Pauline Moore is one of my favorite B film actresses, and her career was too brief. She made about two dozen films from the late 1930s until the early 1940s, mostly at 20th Century Fox where she was under contract. After being released by Fox, she signed on with Republic Pictures and her work there included four Roy Rogers westerns and the KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS (Republic, 1941) serial which starred football great Sammy Baugh. Of her two dozen films, Les Adams has Moore identified in 11 westerns and one chapterplay.
She possessed a sparkling voice, and my favorite role is her portrayal of lovely psychic Eve Cairo in CHARLIE CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND (20th Century Fox, 1939), with Cesar Romero being unmasked in the end as the evil Dr. Zodiac. Moore did two other Chan mysteries: CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OLYMPICS (20th Century Fox, 1937), which paired her with Allan Lane, and as the wife of Kane Richmond in CHARLIE CHAN IN RENO (20th Century Fox, 1939).
Moore was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and her early career included several Broadway plays and work as a model. She went to Hollywood in the early 1930s, and one of her first screen appearances was as a bridesmaid in Universal's FRANKENSTEIN (Universal, 1931). Various other roles followed including HEIDI (20th Century Fox, 1937) with Shirley Temple and portraying 'Ann Rutledge' opposite Henry Fonda in YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (20th Century Fox, 1939).
She retired in the early 1940s and reared three children. Moore was married and widowed twice. Her first marriage was to well known illustrator Jefferson Machamer (1901-1960).
She did a few films and TV appearances in the 1950s, including a bit in SPOILERS OF THE FOREST (Republic, 1957), a lumberjack yarn which starred Rod Cameron and Vera Ralston.
Pauline Moore passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) on December 7, 2001 at a nursing home in Sequim, Washington.
The New York Times newspaper and the Los Angeles Times newspaper websites have obituaries on Pauline Moore:
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Pauline Moore: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0601733/
For those interested in learning more about Pauline's early years, there's a lengthy biography on her in the June, 1939 Hollywood Screen Life magazine which you can download from the Internet Archive website: http://www.archive.org/download/hollywood28fawc/hollywood28fawc.pdf
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above is the title lobby card from Chapter 6 of KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS. Directed by John "Jack" English and William Witney, this serial was released in October, 1941, several months prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Note the gal next to Sammy Baugh - certainly doesn't resemble leading lady Pauline Moore. Wonder who she is.
Above - Pauline Moore and and football great 'Slinging' Sammy Baugh at Republic Pictures in the chapterplay, KING OF THE TEXAS RANGERS (Republic, 1941).
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
Above - a pressbook ad of Moore and Kane Richmond in DOUBLE CROSS at Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) in 1941. The moustached John Miljan is shown in the upper right.