Evelyn Knapp

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A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, blonde Evelyn Knapp made her Broadway debut in Channing Pollock's Mr. Moneypenny (1928). With a proven track record of more than 20 Vitaphone short subjects and a series of comedy two-reelers with George LeMaire, she was awarded a contract with Warner Bros. and made an auspicious screen debut opposite Grant Withers in Sinner's Holiday (1930). The secondary team of James Cagney and Joan Blondell ran away with most of the notices but at least one critic thought Knapp gave a "credible performance" as a naive girl caught between rum runners and a young carnival barker.In typical Warner fashion, Knapp was hurried from one project to another with very little thought to the appropriateness of the vehicles. From a muscular Northwest adventure with Charles Bickford, River's End (1931), she was rushed into playing George Arliss' refined daughter in The Millionaire (1931) with barely a chance to shift gears. In all her films, Knapp was pleasant and unobtrusive and in 1932, motion picture advertisers voted her a WAMPAS Baby Star. Being inconspicuous, however, was not exactly a star-making trait and Warners dropped her option, despite a starring role opposite John Wayne in the 1933 . Freelancing, she reportedly beat 50 actresses for the title role in Universal's remake of The Perils of Pauline (1934) and although Knapp was hardly in a league with the original Pauline, silent serial queen Pearl White, the chapterplay has proven the production for which she is best remembered. It was downhill from there, alas, and Knapp spent her remaining years in films in low-budget fare.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Two Weeks to Live Secretary 1943
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Evelyn Jordan 1941
No Score Yet Roar of the Press Evelyn 1941
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Reporter 1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight Nurse 1939
No Score Yet Rawhide Ed Saunders 1938
No Score Yet Hawaiian Buckaroo Paula Harrington 1938
No Score Yet Bulldog Edition Randy 1936
No Score Yet Mistaken Identity Actor 1936
No Score Yet One Frightened Night 1st Doris 1935
No Score Yet Confidential Maxine 1935
No Score Yet In Old Santa Fe Lila Miller 1934
No Score Yet His Private Secretary Marion Hall 1933
No Score Yet Dance, Girl, Dance Sally 1933
No Score Yet Perils of Pauline Actor 1933
No Score Yet Corruption Ellen Manning 1933
No Score Yet Night Mayor Doree Dawn 1932
No Score Yet Madame Racketeer Alice Hicks 1932
No Score Yet Fireman, Save My Child Sally Toby 1932
No Score Yet Taxi! Movie Star 1932
No Score Yet High Pressure Helen 1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain Sally 1932
No Score Yet Smart Money Irene Graham 1931
No Score Yet The Millionaire Barbara Alden 1931
No Score Yet Mother's Cry Jenny Williams 1930


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