JULIE LONDON

 
 

    In United Artists’ new thriller, The Red House (p. 90), four young players have prominent roles in support of old-timer Edward G. Robinson. Easiest to look at is the girl whose shapely kneecap protrudes in the picture above, Julie London. Born Julie Peck, Miss London was just another schoolgirl with a part-time job when Mrs. Alan Ladd, who doubles as an actors’ agent, found her running an elevator, signed her up. A trend seems evident. Other stars supposed to have been discovered in elevators: Dorothy Lamour, Susan Peters, Jane Russell.

  At the age of 3, Miss London possessed enough talent to work up a presentable impersonation of Marlene Dietrich. Now 20, she expresses herself by lazily listening to jazz and writing occasional poetry. She spent most of her first movie, Nabonga, escaping the caresses of a slavering ape man. In The Red House, appearing opposite a more attractive love interest, Miss London has been given a better opportunity to demonstrate her talents.

Hollywood makes a star of still another former elevator operator

LIFE Magazine

February 24, 1947

A GOOD SINGER, ACTRESS JULIE LONDON WAS AT THE POINT OF RENDERING A BIT OF “THE BOY WITH THE WISTFUL EYES” WHEN THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN

JULIE SWIMS under water for publicity shot. She learned to act with USO Camp Shows and has had bit parts in Night in Paradise and Diamond Horseshoe.

JULIE RIDES with Rory Calhoun, a new version of Victor Mature, who plays role opposite her in The Red House. She has never learned how to drive a car.

    FOUR YOUNGSTERS SCORE IN THRILLER

    To cast The Red House, Director Delmer Daves put four very young actors in big parts and got excellent results. Julie London, 20, plays a predatory bobby-soxer; Lon McCallister, 23, plays an honest farm boy; Allene Roberts, 18, is his shy sweetie; Rory Calhoun, 24, plays a loutish caveman. The picture itself tells of murder and a mysterious house in the wilderness. Though the plot is as contrived as they come, 1947 will probably see no film with suspense more chilling. Paced by Edward G. Robinson, the four kids turn a B-picture into good movie-going.

IN SCHOOL BUS Meg (Allene Roberts, left) looks miffed as Tibby (Julie London) makes eyes at Nath (Lon McCallister), hired man whom Meg loves.

IN THE WOODS Tibby is surprised by Teller (Rory Calhoun), a hunter who prowls in the deep forest around the red house which no one dares approach.

MEG SCREAMS as she realizes that her quiet father, Peter Morgan (Edward G. Robinson), has a sinister past and a mentality capable of murder.