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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Evalyn Knapp - 6 films on 2 DVDs

Evelyn Pauline Knapp
Born: June 17, 1906 - Kansas City, Missouri
Died: June 12, 1981 (aged 74)- Los Angeles, CA

Actress Years active 1929 –1943
Spouse(s) Dr. George A. Snyder (1934–1977; his death)

Evalyn Pauline Knapp (June 17, 1906 – June 12, 1981) was an American film actress of the late 1920s, 1930s, and into the 1940s. She was a leading B-movie serial actress in the 1930s.

Miss Knapp started acting in silent films, her first role being in the 1929 film, At The Dentist's. In 1932, Knapp was one of fourteen girls, including Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart, selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars".

Knapp achieved success in cliffhanger serials, which were popular at the time. She played the title character in the 1933 serial The Perils of Pauline. She also played in Corruption that year opposite Preston Foster. One of her better known film roles was opposite Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe. She worked through 1941, but her career slowed afterward. In 1943, she played her last role, uncredited, in Two Weeks To Live, one of the Lum and Abner films starring Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.
She married a physician, Dr. George A. Snyder, in 1934. Following her retirement, she concentrated on her family. She and Snyder remained married until his death in 1977. Knapp died from undisclosed causes on June 12, 1981, five days before her 75th birthday, in Los Angeles, California.

Evalyn Knapp
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Born June 17, 1908, in Kansas City, Missouri, Pauline Evelyn Knapp began her career in the 1929 silent comedy short At The Dentist's. One might have thought that was to be her lot in film because that year saw her in ten other comedy shorts. Four more shorts followed in 1930, including Chills and Fever with Elisha Cook, Jr, his second film role, and Taxi Talks, starring 20 year old Spencer Tracy, in his second film role. Her first full fledged role was in Sinners' Holiday, also in 1930, and the cast included James Cagney in his screen debut. Two films in 1931 also included Cagney, Smart Money and The Millionaire. These roles helped her be named one of fourteen girls selected as WAMPAS Baby Stars for 1932.

With such a promising start, Evalyn (changed from Evelyn when at Warner Brothers) should have been able to break into the top ranks, but this was not to be the case. She found herself primarily in westerns and B programmers, including being paired opposite Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe. She also starred with John Wayne, not in a western, but a romantic comedy(!), His Private Secretary (1933). Other films of the early thirties included Night Mayor (1932) opposite Lee Tracy, Dance, Girl, Dance (1933), Corruption (1933), and Ladies Crave Excitement (1935). She was often the lead actress, but unfortunately not in "leading" pictures.

By 1943, with no prospects for ever getting in the the A ranks, Evalyn left film, married, and concentrated on family. As a side note, Evalyn was the younger sister of then well-known orchestra leader Orville Knapp (1904-1936) whose big songs were "Indigo" and "Accent on Youth." They initially appeared together in a dancing vaudeville act. Ironically, Orville, who was named after famed aeronautics pioneer 'Orville Wright', died in the crash of his private biplane.

Evalyn made 62 film appearances between 1929 and the final uncredited role in 1943's Two Weeks To Live. Evalyn died June 12, 1981, in Los Angeles, Ca.

Corruption (1933) Evalyn Knapp, Preston Foster
Directed by Charles E. Roberts
Produced by William Berke
Written by Charles E. Roberts (original story and screenplay)
Release date: 19 June 1933
Action, Advenutre, Crime
Running time: 67 minutes
His Private Secretary (1933)
With Evalyn Knapp, John Wayne, Reginald Barlow, Alec B. Francis.
Directed by Phil Whitman.
Comedy, Romance
60 minutes

In Old Santa Fe (1934)
American Western film directed by David Howard and starring Ken Maynard and George "Gabby" Hayes, and featuring the first screen appearance of Gene Autry, singing a bluegrass rendition of "Wyoming Waltz" accompanied by Smiley Burnette on accordion.
Although both Autry and Burnette were unbilled, the scene served as a screen test for the duo for subsequent singing cowboy films, beginning with The Phantom Empire (1935), which was Autry's first leading role.

Based on a story by Wallace MacDonald and John Rathmell, the film is about a cowboy who loses his horse in a rigged horse race and gets framed for the murder of a stagecoach driver. The film was shot on location in Kentucky and Keystone Studios in California. The picture's leading lady was Evalyn Knapp.

Action, comedy, crime - 64 minutes

Three of a Kind (1936)
With Chick Chandler, Evalyn Knapp, Berton Churchill, Patricia Farr.
Directed by Phil Rosen.
Comedy - 68 minutes

Bulldog Edition (1936) Ray Walker, Evalyn Knapp, Regis Toomey
Director: Charles Lamont
Crime Drama - 57 minutes

Roar Of The Press (1941) Jean Parker, Wallace Ford, Evalyn Knapp
Directed by Phil Rosen.
Drama - 71 minutes

DVD #1 - Corruption (1933), His Private Secretary (1933), In Old Santa Fe (1934)
DVD #2 - Three of A Kind (1936), Bulldog Edition (1936), Roar of the Press (1931)

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