Karen DeWolf (1904–1989), sometimes known as Gypsy Wells, was an American screenwriter and novelist credited on over 50 films during her 20+ years in Hollywood. She's best known for her work on Columbia's Blondie films, in addition to movies like Nine Girls and Johnny Allegro. She also wrote a book, Take the Laughter, in 1940.
DeWolf was married four times: first to John Warfield Wells, then to Conrad Wells, then to Eric DeWolf, and then to Dennis Grady.
DeWolf was born Muriel Valentine Quack, the only child of Hugh Quack and Florence Morrow in Manhattan. After her family moved west, she graduated from high school in Alameda, California.She had dreams of becoming an actress, and caused quite a stir at 17 by posing in a swimsuit for a photo that ended up on the cover of National Police Gazette. (After being suspended, DeWolf would tell her principal she had never agreed for those photos—which were taken with the intent of furthering her ambition to be an actress—to be used in that manner.)She briefly gave up her Hollywood dreams, however, when she married her first husband, real estate developer John Warfield Wells, at age 19. At this time, she assumed the stage name Gypsy Wells and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area as a dancer. The marriage would soon end in divorce.
Movies & TV shows
A respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode has his wedding interrupted by four men led by an old acquaintances who is a US marshal and arrested Dan for the murder of his brother and the th...
When You're Smiling
When You're Smiling is distinguished by the presence of several top recording artists of 1950. The wafer-thin plotline concerns the misadventures of Texan Gerald Durham (Jerome Courtland), who arrives...
Treasury Department officials recruit a florist to lead them to a wanted criminal, but once he gets too close, he finds he's the hunted.
Make Believe Ballroom
Liza Lee, a fast-talking press agent for Al Jarvis, persuaded him to stage a Musical Mystery Contest, with a $5000 prize to the person who can first name the most musical numbers and their performers....
In bad standing with his studio, a film director tries to turn a local carnival dancer into a "French" movie star and pass her off as his big new discovery.
Holiday In Havana
While working as a hotel busboy, Carlos Estrada tried to convince a singer to join him in a rhumba contest.
Adventures of Casanova
After learning that his father and sister had been murdered, a young man named Casanova returned to Palermo and began guerilla tactics against the forces of the Governor. Lady Bianca, the Governor's d...
The Return of October
A girl thinks her new horse, October, is the reincarnation of her uncle, Willie.
It's Great to Be Young
Ricky Malone, Spud Winters and some other returning G.I.'s are trying to break into show business by the old summer resort. Terry, a runaway daughter of a big producer who is trying to stifle her show...
Getting Gertie's Garter
Newlywed Dennis O'Keefe is having a hard time. Marie McDonald, O'Keefe's former girl friend, has in her possession an expensive, jeweled garter given to her by O'Keefe in his bachelor days. McDonald w...
It's a Great Life
Columbia Pictures tried to broaden the appeal of their films by faking the fact that they were actually series entries. Columbia's 13th "Blondie" picture was shipped out as It's a Great Life. A man bu...
Mr. Dithers is trying to encourage a businessman to build a war-time manufacturing plant on land he owns while Dagwood tries to prevent the businessman from learning his daughter is involved in a loca...
Shut My Big Mouth
A horticulturist is involved with a criminal in the old west.
Meet the Stewarts
A young newlywed couple learns to make their new marriage work by trying to impress family, stay on budget, and remain diplomatic towards each other.
Blondie's Blessed Event
Cookie is a delight to behold. Adding to the chaos is the appearance of Hans Conried as a cynical author who gets caught up in the Bumstead lifestyle.
The Daring Young Man
When Jonathan was rejected by the army, he saw a chance to redeem himself by exposing a secret group of Nazi spies.
Blondie for Victory
The local dam is guarded by Housewives of America. The twelfth film in the series was based on the comic strip. Anxious to do her part for the war effort, Blondie joined the Housewives of America. His...
Her First Beau
15-year-old Penelope (Penny) Wood has two great interests - Chuck Harris and the hope that some day she might become a famous,great writer. Chuck also has two interests - his home-made glider and the ...
Go West, Young Lady
A young woman arrives in the western town of Headstone and helps the locals outsmart a gang of outlaws.
Tillie the Toiler
While attending stenographer school, Tillie Jones meets office boy Mac, who falls in love with her at first sight. Though Tillie likes Mac as a friend, she continually throws him over for handsomer me...
Blondie in Society
An important company client wants a great dane and that's why Dagwood brought home a great dane from the big dog show. The canine burping display is the highlight of the film.
Blondie Goes Latin
The 8th film in the series is called Blondie Goes Latin. Mr. They are invited to go on a cruise. Two Broadway performers are in the musical numbers and a female drummer is in the band.
The Three Mesquiteers, as army scouts, soothe hostilities between the Army and Indians, after both have been riled by someone with a hidden agenda, who is found to be masquerading as an Army interpret...
The Jones family encounters new theories of childrearing when an author arrives in town to lecture on the topic.
Saga of Death Valley
Tasker takes one of his sons when Roy Rogers is killed. Tasker now controls the water supply after his son Roy bought a ranch fifteen years later. Roy doesn't know that his brother is Tasker's chief h...
Always in Trouble
Tombes is an oil field worker who comes into a fortune and is then pushed into society by his wife.
Henry Cabot, a busboy at the Club Habana, is in love with the club's dancer, Conchita Montez. Tiger Martin, the leader of a gang of thieves, was arrested when he gave Conchita a diamond bracelet. Afte...
Walking Down Broadway
One year after the closing of their Broadway show, five showgirls sign a pact to come back together, but the lives of all five take many different turns, often for the worse.
Safety in Numbers
The mayor of the town, Prouty, is tricked into thinking the town swamp is a rich mineral deposit.
Doughnuts and Society
The coffee shop owners engage in friendly quarrels with each other while they give out doughnuts. When Belle becomes heir to a small fortune, she will be able to crash high-society and make her daught...
Ride, Ranger, Ride
Gene's is the story of a scout.
A vicious mobster is in the middle of the circulation battle. One newspaper's editor and circulation director are competing for the affections of a pretty blonde reporter.
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