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Ann Dvorak

Highest Rated:   100% Scarface (1932)
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American actress Ann Dvorak was the daughter of silent film director Sam McKim and stage actress Anne Lehr ("Dvorak" was her mother's maiden name). Educated at Page School for Girls in Los Angeles, Dvorak secured work as a chorus dancer in early talking films: she is quite visible amongst the female hoofers in Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929). Reportedly it was her friend Joan Crawford, a headliner in Hollywood Revue, who introduced Dvorak to multimillionaire Howard Hughes, then busy putting together his film Scarface (1931). Dvorak was put under contract and cast in Scarface as gangster Paul Muni's sister, and despite the strictures of film censorship at the time, the actress' piercing eyes and subtle body language made certain that the "incest" subtext in the script came through loud and clear. Hughes sold Dvorak's contract to Warner Bros., who intended to pay her the relative pittance she'd gotten for Scarface until she decided to retreat to Europe. Warners caved in with a better salary, but it might have been at the expense of Dvorak's starring career. Though she played roles in such films as Three on a Match (1932) and G-Men (1935) with relish, the characters were the sort of "life's losers" who usually managed to expire just before the fadeout, leaving the hero to embrace the prettier, less complex ingenue. Dvorak cornered the market in portraying foredoomed gangster's molls with prolonged death scenes, but they were almost always secondary roles. One of her rare forays into comedy occurred in producer Hal Roach's Merrily We Live (1938), an amusing My Man Godfrey rip-off. In 1940, Dvorak followed her first husband to England, starring there in such wartime films as Squadron Leader X (1941) and This Was Paris (1942). Upon her return to Hollywood in 1945, Dvorak found very little work beyond westerns and melodramas; she did have a bravura role as a cabaret singer held prisoner by the Japanese in I Was an American Spy (1951), but it was produced at second-string Republic Pictures and didn't get top bookings. After Secret of Convict Lake (1951), Dvorak quit film work; she had never found it to be as satisfactory as her stage career, which included a year's run in the 1948 Broadway play The Respectful Prostitute. During her retirement, spent with her third husband, she divided her time between her homes in Malibu and Hawaii, and her passion for collecting rare books.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Secret of Convict Lake
  • Rachel
1951
No Score Yet I Was An American Spy
  • Mrs. Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips
1951
No Score Yet The Return of Jesse James
  • Susan (Sue) Ellen Younger
1950
No Score Yet Our Very Own
  • Mrs. Lynch
1950
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own
  • Mary Ashlon
1950
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho
  • Belle Connors
1948
No Score Yet Out of the Blue
  • Olive Jensen
1947
No Score Yet The Long Night
  • Charlene
1947
No Score Yet The Private Affairs of Bel Ami
  • Madeleine Forestier
1947
No Score Yet The Bachelor's Daughters
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast
  • Ann 'Flaxen' Tarry
1945
No Score Yet Cafe Hostess
  • Jo
1940
No Score Yet Blind Alley
  • Mary
1939
No Score Yet Merrily We Live
  • Minerva Harlan
1938
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
  • Ann Rogers
1937
No Score Yet Thanks a Million
  • Sally Mason
1935
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates
  • Josephine
1935
No Score Yet Bright Lights
  • Fay Wilson
1935
No Score Yet G-Men
  • Jean Morgan
1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Clouds
  • Judy Wagner
1934
No Score Yet Housewife
  • Nan Reynolds
1934
No Score Yet Midnight Alibi
  • Joan Morley
1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning
  • Myra
1934
No Score Yet Massacre
  • Lydia
1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Claire Gore
1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match
  • Vivian Revere
1932
No Score Yet Crooner
  • Judith 'Judy' Mason
1932
100% Scarface
  • Cesca Camonte
1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars
  • Lee Merrick
1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Love Is A Racket
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • Madeleine Maude 'Molly' Louvain
1932
No Score Yet The Guardsman
  • a Fan
1931
No Score Yet Stranger in Town
  • Marian Crickle
1931
No Score Yet This Modern Age
  • Bit Part
1931
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go)
  • Bit Part
1930
No Score Yet Lord Byron Of Broadway
  • Chorus girl
1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929
  • Chorus girl
1929

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