Geneva Doris Mitchell (February 3, 1908 – March 10, 1949) was an American actress. After beginning her entertainment career as a chorus girl at the age of twelve, she became more well known for her roles in several Hollywood films.
Mitchell, c. 1920s
Geneva Doris Mitchell
February 3, 1908
|Died||March 10, 1949 41) (aged|
|Resting place||Chapel of the Pines Crematory|
Mitchell started her career on the stage in a musical comedy. At age 17, she was in the choruses of Sally and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921.
She signed a contract with Warner Brothers in October 1929, and with Columbia Pictures in June 1934. Modern viewers will recognize Mitchell from her appearances in the Three Stooges 1935 films Restless Knights, Pop Goes the Easel, and particularly Hoi Polloi. In Hoi Polloi, Mitchell plays a dance instructor who directs the Stooges to "do exactly as I do." Before she begins her dance, a bumblebee lands on her bare back, and then crawls under her dress. She becomes alarmed. Naturally, the Stooges mimic her every startled move. This hilarious footage was to be reused six years later in In the Sweet Pie and Pie.
Poor health curtailed Mitchell's career after 1936, as she appeared in only one film throughout the 1940s. She died in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 1949 at age 41.
Mitchell's circumstances often made the news. In March 1922, when she was 17, she married Robert Savage, a millionaire's son, in Milford, Connecticut. Five days later, she returned his ring and said, "I'm too young to be a wife."
She was often seen with actor/director Lowell Sherman, and reported her brother as having been kidnapped by gangsters. She became entangled in legal wranglings involving Sherman's estate, and her publicist was sentenced to jail over a stunt she reportedly instigated.
- Safety in Numbers (1930)
- The Doctor's Wife (1930)
- The Single Sin (1931)
- Working Girls (1931)
- Night World (1932)
- Faithless (1932)
- The Girl From Calgary (1932)
- The Devil Is Driving (1932)
- Morning Glory (1933)
- I Am Suzanne (1933)
- The Hell Cat (1934)
- Springtime for Henry (1934)
- The Captain Hates the Sea (1934)
- Restless Knights (1935)
- His Bridal Sweet (1935)
- Pop Goes the Easel (1935)
- Hoi Polloi (1935)
- It Always Happens (1935)
- She Married Her Boss (1935)
- Honeymoon Bridge (1935)
- Lawless Riders (1935)
- Fighting Shadows (1935)
- The Crime Patrol (1936)
- The Cattle Thief (1936)
- Andy Plays Hookey (1946)
- "Geneva Mitchell". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- "Yale Student Weds Young Actress". The Buffalo Times. New York, Buffalo. March 11, 1922. p. 2. Retrieved July 22, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Scion of Wealthy Family Weds 17-Year-Old Actress". The St. Louis Star and Times. Missouri, St. Louis. March 10, 1922. p. 10. Retrieved July 22, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "This Follies Beauty Boasts Broadway's Briefest Honeymoon". The Montgomery Advertiser. Alabama, Montgomery. May 7, 1922. p. 30. Retrieved July 22, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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