Joyce Compton

Joyce Compton

  • Highest Rated: 100% You and Me (1938)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% The White Parade (1934)
  • Birthday: Jan 27, 1907
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actress Joyce Compton was born into a traveling family; she received her schooling bit by bit in classrooms from Texas to Toronto. In the company of her parents, Compton made the Hollywood casting-office rounds in the mid-1920s, finally landing a role in What Fools Men (1925). In 1926 she was designated a Wampas Baby Star (a publicity ploy created by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers), in the company of such future luminaries as Mary Astor, Joan Crawford, Dolores Del Rio, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton's career never quite reached the heights of these contemporaries; small and delicate, she was advised by her parents not to go out for large roles for fear of endangering her health. When talkies came in, she cornered the market in squeaky-voiced dumb blondes, often applying her natural Southern accent for full comic effect. She worked frequently in two-reel comedies with such funsters as Clark and McCullough, Walter Catlett and Charley Chase. Compton's feature appearances were confined to supporting roles as waitresses, good-time girls and ditzy Southern belles. Occasionally a big part would come her way, and she'd make the most of it; her best role of the 1930s was nightclub singer Dixie Belle Lee in The Awful Truth, whose striptease number "Gone with the Wind" is later hilariously imitated by the film's star, Irene Dunne. Among Compton's favorite films was Sky Murder (1939) an MGM "Nick Carter" mystery in which she played a deceptively dim-witted female private eye. She married once, very briefly, in 1956; she lived in her well-appointed California home with her parents until their deaths. Retiring from the screen in 1961, Compton worked from time to time as a private nurse, preferring to spend her spare hours painting and designing clothes.

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60% Jet Pilot Mrs. Simpson 1957
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Blonde 1948
No Score Yet Luxury Liner Actor 1948
No Score Yet A Southern Yankee Hortense Dobson 1948
63% Scared to Death Jane Cornell 1947
No Score Yet Night and Day Chorine 1946
No Score Yet Dark Alibi Emily Evans 1946
No Score Yet Behind the Mask Lulu 1946
No Score Yet Danger Signal Katie 1945
86% Mildred Pierce Waitress 1945
No Score Yet Pillow to Post Gertrude Wilson 1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking Prissy Girl 1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut Mary Lee 1945
No Score Yet Silver Spurs Mildred `Millie' Love 1943
No Score Yet Let's Face It Wiggins' Girl 1943
No Score Yet Thunder Birds Saleswoman 1942
No Score Yet Suicide Squadron (Dangerous Moonlight) Actor 1942
No Score Yet Bedtime Story Beulah 1941
No Score Yet Blues in the Night Blonde 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Miss Sawyer 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Scarlett 1941
No Score Yet Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Cynthia Lou 1940
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her Hazel the Half-Wit Sister 1940
80% City for Conquest Lilly 1940
96% They Drive by Night Sue Carter 1940
No Score Yet Turnabout Irene Clare 1940
No Score Yet I Take This Oath Betty Casey 1940
No Score Yet Balalaika Masha, Lydia's Maid 1939
No Score Yet Escape to Paradise Penelope Carter 1939
No Score Yet Reno Bonnie 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Peggy 1939
No Score Yet Hotel for Women Emeline Thomas 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Joan 1939
No Score Yet Trade Winds Mrs. Johnson 1938
100% You and Me Curly blonde 1938
No Score Yet Man-Proof Guest 1938
No Score Yet Artists and Models Abroad Chickie 1938
No Score Yet Women Are Like That Miss Hall 1938
93% The Awful Truth Dixie Belle Lee 1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Southern Girl 1937
No Score Yet Rhythm in the Clouds Amy 1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad Drunken Girl on Phone 1937
No Score Yet Top of the Town Beulah 1937
No Score Yet We Have Our Moments Carrie 1937
No Score Yet Small Town Boy Molly 1937
No Score Yet Sea Racketeers Blondie 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Ernie's Bride 1937
No Score Yet Country Gentlemen Gertie 1936
No Score Yet Under Your Spell Secretary 1936
No Score Yet Murder with Pictures Hester Boone 1936
No Score Yet Trapped by Television Mae Collins 1936
No Score Yet Love Before Breakfast Mary Lee Jackson 1936
No Score Yet Ellis Island Adele 1936
No Score Yet Magnificent Obsession Nurse 1935
No Score Yet Suicide Squad Actor 1935
No Score Yet Let 'em Have It Barbara 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Show Girl 1935
No Score Yet Rustlers of Red Dog Actor 1935
100% Imitation of Life Woman 1934
50% The White Parade Una Mellon 1934
No Score Yet King Kelly of the U.S.A. Maxine 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Margot 1933
No Score Yet Sing, Sinner, Sing Gwen 1933
No Score Yet Lady and Gent (The Challenger) Betty 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Marie 1932
No Score Yet Under Eighteen Sybil 1932
No Score Yet Hat Check Girl Party Guest 1932
No Score Yet False Faces Dottie Nation 1932
No Score Yet A Parisian Romance Marcelle 1932
No Score Yet Up Pops the Devil Luella May Carroll 1931
No Score Yet Three Girls Lost Edna Best 1931
No Score Yet Salute Marion Wilson 1929
No Score Yet The Wild Party Eva Tutt 1929


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