Noel Francis

Noel Francis

Noel Francis was born in Temple, Texas in 1906. By age 20 she was appearing in the Ziegfeld Follies, working opposite the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey. Eventually Fox scouts noticed her and in 1929 she was signed to a Hollywood contract. Because of her Follies background, Fox intended to develop Noel as a musical and dance star. Unfortunately, musicals were on the wane at the time (they did rebound) and her contract was dropped. Luckily, she was picked up by Warner Brothers, and featured in a number of films that had her portraying the tough talking, sassy female connected to gangsters, convicts, and other underworld types, so popular with the movie going public then and now. Noel was rarely given the lead female role, though she worked near the top with some of the era's best actors in films that included Smart Money (1931), in which she is a scheming blonde helping Edward G. Robinson lose his money, and Blonde Crazy (1931), where her target is James Cagney. Her most noted performance was in I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932), working with Paul Muni in one of his strongest performances. However, perhaps because of being typecast, she found herself in "B" productions after 1932, though one was as the lead female, in Mayfair Picture Corporation's 1934 What's Your Racket?, opposite Regis Toomey. Needing work, Noel returned to Broadway, but couldn't resume her career there, and returned to Hollywood to make three final films with Buck Jones, including Stone of Silver Creek (1935), in which she used her Broadway musical expertise to play a saloon singer. Between 1929 and 1937 Noel made 47 films. She died October 30, 1959 in Los Angeles, California.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Temple, Texas, USA
    Birthday
    8/31/1906
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
7.8
Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy
7
Smart Money
Smart Money
6.9
Bachelor Apartment
Bachelor Apartment
6.2
The Mouthpiece
The Mouthpiece
5.9
Manhattan Tower
Manhattan Tower
6
Smart Woman
Smart Woman
6
Good Dame
Good Dame
6
New Movietone Follies of 1930
New Movietone Follies of 1930
0
The White Cockatoo
The White Cockatoo
5.5
The Important Witness
The Important Witness
5
Rough Romance
Rough Romance
5
Guilty as Hell
Guilty as Hell
5.5
So Big!
So Big!
5.8
Fifteen Wives
Fifteen Wives
1
Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday
6.8
Ladies of the Big House
Ladies of the Big House
6
My Pal, the King
My Pal, the King
0
Havana Widows
Havana Widows
5.8
The Expert
The Expert
6.3
Night Court
Night Court
6.7
Under-Cover Man
Under-Cover Man
4
Son of a Sailor
Son of a Sailor
5
Stone of Silver Creek
Stone of Silver Creek
0
The Loudspeaker
The Loudspeaker
0
Blood Money
Blood Money
7
Bureau of Missing Persons
Bureau of Missing Persons
5.6
Left-Handed Law
Left-Handed Law
4
Mutiny Ahead
Mutiny Ahead
4
Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life
7
Up the River
Up the River
6
Reform Girl
Reform Girl
5
Strictly Dynamite
Strictly Dynamite
5.3
Flames
Flames
4
Sudden Bill Dorn
Sudden Bill Dorn
0
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