Leila Hyams

  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 – tt flopped. Famous for her Venus in  Tod Browning’s Freaks, 1900, Leila retired in the 40s after 54 movies.

 Birth year: 1905Death year: 1977Other name: Casting Calls:  1