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Phyllis Brooks

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Birth name Phyllis Steiller
Nationality USA
Birth 18 july 1915 at Boise (USA)
Death 1 august 1995 (at 80 years)

Phyllis Brooks (July 18, 1915 – August 1, 1995) was an American actress and model. Brooks was born Phyllis Weiler in Boise, Idaho. (Other sources give her birth name as Phyllis Steiller and her birth year as 1914, rather than 1915.)


In the late 1930s, Brooks dated Cary Grant, who called her Brooksie, and rumors that the two would be married were circulated. (One source says that the two were engaged.) Brooks, something of a socialite, also dated Howard Hughes.

Brooks married Torbert Macdonald June 23, 1945, in Tarrytown, New York. He went on to become an 11-term Massachusetts Congressman, who had been John F. Kennedy's roommate at Harvard University. Brooks moved East to Cambridge, Massachusetts with her new husband in 1945 so he could complete his studies at Harvard Law School. He had been a Harvard football captain and a decorated PT boat captain in World War II. He died in office in 1976.

Brooks continued performing in summer stock theater after her marriage, and hosted the first television interview program in Boston in the early 1950s (on WBZ-TV). She retired from public performances after that, concentrating on raising her family. The couple had four children, the eldest of whom was President Kennedy's godson.

Best films

In Old Chicago (1938)

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Filmography of Phyllis Brooks (27 films)

