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RIP Myrna Dell

MYRNA DELL, 86 - February 11, 2011

Actress Myrna Dell, who was a film femme fatale in the 1940s and 1950s, died in Studio City, California, on February 11, 2011. She was born Marilyn Adele Dunlap in Los Angeles on March 5, 1924. She began her career on the New York stage as a showgirl in the "Earl Carroll Revue" in the late 1930s, and was featured in the 1940 film "A Night at Earl Carroll's". She appeared in a small role in MGM's "Ziegfeld Girl" in 1941, and performed on stage at the Billy Rose Nightclub and the Broadway revue "George White's Scandals". She returned to Hollywood several years later, appearing in several westerns including PRC's "Raiders of Red Gap" (1943) with Robert Livingston, Republic's "In Old Oklahoma" (1943) with John Wayne, and Monogram's "Arizona Whirlwind" (1944) with Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard and Bob Steele, before signing with RKO. She was seen in small roles in the films "Jive Junction" (1943), "Up in Arms" (1944), "Show Business" (1944), "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), "Wanderers of the Wasteland" (1945), "The Falcon in San Francisco" (1945), "Radio Stars on Parade" (1945), "Man Alive" (1945), "The Spiral Staircase" (1945), "Deadline at Dawn" (1946), "The Falcon's Alibi" (1946), "Ding Dong Williams" (1946), "Step By Step" (1946), "Lady Luck" (1946), "Nocturne" (1946), "Vacation in Reno" (1946), "The Falcon's Adventure" (1946), and "The Locket" (1946). Dell was also featured in several comedy shorts including "Double Honeymoon" (1945) with Edgar Kennedy, and "Double Honeymoon" (1945), "Beware of Redheads" (1945), "Maid Trouble" (1946), "Oh, Professor, Beware" (1946), "Twin Husbands" (1946), "I'll Take Milk" (1946), and "The Uninvited Blonde" (1948) all with Leon Errol. She continued her career over the next decade. frequently in supporting roles as a femme fatale or a tough broad. Her film credits include "Fighting Father Dunne" (1948), "Guns of Hate" (1948), "Rose of the Yukon" (1949) with Steve Brodie, "Search for Danger" (1949) with John Calvert as the Falcon, "The Lost Tribe" (1949) with Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim, "The Judge Steps Out" (1949), "Lust for Gold" (1949), "The Girl from Jones Beach" (1949) starring Ronald Reagan, "The Gall Who Took the West" (1949), "Radar Secret Service" (1950), "Destination Murder" (1950), "The Furies" (1950), "Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle" (1950) starring Joe Kirkwood, Jr., "Secrets of Beauty" (1951), "Never Trust a Gambler" (1951), "The Strip" (1951), "Reunion in Reno" (1951), "The Bushwhackers" (1951) as the murderous daughter of Lon Chaney, Jr., "Here Come the Marines" (1952), "Night Freight" (1955), "The Toughest Man Alive" (1955), "Last of the Desperados" (1955), "The Naked Hills" (1956), and "Ma Barker's Killer Brood" (1960). She was also seen on television in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing regularly as Empress Shira in the adventure series "China Smith" with Dan Duryea, and guest-starring in episodes of "Lux Video Theatre", "Gang Busters", "Jungle Jim", "Crusader", "Dragnet", "Ethel Barrymore Theater", "The Millionaire.", "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars", "State Trooper", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie", "Maverick", "U.S. Marshal", "The Texan", "Pete and Gladys", "The Donna Reed Show", and "Batman". She married actor Herbert Patterson in the 1960s, and retired from the screen to raise their daughter. Dell was featured in small roles in several films later in her career including "The One Man Jury" (1978) and "Buddy Buddy" (1981). She was also a popular guest at film and nostalgia festivals.

DELL, Myrna (Marilyn Adele Dunlap)
Born: 3/5/1924, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/11/2011, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

Myrna Dell's westerns - actress:
Raiders of Red Gap - 1943 (Jane Roberts)
In Old Oklahoma - 1943 (blonde)
Arizona Whirlwind - 1944 (Ruth Hampton)
Belle of the Yukon - 1944 (Chorine)
Wanderer of the Wasteland - 1945 (gambler’s girl)
Guns of Hate - 1948 (Dixie Merritt)
Roughshod - 1949 (Helen Carter)
Lust for Gold - 1949 (Lucille)
The Gal Who Took the West - 1949 (Nancy)
The Furies - 1950 (Dallas Hart)
The Bushwackers -1951 (Norah Taylor)
Last of the Desperadoes - 1953 (Clara Wightman)
The Naked Hills - 1956 (Aggie)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) - 1958 (Helen Harris)
Maverick (TV) - 1958 (Anita)
U.S. Marshal (TV) - 1959
The Texan (TV) - 1959 (Miss Delly)

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