Carmelia Geraghty

  1. Kay Johnson, Dynamite, 1929.  Assistant director Mitchell Leisen ran screen tests for Cecil B DeMille’s first all sound movie – on December 18, 1928.  For the leading lady he filmed  Sally Blane, Dorothy Burgess, Carmelia Geraghty, Leila Hyams, Merna Kennedy – and heartily recommended the fast-rising Carole Lombard. To no avail.  CB played safe with theatre actors: Charles Bickford opposite Johnson’s debut. Bickford called the script a mess of corn with terrible dialogue. True enough – it flopped.  The first actress to play in The Great Gatsby’s Jordan Baker (in 1925), Carmelia retired in the mid-30s after 75 movies.

 Birth year: 1901Death year: 1966Other name: Casting Calls:  1