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Noel Francis

Highest Rated:   100% Imitation of Life (1934)
Lowest Rated:   60% The White Parade (1934)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mutiny Ahead
  • Mimi
1935
No Score Yet Stone of Silver Creek
  • Lola
1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
  • Chon-Chon, Curly's Girl
1934
100% Imitation of Life
  • Mrs. Eden
1934
60% 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
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Linda
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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