Priscilla Lane


Priscilla Lane (born Priscilla Mullican, June 12, 1915 – April 4, 1995) was an American actress, and the youngest sibling in the Lane Sisters (Lola and Rosemary) of singers and actresses. The three starred Michael Curtiz’s Four Daughters (1938), with Gale Page, Claude Rains, Jeffrey Lynn, John Garfield, and Dick Foran; Curtiz’s Daughters Courageous (1939), with Page, Garfield, Rains, Fay Bainter, Donald Crisp, and May Robson; Curtiz’s Four Wives (1939), with Rains, Lynn, Eddie Albert, Frank McHugh, and Foran; and William Keighley’s Four Mothers (1941), with the same cast from the others.

Lane is best remembered for her roles in the Raoul Walsh’s The Roaring Twenties (1939) with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Gladys George; Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur (1942), with Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, Norman Lloyd; and Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), with Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, and Peter Lorre.

Other films in the 1930s include Keighley’s Variety Show (1937), with Dick Powell, Fred Waring and Waring’s Pennsylvanians, Ted Healy, and Sterling Holloway; Stanley Logan’s Love, Honor and Obey (1938), with Wayne Morris, John Litel, Thomas Mitchell, Foran, and Dickie Moore; Busby Berkeley’s Men Are Such Fools (1938), with Morris, Bogart, Hugh Herbert, Johnnie Davis, and Penny Singleton; Lloyd Bacon’s Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), with Dick Powell and Pat O’Brien; Brother Rat (1938), with Ronald Reagan, Albert, Jane Wyman, and Morris; Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939), with Lynn, Roland Young, Bainter, and Robson; and Lewis Seiler’s Dust Be My Destiny (1939), with Garfield, Alan Hale, McHugh, and Billy Halop.

Films in the 1940s include Ray Enright’s Brother Rat and a Baby (1940), with Morris, Jane Bryan, Eddie Albert, Wyman, and Reagan; Three Cheers for the Irish (1940), with Thomas Mitchell, Dennis Morgan, Virginia Grey, Hale, and William Lundigan; Curtis Bernhardt’s Million Dollar Baby (1941), with Lynn, Reagan, Robson, and Lee Patrick; Anatole Litvak’s Blues in the Night (1941), with Richard Whorf, Betty Field, Lloyd Nolan, Elia Kazan, and Carson; Silver Queen (1942), with George Brent, Bruce Cabot, Lynne Overman, and Eugene Pallette; Sidney Lanfield’s The Meanest Man in the World (1943), with Jack Benny, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and Edmund Gwenn; Andrew L. Stone’s Fun on a Weekend (1947), with Bracken, Tom Conway, Allen Jenkins, Arthur Treacher, Clarence Kolb, and Fritz Feld; and Richard Fleischer’s Bodyguard (1948), with Lawrence Tierney.

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  • Variety Show (1937) – directed by William Keighley
  • Love, Honor and Behave (1938) – directed by Stanley Logan
  • Men Are Such Fools (1938) – directed by Busby Berkeley
  • Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • Four Daughters (1938) – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • Brother Rat (1938) – directed by William Keighley
  • Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939) – directed by William Keighley
  • Daughters Courageous (1939) – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • Dust Be My Destiny (1939) – directed by Lewis Seiler
  • The Roaring Twenties (1939) – directed by Raoul Walsh
  • Four Wives (1939) – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) – directed by Ray Enright
  • Three Cheers for the Irish (1940) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • Four Mothers (1941) – directed by William Keighley
  • Million Dollar Baby (1941) – directed by Curtis Bernhardt
  • Blues in the Night (1941) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • Saboteur (1942) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Silver Queen (1942) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • The Meanest Man in the World (1943) – directed by Sidney Lanfield
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – directed by Frank Capra
  • Fun on a Week-End (1947) – directed by Andrew L. Stone
  • Bodyguard (1948) – directed by Richard Fleischer