the cafe in which it is being held. The spies want the cafe because it is near a strategic point on the Pacific coast. "Corky" learns who the spies are, informs her father and a group of the naval aviators capture the spies.
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1935
Millions in the Air
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MovieDec 12, 1935

Millions in the Air

The daughter of a radio program sponsor wants to get on the …
The daughter of a radio program sponsor wants to get on the air, too. But her father doesn't allows this, so she enters a amateur contest on his radio program under an assumed name.
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Way Up Thar
MovieNov 8, 1935

Way Up Thar

The Kurtz and Higgins families in the Ozarks can't seem to …
The Kurtz and Higgins families in the Ozarks can't seem to agree on anything, The Kurtzes, led by their matriarch, harbor ambitions to be a musical success on the radio while the Higginses ...
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1933
Beverly Wills
ChildJune 1933

Beverly Wills

Beverly Wills (June 7, 1933 – October 24, 1963) was an …
Beverly Wills (June 7, 1933 – October 24, 1963) was an American television and film actress. She was born Beverly Josephine Williams in Los Angeles to actress/comedienne Joan Davis and actor/writer Si Wills. Wills made her film debut in George White's Scandals (1945) when she was 11 years old. Mickey (1948) followed three years later.
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1931
Si Wills
MarriageAugust 1931

Si Wills

Si Wills was born on September 20, 1896 in Pittsburgh, …
Si Wills was born on September 20, 1896 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Serenus M. Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for Sea Goin' Sheiks (1931), All for Mabel (1930) and One Nutty Night (1930). He was married to Joan Davis. He died on October 3, 1977 in Palm Springs, California, USA.
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1907
Joan Davis
BirthJune 1907

Joan Davis

Joan Davis was born.
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