Stunning redhead Arlene Dahl was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 11, 1928 (some sources list 1925 as her year of birth). Early on, Dahl cultivated an interest in acting, and after completing high school she supported herself by working as a department store model. By the mid 1940s, she had made her way to Broadway, and in 1946 she signed a contract with Warner Bros. Her tenure at Warners was short-lived, with her only role coming in the 1947 release My Wild Irish Rose. However, the following year she went to MGM, where she was soon cast in such films as A Southern Yankee (1948; with Red Skelton and Brian Donlevy) and No Questions Asked (1951; with Barry Sullivan).

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LEFT: Late 1940s MGM publicity photo. CENTER and RIGHT: Beautiful cheesecake shots

Married six times, Arlene Dahl's most famous husbands were the first two: Lex Barker (1951-1952) and Fernando Lamas (1954-1960). Dahl's marriages have produced three children, including actor Lorenzo Lamas.

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LEFT: With first husband Lex Barker in 1952. RIGHT: With second husband Fernando Lamas in 1957

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Inside Straight (1951)

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With David Brian in Inside Straight

Desert Legion (1953)

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Stills from the Universal-International adventure flick Desert Legion

Woman's World (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Arlene Dahl and Van Heflin

With Van Heflin in Woman's World

Slightly Scarlet (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Rhonda Fleming and Arlene Dahl

With Rhonda Fleming in the film noir thriller Slightly Scarlet

Wicked as They Come (1956)

Arlene Dahl and Philip Carey

Dahl as the ruthless Kathy Allen in Wicked as They Come. Also pictured is Philip Carey

Kisses for My President (1964) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Arlene Dahl and Fred MacMurray

Dahl puts the moves on Fred MacMurray in the farce Kisses for My President

Land Raiders (1969) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Arlene Dahl and George Maharis

Struggling with George Maharis in Land Raiders

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Arlene Dahl graces the cover of this 1954 magazine

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Although she was still in demand as an actress, Dahl virtually abandoned her acting career in the late 1950s for the business world. Beginning in 1951, she had written a popular syndicated beauty column. Later in the 1950s, she took it a step further and started a highly successful company that marketed cosmetics and lingerie. In the 1960s and 1970s, she took on relatively few acting roles; however, when her cosmetics company went under in the early 1980s, she went back to acting, taking a recurring role on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. In the early 1990s, Dahl once again retired from the screen, this time to write an astrology column.

