Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Myrna Dell, started her career as a showgirl in the famous Earl Carroll Revue in New York, and made her first film, A Night at Earl Carroll's (1940). Signed by MGM, she performed in Ziegfeld Girl (1941), but MGM didn't pick up her option and she returned to Earl Carroll's. She soon began performing at the Billy Rose Nightclub, then spent a season in the "George White's Scandals" revue. Bitten by the acting bug, Hollywood never left her, and she went back in 1943 and performed in westerns with, Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson. She had a small part in the classic Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), and soon signed a contract with RKO Pictures. RKO kept her busy, putting her in more than 20 films over the next few years, even performing with future US President Ronald Reagan in, The Girl from Jones Beach (1949). She gave a good performance in the western The Bushwhackers (1952). She worked steadily over the years in films and on TV, and had a recurring role in the Dan Duryea adventure series "China Smith" (1952). She also wrote a gossip column, "Hollywood: Then and Now".
Confederate Veteran, Jeff Waring, arriving in Independence, Missouri shortly after the Civil War, wanting never to use a gun again. Until, he meets up with rancher, Taylor, and his henchmen, Sam Tobin and Cree, who are forcing out the settlers in order to take their land for the railroad. Myrna Dell, is Taylor's daughter and Dorothy Malone as the school marm.