Arline Judge

Arline Judge (February 21, 1912 – February 7, 1974), born Margaret Arline Judge, was an American actress who worked mostly in low-budget B movies, but gained some fame for marrying and divorcing seven times.

Arline Judge
promotional portrait taken in the 1930s
Born(1912-02-21)February 21, 1912
DiedFebruary 7, 1974(1974-02-07) (aged 61)
Other namesBella Grifiths
Arlene Judge
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1931-1964
Spouse(s)Wesley Ruggles (1931-1937)
Dan Topping (1937-1940)[1]
James Ramage Addams (1942-1945)
Vincent Morgan Ryan (1945-1947)
Henry J. Topping (1947-1948)
George Ross III (1949-1950)
Edward Cooper Heard (1955-1960)
Parent(s)John Judge
Margaret Ormond Judge

Early years

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut,[2] Judge was the daughter of newspaperman John Judge and his wife, Margaret Ormond Judge. She was educated at St. Augustine's in Bridgeport and at New Rochelle College, leaving the latter to seek a career in acting.[3]


Judge "got her theatrical start in Broadway musicals and revues such as The Second Little Show and Silver Slipper."[2] A part in George White's Scandals provided an opportunity to demonstrate her skills at comedy and dancing.[3]


Judge began her career as a dancer in an act for Jimmy Durante. After meeting director Wesley Ruggles on a train,[3] she got her start in films with his help, then married him. Nicknamed "One-Take Sally," her film career spanned the 1930s and 1940s.

Judge co-starred in When Strangers Meet (1934), among other films.[4]


Judge had a few television appearances, the last one in 1964 as Emmalou Schneider in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Nautical Knot".

Personal life

Judge was married seven times and had two sons: Wesley Ruggles Jr. by her first husband, Wesley Ruggles,[5] and Dan Topping Jr. with second husband, Dan Topping,[1] who from 1945 to 1964 was president and part owner of the New York Yankees. She married Ruggles in 1931 and divorced him on April 9, 1937, a few hours before she married Topping, whom she divorced in 1940.[6]

Her other husbands were:

  • James Ramage Addams (October 7, 1942[7] - July 24, 1945)
  • Vincent Morgan Ryan (August 3, 1945 - April 23, 1947)
  • Henry J. (Bob) Topping (April 29, 1947 - April 23, 1948; brother of second husband Dan Topping)[8]
  • George Ross III (January 18, 1949 - August 10, 1950)
  • Edward Cooper Heard (April 9, 1955 - November 2, 1960)


Judge was found dead February 7, 1974, in her West Hollywood, California, apartment.[2] She was interred in Saint Michael's Cemetery in Stratford, Connecticut.


Year Title Role Notes
1931 Laugh and Get Rich Young Lady at Dance (scenes deleted)
1931 Bachelor Apartment Second Girl in Ladies Room Uncredited
1931 White Shoulders Minor Role Uncredited
1931 Three Who Loved Helga's Friend - Party Girl Uncredited
1931 An American Tragedy Bella Griffiths Uncredited
1931 Are These Our Children? Florence "Flo" Carnes
1932 Girl Crazy Molly Gray
1932 Young Bride Maise
1932 Is My Face Red? Bee - Poster's Secretary
1932 Roar of the Dragon Hortense O'Dare
1932 The Age of Consent Dora Swale
1933 Sensation Hunters Jerry Royal
1933 Flying Devils Mrs. Ann Hardy
1934 Looking for Trouble Maizie Bryan
1934 Shoot the Works Jackie Donovan
1934 Name the Woman Betty Adams
1934 The Party's Over Phyllis
1934 When Strangers Meet Ruth Crane
1934 One Hour Late Hazel
1934 The Mysterious Mr. Wong Peg
1934 Bachelor of Arts Gladys Cottle
1934 Million Dollar Baby Grace Sweeney
1935 George White's 1935 Scandals Midgie Malone
1935 College Scandal Sally Dunlap
1935 Welcome Home Gorgeous
1935 Music Is Magic Theatre Customer Uncredited
1935 Ship Cafe Ruby
1936 King of Burlesque Connie
1936 It Had to Happen Miss Sullivan
1936 Here Comes Trouble Margie Simpson
1936 Star for a Night Mamie de la Mont
1936 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Lady
1936 Pigskin Parade Sally Saxon Alternative title: Harmony Parade
1936 One in a Million Billie Spencer
1941 Harvard, Here I Come! Francie Callahan Alternative title: Here I Come
1942 Law of the Jungle Nona Brooks
1942 The Lady Is Willing Frances
1942 Wildcat Nan Deering
1942 Smith of Minnesota Gwyn Allen
1942 The McGuerins from Brooklyn Marcia Marsden
1943 Girls in Chains Helen Martin
1943 Song of Texas Hildegarde Gray
1943 The Contender Linda Martin
1944 Take It Big Pert Martin
1945 G. I. Honeymoon Flo LaVerne
1946 From This Day Forward Margie Beesley
1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Manicurist Alternative title: Mad Wednesday
1963 A Swingin' Affair Marge - Johnny's Mother
1963 The Crawling Hand Mrs. Hotchkiss Alternative titles: Don't Cry Wolf
The Creeping Hand
Year Title Role Notes
1953 Mr. and Mrs. North Dot Jansen 1 episode
1964 Perry Mason Emmalou Schneider 1 episode, (final appearance)


  1. "Arline Judge Sues Topping, Second Mate, for Divorce". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 28, 1939. p. 1. Retrieved January 25, 2016 via
  2. "Movie Actress Arline Judge Found Dead". Florida, St. Petersburg. The Evening Independent. February 8, 1974. p. 20-A. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. Martin, Martha (May 4, 1947). "It's All in the Family As Arline Judge Makes Bob Topping Her Fifth". Daily News. New York, New York City. p. 24 C. Retrieved August 26, 2018 via
  4. "Richard Cromwell, Arline Judge Score in Columbia Film". The Evening Review. Ohio, East Liverpool. July 10, 1935. p. 6. Retrieved August 26, 2018 via
  5. "Filmland Homes Swap Bars for Bassinets". California, Oakland. Oakland Tribune. October 13, 1935. p. 74. Retrieved January 25, 2016 via
  6. "Her Brother-in-Law". Daily News. New York, New York City. May 4, 1947. p. C 25. Retrieved August 26, 2018 via
  7. "Arline Judge Gets Rent Summons, Weds Officer". Illinois, Chicago. Chicago Tribune. October 8, 1942. p. 24. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  8. "Henry J. (Bob) Topping Dies; Was Heir to Tin Plate Fortune", The New York Times, April 23, 1968
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