Dorothy Appleby

Dorothy Appleby (January 6, 1906 August 9, 1990) was an American film actress. She appeared in over 50 films between 1931 and 1943.

Dorothy Appleby
Appleby in The Three Stooges film Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
Born(1906-01-06)January 6, 1906
DiedAugust 9, 1990(1990-08-09) (aged 84)
Years active1931-1943
Paul Drake (m. 1943)


Appleby gained early acting experience as an understudy and a chorus member in plays in New York City.[1] A newspaper article reported that Appleby "came to New York fresh from winning a Maine beauty contest."[2]

Appleby was seen in many supporting roles, almost always in short subjects or low-budget feature films. She never progressed to leading roles in important pictures because of her height, which made her difficult to cast. The trim brunette stood just over five feet tall, and her early leading men (like comedian Charley Chase) towered over her.

She soon found steady if not prestigious work in Columbia Pictures' two-reel comedies. She appeared frequently with The Three Stooges, who were only a few inches taller than she was, and in 1940 she became Buster Keaton's leading lady, for the same reason: her height complemented his. She worked with Columbia comics Andy Clyde, El Brendel, and Hugh Herbert, and she had an uncredited part in John Ford's Stagecoach.

Some of her Stooge comedies were Loco Boy Makes Good, So Long Mr. Chumps, and In the Sweet Pie and Pie.[3] One memorable appearance was as Mexican brunette Rosita in 1940's Cookoo Cavaliers. In the film, Appleby gets clobbered by the Stooges when a facial "mud pack" made of concrete dries on her face. Her petite figure belied her age, and she continued to play "younger" roles into the 1940s. One of her last screen roles was a one-line bit (playing a college co-ed at age 35) in the 1941 Jane Withers feature Small Town Deb.

Personal and death

In October 1925, newspapers reported that Appleby had married Teddy Hayes, an athletic trainer.[4] Days later, however, Appleby contradicted that report. "Honest Injun, I'm single," she said. "Didn't mean it when I said I was married to Teddy Hayes."[5] She left Hollywood in 1943 and married musician Paul Drake soon thereafter. They remained married until her death in Hicksville, New York, on August 9, 1990, aged 84.[6]

Partial filmography


  1. "Theatre Notes". Daily News. New York, New York City. April 9, 1924. p. 26. Retrieved July 13, 2018 via
  2. "Out of Town the Tryout Season's on Full Blast". Daily News. New York, New York City. June 14, 1925. p. 47. Retrieved July 13, 2018 via
  4. "Teddy Hayes, Dempsey's Ex-Trainer, Is Married". The Herald-Press. Michigan, Saint Joseph. October 27, 1925. p. 5. Retrieved July 13, 2018 via
  5. "Just a Fib". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. October 31, 1925. p. 1. Retrieved July 13, 2018 via

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