biographyBorn La Raine Johnson on October 13, 1920, in Roosevelt, Utah (some sources cite 1917 as her year of birth), actress Laraine Day moved with her family to southern California as a child. Day took an interest in acting as a teenager and joined the Long Beach Playhouse in the mid 1930s and entered films after being spotted by a talent scout at the age of 16. Her first role was a small, uncredited part in the tearjerker Stella Dallas (1937; with Barbara Stanwyck and John Boles). In 1938, she signed with RKO and was the female lead in three westerns: Border G-Man (1938; with George O'Brien), Painted Desert (1938; with George O'Brien), and Arizona Legion (1939; with George O'Brien). During these early films, Day was billed under her real name, Laraine Johnson, but when she signed with MGM in 1939, she changed her last name. MGM immediately put Day to work in its successful Dr. Kildare series, casting her as the doctor's love interest in Calling Dr. Kildare (1939; with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, and Nat Pendleton). Day stayed with the series through Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941; with Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore) when her character, Nurse Mary Lamont, was killed off. Day became frustrated during her tenure at MGM with the roles offered to her. Beyond the Dr. Kildare films, the studio rarely used her, instead loaning her out to other studios, most often RKO, until her contract lapsed in 1945. Her best roles came when she was loaned out for Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940; with Joel McCrea and George Sanders) and for Paramount's adventure The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944; with Gary Cooper and Signe Hasso).
LEFT: Early 1940s MGM photo of Laraine Day. CENTER A: With second husband Leo Durocher and actor Spencer Tracy at a baseball game in the mid 1950s. CENTER B: From a July 1955 episode of the ABC panel/game show The Name's the Same. RIGHT: Glamorous shot of Day during her television heyday in the late 1950s
the films of laraine day
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940)
Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)
With Robert Young, Lionel Barrymore, and Lew Ayres in Dr. Kildare's Crisis, the seventh film in the MGM series
Unholy Partners (1941)
Journey for Margaret (1942)
Bride by Mistake (1944)
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
With Gary Cooper in the big-budget Paramount adventure The Story of Dr. Wassell. This was Day's first color film
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
Lana Turner, Susan Peters, and Laraine Day are newly enlisted WAC's in the MGM wartime comedy Keep Your Powder Dry. This was Day's last film for MGM
The Locket (1946)
The Woman on Pier 13 (1949)
Without Honor (1949)
LEFT: Laraine Day is blackmailed by Dane Clark, her sleazy brother-in-law, in the then-controversial noir drama Without Honor. RIGHT: Franchot Tone is Day's lover
Toy Tiger (1956)
From the Universal-International comedy Toy Tiger with Jeff Chandler and Tim Hovey
Follow the Sun (1961-1962 ABC TV Series)
With Diane Jergens in a March 1962 episode of ABC's adventure series Follow the Sun titled Not Aunt Charlotte!
later yearsDay acted relatively little from the early 1960s onward, preferring instead to raise her children. Her last films were the late noir The 3rd Voice (1960; with Edmond O'Brien and Julie London) and the made-for-television thiller Murder on Flight 502 (1975; with Dane Clark and Hugh O'Brian). She was more active on television, however, taking occasional guest-star roles on The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Murder, She Wrote. Widowed in 2007, Day moved to Utah to live out her remaining days with one of her daughters. Sadly, she passed away on November 10, 2007, at the age of 87. She was survived by three daughters, a son, her twin brother Lamar, and many grandchildren.
Greatest Classic Films Collection: Tarzan, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Two-disc set includes "Tarzan, The Ape Man" (1932), "Tarzan and His Mate," "Tarzan Escapes," and "Tarzan Finds a Son!"
Crime Does Not Pay: The Complete Shorts Collection (1935-1947) [DVD] DVD
Learn what happens when you buck the law in this enduringly popular series of impressively mounted mini-melodramas produced by M-G-M over 1935-47, on which many notable directors and performers cut their professional teeth. All 50 shorts in the series--including such Academy Award winners and nominees as "The Public Pays" (1936), "Torture Money" (1937), "They're Always Caught" (1938), "Drunk Driving" (1939), "Forbidden Passage" (1941), "A Gun in His Hand" (1945), and "The Luckiest Guy in the World" (1947)--are presented in a six-disc set. 16 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Secret Of Dr. Kildare [DVD](1939) DVD
Years before TV, dedicated young medico James Kildare and his irascible mentor, Dr. Gillespie, were played by Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore in a popular film series. In this, the third installment, Kildare tries to cure an heiress's psychosomatic blindness while convincing Gillespie to take a much-needed vacation. Helen Gilbert, Laraine Day also star. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.
