Noel Francis

Noel Francis

Highest Rated: 96% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

Lowest Rated: 57% The White Parade (1934)

Birthday: Aug 31, 1906

Birthplace: Not Available

One of the better exponents of that pre-code specialty, the tough (and tough-talking) blonde, Texas-born Noel Francis had been in the 1926 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies and appeared opposite the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey in Rio Rita (1927) when signed by Fox in Hollywood. The year was 1929 and Francis was ushered into one of the year's biggest productions, Movietone Follies of 1930. Due to increasing public apathy to all things musical it tanked, however, and the studio dropped her option. Luckily, Francis rebounded over at Warner Bros., a company much more in tune with her special style of earthy glamour, and though she was never the lead female, she excelled in such delightful pre-code bon mots as Smart Money (1931), in which she is a faithless blonde helping Edward G. Robinson lose his bankroll, and Blonde Crazy (1931), where her target is the irrepressible James Cagney. In I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932), she runs into the studio's third tough-guy star, Paul Muni, who, like his predecessors, comes out of the encounter somewhat worse for wear. That, however, was it for Francis, who spent the remainder of her screen career in low-budget -- and sometimes even "no-budget" -- potboilers and bit roles. She returned to Broadway for something called Satellite in 1935, but it collapsed after only one performance. Old friend Buck Jones came to her rescue and Francis made her final three films with him, including Stone of Silver Creek (1935), in which she used her Broadway musical expertise to play a glamorous saloon chanteuse.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Left-Handed Law Betty Golden 1937
No Score Yet Stone of Silver Creek Lola 1935
No Score Yet Mutiny Ahead Mimi 1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head Chon-Chon, Curly's Girl 1934
92% Imitation of Life Mrs. Eden 1934
57% The White Parade Clare 1934
No Score Yet The Loudspeaker Dolly 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Letitia 1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny Rosie 1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons Alice 1933
96% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Linda 1932
No Score Yet Night Court Lil Baker 1932
No Score Yet The Mouthpiece Miss da Vere 1932
No Score Yet So Big Fancy Woman 1932
No Score Yet My Pal, the King Princess Elsa 1932
No Score Yet Flames Pat 1932
No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House Thelma 1931
No Score Yet Smart Woman Peggy Preston 1931
No Score Yet Smart Money Marie 1931
No Score Yet Blonde Crazy Helen Wilson 1931
No Score Yet Bachelor Apartment Janet 1931
No Score Yet Up the River Sophie 1930
No Score Yet Rough Romance Flossie 1930
No Score Yet New Movietone Follies of 1930 Gloria De Witt 1930


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