Jane Withers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jane Withers (April 12, 1926 – August 7, 2021) was an American actress, model, and singer. Beginning a prolific career as a child actress at the age of 3, Withers was a Young Artist Award–Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award honoree, best known for being one of the most popular child film stars of the 1930s and early 1940s, as well as for her portrayal of "Josephine the Plumber" in a series of TV commercials for Comet cleanser in the 1960s and early 1970s, and probably best known for playing the obnoxious Joy Smythe in the film Bright Eyes, where she paired with Shirley Temple.

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Bright Eyes (1934)

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Shirley Temple  •  James Dunn  •  Jane Darwell  •  Judith Allen

An orphaned girl is taken in by a snobbish family at the insistence of their rich, crotchety uncle, even as her devoted aviator godfather fights for custody.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Shirley Temple  •  James Dunn  •  Jane Darwell  •  Judith Allen

Giant (1956)

Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink both woo Leslie Lynnton, a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Rock Hudson  •  James Dean  •  Carroll Baker

Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink both woo Leslie Lynnton, a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Rock Hudson  •  James Dean  •  Carroll Baker

Imitation of Life (1934)

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter. The two women start a successful business but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John M. Stahl
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Warren William  •  Rochelle Hudson  •  Ned Sparks

A struggling widow and her daughter take in a black housekeeper and her fair-skinned daughter. The two women start a successful business but face familial, identity, and racial issues along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John M. Stahl
CAST:  Claudette Colbert  •  Warren William  •  Rochelle Hudson  •  Ned Sparks

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leaves Notre Dame tower against the wishes of his guardian, the evil Judge Claude Frollo. He ventures out to the Festival of Fools and finds his first true friend, a Romani woman named Esmeralda, who entrusts him with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Tom Hulce  •  Demi Moore  •  Jason Alexander  •  Kevin Kline

At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leaves Notre Dame tower against the wishes of his guardian, the evil Judge Claude Frollo. He ventures out to the Festival of Fools and finds his first true friend, a Romani woman named Esmeralda, who entrusts him with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Trousdale  •  Kirk Wise
CAST:  Tom Hulce  •  Demi Moore  •  Jason Alexander  •  Kevin Kline

Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)

In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Tony Curtis  •  Angie Dickinson  •  Eddie Albert

In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Tony Curtis  •  Angie Dickinson  •  Eddie Albert

Danger Street (1947)

Magazine owners (Jane Withers, Robert Lowery) sell a revealing photo, then play detective when the deal leads to murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Robert Lowery  •  Bill Edwards  •  Elaine Riley

Magazine owners (Jane Withers, Robert Lowery) sell a revealing photo, then play detective when the deal leads to murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Robert Lowery  •  Bill Edwards  •  Elaine Riley

The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)

A farmer tries to convince a girl to leave her life on a canal boat to live with him on his farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Janet Gaynor  •  Henry Fonda  •  Charles Bickford  •  Slim Summerville

A farmer tries to convince a girl to leave her life on a canal boat to live with him on his farm.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Janet Gaynor  •  Henry Fonda  •  Charles Bickford  •  Slim Summerville

Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933)

A woman doctor decides to have a baby without benefit of marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  Kay Francis  •  Lyle Talbot  •  Glenda Farrell  •  Thelma Todd

A woman doctor decides to have a baby without benefit of marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  Kay Francis  •  Lyle Talbot  •  Glenda Farrell  •  Thelma Todd

The Arizona Wildcat (1939)

In 1870 Arizona Jane helps her foster-father ex-bandit (Carrillo) who has been accused of gold robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert I. Leeds
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Leo Carrillo  •  Pauline Moore  •  William Henry

In 1870 Arizona Jane helps her foster-father ex-bandit (Carrillo) who has been accused of gold robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert I. Leeds
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Leo Carrillo  •  Pauline Moore  •  William Henry

Always in Trouble (1938)

Jane's dad (Tombes) is an oil field worker who comes into a fortune and is then pushed into society by his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Santley
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Jean Rogers  •  Arthur Treacher  •  Robert Kellard

Jane's dad (Tombes) is an oil field worker who comes into a fortune and is then pushed into society by his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Santley
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Jean Rogers  •  Arthur Treacher  •  Robert Kellard

Keep Smiling (1938)

Jane breaks into the film business while also reviving the flagging career of her film director uncle and getting him hooked up with his secretary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert I. Leeds
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Gloria Stuart  •  Henry Wilcoxon  •  Helen Westley

Jane breaks into the film business while also reviving the flagging career of her film director uncle and getting him hooked up with his secretary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herbert I. Leeds
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Gloria Stuart  •  Henry Wilcoxon  •  Helen Westley

Rascals (1938)

