Betty Compson
Actor
Betty Compson
For the actress who married NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker, see Betty Compton. Betty Compson File:Betty-compson.
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Height of Hitchcock - Calcutta Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
The White Shadow stars Betty Compson in a double role as twin sisters — one angelic and the other “without a soul”. The first three reels of the six-reel feature were found... no other copy is known to exist. The title will be preserved in New Zealand
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Lost Hitchcock film found in New Zealand - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
(AP Photo, file) Photo: STF / 1929 AP In this image released by the National Film Preservation Foundation, Betty Compson, center, is shown in a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock film, "The White Shadow." The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film
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Lost Alfred Hitchcock Film THE WHITE SHADOW Found In New Zealand - WhatCulture!
Google News - over 5 years
Directed by Graham Cutts, The White Shadow starred actress Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sisters, one angelic and one “without a soul” in a “wild, atmospheric melodrama.” Within two years of the film being released Hitchcock made his own
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La esencia de Hitchcock - El Cultural.es
Google News - over 5 years
Imágenes de la cinta perdida y hallada en Nueva Zelanda del maestro del suspense: The White Shadow (1924), un melodrama protagonizado por Betty Compson en el que interpreta a dos hermanas gemelas, una angelical y "otra sin alma". ... - -
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Film de Alfred Hitchcock din 1923, descoperit in Noua Zeelanda - Ziare.com
Google News - over 5 years
Betty Compson joaca un rol dublu in film, ca doua surori gemene cu personalitati complet diferite, una angelica, iar cealalta fara suflet. Filmul a supravietuit gratie unui colectionar dintr-un oras din Noua Zeelanda, care a pastrat filmul alaturi de ... -
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Eye on entertainment - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Betty Compson, center, is shown in a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock film, "The White Shadow." The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation announced the discovery of the 1923 film, thought to be the earliest surviving
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Olde Tyme Stuffe, Inc. - Antiques and the Arts Online
Google News - almost 6 years
Red Ryder Advertising: 1940's Hillcrest Dairy Lighted Sign, Outstanding Lot of 3 Hollywood Movie Star Tins - Bebe Daniels, Betty Compson & Jackie Cooper, Vintage Candy Boxes, Red Goose Shoes Whistle and Shoe Horn, Adv. Soda Bottles and Coffee Cans,
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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, April 18, 1941 - Los Angeles Times (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Betty Compson, Clara Bow, Janet Gaynor, Leatrice Joy, Neil Hamilton, Huntley Gordon. I could fill this column with names and among them, millions of readers would spy old-screen friends they'd like to see again, Jimmie Fidler says
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DVDS; Sternberg: Chief Director Of Private Dream Factory
NYTimes - over 6 years
MOST of Hollywood's great directors were compulsive storytellers -- spellbinders, as different as John Ford and Samuel Fuller, who liked nothing better than to spin a gripping yarn. Josef von Sternberg had a different attitude. For Sternberg, the director of ''Shanghai Express'' and ''The Scarlet Empress,'' plots were at most a structuring device,
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DVDS; When Hollywood Learned To Talk, Sing and Dance
NYTimes - about 7 years
AS the snowballing box-office success of ''Avatar'' suggests a paradigm shift in film, it's rewarding to contemplate the last time the movies assumed a new dimension, that of sound. The gradual transition from silent films to talkies took place between 1926 and 1930 and included many small steps -- both technological developments and adjustments to
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Review
NYTimes - over 9 years
MOVIES Ratings and running times are in parentheses; foreign films have English subtitles. Full reviews of all current releases, movie trailers, show times and tickets: nytimes.com/movies. 'ARCTIC TALE' (G, 85 minutes) Displaying more corn than is usually found at the North Pole, Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson's global-warming-for-tykes
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Betty Compson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1974
    Age 76
    Compson died April 18, 1974, of a heart attack, at her home in Glendale, California, aged 77.
    More Details Hide Details She was interred in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in San Fernando, California. She left no surviving relatives. Compson has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine Street. For main film selections see Betty Compson filmography
  • 1962
    Age 64
    Compson later married and divorced agent-producer Irving Weinberg and Silvius Jack Gall, who died in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details All unions were childless.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1948
    Age 50
    After retiring from the screen in 1948, she began a cosmetic line and helped her husband run a business called "Ashtrays Unlimited".
