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Blanche Mehaffey / Janet Morgan

1906, 1907 or 1908 - 1968


A 1924 WAMPAS Baby Star, Blanche Mehaffey had a career that lasted from about 1925-1940.  Some of her early work included several of Hoot Gibson's silents for Universal.  Her sound work was in B films, most of which were for bottom-of-the-barrel production companies.

Her western heroine duties amounted to about a dozen films with Bob Steele, Bob Custer, Bill Cody, Lane Chandler, Rex Lease and Jack Perrin.  Mehaffey also had the lead in the early sound serial, THE MYSTERY TROOPER (Syndicate, 1931).

Les Adams adds more info on Blanche: Born Blanche Berndt Mehaffey on July 28, 1906 in Cincinnati. Appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies, 1921-23 and in 1922 performed in 'Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic' on the New Amsterdan Roof in NYC. Divorced big-game hunter George Joseph Hansen in L. A. on April 6, 1928, following a whirlwind courtship and a ten-week marriage. Married producer Ralph M. Like in July, 1932 and divorced on November 2, 1938. In 1948, sued Paramount Pictures for $100,000 for showing MYSTERY TROOPER over its TV station KTLA without her permission or any payment to her, contending that a network sale would be more lucrative. Her earliest film work was in Roach-Pathe shorts with Charley Chase and Snub Pollard, and her first film was the Charley Chase short AT FIRST SIGHT in 1923.

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Blanche Mehaffey: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0576373/

Jim Tipton's Find A Grave site has a photo of the marker for Mehaffey at Forest Lawn - Glendale: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18353


(Courtesy of Les Adams)


(Courtesy of Les Adams)



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above are Lane Chandler and Blanche Mehaffey (billed as 'Janet Morgan') in a scene from Chandler's THE OUTLAW TAMER (Empire, 1935).


(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is the title lobby card from THE COWBOY AND THE BANDIT (Superior, 1935).  Bobby Nelson is shown on the left with the chaps. Star Rex Lease (green shirt) is all tied up and on horseback. Blanche Mehaffey is billed in this film as 'Janet Morgan'.


(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are Benny Corbett, Blanche Mehaffey (billed in this film as Janet Morgan), and Rex Lease as the star of THE COWBOY AND THE BANDIT (Weiss/Superior, 1935).



(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Jack Perrin did a series for Bernard B. Ray and Harry S. Webb at Reliable Pictures in the mid 1930s and was replaced by Tom Tyler. Above is a scene from Perrin's NORTH OF ARIZONA (Reliable, 1935), a disappointing and disjointed mess. From left to right are Perrin, Jack Hendricks (background), Barney Beasley (background), Lane Chandler, unidentified older man, Blackie Whiteford (white hat), Blanche Mehaffey, and Murdock MacQuarrie.



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