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So You Wanna Be In Pictures? [DVD] DVD
Topping this collection of starstruck movie shorts is a 1947 entry from the popular ``Joe McDoakes'' series, starring George O'Hanlon as an inept Hollywood hopeful. Also included are ``Calling All Girls,'' a casting plea from Warner Bros.; the celebrity-laden cartoon, ``Hollywood Steps Out''; and Lustre Creme TV ads with Joan Bennett, Arlene Dahl and others. 45 min.
My Wild Irish Rose [DVD](1947) DVD
The life of famed tenor Chauncey Olcott is the subject of this musically charged biopic. The film follows Olcott's (Dennis Morgan) rise to stardom, from his humble beginnings in minstrel shows to Broadway and his success as a composer, as well as his relationships with actress Lillian Russell (Andrea King) and hometown girl Rose Donovan (Arlene Dahl). Songs include the title tune, "Mother Machree," "One Little, Sweet Little Girl," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and more. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Life With Father [DVD](1947) DVD
Beloved comedy set in turn-of-the-century New York and starring William Powell as the stern but loving head of the Day family. Irene Dunne is his devoted (and long-suffering) wife; with Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Lydon, Martin Milner. 118 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; scene access. Plays All Regions.
A Southern Yankee [DVD](1948) DVD
Bellhop Red Skelton becomes a reluctant spy behind Confederate lines, and finds time to romance Southern belle Arlene Dahl, in this hilarious Civil War comedy. Includes the classic scene of Red walking in the midst of a battlefield with a blue-gray uniform (one of several gags supplied by an uncredited Buster Keaton). With Brian Donlevy, John Ireland. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Bride Goes Wild [DVD](1948) DVD
A very proper and family-minded June Allyson is hired to illustrate the books of popular children's author "Uncle Bumps," but is ready to quit upon learning the writer is hard-drinking womanizer Van Johnson. Eager to get her to stay, Johnson pretends to be a widower and hires an orphan to pose as his son. Hume Cronyn, Arlene Dahl, and Jackie "Butch" Jenkins co-star in this romantic romp. 98 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Black Book (Restored Version) [DVD](1949) DVD
Director Anthony Mann gives a noirish look to this historical thriller set in 1790s France. Robert Cummings is an ally of the exiled General Lafayette seeking a book of names that can end the bloody regime of revolutionary leader Robespierre. Richard Basehart and Arlene Dahl also star. AKA: "Reign of Terror." 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Black Book [DVD](1949) DVD
Lavish and exciting historical epic about the quest for a book containing important information sought by both peasants and aristocrats during the French Revolution. Robert Cummings, Arlene Dahl and Richard Hart star; directed by Anthony Mann ("Winchester '73"). AKA: "Reign of Terror." 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
Scene Of The Crime [DVD](1949) DVD
Investigating the murder of a fellow detective, Mike Conovan (Van Johnson) discovers that his colleague was secretly involved with a bookie. This clue plunges the determined copper into an even more crooked caper involving the assault of bookmakers all over town, an all-consuming case that eventually crazes Conovan's wife (Arlene Dahl). Just the facts: This crackling noir co-stars Gloria DeHaven, Jerome Cowan. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Classic Musicals From The Dream Factory [DVD] DVD
Five-disc set includes "Till the Clouds Roll By," "Ziegfeld Follies," "Summer Stock," "Three Little Words," and "It's Always Fair Weather."
Ambush [DVD](1950) DVD
Robert Taylor stars in this action-packed western as a scout recruited by the U.S. Cavalry to guide a search party through Apache territory on a mission to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a general. In the untamed Arizona wilderness, Taylor finds himself competing with the cavalry unit's captain (John Hodiak) for the affections of the abducted woman's beautiful sister (Arlene Dahl). Don Taylor, Jean Hagen co-star in director Sam Wood's ("Kings Row") final film. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Outriders (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1950) DVD
A wagon train transporting a stash of Union gold from Santa Fe to St. Louis is protected by a trio of tough escorts. Or is it? Actually, the men are Confederate soldiers with orders to lead the wagons into a trap and steal the loot. Taken with a pretty passenger (Arlene Dahl), one of the rebels (Joel McCrea) has a crisis of conscience and begins to have second thoughts about his mission. Barry Sullivan, Claude Jarman, Jr., James Whitmore also star in this sprawling western tale. 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Three Little Words [DVD](1950) DVD
Another fine musical bio from MGM stars Fred Astaire and Red Skelton as songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Numbers include "Who's Sorry Now?," "I Wanna Be Loved by You," "Thinking of You" and the title tune. Vera-Ellen, Keenan Wynn, Debbie Reynolds co-star. 102 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English, French; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; featurette; theatrical trailer.
Watch The Birdie [DVD](1950) DVD
The focus is on laughs when news cameraman Red Skelton accidentally films a construction scam while covering a building's dedication ceremony, and has to run for his life from the crooks. Slapstick shutterbug caper also stars Arlene Dahl, Ann Miller, Leon Ames, and Skelton as his own father and grandfather; remade from Buster Keaton's "The Cameraman." 70 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Woman's World [DVD](1954) DVD
Faced with having to appoint a new second-in-command, a Detroit auto magnate (Clifton Webb) determines the best way he can understand the makeup of the top candidates (Fred MacMurray, Van Heflin, Cornel Wilde) is to get to know their respective wives (Lauren Bacall, Arlene Dahl, June Allyson). Telling look at boardroom politics co-stars Elliott Reid, Alan Reed; Jean Negulesco directs. 94 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Slightly Scarlet [DVD](1955) DVD
Intriguing film noir drama (and one of the few of that genre to be shot in color) stars John Payne as a hood working for big-city crime boss Ted de Corsia. Sent to dig up incriminating information on a reform-minded mayoral candidate, Payne falls for the politician's secretary, redhead Rhonda Fleming, and decides to turn in his boss...if he lives that long. With Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor; based on a James L. Cain novel. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; theatrical trailer; scene access.
Deadly Dames: Film Noir Collector's Set [DVD] DVD
Three-disc boxed set includes "Blonde Ice," "Slightly Scarlet," and "The Naked Kiss."
She Played With Fire [DVD](1957) DVD
An insurance investigator (Jack Hawkins) rekindles his relationship with an ex-girlfriend (Arlene Dahl) after her husband (Dennis Price) perishes in a fiery blaze. Will the heat generated by the resumption of their love affair--plus the introduction of blackmail--consume both of them in a deadly conflagration that ends in murder? British noir, based on a Winston Graham novel, co-stars Ian Hunter, Violet Farebrother. AKA: "Fortune Is a Woman." 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); English Dolby Digital mono.
Journey To The Center Of The Earth (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray](1959)
The action and thrills go deep--very deep--in this revamping of the Jules Verne tale, as rival bands of explorers encounter strange animals, underground oceans, and fiery volcanoes below the planet's surface. James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, and Thayer David star. 130 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio, DTS HD stereo Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH); audio commentary; isolated music score; theatrical trailer.
Journey To The Center Of The Earth [DVD](1959) DVD
Action and fantasy deep inside the Earth from the novel by Jules Verne. James Mason, Diane Baker, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl and Thayer David star, as a small band of explorers finds strange animals, underground oceans and fiery volcanoes below the planet's surface. 130 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
Kisses For My President [DVD](1964) DVD
Funny farce starring Polly Bergen as the first female Chief Executive and Fred MacMurray as her "first man." Can their marriage survive, not only their unusual situation, but mounting political pressures and South American dictator Eli Wallach, whose romantic advances towards Bergen could cause--or possibly avert--an international incident? With Arlene Dahl, Edward Andrews. 113 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Land Raiders [DVD](1969) DVD
Action-packed Western saga with Telly Savalas as an Indian-hating landowner who attempts to take over territory owned by the Apaches. When the Apache decide to reclaim their turf, Savalas finds himself in trouble. George Maharis, Arlene Dahl co-star. 101 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Japanese.
Night Of The Warrior [DVD](1991) DVD
Photographer Lorenzo Lamas pays off a loan to a sleazy fight promoter by entering a brutal martial arts tournament, but when he refuses to fight a Thai kickboxing champ, the promoter kidnaps his girlfriend and frames him for murder. Time to get even. All-out actioner co-stars Kathleen Kinmont, Arlene Dahl and Anthony Geary. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English stereo; trailer.
Broadway: The Golden Age [DVD](2003) DVD
Filmmaker Rick McKay presents this astonishing documentary tribute to the Great White Way. Focusing on Broadway shows and superstars from the 1940s through the 1960s, McKay assembles an assortment of some of the greatest talents ever to grace the stage as they fondly remember the performances that have passed into legend. Includes rare archival footage and appearances by Jerry Orbach, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Marlon Brando, Elaine Stritch, Angela Lansbury, Arlene Dahl, and many more. AKA: "Broadway: The Movie." 111 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary; audio commentary; bonus footage.


