June Storey

June Storey

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Snake Pit (1948)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% The Strange Woman (1946)
  • Birthday: Apr 20, 1918
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Blonde, dimpled, and vivacious, June Storey became the perfect leading lady for cowboy troubadour Gene Autry, opposite whom she starred in no less than ten singing Westerns. In the U.S. since the age of five, the Canadian-born starlet was awarded a screen test with Fox (soon to become 20th Century Fox) in 1934, courtesy of an uncle's friendship with production head Winfield Sheehan. Despite a highly inadequate performance, Sheehan liked her pluck and Storey was awarded a player's contract. She didn't do much actual screen work, however, but spent most of her time at Fox studying acting with Florence Enright and taking dancing lessons from Rita Hayworth's father, Eduardo Cansino. A small role as a German girl in Henry King's In Old Chicago (1938) got the attention of low-budget concern Republic Pictures, who saw in the winsome Storey the perfect foil for Gene Autry, the company's biggest draw at the time.Under term contract with Republic from April 21, 1939, through October 20, 1940, Storey managed to squeeze in ten Westerns with Autry and five additional films before the contract was terminated by mutual agreement. In many ways she was the perfect leading lady for Autry: very agreeable to look upon, competent as a performer by then, and willing to work long, hard hours on location. Often there was not even a dressing room available for the heroine; she later stated, "...and I'd have to find a secluded canyon to change into my cowgirl clothes." The films themselves -- from Home on the Range (1939) to Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride (1940) -- included some of Autry's most genial, and Storey became very popular with the genre's target audience of rural moviegoers. But like most performers, she eventually found B-Westerns too limiting, and apart from Columbia's Song of the Prairie (1945), she never did another.Returning to Fox in the late '40s, Storey appeared in non-Western programmers and retired to marry an Oregon rancher. Divorced and the survivor of a near-fatal car accident, she later took up nursing, re-married, and became active in charity work. In her final years, a much heavier but still sparkling June Storey became a treasured guest speaker at various nostalgia and B-Western fairs.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Too Late for Tears Girl 1949
100% The Snake Pit Miss Bixby, the Ward Nurse 1948
92% Cry of the City Miss Boone 1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy Waitress 1947
40% The Strange Woman Lena Tempest 1946
No Score Yet Dangerous Lady Phyllis Martindel 1941
No Score Yet Dance Hall Ada 1941
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Gloria Foster 1941
No Score Yet Ride Tenderfoot Ride Ann Randolph 1940
No Score Yet Carolina Moon Caroline 1940
No Score Yet Gaucho Serenade Joyce 1940
No Score Yet Rancho Grande Kay 1940
No Score Yet First Love Wilma van Everett 1939
No Score Yet Mountain Rhythm Alice 1939
No Score Yet Blue Montana Skies Dorothy Hamilton 1939
No Score Yet South of the Border Lois Martin 1939
No Score Yet Colorado Sunset Carol 1939
No Score Yet Thin Ice Members of Girls' Band 1937
73% In Old Chicago Gretchen O'Leary 1937
No Score Yet Love and Hisses Girl 1937
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Greta 1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Girl in "I Dream Too Much" Number 1935
No Score Yet Student Tour Student 1934

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