Today is the birthday of Marjorie Beebe (1908-1983). Originally from Kansas City, the 18 year old began acting in shorts and features for Fox in 1927, starring in at least one feature The Farmer’s Daughter in 1928. In 1929, she began regularly starring in sound comedy shorts (along with the feature Hypnotized) for Mack Sennett. When Sennett went belly up in 1933, Beebe was left high and dry, despite her earlier success at Fox. She had a few small roles in B movies and serials in 1937 and called it quits after 1939. This was a loss to the world of comedy: over the years she had co-starred with Leon Errol, Clark and McCullough, Moran and Mack, Andy Clyde, Harry Gribbon, Daphne Pollard, Franklin Pangborn, etc etc.
For more on silent and slapstick comedy please see my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from amazon.com etc etc etc
To find out more about show business past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.