Friday, December 18, 2009

Artists and Models Abroad Still

Paramount publicity still for Joyce's 1938 comedy Artists and Models Abroad. Pictured left to right are Joyce Compton, Joan Bennett and Jack Benny (other actors unidentified).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Girl in the Woods Photo

Very rare publicity photo from low budget film Girl in the Woods, one of the handful of projects Joyce worked on when she returned to acting in the late '50s. Pictured, left to right: Kim Charney, Bartlett Robinson, Maggie Hayes, Joyce Compton and Barton MacLane.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bedtime Story Candid Shot

Fun shot of Joyce and Robert Benchley on the set for 1941's Bedtime Story. Is it candid or posed?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Salute Photo

Fox publicity photo of Joyce Compton (in Clara Bow-ish mode) and William Janney in 1929's Salute.

Friday, October 16, 2009

1932 Casting Book

Joyce Compton's page from a 1932 industry casting book containing various actors' headshots and profiles. "A young actress who will prove her worth when given roles suited to her personality."

Monday, October 12, 2009

Balalaika Portrait

On our recent trip to L.A., one of our stops was the venerable Larry Edmunds book and Hollywood memorabilia store. Although the shop has shelves upon shelves of vintage photos, the only things they had on our Joycie were two publicity pics of her posing with Charlie Ruggles. The photos didn't have any identification, but I could tell that they promoted 1939 MGM musical Balalaika. I snatched up this one. Nice quality!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Joyce Compton's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located directly outside the entrance to the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I got to snap a few pictures of it last Monday, while explaining who she was to the actor who was hawking tours right in front of the star. It was fun, finally seeing it in person!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

King Kelly of the U.S.A.

Screen grab of Franklin Pangborn and Joyce Compton in King Kelly of the U.S.A. Franklin and Joyce have supporting roles in this chintzy, at times incomprehensible musical made by the z-budget Monogram studio. Forgotten tenor Guy Robertson stars as a cocky showman who meets the woman of his dreams on a transatlantic cruise. As it turns out, the woman is the princess of a country known for its fine mops (??) and Robertson must find a way too win both her heart and her kingdom. Joyce plays a bubbly chorine, improbably paired with Franklin Pangborn as a romantic duo. Both actors display their usual reliable comic timing in their few scenes together, inadvertently highlighting the lead actors’ blandness (Robertson seems like Jimmy Cagney’s less charismatic older brother). Strangely, they both vanish halfway through the movie without explanation. In this film’s bizarre universe, that move actually makes sense.
King Kelly of the U.S.A. is available here from

Sunday, September 27, 2009

March 1990

Photo and decorated fan letter, March 1990.

Monday, September 21, 2009

July 1987

A photo of Joyce with her beloved cat Taj, July 1987.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Inspirational Bookmarks

Set of bookmarks with inspirational quotes painted by Joyce, August 1985.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Flower Paintings

Tiny paintings of flowers on construction paper — art by Joyce Compton, June 1984.

Friday, September 11, 2009

March 1984

Starting today, I thought I'd share photos and artwork from Joyce made in the '80s and '90s — after she retired from acting and nursing. These images come courtesy of Joe, who was a friend of Joyce's during this period. Here are a snapshot and two drawings from March 1984. Miss Compton often made tiny paintings (usually of flowers) for fans who corresponded with her.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hotel For Women Portrait

20th Century Fox publicity portrait of Joyce for Elsa Maxwell's Hotel for Women, 1939.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Beauty Parlor Stills

Stills of Joyce and fellow cast members in 1932's Beauty Parlor.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Swing Out The Blues Portrait

Gorgeous publicity portrait of Joyce from the 1943 Columbia production Swing Out the Blues.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bathing Beauty Portrait

Autographed "Bathing Beauty" portrait of Joyce Compton from the early to mid '40s. Lookin' good, toots!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Estate Sale Flyer

Flyer from Joyce's estate sale from circa early '90s. The sale happened just before she spent her final years at the Motion Picture & Television Hospital and Home in Woodland Hills, California.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Manpower Portrait

Warner Bros. publicity portrait of Joyce as a prostitute (could she be anything else in that getup?) in 1941's Manpower.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Scattergood Meets Broadway

RKO publicity photo of Joyce Compton and actor William Henry in Scattergood Meets Broadway (1941).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Feather Hat Portrait

Publicity portrait of Joyce Compton in a whimsical feathered hat, circa 1939.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hunter Foster Studio Portrait

Lovely portrait of Joyce taken by Los Angeles-based Hunter Foster Studios in the mid-'20s — definitely from the period where she styled herself after silent movie queen Mae Murray. A grateful thank you to Tisha for this and the next few photographs.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Real Joyce Compton

BearManor Media and author Michael Ankerich proudly announce the autobiography of Joyce Compton, the first book exclusively devoted to our favorite blonde. The Real Joyce Compton: Behind the Dumb Blonde Movie Image will be published this Fall. Look out for it!