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Dorothy Appleby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dorothy Appleby (January 6, 1906 – August 9, 1990) was an American film actress. She appeared in over 50 films between 1931 and 1943. Appleby gained early acting experience as an understudy and a chorus member in plays in New York City. A newspaper article reported that Appleby "came to New York fresh from winning a Maine beauty contest." Appleby was seen in many supporting roles, almost always in short subjects or low-budget feature films. She never progressed to leading roles in important pictures because of her height, which made her difficult to cast The trim brunette stood just over five feet tall, and her early leading men (like comedian Charley Chase) towered over her. She soon found steady if not prestigious work in Columbia Pictures' two-reel comedies. She appeared frequently with The Three Stooges, who were only a few inches taller than she was, and in 1940 she became Buster Keaton's leading lady, for the same reason: her height complemented his. She worked with Columbia comics Andy Clyde, El Brendel, and Hugh Herbert, and she had an uncredited part in John Ford's Stagecoach. Some of her Stooge comedies were Loco Boy Makes Good, So Long Mr. Chumps, and In the Sweet Pie and Pie. One memorable appearance was as Mexican brunette Rosita in 1940's Cookoo Cavaliers. In the film, Appleby gets clobbered by the Stooges when a facial "mud pack" made of cement dries on her face. Her petite figure belied her age, and she continued to play "younger" roles into the 1940s. One of her last screen roles was a one-line bit (playing a college co-ed at age 35) in the 1941 Jane Withers feature Small Town Deb.

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Jan 6, 1906 In Portland, Maine, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Under Eighteen 1931-01-02
Latest Project:
Movie What's the Matador? 1942-04-23
Known For
Poster of Loco Boy Makes Good
Poster of High Sierra
Poster of Live, Love and Learn
Poster of Riffraff
Movie What's the Matador? O'Brien's Secretary 1942-04-23
Movie Loco Boy Makes Good Twitchell's Girl 1942-01-08
Movie What Makes Lizzy Dizzy? Aggie 1942-03-26
Movie High Sierra Margie - Joe's Girlfriend (uncredited) 1941-01-23
Movie Manpower Wilma 1941-08-09
Movie Black Eyes and Blues Helen Potts Harmon 1941-04-18
Movie In the Sweet Pie and Pie Tiska Jones 1941-10-16
Movie General Nuisance Dorothy - Army nurse 1941-09-18
Movie Pardon My Berth Marks Mary Crissman 1940-03-22
Movie Rockin' Thru the Rockies Tessie 1940-03-08
Movie Nothing But Pleasure Mrs. Plunkett 1940-01-19
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife Woman in Book Store 1940-04-25
Movie Convicted Woman Daisy 1940-01-31
Movie The Spook Speaks Newlywed wife 1940-09-20
Movie His Ex Marks the Spot His wife 1940-12-13
Movie The Taming of the Snood Miss Wilson 1940-06-28
Movie From Nurse to Worse Dr. Lerious' Receptionist (uncredited) 1940-08-23
Movie Gold Rush Maisie Hatcheck Girl (Uncredited) 1940-07-26
Movie Stagecoach Girl in Saloon (uncredited) 1939-03-03
Movie The Flying Irishman Maybelle 1939-04-07
Movie The Women Treatment Girl (uncredited) 1939-09-01
Movie When Tomorrow Comes Waitress 1939-08-11
Movie Making the Headlines Claire Sandford 1938-03-31
Movie Paradise Express Kay Carson 1937-02-24
Movie Small Town Boy Sandra French 1937-09-24
Movie Live, Love and Learn Lou - Bob's Model (uncredited) 1937-10-29
Movie Riffraff Gertie 1936-01-03
Movie North of Nome Ruby 1936-11-14
Movie Charlie Chan in Paris Nardi 1935-01-21
Movie Let 'em Have It Lola McArdle 1935-05-15
Movie As the Earth Turns Doris 1934-02-14
Movie I Give My Love Alice Henley 1934-07-17
Movie School for Girls Florence Burns 1934-03-22
Movie Two Heads on a Pillow Mitzie LaVerne 1934-10-02
Movie Fate's Fathead Dorothy Chase 1934-11-17
Movie Trick for Trick Maisie Henry 1933-04-20
Movie King of the Wild Horses Unknown 1933-11-10
Movie Under Eighteen Elsie 1931-01-02