Tuesday, October 8, 2013

ELLEN DREW (from my unpublished "FADEOUT: the final film of ...")

Kansas City, MO, 23 November 1915 ñ Palm Desert, CA, 3 December 2003 (liver disease)
Ellen Drew, who was formerly known as Terry Ray, was very pleasant to have around. Pleasant and a little dull, to tell the truth. Whenever Paramount needed a nice girl-next-door type in the early 1940s, they called on either Ellen or Frances Gifford. But whereas Gifford found lasting fame as Jungle Girl (1941), Drew drifted about without making much noise. She is chiefly remembered for the Preston Sturges classic Christmas in July (1940) and perhaps for taking no less than five husbands, including screenwriter Sy Bartlett. 

The final film of Ellen Drew

OUTLAW'S SON (United Artists, 1957) D: Lesley Selander. CAST: Dane Clark, Ben Cooper, Lori Nelson, Ellen Drew (Ruth Sewall), Charles Watts. Drew replaced Marsha Hunt, who had a prior engagement, in this low-budget Western in which she is raising her "orphaned nephew " (Cooper) when the lad's outlaw father (Clark) suddenly shows up.


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