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Celeste Holm in My Little Chickadee?


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Every source I've seen (IMDB, Wikipedia, etc.) says Celeste Holm's film debut was in 1946's Three Little Girls in Blue.


But the woman who plays the sassy, inebriated bar patron in 1940's My Little Chickadee looks an awful lot like Celeste Holm. The odd thing is that the character in the film doesn't seem to get a credit, even in IMDB's "full cast and crew." And the scene is actually pretty snappy.


I've posted a still of the woman in question on my profile.


Anybody have any info?




Ralph Novy

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It does look like Celeste Holm, but she would have been only 23 in this film, and the woman in the photo looks older. That goofy hat reminds me of Hedda Hopper. There is a Dorothy Vernon listed in the cast as a "diner," but I can't find a good photo of her. She was in silents.

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I think the mystery is solved.

I went back to the film and watched the scene again, a couple of times.

At one point, W.C. Fields refers to her as a "pygmy."

In the IMDB credits, there is a Fay Adler listed as playing "Mrs. 'Pygmy' Allen."

I'm pretty confident that's her.

Don't know how that "pygmy" rerference escaped me.

Fay Adler apparently only appeared in two films, My Little Chickadee and The Bank Dick, and there's no bio info on her at IMDB. So something of a mystery lady. A pity.


Anyway.....thanks to all for your help.

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Thanks, Dobbs, for the photos and the clip (and the info about posting pics here).

The connection with Bradford could be quite useful in finding out "whatever happened to...." Ms. Adler. I'm curious now. I mean, as one can see from the MLC clip, she seemed to have quite a personality. It's odd that she did only two films and then "disappeared." Tragic story?


And yes, as one can sense from the clip, she was quite short (with well-developed, "cute" legs). I guess that should've been a clue that she isn't Celeste Holm, because I don't think Ms. Holm is that short. Oh, well.


And yes, odd that Dwight Frye was identified as Ted Bradford. They really don't look much alike.

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