Pauline Moore

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Pauline Moore
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Pauline Moore, 1938
Born
Pauline Joless Love

(1914-06-17)June 17, 1914
DiedDecember 7, 2001(2001-12-07) (aged 87)
OccupationActress, model
Years active1931–58
Spouse(s)
  • Jefferson Machamer (m. 19341960)
    (his death)
  • Dodd Watkins(m. 19621971)
    (his death)
Children3 [1]

Pauline Moore (born Pauline Joless Love; June 17, 1914 – December 7, 2001) [2] was an American actress known for her roles in Western and B movies during the 1930s and 1940s.

Western (genre) Multimedia genre of stories set primarily in the American Old West

Western is a genre of fiction incorporating Western lifestyle which tell stories set primarily in the latter half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse. Cowboys and gunslingers typically wear Stetson hats, neckerchief bandannas, vests, spurs, cowboy boots and buckskins. Recurring characters include the aforementioned cowboys, Native Americans, bandits, lawmen, bounty hunters, outlaws, gamblers, soldiers, and settlers. The ambience is usually punctuated with a Western music score, including American and Mexican folk music such as country, Native American music, New Mexico music, and rancheras.

B movie Low-budget commercial film genre

A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature. Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continues to be used in its broader sense to this day. In its post-Golden Age usage, there is ambiguity on both sides of the definition: on the one hand, the primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is prurient; on the other, many B movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity.

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Early years

Moore was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. [3] After her father died during World War I, her mother remarried in 1925 and Moore took her stepfather's name. [3] :177 She attended Darlington Seminary in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and William Penn High School in Harrisburg. [4]

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Capital of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and the county seat of Dauphin County. With a population of 49,229, it is the 15th largest city in the Commonwealth. It lies on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, 107 miles (172 km) west of Philadelphia. Harrisburg is the anchor of the Susquehanna Valley metropolitan area, which had a 2018 estimated population of 574,659, making it the fourth most populous in Pennsylvania and 96th most populous in the United States.

World War I 1914–1918 global war starting in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War, the Great War, the Seminal Catastrophe, and initially in North America as the European War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the resulting 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Borough in Pennsylvania, United States

West Chester is a borough and the county seat of Chester County, Pennsylvania, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The population was 18,461 at the 2010 census.

Career

The Edna Preston stock theater company gave Moore her first professional acting opportunity. [5] She moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s, and also starred on Broadway and worked as a model. Broadway plays in which she appeared included Dance With Your Gods (1934), Murder at the Vanities (1933), The Prisoner (1927), The Fountain (1925), Man and the Masses (1924), and The Easiest Way (1921). [6]

A repertory theatre can be a Western theatre or opera production in which a resident company presents works from a specified repertoire, usually in alternation or rotation. In British English a similar term, "weekly rep," denotes a movement started in the early 1900s that focused on shorter runs of a single new work, rather than having several plays ready to perform at any given time.

From the late 1930s through the early 1940s, Moore made 24 films for 20th Century Fox, with whom she was contracted. Her film debut came in Frankenstein (1931). [7]

20th Century Fox American film studio

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The studio is located on the Fox Lot in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

<i>Frankenstein</i> (1931 film) 1931 horror monster film directed by James Whale

Frankenstein is a 1931 American pre-Code gothic monster horror film from Universal Pictures. It is about a scientist and his assistant who dig up corpses to build a man animated by electricity. The project goes awry when Frankenstein's assistant accidentally gives the creature an abnormal, murderer's brain. The film was directed by James Whale, and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which in turn was based on Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The created "monster" is portrayed by Boris Karloff in the film. A hit with both audiences and critics, the film was followed by multiple sequels and has become one of the most famous horror films in history.

She later worked for Republic Pictures, starring in four Roy Rogers westerns, as well as the film King of the Texas Rangers in 1940, starring football great Sammy Baugh. Moore starred in three Charlie Chan films, starring alongside Cesar Romero, Allan Lane, and Kane Richmond. She also starred alongside Shirley Temple in the 1937 film Heidi , and alongside Henry Fonda in the 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln . [1]

Republic Pictures American movie and serial production company

Republic Pictures Corporation was an American motion picture production-distribution corporation in operation from 1935 to 1967, that was based in Los Angeles, California. It had studio facilities in Studio City and a movie ranch in Encino. It was best known for specializing in Westerns, serials and B films emphasizing mystery and action. Republic was also notable for developing the careers of John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. It was also responsible for the financing and distribution of several John Ford-directed films during the 1940s and early 1950s and one Shakespeare film, Macbeth (1948), directed by Orson Welles. Under Herbert J. Yates, Republic was considered a mini-major film studio.

Roy Rogers American singer and actor

Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor. He was one of the most popular Western stars of his era. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife, Dale Evans; his golden palomino, Trigger; and his German shepherd, Bullet. His show was broadcast on radio for nine years and then on television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured a sidekick, often Pat Brady, Andy Devine, George "Gabby" Hayes, or Smiley Burnette. In his later years, Rogers lent his name to the franchise chain of Roy Rogers Restaurants.

Sammy Baugh American football quarterback and coach

Samuel Adrian Baugh was an American football player and coach. During his college and professional careers, he most notably played quarterback, but also played as a defensive back and punter. He played college football for the Horned Frogs at Texas Christian University, where he was a two-time All-American. He then played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins from 1937 to 1952. After his playing career, he served as a coach for Hardin–Simmons University, the New York Titans and the Houston Oilers.

From her first uncredited role in 1931 through to her last role in 1958, Moore's career spanned a total of 30 films. She made a few television appearances in the 1950s, including a bit part in Spoilers of the Forest in 1957 alongside Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston, but for the most part her acting career had ended, by her own choice.

Television Telecommunication medium for transmitting and receiving moving images

Television (TV), sometimes shortened to tele or telly, is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome, or in colour, and in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a television set, a television program, or the medium of television transmission. Television is a mass medium for advertising, entertainment and news.

<i>Spoilers of the Forest</i> 1957 film by Joseph Kane

Spoilers of the Forest is a 1957 American drama film directed by Joseph Kane, written by Bruce Manning, and starring Rod Cameron, Vera Ralston, Ray Collins, Hillary Brooke, Edgar Buchanan and Carl Benton Reid. It was released on April 5, 1957, by Republic Pictures.

Rod Cameron (actor) Canadian-born film and television actor

Rod Cameron was a Canadian-born film and television actor whose career extended from the 1930s to the 1970s. He appeared in horror, war, action and science fiction movies, but is best remembered for his many westerns.

Personal life

Moore was married to the cartoonist Jefferson Machamer from 1934 until his death in 1960. [8] They had three children. In 1962, she married Rev. Dodd Watkins, whose death in 1972 left her a widow for the second time. [8]

Death

On December 7, 2001, Moore died of Lou Gehrig's disease at a nursing home in Sequim, Washington. She was 87. [1]

Filmography

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