Bebe Daniels

Foto: Albert Witzel (1879-1929)

1901 - 1971

The actress Bebe Daniels was already on the way with a touring company for the play "Richard III" at the of four and got first leading roles at the age of seven.

Bebe Daniels made her film debut ca 1909, the titles of the movies can no longer be proved definitely today. Her earliest ascertainable movie was "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (10), which followed the movie "The Common Enemy" (10).

From 1915 she became a leading actress in a huge amount of film comedies of the figure Lonesome Luke, impersonated by star comedian Harold Lloyd. To their common movies belong among others "Lonesome Luke, Social Gangster" (15), "Lonesome Luke, Circus King" (16), "Luke's Double" (16), "Luke and the Mermaids" (16), "Luke's Lost Liberty" (17) and "Luke's Trolley Troubles" (17).
She took part in more than 200 short movies at Hal Roach studios with Harold Lloyd and Snub Pollard.
When Harold Lloyd gave up the figure of Lonesome Luke and found his real figure with horn-rimmed spectacles and straw hat, Bebe Daniels continued tooking part in his movies till 1919.

Bebe Daniels went to Paramount in 1919 where she appeared in Cecil B. DeMille's movie "Male and Female" (19). In the following years she worked successful for Paramoount and acted in well-known movies like "Everywoman" (19), "The Fourteenth Man" (20), "One Wild Week" (21), "The Affairs of Anatol" (21), "The Speed Girl" (21) - a kind of a autobiographic movie about the experiences of Bebe Daniels when she was sentenced to ten days in prison because of excessive speed in reality - "North of the Rio Grande" (22), "The Exciters" (23) and with the legendary Rudolph Valentino in "Monsieur Beaucaire" (24).
To her last silent movies belong "Sinners in Heaven" (24), "Miss Bluebeard" (25), "Miss Brewster's Millions" (26), "Volcano" (26), "She's a Sheik" (27) and "Take Me Home" (28).

When the sound film arose, Paramount wasn't sure if their former crowd-puller also was suitable for the talkies. Bebe Daniels payed to be free from the contract without further ado and went RKO studios where she took successfully part in the sound film "Rio Rita" (29). Other successes were "Reaching for the Moon" (30), "The Maltese Falcon" (31), "42nd Street" (33) and "Counsellor at Law" (33).

After that it became a little bit quiet about Bebe Daniels. Only few movies followed, so "Treachery on the High Seas" (36), "The Return of Carol Deane" (38), "Hi Gang!" (41) and her last movie "Life with the Lyons" (54).

Bebe Daniels toured with her husband and actor Ben Lyon in England in 1936. The tour was so successful that they continued the tour in 1939 and took up residence in London.

An anecdote from her life: 
When Bebe Daniels checked in at the Chicago Hotel in order to give a personal performance, someone has stolen jewellery from her room worth several thousand dollars. Al Capone, a great fan of her, heard of it and gave to understand that whoever has stolen the jewellery has to bring back it within 24 hours or... On the next the jewellery emerged again.

Other movies with Bebe Daniels:
Giving Them Fits (15) Bughouse Bellhops (15) Great While It Lasted (15) Ragtime Snap Shots (15) A Foozle at the Tee Party (15) Peculiar Patients' Pranks (15) Lonesome Luke Leans th the Literary (16) Luke Lugs Luggage (16) Lonesome Luke Lolls in Luxury (16) Luke, the Candy Cut-Up (16) Luke Foils the Villain (16) Luke and the Rural Roughnecks (16) Luke Pipes the Pippins (16) The Flirt (16) Them Was the Happy Days! (16) Luke and the Bomb Throwers (16) Luke's Late Lunchers (16) Luke Laughs Last (16) Luke's Fatal Fliwer (16) Luke's Society Mixup (16) Luke's Washful Waiting (16) Luke Rides Roughshod (16) Luke, Crystal Gazer (16) Luke's Lost Lamb (16) Luke Does the Midway (16) Luke Joins the Navy (16) Luke's Speedy Club Life (16) Luke and the Bang-Tails (16) Luke, the Chauffeur (16) Luke's Preparedness Preparations (16) Luke, the Gladiator (16) Luke, Patient Provider (16) Luke's Newsie Knockout (16) Luke's Movie Muddle (16) Luke, Rank Impersonator (16) Luke's Fireworks Fizzle (16) Luke Locates the Loot (16) Luke's Shattered Sleep (16) An Awful Romance (16) Luke's Busy Day (17) Lonesome Luke, Lawyer (17) Luke Wins Ye Ladye Faire (17) Lonesome Luke's Lively Life (17) Lonesome Luke on Tin Can Alley (17) Over the Fence (17) Pinched (17) Birds of a Feather (17) Bliss (17) Rainbow Island (17) The Flirt (17) All Aboard (17) We Never Sleep (17) The Lamb (18) Here Come the Girls (18) Hey There! (18) The Non-Stop Kid (18) Two-Gun Gussie (18) Fireman Save My Child (18) The City Slicker (18) Somewhere in Turkey (18) An Ozark Romance (18) Bride and Gloom (18) Why Pick on Me? (18) Nothing But Trouble (18) Hear 'Em Rave (18) Take a Chance (18) She Loves Me Not (18) Hello Teacher (18) Back to the Woods (18) Going! Going! Gone! (19) On the fire (19) Young Mr. Jazz (19) Ring Up the Curtain (19) The Marathon (19) Off the Trolley (19) Spring Fever (19) Just Neighbors (19) A Jazzed Honeymoon (19) Count Your Change (19) Chop Suey & Co. (19) Be My Wife (19) Heap Big Chief (19) Don't Shove (19) The Rajah (19) Soft Money (19) Pay Your Dues (19) Bumping Into Broadway (19) Captain Kidd's Kids (19) The Dancin' Fool (20) Why Change Your Wife? (20) Sick Abed (20) You Never Can Tell (20) She Couln't Help It (20) Oh, Lady, Lady (20) Two Weeks with Pay (21) The March Hare (21) Ducks and Drakes (21) Nancy From Nowhere (22) A Game Chicken (22) Singed Wings (22) Pink Gods (22) Nice People (22) The World's Applause (23) The Glimpses of the Moon (23) Hollywood (23) His Children's Children (23) Daring Youth (24) Unguarded Women (24) Hello Frisco (24) Argentine Love (24) The Heritage of the Desert (24) Dangerous Money (24) The Crowded Hour (25) The Manicure Girl (25) Wild, Wild Susan (25) Lovers in Quarantine (25) The Splendid Crime (26) The Palm Beach Girl (26) The Campus Flirt (26) Stranded in Paris (26) A Kiss in a Taxi (27) Swim Girl, Swim (27) Senorita (27) The Fifty-Fifty Girl (28) Hot News (28) What a Night! (28) Feel My Pulse (28) Love Comes Along (30) Alias French Gertie (30) Dixiana (30) Lawful Larceny (30) My Past (31) Honor of the Family (31) Radio Girl (32) Silver Dollar (32) Cocktail Hour (33) A Southern Maid (33) The Song You Gave Me (33) Registered Nurse (34) Music Is Magic (35)