I Take This Woman [DVD](1940) DVD
While on an ocean liner headed for the U.S. from Europe, doctor Spencer Tracy saves the life of would-be suicide Hedy Lamarr. Tracy falls for the beautiful woman and steers his practice toward society types in order to please her, but her continuous fascination for former husband Kent Taylor leaves him disgruntled. Sophisticated soaper also stars Jack Carson. 102 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case [DVD](1940) DVD
Accepting a position at a prestigious research hospital, Dr. Kildare (Lew Ayres) strives to save a mental patient suffering from a stranger disorder through experimental brain surgery. Compelling entry from the drama series also stars Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day. 77 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Bad Man Of Brimstone (1937)/The Bad Man [DVD](1941) DVD
First, Wallace Beery is "The Bad Man of Brimstone," who discovers that his latest robbery victim is his own son (Dennis O'Keefe), a boxer who eventually allies himself with local law enforcement as a tax collector. When the two meet again, Beery finds himself unable to battle his own flesh and blood. Virginia Bruce, Bruce Cabot co-star. Next, Beery is "The Bad Man" Pancho Lopez, a notorious Mexican bandit out to repay a debt he owes to a rancher (Ronald Reagan) who once saved his life. Lopez soon takes aim at the villainous "loan fish" trying to foreclose on the property. Based on the Porter Emerson Browne play first filmed in 1923; Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day co-star. 159 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Journey For Margaret [DVD](1942) DVD
Sensitive, true-life WWII drama finds U.S. journalist Robert Young and pregnant wife Laraine Day faced with tragedy when she is injured and loses her baby in a London air raid. Their dream of a family seems impossible, until Young meets two orphans and brings them back to America. Fay Bainter and Margaret O'Brien also star in this classic weepie. 81 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Mr. Lucky [DVD](1943) DVD
The ultra-suave Cary Grant is the owner of a floating casino, but just managing to keep his head above water. He plans to bilk a war-relief charity to make some quick cash, but gets more than he bargained for when he falls for the beautiful and virtuous Laraine Day and has an unexpected rush of honesty. Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper co-star in this stylish comedy. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Bride By Mistake [DVD](1944) DVD
Norah Hunter (Laraine Day) is a fabulously well-heeled woman who switches places with her secretary Sylvia (Marsha Hunt) in an effort to weed out potential suitors who are only after her money. The plan may backfire when Norah falls for a handsome Army Air Corps officer (Alan Marshal) who appears to have his eye fixed on Sylvia. Allyn Joslyn, Edgar Buchanan co-star in this delightful romantic comedy from "Desk Set" scripters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. 81 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Keep Your Powder Dry [DVD](1945) DVD
In order to get her hands on her family's fortune, a spoiled heiress (Lana Turner) must first prove she's mature and responsible. She enlists in the WACs with the intention of quitting once she has the money but finds herself forging unexpected friendships with two fellow recruits--an army brat (Laraine Day) and a young woman (Susan Peters) who joined up to be close to her soldier husband. With Agnes Moorehead, Natalie Schafer, June Lockhart. 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Locket [DVD](1946) DVD
Obsessed with a locket from her childhood, a mysterious woman entices the men she encounters into helping her steal jewels--ruining their lives along the way. As she prepares to marry one of her suitors, the crimes of her past begin to catch up with the troubled beauty. Laraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, and Gene Raymond star. 86 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Tycoon [DVD](1947) DVD
Epic drama stars John Wayne as a two-fisted engineer who's hired to build a railroad in South America's rugged Andes Mountains. While locking horns over safety concerns with his unethical boss, he finds his job even more complicated when he falls for the man's beautiful daughter. With Laraine Day, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson, and Anthony Quinn. 129 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; bonus shorts "Hollywood Wonderland" (1947), "Red Hot Rangers" (1947); theatrical trailer.
My Dear Secretary [DVD](1948) DVD
The battle of the sexes has never been funnier than in this zany screwball comedy focusing on skirt-chasing author Kirk Douglas. After hiring business-savvy bombshell Laraine Day to be his personal secretary, Douglas finds his carefree life complicated when she moves into his busy bachelor pad. When a book written by Day becomes a bestseller, the pair find themselves engaged in a riotous rivalry. With Keenan Wynn, Rudy Vallee, Helen Walker. 94 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Comedy Classics, Vol. 5 [DVD] DVD
Long before "Private Benjamin," there was Jo McBain (Rosalind Russell), a high society woman who joins the Army, only to find military life isn't quite as easy as she expected, in "Never Wave at a WAC" (1952). Sparkling comedy co-stars Marie Wilson, Paul Douglas. Also includes "Nothing Sacred," "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy," and "My Dear Secretary."