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  • FORTIES
  • 1941
    Age 43
    In 1941, Compson appeared in a small role in an Alfred Hitchcock film Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, most of her later films were low-budget, even exploitation, efforts, though her acting was always competent. Compson's last film was Here Comes Trouble (1948). During the filming of Ladies Must Live, Compson began a relationship with married director George Loane Tucker. However, he was dying and as a favor to her, negotiated a contract with Paramount for her.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 32
    Now divorced from Cruze, Compson's career continued to flourish, starring in nine films in 1930 alone.
    More Details Hide Details However, her last hit proved to be in The Spoilers, alongside Gary Cooper. She was unable to score a success and was only able to secure roles in "poverty row" studios. One major film in which she did not appear was Gone With the Wind; although she shot a Technicolor screen test for the role of Belle Watling, she was not cast in the role.
  • 1928
    Age 30
    In 1928, she appeared in a First National Pictures part-talkie, The Barker.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance as manipulative carnival girl Carrie garnered her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress, although she lost to Mary Pickford in Coquette. In the same year, she appeared in the highly acclaimed Josef von Sternberg film The Docks of New York as a suicidal prostitute rescued by George Bancroft. These films caused Compson's popularity to reemerge and she became one of the busiest actors in the new talking cinema. In fact, Chaney offered her the female lead in his first talkie The Unholy Three, but she was too busy and instead suggested friend Lila Lee. Unlike a number of other female stars of silent film, it was felt that her voice recorded exceptionally well. Although she was not a singer, she appeared in a number of early musicals, in which her singing voice was dubbed.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 27
    Her contract with Paramount was not renewed in 1925 and she decided to freelance, working with lower budget studios such as Columbia Pictures in The Belle of Broadway (1926) and Chadwick in The Ladybird (1926).
    More Details Hide Details During this time, she was suggested as a replacement for difficult Greta Garbo in the MGM feature Flesh and the Devil opposite John Gilbert. She was eventually able to work for the studio with former The Miracle Man co-star Lon Chaney in The Big City
  • 1924
    Age 26
    In 1924, Compson married film director James Cruze, who directed her in films such as The Enemy Sex and The Great Gabbo. They divorced in 1930.
    More Details Hide Details The reason for the divorce was that Cruze had an addiction to alcohol and work, which put a strain on their marriage and his health. Soon after their divorce, Cruze filed for bankcrupcy and Compson was forced to sell her possessions to pay for the income taxes her husband didn't pay for.
  • 1919
    Age 21
    Compson's star began to rise with the release of the 1919 feature The Miracle Man (1919) for George Loane Tucker.
    More Details Hide Details Paramount signed Compson to a five-year contract with help of director Tucker. Her popularity allowed her to have creative control over her films as she was also able to produce. Her first movie as producer was Prisoners of Love (1921). She played the role of Blanche Davis, a girl born to wealth and cursed by her inheritance of physical beauty. Compson selected Art Rosson to direct the feature. The story was chosen from a work by Catherine Henry. After completing The Woman With Four Faces (1923), Paramount refused to offer her a raise (her salary was $2,500 a week) and she refused to sign without one. Instead, she signed with a motion picture company in London, England. There she starred in a series of four films directed by Graham Cutts, a well-known English filmmaker. The first of these was a movie version of an English play called Woman to Woman (1923), the screenplay for which was co-written by Cutts and Alfred Hitchcock.
  • 1918
    Age 20
    She continued this pace of making numerous short films well into the middle of 1918 when after a long apprenticeship with Christie she started making features exclusively.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 18
    She made 41 films in 1916 alone, although all of them were shorts for Christie with the exception of one feature Almost a Widow.
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  • 1915
    Age 17
    Her first silent film was in November 1915.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1897
    Born
    Eleanor Luicime Compson was born on March 19, 1897 in Beaver, Utah.
    More Details Hide Details Her father died when she was young, and she was forced to drop out of school and earn a living for herself and her mother. She obtained employment as a violinist at a theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. Compson was forced to drop out of school at age 16 in order to work as a violinist in vaudeville. Playing in vaudeville sketches with touring circuits, she got noticed by Hollywood producers. While touring, she was discovered by comedic producer Al Christie.
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