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Blanche Mehaffey

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Blond American screen actress Blanche Mehaffey was voted a 1924 WAMPAS Baby Star by the Hollywood publicists on the strength of a couple of pleasant comedies opposite Glenn Tryon. She later changed her name to Joan Alden -- presumably to escape maudlin melodramas such as Princess from Hoboken (1927) -- but Call of the Wild (1927), opposite second-string canine star Dynamite, was no improvement, and she returned to her old moniker. Her movies in the early years of sound film were unsuccessful. She had married sound engineer Ralph M. Like and he produced a series of very low-budget melodramas that are still watched -- and laughed at -- today. Ralph Like was the kind of producer who never met a corner he couldn't cut, and several of the Like-Mehaffey collaborations were downright embarrassing. Sally of the Subways (1932), for example, ostensibly a crime drama, was an excruciatingly slow affair that featured neither Sally nor subways, and The Devil Monster (1933) and The Wages of Sin (release date undetermined) delivered little more than alluring titles. Chagrined by the turn her career was taking, Mehaffey changed her name once again, this time to Janet Morgan, but it didn't make a bit of difference, and she left films in 1935. In 1948 an embarrassed Mehaffey attempted to prevent the new owners of her old films from selling them to television. Unfortunately for unsuspecting viewers, the lawsuit was dismissed and cinematic blunders such as Soul of the Slums (1931) and the aforementioned Wages of Sin have become treasured perennials at Bad Movie festivals.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Held for Ransom
  • Betty Mason
1938
No Score Yet North of Arizona
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Wildcat Saunders
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Bandit
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Border Guns
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Outlaw Tamer
  • Jean Bennett
1933
No Score Yet Alias Mary Smith
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet His Guiding Destiny
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Mystery Trooper
  • Helen Holt
1932
No Score Yet Sunrise Trail
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Woman of the World
  • Lennie Porter
1925
No Score Yet Battling Orioles
  • Hope Stanton
1924

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