Night of the Warrior (1991) with Lorenzo Lamas
Deadly Dream (1971) with Lloyd Bridges, Janet Leigh, Carl Betz, Leif Erickson, Don Stroud, Yvonne Gilbert, Richard Jaeckel, and Salome Jens
The Road to Katmandu (1969) with Elsa Martinelli
Land Raiders (1969) with George Maharis, Telly Savalas, Jocelyn Lane, and Guy Rolfe
Les Poneyttes (1967) with Corinne Clery
Kisses for My President (1964) with Fred MacMurray and Polly Bergen
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) with Pat Boone, James Mason, and Diane Baker
She Played with Fire (1957) with Christopher Lee
Wicked as They Come (1956) with Philip Carey
Slightly Scarlet (1956) with John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, and Lance Fuller
Bengal Brigade (1954) with Rock Hudson
Woman's World (1954) with Van Heflin, Cornel Wilde, and Lauren Bacall
The Diamond Queen (1953) with Michael Ansara, Fernando Lamas, and Gilbert Roland
Jamaica Run (1953) with Ray Milland and Wendell Corey
Here Come the Girls (1953) with Bob Hope and Rosemary Clooney
Sangaree (1953) with Fernando Lamas
Desert Legion (1953) with Alan Ladd and Richard Conte
Caribbean (1952) with John Payne
Inside Straight (1951) with David Brian, Mercedes McCambridge, and Lon Chaney Jr.
No Questions Asked (1951) with Barry Sullivan, Jean Hagen, and Mari Blanchard
The Outriders (1950) with Joel McCrea and Barry Sullivan
Watch the Birdie (1950) with Red Skelton and Ann Miller
Three Little Words (1950) with Fred Astaire and Red Skelton
Ambush (1949) with Robert Taylor and John Hodiak
Reign of Terror (1949) with Robert Cummings and Richard Basehart
Scene of the Crime (1949) with Van Johnson
A Southern Yankee (1948) with Red Skelton, Brian Donlevy, and John Ireland
The Bride Goes Wild (1948) with Van Johnson and June Allyson
My Wild Irish Rose (1947) with Dennis Morgan, Andrea King, and George O'Brien

One Life to Live, long-running ABC daytime drama. Dahl portrayed Lucinda Schenck Wilson from 1981-1984.
Opening Night, 1958 TV series. Dahl served as the host of this dramatic anthology.
Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, 1953-1955 TV Series. Dahl served as the host of this anthology series during the 1953 season.

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