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High Powered, 1h2
Directed by William Berke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Actors Robert Lowery, Phyllis Brooks, Mary Treen, Joe Sawyer, Roger Pryor, Roger Pryor
Roles Marian Blair
Rating55% 2.754932.754932.754932.754932.75493
Marian Blair and Cassie McQuade are running a small lunch establishment in their trailer. When they move the trailer from Los Angeles to the building site outside San Francisco, they pick up a hitchhiker along the road. His name is Tim Scott, and he is on his way to a job picking grapes at the vineyards.
The Unseen
The Unseen (1945)
, 1h20
Directed by Lewis Allen, Alvin Ganzer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Ghost films
Actors Joel McCrea, Gail Russell, Herbert Marshall, Phyllis Brooks, Isobel Elsom, Norman Lloyd
Roles Maxine
Rating59% 2.984872.984872.984872.984872.98487
At 11 Crescent Drive in a New England village, an unseen killer strangles a woman. Young Barnaby Fielding witnesses this from his window at 10 Crescent and later retrieves the victim's watch.
Lady in the Dark, 1h40
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter, Jon Hall, Barry Sullivan, Mischa Auer
Roles Allison DuBois
Rating60% 3.0489953.0489953.0489953.0489953.048995
Life has become a series of headaches and bad dreams for Liza Elliott, the successful editor-in-chief of Allure fashion magazine. She is being romanced by publisher Kendall Nesbitt, but he is married and slow in obtaining a divorce. And her second-in-command, Charley Johnson, is a cut-up who drives her so crazy with his jokes, Liza ends up seeing him in her craziest dreams at night.
Dangerous Passage, 1h
Directed by William Berke
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Lowery, Phyllis Brooks, John Eldredge, Charles Arnt, Jack La Rue, Victor Kilian
Roles Nita
Rating54% 2.716942.716942.716942.716942.71694
Oil company employee Joe Beck (Robert Lowery) is stationed in the jungle in Honduras. When his grandfather back in Texas dies, he inherits $200,000. In a nearby port he meets with the testament executor, attorney Daniel Bergstrom (Charles Arnt) to receive the good news, but when he is to return to the jungle, he is followed by a suspicious man hired by the attorney, who tries to knock him out. Joe instead manages to kill the man, and boards a ship in the port.
No Place for a Lady, 1h6
Directed by James Patrick Hogan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Phyllis Brooks, Dick Purcell, Jerome Cowan, Edward Norris
Roles Dolly Adair
Rating66% 3.332613.332613.332613.332613.33261
At a Tyre warehouse in Los Angeles, trucks are loaded with stacks of tires to be delivered to a San Francisco warehouse. Later, on a country road under cover of darkness, the tires are transferred to Joe Wembley (Frank M. Thomas), an underworld figure and operator of a nightclub at the beach. With the $50,000 earned from the transaction, Evelyn Harris (Doris Lloyd), who inherited the tire business from her late husband, plans to marry Eddie Moore (Jerome Cowan), a singer at Wembley's café. The two lovebirds then head for New York, but Moore insists on stopping at an unoccupied cottage he notices from the road. In San Francisco, meanwhile, Jess Arno (William Gargan), a private detective from Los Angeles, succeeds in clearing former actress Dolly Adair (Phyllis Brooks) of a murder charge and becomes a media sensation. After the trial is over, Jess rushes to phone his sweetheart, June Terry, a real estate agent at the shore. June, who is jealous of Dolly, is upset when Jess informs her that he plans to shield Dolly from the reporters by hiding her at his beach cottage. Randy Brooke (Dick Purcell), a reporter who is Jess's rival for June's affections, convinces June to play a practical joke on Jess. Together, they take a wax model to Jess's cottage and stick a knife in the figure's throat. Later that night, Jess and Dolly arrive at the cottage and are horrified to find blood stains and a body of a woman in the cellar. Hurrying to Wembley's café nearby, they telephone Capt. Baker (Thomas E. Jackson) at police headquarters. When the officers arrive, accompanied by Randy and June, the body is missing and the dummy lies in its place. Believing that it is all a publicity hoax, the police ridicule Jess as a "front page detective." After the police leave, June admits her involvement in placing the dummy in the cottage and offers to help Jess discover the identity of the murdered woman. A dress label found on the body leads them to an exclusive shop in Los Angeles, and there they discover that the dress was sold to Evelyn Harris. After Jess and June argue, the two go their separate ways to solve the mystery. Upon learning that Evelyn left Los Angeles to marry Eddie Moore, their investigation leads to Wembley's café. When June begins to question Moore about Evelyn, he flees the café with the $50,000. His escape is aided by the sound of air raid sirens and a blackout at the beach. By pretending to be an air raid warden, Jess corners Moore at his apartment. After Moore denies killing Evelyn and accuses Wembley of engineering the murder and hijacking the tires, Jess phones Capt. Baker, but before he can relay the information, Moore knocks him unconscious and locks him in a closet. Moore is then confronted by Wembley and his henchman, Mario (Edward Norris), who have followed him to the apartment. When the police arrive, they find Moore's body, beaten to death, and accuse Jess of the crime. After recovering from a blow to his head, Jess eludes the police and goes to Wembley's café, where he confronts Wembley and Mario with evidence of murder. In the ensuing fight, Mario and Wembley chase Jess into a banquet room where the hijacked tires are stored. The police then arrive and, seizing the tires as evidence, arrest Wembley and Mario. With the murder solved, Jess and June leave for their wedding and honeymoon.
The Shanghai Gesture, 1h39
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Victor Mature, Ona Munson, Albert Bassermann, Phyllis Brooks
Roles Dixie Pomeroy
Rating65% 3.2967853.2967853.2967853.2967853.296785
Gigolo "Doctor" Omar (Victor Mature) bribes the Shanghai police not to jail the broke American showgirl Dixie Pomeroy (Phyllis Brooks); he invites her to seek a job at the casino owned by Dragon-lady "Mother" Gin Sling (Ona Munson), his boss.
Slightly Honorable, 1h25
Directed by Tay Garnett
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Pat O'Brien, Edward Arnold, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Terry, Alan Dinehart, Sr., Claire Dodd
Roles Sarilla Cushing
Rating61% 3.0514653.0514653.0514653.0514653.051465
John Webb, avocat, est accusé du meurtre d'Anne Seymour, une chanteuse, qu'il a rencontré dans une boîte de nuit…
Charlie Chan in Reno
Directed by Norman Foster
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, Ricardo Cortez, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville, Kane Richmond
Roles Vivian Wells
Rating70% 3.543673.543673.543673.543673.54367
Mary Whitman has arrived in Reno to obtain a divorce. While there, she is arrested on suspicion of murdering a fellow guest at her hotel (which specializes in divorcers).
In Old Chicago, 1h35
Directed by Henry King, Robert D. Webb
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Action
Themes Films about families, La fin du monde, Films about the labor movement, Children's films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady, Andy Devine, Phyllis Brooks
Roles Ann Colby
Rating67% 3.3973253.3973253.3973253.3973253.397325
The O'Leary family are travelling to Chicago to start a new life when Patrick O'Leary tries to race a steam train in his wagon. He is killed when his horses bolt. His wife Molly and their three boys are left to survive on their own. In town she agrees to prove her skills as a laundress when a woman's dress is accidentally spattered with mud. She quickly proves herself and builds up a laundry business in an area known as "the Patch". Her sons are educated. One, Jack, becomes a reforming lawyer, but another, Dion, is involved in gambling. While washing a sheet, Mrs O'Leary discovers a drawing, apparently created by Gil Warren, a devious local businessman. Her sons realise that it reveals that he has a plan to run a tramline along a street that he and his cronies intend to buy up cheaply.
Charlie Chan in Honolulu, 1h7
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Children's films
Actors Sidney Toler, Victor Sen Yung, Phyllis Brooks, Eddie Collins, John King, Claire Dodd
Roles Judy Hayes
Rating68% 3.446083.446083.446083.446083.44608
The film opens with Detective Chan rushing to the hospital to be with his daughter as she prepares to give birth to his first grandchild. While Charlie Chan waits at the hospital, his "number two" son Jimmy intercepts a message intended for Charlie about a murder on board the freighter Susan B. Jennings.
Little Miss Broadway, 1h12
Directed by Irving Cummings
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Shirley Temple, Edna May Oliver, George Murphy, Edward Ellis, Phyllis Brooks, Jimmy Durante
Roles Barbara Shea
Rating65% 3.2963853.2963853.2963853.2963853.296385
Betsy Brown is released from an orphanage into the care of Pop Shea, her parents' friend who runs a boarding house for theatrical performers. Sarah Wendling, the curmudgeon owner and next-door neighbor of the building, detests "show people" and their noise, and demands Pop pay the $2,500 back rent he owes or move out immediately. Her nephew Roger is in love with Pop's daughter Barbara and files suit against Sarah in order to gain control of the building and his inheritance, with which he plans to stage a show starring the hotel residents. Sarah questions the soundness of Roger's investment in the show, and Betsy convinces the judge to see the production before he decides the case. With the assistance of her friends, the little girl presents a lavish musical revue in the courtroom that so impresses one of the observers he offers the troupe $2,500 a week to star in his International Follies. Having had a change of heart, Sarah insists the show is worth $5,000 and convinces the impresario to double his offer. Roger and Barbara then announce their intent to wed and adopt Betsy.
Up the River, 1h15
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Preston Foster, Tony Martin, Phyllis Brooks, Slim Summerville, Arthur Treacher, Alan Dinehart, Sr.
Roles Helen Lindsay
Rating61% 3.0956553.0956553.0956553.0956553.095655
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