Without Honor [DVD](1949) DVD
A neglected housewife (Laraine Day) accidentally kills her lover (Franchot Tone) during an argument and stashes his body in her laundry room. But Day's problems are just beginning as her sleazy brother-in-law (Dane Clark) learns of her affair and blackmails her and she discovers that Tone isn't really dead after all. Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett also star in this offbeat drama. 67 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
The Woman On Pier 13 [DVD](1949) DVD
San Francisco shipping company executive Robert Ryan's past as a Communist Party activist on the docks comes back to haunt him in this early Cold War drama, as scheming Red leader Thomas Gomez blackmails him so that he'll help cause a crippling labor strike. Laraine Day plays Ryan's wife; with John Agar, Richard Rober. AKA: "I Married a Communist." 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The High And The Mighty [DVD](1954) DVD
The Oscar-winning progenitor of the airborne disaster film genre features a memorable turn by John Wayne as a veteran airline pilot unable to overcome surviving a crash which killed his wife and child. Serving as co-pilot to brash rival Robert Stack on a Honolulu-San Francisco passenger flight that sustains a midair emergency, Wayne must try to safely land the damaged plane before the fuel runs out. Co-stars Laraine Day, John Howard, David Brian, Jan Sterling, and Claire Trevor; William Wellman directs. 148 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo Surround; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; featurettes; theatrical trailers; premiere footage; photo gallery. Two-disc set.
Murder On Flight 502 [DVD](1975) DVD
A transatlantic flight becomes a trip into terror when a passenger is killed and the murderer waits, undiscovered, for his next victim. Thriller stars Robert Stack, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Molly Picon and Sonny Bono. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; filmographies; photo gallery.
Return To Fantasy Island [DVD](1978) DVD
"De plane" is landing once more on Mr. Roarke's tropical paradise, bringing a bevy of guests eager to live out their fantasies in this "Fantasy Island" telefilm that served as the second pilot for the series. Join Roarke and his faithful sidekick Tattoo as they welcome such guests as a couple seeking to meet the daughter they gave up for adoption, a businesswoman who is desired by one of her employees, and a young married amnesiac. Ricardo Montalban, Herve Villechaize, Adrienne Barbeau, and Joseph Cotten star. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
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Murder on Flight 502 (1975) with Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Dane Clark, Fernando Lamas, George Maharis, Farrah Fawcett, and Hugh O'Brian
The 3rd Voice (1960) with Edmond O'Brien and Julie London
Swiss Family Robinson (1958) with Patty Duke, Dennis Hopper, and Walter Pidgeon
Three for Jamie Dawn (1956) with Ricardo Montalban, Richard Carlson, and June Havoc
Toy Tiger (1956) with Jeff Chandler, Tim Hovey, Richard Haydn, Cecil Kellaway, and David Janssen
The High and the Mighty (1954) with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Robert Stack, Jan Sterling, Phil Harris, David Brian, Paul Kelly, John Howard, and William Campbell
Without Honor (1949) with Dane Clark, Franchot Tone, Agnes Moorehead, and Bruce Bennett
The Woman on Pier 13 (1949) with Robert Ryan, John Agar, Janis Carter, and William Talman
My Dear Secretary (1948) with Kirk Douglas, Keenan Wynn, Helen Walker, Rudy Vallee, Alan Mowbray, and Irene Ryan
Tycoon (1947) with John Wayne, Cedric Hardwicke, Judith Anderson, James Gleason, Anthony Quinn, and Grant Withers
The Locket (1946) with Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, Gene Raymond, and Ricardo Cortez
Those Endearing Young Charms (1945) with Robert Young, Ann Harding, Anne Jeffreys, Lawrence Tierney, and Bill Williams
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945) with Lana Turner, Susan Peters, Agnes Moorehead, Natalie Schafer, Jess Barker, and June Lockhart
Bride by Mistake (1944) with Alan Marshal, Marsha Hunt, Allyn Joslyn, and Edgar Buchanan
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) with Gary Cooper, Signe Hasso, Dennis O'Keefe, Paul Kelly, and Barbara Britton
Mr. Lucky (1943) with Cary Grant and Charles Bickford
Journey for Margaret (1942) with Robert Young, Fay Bainter, Nigel Bruce, and Margaret O'Brien
Fingers at the Window (1942) with Lew Ayres and Basil Rathbone
A Yank on the Burma Road (1942) with Barry Nelson and Keye Luke
Kathleen (1941) with Shirley Temple, Herbert Marshall, and Gail Patrick
Unholy Partners (1941) with Edward G. Robinson, Edward Arnold, Marsha Hunt, and Don Beddoe