A Gypsy band takes lots of stuff but always in a good cause. Led by Jane Withers, they pick up a socialite (Hundson) who has amnesia. She works as a fortune teller and raises enough money for an operation to regain her memory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Rochelle Hudson  •  Robert Wilcox  •  Borrah Minevitch

A Gypsy band takes lots of stuff but always in a good cause. Led by Jane Withers, they pick up a socialite (Hundson) who has amnesia. She works as a fortune teller and raises enough money for an operation to regain her memory.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Rochelle Hudson  •  Robert Wilcox  •  Borrah Minevitch

Angel's Holiday (1937)

Lively June (Jane Withers), teen-aged daughter of mystery writer Waldo Everett (Jon Qualen), who calls her "Angel," becomes involved in intrigue centering on movie star Pauline Kaye (Sally Blane) and her companion Stivers (Joan Davis). Reporter Nick Moore (Robert ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Tinling
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Joan Davis  •  Sally Blane  •  Harold Huber

Lively June (Jane Withers), teen-aged daughter of mystery writer Waldo Everett (Jon Qualen), who calls her "Angel," becomes involved in intrigue centering on movie star Pauline Kaye (Sally Blane) and her companion Stivers (Joan Davis). Reporter Nick Moore (Robert ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Tinling
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Joan Davis  •  Sally Blane  •  Harold Huber

Small Town Deb (1941)

Family bickering features young daughter favored by her father and older daughter favored by snobbish mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold D. Schuster
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Jane Darwell  •  Cobina Wright  •  Cecil Kellaway

Family bickering features young daughter favored by her father and older daughter favored by snobbish mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold D. Schuster
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Jane Darwell  •  Cobina Wright  •  Cecil Kellaway

45 Fathers (1937)

An orphan girl becomes adopted by a group of old men and is placed in the home of one of them. She sings and dances and helps out where she can.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Tinling
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Thomas Beck  •  Louise Henry  •  Richard Carle

An orphan girl becomes adopted by a group of old men and is placed in the home of one of them. She sings and dances and helps out where she can.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Tinling
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Thomas Beck  •  Louise Henry  •  Richard Carle

Wild and Woolly (1937)

Child star Jane Withers along with fellow kiddie favorites like Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer and Jackie Searl (who gives Jane her first on screen kiss!) team up with character greats like Walter Brennan and Lon Chaney Jr. to help their hometown celebrate its golden ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred L. Werker
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Walter Brennan  •  Pauline Moore  •  Carl Switzer

Child star Jane Withers along with fellow kiddie favorites like Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer and Jackie Searl (who gives Jane her first on screen kiss!) team up with character greats like Walter Brennan and Lon Chaney Jr. to help their hometown celebrate its golden ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred L. Werker
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Walter Brennan  •  Pauline Moore  •  Carl Switzer

Pepper (1936)

Young Pepper Jolly enters the life of sour old millionaire John Wilkes. She convinces him to take her gang to Coney Island and prevents his daughter from marrying a phony aristocrat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Tinling
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Irvin S. Cobb  •  Slim Summerville  •  Dean Jagger

Young Pepper Jolly enters the life of sour old millionaire John Wilkes. She convinces him to take her gang to Coney Island and prevents his daughter from marrying a phony aristocrat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Tinling
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Irvin S. Cobb  •  Slim Summerville  •  Dean Jagger

Paddy O'Day (1936)

A wealthy, eccentric collector of stuffed birds and a beautiful Russian singer provide refuge to an orphaned Irish child who has arrived illegally in New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Seiler
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Pinky Tomlin  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Jane Darwell

A wealthy, eccentric collector of stuffed birds and a beautiful Russian singer provide refuge to an orphaned Irish child who has arrived illegally in New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Seiler
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Pinky Tomlin  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Jane Darwell

The Heart is a Rebel (1958)

While struggling with their son’s serious illness, a young couple experiences conflict when her husband does not understand the wife’s acceptance of Christ. THE HEART IS A REBEL features the beloved Ethel Waters, and is set against Billy Graham’s historic 1957 New ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dick Ross
CAST:  Ethel Waters  •  Georgia Lee  •  John Milford  •  Scotty Morrow

While struggling with their son’s serious illness, a young couple experiences conflict when her husband does not understand the wife’s acceptance of Christ. THE HEART IS A REBEL features the beloved Ethel Waters, and is set against Billy Graham’s historic 1957 New ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dick Ross
CAST:  Ethel Waters  •  Georgia Lee  •  John Milford  •  Scotty Morrow

My Best Gal (1944)

A girl from a show-business family seeks a backer for her boyfriend's musical.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Jimmy Lydon  •  Frank Craven  •  Fortunio Bonanova

A girl from a show-business family seeks a backer for her boyfriend's musical.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Jane Withers  •  Jimmy Lydon  •  Frank Craven  •  Fortunio Bonanova
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