Do you remember her? Don’t feel bad if you don’t.
Constance Moore’s movie career came and went so fast — a mere decade or so, peanuts by classic Hollywood standards — that you might well have missed her if you were not paying strict attention.
Blessed with a lusty contralto voice, this Iowa native tread a familiar path to Hollywood in the late Thirties and Forties. She was a big band singer of note. Universal, Republic Pictures and RKO did indeed take note and put her in a number ‘B’ World War II-era musicals. She eventually graduated to slightly glossier pictures, but music remained her chief calling card.
In RKO’s 1944 tuner, Show Business, for example, Moore costars with Eddie Cantor and George Murphy as a member of a vaudevillian troupe which gets to warble such period classics as ‘Dinah’ and ‘I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad.’ In Republic’s Atlantic City, released the same year, Moore solos on ‘After You’ve Gone’ and ‘On A Sunday Afternoon.’ Also on hand in this picture are Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong and his orchestra.
In producer Hunt Stromberg’s 1945 outing, Delightfully Dangerous, starring Ralph Bellamy, Moore plays the older sister of an aspiring singer-actress (Jane Powell) who discovers that her sister’s New York ‘stage’ career includes a stint as ‘Bubbles Barton.’ Bandleader Morton Gould turns up in this one.
But it wasn’t all music for Moore. In the late Thirties she began a successful stint as Wilma Deering to Buster Crabbe’s Buck Rogers in Universal’s popular serial. (There she is below.)
At this point we can’t resist running another photo of Crabbe taken by our late pal, Donald Gordon. It’s from our exclusive Donald Gordon Collection. (Needless to say, Donald is the guy on the right.)
Anyway, back to Constance Moore. Before retiring from the big screen in 1947 — and pursuing an extensive career on tv — she appears in a mixed bag of features with some pretty big names. She played W.C. Fields‘ daughter in You Can’t Cheat an Honest Man. She and Macdonald Carey are husband and wife in 1942’s Take A Letter, Darling. She also appeared in an occasional war picture and a western.
In Republic’s Hit Parade of 1947, her last picture, Moore costars with Eddie Albert as a member of a contentious night club troupe. In 1951 she made a Bob Hope USO tour.
Moore married her agent in 1935, and stayed hitched until his death in 1998. ‘Connie’ died seven years later at the age of 85.