~Duane Thompson~

Born: July 28, 1903 in Red Oak, Iowa, USA
Died: August 15, 1970 (age 67) in Los Angeles, California, USA
Hollywood Hotel (1937) ... Duane Thompson
West of Singapore (1933) ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frozen River (1929)
The Voice of the City (1929) ... Mary Doyle
The Tip Off (1929) ... Crystal Annie
Slim Fingers (1929) ... Kate
Born to the Saddle (1929) ... Helen Pearson
Beauty and Bullets (1928) ... Mary Crawford
Flyin' Buckaroo (1928) ... Sally Brown
The Price of Fear (1928) ... Mary Franklin
Vacation Waves (Short) (1928) ... Eddie's Wife
The Fightin' Redhead (1928) ... Jane Anderson
Phyllis of the Follies (1928) ... Mabel Lancing
Phantom of the Range (1928) ... Patsy O'Brien
Too Many Cookies (Short) (unconfirmed)(1928)
Her Summer Hero (1928) ... Joan Stanton
The Kiss Doctor (Short) (1928)
Wizard of the Saddle (1928) ... Jenny Adams
Hot House Hazel (Short) (1928) ... Hot House Hazel (unconfirmed)
The Desert Pirate (1927) ... Ann Farnham
Four Faces West (Short) (1927)
A Fool and His Honey (Short) (1927)
The Silent Avenger (1927) ... Patsy Wade
False Morals (1927)
Long Pants (1927) ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Husband Hunters (1927) ... Helen Gray
One Hour of Love (1927) ... Neely
April Fool (1916) ... Irma Goodman
College Days (1926) ... Phyllis
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1926) ... Society Girl (uncredited)
The Lodge in the Wilderness (1926) ... Dot Marshall
Hitchin' Up (Short) (1926)
Fresh Faces (Short) (1926)
A Wireless Lizzie (Short) (1926) ... Mary
Weak, But Willing (Short) (1926)
Hot Doggie (Short) (1925) ... The Bride
Some Pun'kins (1925) ... Mary Griggs
Oh, Bridget! (Short) (1925)
The Mysterious Stranger (1925) ... Helen Dresden
Tender Feet (Short) (1925)
A Rarin' Romeo (Short) (1925)
Good Spirits (Short) (1925)
The Golden Bed (1925) ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Away We Go (Short) (1924) ... The Girl
A Fat Chance (Short) (1924)
Short Change (Short) (1924) ...  1924 Cornfed (Short)
Reno or Bust (Short) (1924) ... Betty - The Newlywed Wife
Aggravatin' Papa (Short) (1924) ... Edna - the Suitor's Sweetheart
The Lucky Rube (Short) (1923) ... The Blacksmith's Helper's Sweetheart
Don't Play Hookey (Short) (1923) ... The School Teacher
Plumb Crazy (Short) (1923) ... Olga Hanson
Take Your Choice (Short) (1923)
Hot Water (Short) (1923) ... Lizzie
Up and at 'em (Short) (1921)
A WAMPAS Baby Star of 1925, blonde Duane Thompson (born Maloney) was discovered by two-reel
comedian Billy Bletcher while dancing at Tait's Café in San Francisco. Small-time producer Morris R.
Schlank promptly changed her masculine-sounding name to Violet Joy and as such she co-starred with
Bletcher in a series of Spotlight comedies. The little slapstick farces were not exactly up to the standard
set by Mack Sennett and Hal Roach and Thompson discarded the Violet Joy moniker as fast as she could.
The fragrance of Poverty Row remained, however, and despite the WAMPAS tag, she failed to make much
of an impact and was relegated to B-Westerns starring the likes of Tom Tyler, Buzz Barton, Bill Cody, and
Pawne Bill Jr. (aka Ted Wells). There was also Frozen River (1929), a "part-barkie" starring Rin Tin Tin,
and she had a few dialogue scenes in Voice of the City (1929), a lurid crime yarn that failed to generate
much interest. Although Thompson continued to appear in the odd movie until 1937, she was much busier
in radio soap operas.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
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