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Joyce Compton

Highest Rated:   100% You and Me (1938)
Lowest Rated:   60% Jet Pilot (1957)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
83% Mildred Pierce
  • Waitress
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 Rose of Washington Square
  • Peggy
1939
No Score Yet Reno
  • Bonnie
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
91% 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 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
60% 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 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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