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Joyce Compton

Joyce Compton

Birthday: 1907-01-27 · Known For: Acting

103 Movies

Biography

Compton was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of Henry and Golden Compton. (Despite frequent reports to the contrary, her name was not originally "Eleanor Hunt"; she had appeared in the film Good Sport (1931) with Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed Compton throughout her career.) After graduating high school she spent two years at the University of Tulsa, studying dramatics, art, music and dancing. She won a personality and beauty contest and spent two months in a film studio as an extra. Compton first made a name for herself when she was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926, alongside Mary Brian, Dolores Costello, Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. Compton appeared in a long string of mostly B-movies from the 1920s through the 1950s. She was a comedy actress and protested at being stereotyped as a "dumb blonde". Among her over two hundred films were Imitation of Life, Magnificent Obsession, The Awful Truth, Mildred Pierce, and The Best Years of Our Lives.A devout Christian, on her gravestone, just beneath her dates of birth and death, is written "Christian Actress". She died from natural causes, aged 90, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

Movies & TV Series

1937.

10 Movies
Rhythm in the Clouds

Rhythm in the Clouds

1937
Judy Walker is a poor songwriter who, through mistaken identity, gets her songs played on the radio.
Small Town Boy

Small Town Boy

1937
Henry Armstrong was past being a spring chicken, still believes in Santa Claus and the maxim that "honesty is the best policy", but lack of money keeps him from marrying Molly and buying a little home...
Sea Racketeers

Sea Racketeers

1937
J. Carrol Naish plays a slimy villain again; this time he's running a casino on a ship and smuggling furs past the Coast Guard.
We Have Our Moments

We Have Our Moments

1937
A trio of American crooks board a ship bound for Europe, intending to get rid of $100,000 in stolen dough. With detective John Wade breathing down their necks, the crooks stash the loot in the trunk b...
Pick a Star

Pick a Star

1937
A Cinderella story of a young country girl who comes to Hollywood and achieves movie stardom with the help of a publicity man.
Wings Over Honolulu

Wings Over Honolulu

1937
A Navy pilot gets involved in a romantic triangle while stationed in Hawaii.
Top of the Town

Top of the Town

1937
In this musical set in swingin' Manhattan, an heiress plans a ballet in the famous Moonbeam ballroom located atop a 100-story skyscraper. Unfortunately, the attending audience is quite bored until som...
China Passage

China Passage

1937
Americans Tommy Baldwin and Joe Dugan are hired to transport a fabulous diamond from Shanghai to San Francisco. They will be paid handsomely on success or killed on failure. The diamond is stolen as t...
Born Reckless

Born Reckless

1937
Racketeer Jim Barnes is trying to force the independent taxicab-drivers to join his "protection service" at the cost of five bucks a day. Champion race-car driver, Bob Kane, joins with his friends Lee...
The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

5.88
1937
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

1936.

10 Movies
Sitting on the Moon

Sitting on the Moon

1936
A successful songwriter and a struggling singer become involved professionally and romantically on the road to stardom.
The Harvester

The Harvester

1936
In a small town in Indiana in the 1890s, the domineering and ambitious Mrs. Biddle arranges a marriage between her spoiled daughter Thelma and the town's prize catch, harvester David Langston, who is ...
Ellis Island

Ellis Island

1936
It opens in 1926 when three bank robbers, Theodore Kedrich, Jan Imarski, and Petra Lonelli, stage a daring daylight bank robbery and get away with a million dollars in cash. They are soon apprehended ...
Murder with Pictures

Murder with Pictures

1936
Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photog Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock romances a mystery woman...
Three Smart Girls

Three Smart Girls

5.86
1936
The three Craig sisters Penny, Kay, and Joan, go to New York to stop their divorced father from marrying gold digger Donna Lyons and re-unite him with their mother.
Valley of the Lawless

Valley of the Lawless

1936
Johnny Mack Brown goes in search of a treasure map tattooed on the chest of a man who once betrayed his father.
Country Gentlemen

Country Gentlemen

1936
After being run out of town after town for trying to sell worthless stock, two con artists breeze into the small town of Chesterville, where they find themselves accused of kidnapping a young boy to w...
Star for a Night

Star for a Night

1936
Blind Mrs. Lind comes to American to visit her three children whom she thinks are successful.
Love Before Breakfast

Love Before Breakfast

1936
Scott is a very rich businessman who hangs out with a snooty, silly Countess, but has the hots for Kay who is already engaged to Bill. Scott pursues Kay like crazy, going so far as to buy Bill's oil c...
Trapped by Television

Trapped by Television

1936
An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.

1932.

10 Movies
Lady and Gent

Lady and Gent

1932
Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able to knock out Stag Bailey when the veteran becomes over confident. Later Buzz is a worn out wreck with a broken nose and cauliflower ear....
Fighting for Justice

Fighting for Justice

1932
Property taxes, murder charges, and outlaws trouble the son of a dead rancher.
False Faces

False Faces

1932
Dr. Silas Brenton is fired from his position at a large hospital, primarily for a lack of ethics, and goes to Chicago and sets himself up as a plastic surgeon and seducer of women; his quack methods ...
Westward Passage

Westward Passage

1932
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.
Lena Rivers

Lena Rivers

1932
Young Lena Rivers, who was born out of wedlock, goes to live with a rich uncle. Unfortunately, her uncle's wife and daughter make no secret of their dislike of Lena and that they don't want her in the...
Beauty Parlor

Beauty Parlor

1932
Director Richard Thorpe's 1932 film follows the romantic exploits of two depression-era manicurists, one of whom is being woo'd by a true gentleman of means, the other of whom lets herself become a pa...
Merry-Go-Round

Merry-Go-Round

1932
Corrupt politicians resort to murder and blackmail when a young boy accidentally witnesses them taking payoffs.
A Parisian Romance

A Parisian Romance

1932
The Baron is an aging, cynical lady's man. He has a key-chain with about 50 keys to different women' apartments in Paris. He selects one at random to see who he will sleep with at night. His adversary...
Madison Sq. Garden

Madison Sq. Garden

1932
Eddie Burke ( Jack Oakie) is a wise-guy pugilist whose talent is unevenly matched by his ego. Despite his character flaws, Eddie knows the meaning of loyalty. When his manager Doc Williams (William Co...
Unholy Love

Unholy Love

1932
An adaptation of Madame Bovary transported to Rye, New York in the 1930's. All characters have been renamed.
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