They lit up the screens for Warners brothers for a few years in the late 1930s. There were three of them, and we’re going to have quizzes covering all 3.
We begin today with the youngest and most famous of the sisterly trio — Priscilla Lane (left above, next to sisters Lola in the middle and Rosemary to the right).
Priscilla made several important pictures, and starred opposite James Cagney, Cary Grant and Robert Cummings. That’s them below in an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.
So how much do you know about them? And about her?
Enough said that Priscilla Lane (nee Priscilla Mullican) was born in 1915 in the middle of America: Indianola, Indiana, to be exact. She spent her relatively brief — 22 movies in all from 1937 through 1948 — playing variations on the themes of girlfriends, daughters and fiancees. She also appeared with her siblings in several pictures.
For some reason, Priscilla had a big following in England. A British trade journal at the time wrote favorably about all three Lane sisters, but criticized out Warner Bros. for not giving Priscilla meatier roles. The trade journal editors may have been on to something.
Ok, let’s get to the first part of our quizzes about the trio of Lanes. Questions today and answers on Wednesday. Here we go:
1) Question: One of the Lane sisters’ movies, 1938’s Four Daughters, made which one of the following a star? a) Dick Powell; b) Wayne Morris; c) John Garfield; or d) Eddie Albert.
2) Question: Alfred Hitchcock cast Lane in his 1942 spy thriller, Saboteur, but was not entirely happy about it. Who was the director’s first choice for the feminine lead? a) Barbara Stanwyck; b) Joan Crawford; c) Laraine Day; or d) Hedy Lamarr.
3) Question: Priscilla Lane was actually considered for the key role in Gone With The Wind of Melanie Wilkes, the part taken by Olivia deHavilland. a) True; or b) False?
4) Question: Lane was married for an amazingly short time to her male costar, Wayne Morris. a) True; or b) False?
5) Question: Lane costarred in the 1948 RKO thriller, Bodyguard, with which one of these certified film noir tough guys? a) Robert Mitchum; b) John Garfield; c) Dick Powell; or d) Lawrence Tierney,