Merna Kennedy

  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.  Chaplin’s choice for The Circus, 1927, Merna retired after 28 movies in 1934.

 Birth year: 1908Death year: 1944Other name: Casting Calls:  1