~Blanche Mehaffey~

Born: July 28, 1907 in Cincinnati, OH, USA
Died: March 31, 1968 in Los Angeles, CA, USA
~Silent Filmography~
Smilin' Guns (1929) .... Helen van Smythe
Marlie the Killer (1928) .... Marion Nichols
Air Mail Pilot (1928) .... Ruth Ross
The Silent Rider (1928) .... Marian Faer
Finnegan's Ball (1927) .... Molly Finnegan
The Tired Business Man (1927) .... Violet Clark
The Princess from Hoboken (1927) .... Sheila O'Toole
The Denver Dude (1927) .... Patricia La Mar
The Runaway Express (1926) .... Nora Kelly
Take It from Me (1926) .... Grace Gordon
The Texas Streak (1926) .... Molly Hollis
The Old War-Horse (1926) (D-27)
A Woman of the World (1925) .... Lennie Porter
His People (1925) .... Mamie Shannon
... aka Proud Heart
Cuckoo Love (1925) (G-11)
Whose Baby Are You? (1925) (G-6)
... aka Hold my Baby
Tell It to a Policeman (1925) (G-5)
The Haunted Honeymoon (1925) (G-7)
... aka Billy Gets Married
The Wages of Tin (1925) (G-4)
The White Sheep (1924) .... Patience Matthews
Meet the Missus (1924) (G-3)
The Goofy Age (1924) (G-1)
Battling Orioles (1924) .... Hope Stanton
Position Wanted (1924) (D-48)
April Fool (1924) .... The Editor's Daughter (D-52)
Friend Husband (1924) (D-32)
Powder and Smoke (1924) (D-36)
Just a Minute (1924) (D-39)
One of the Family (1924) (D-37)
The Big Idea (1924) .... The Girl (D-33)
At First Sight (1924) (D-29)
It's a Joy (1923) (D-29)
Fully Insured (1923) .... The Stenographer (D-31)

His Wild Oats (1916)
Blond American screen actress Blanche Mehaffey was voted a 1924 WAMPAS Baby Star by the
Hollywood publicists on the strength of a couple of pleasant comedies opposite Glenn Tryon. She later
changed her name to Joan Alden -- presumably to escape maudlin melodramas such as "Princess from
Hoboken" (1927) -- but "Call of the Wild" (1927), opposite second-string canine star Dynamite, was no
improvement, and she returned to her old moniker. Her movies in the early years of sound film were
unsuccessful. She had married sound engineer Ralph M. Like and he produced a series of very
low-budget melodramas that are still watched -- and laughed at -- today. Ralph Like was the kind of
producer who never met a corner he couldn't cut, and several of the Like-Mehaffey collaborations were
downright embarrassing. "Sally of the Subways" (1932), for example, ostensibly a crime drama, was an
excruciatingly slow affair that featured neither Sally nor subways, and "The Devil Monster" (1933) and
"The Wages of Sin" (release date undetermined) delivered little more than alluring titles. Chagrined by
the turn her career was taking, Mehaffey changed her name once again, this time to Janet Morgan, but it
didn't make a bit of difference, and she left films in 1935. In 1948 an embarrassed Mehaffey attempted
to prevent the new owners of her old films from selling them to television. Unfortunately for
unsuspecting viewers, the lawsuit was dismissed and cinematic blunders such as "Soul of the Slums"
(1931) and the aforementioned "Wages of Sin" have become treasured perennials at Bad Movie

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com