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, and Red Skelton
The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Bonita Granville, Red Skelton, Tom Conway, and Chick Chandler
The Bad Man (1941) with Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Ronald Reagan, Tom Conway, and Chill Wills
The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941) with Robert Young, Tom Conway, John Litel, Marsha Hunt, and Marjorie Main
Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1941) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Young, and Nat Pendleton
Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Gene Lockhart, and Nat Pendleton
Foreign Correspondent (1940) with Joel McCrea, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, and Edmund Gwenn
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Shepperd Strudwick, and Nat Pendleton
And One Was Beautiful (1940) with Robert Cummings, Jean Muir, and Billie Burke
My Son, My Son! (1940) with Madeleine Carroll, Brian Aherne, and Louis Hayward
I Take This Woman (1940) with Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr, Kent Taylor, Jack Carson, and Marjorie Main
The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, and Nat Pendleton
Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) with Johnny Weissmuller, Maureen O'Sullivan, Johnny Sheffield, and Henry Wilcoxon
Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) with Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Lana Turner, and Nat Pendleton
Sergeant Madden (1939) with Wallace Beery and Alan Curtis
Arizona Legion (1939) with George O'Brien, Chill Wills, and Glenn Strange
Painted Desert (1938) with George O'Brien
Border G-Man (1938) with George O'Brien
Scandal Street (1938) with Lew Ayres and Edgar Kennedy
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Murder, She Wrote, episode Death Stalks the Big Top: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired September 28 and October 5, 1986
Hotel, episode Second Offense, originally aired October 30, 1985
Airwolf, episode Eruption, originally aired April 6, 1985
Lou Grant, episode Hollywood, originally aired December 17, 1979
Fantasy Island, episode The Wedding, originally aired November 3, 1979
The Love Boat, episode Marooned/The Search/Isaac's Holiday: Part 1, originally aired September 16, 1978
Fantasy Island, episode Return to Fantasy Island, originally aired January 20, 1978
Medical Center, episode Broken Image, originally aired September 24, 1973
The Sixth Sense, episode The Heart That Wouldn't Stay Buried, originally aired January 22, 1972
The F.B.I., episode Gamble with Death, originally aired October 19, 1969
The Name of the Game, episode The Taker, originally aired October 4, 1968
Wagon Train, episode The Cassie Vance Story, originally aired December 23, 1963
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Billy Jo?, originally aired November 8, 1963
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, episode Death and the Joyful Woman, originally aired April 12, 1963
The New Breed, episode A Motive Named Walter, originally aired May 8, 1962
Follow the Sun, episode Not Aunt Charlotte!, originally aired March 25, 1962
Checkmate, episode To the Best of My Recollection, originally aired December 27, 1961
Moment of Fear, episode Cage of Air, originally aired September 9, 1960
Playhouse 90, episode Dark as the Night, originally aired June 18, 1959
Rendezvous, episode Alone, originally aired December 6, 1958
The Loretta Young Show, episode Man in a Hurry, originally aired December 15, 1957
Pursuit, episode Tiger on a Bicycle, originally aired October 12, 1958
Schlitz Playhouse, episode Bitter Parting, originally aired October 25, 1957
Climax!, episode Walk a Tightrope, originally aired July 18, 1957
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Torn, originally aired May 29, 1957
Lux Video Theatre, episode Possessed, originally aired February 28, 1957
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Women Who Dared, originally aired November 14, 1956
Playhouse 90, episode Rendezvous in Black, originally aired October 25, 1956
Lux Video Theatre, episode Now, Voyager, originally aired October 4, 1956
Celebrity Playhouse, episode Tomorrow We May Part, originally aired April 10, 1956
Screen Directors Playhouse, episode Prima Donna, originally aired February 1, 1956
Screen Directors Playhouse, episode The Final Tribute, originally aired November 16, 1955
The Loretta Young Show, episode A Pattern of Deceit, originally aired December 4, 1955
The Loretta Young Show, episode Slander, originally aired October 30, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Too Old for Dolls, originally aired February 24, 1955
Lux Video Theatre, episode Double Indemnity, originally aired December 16, 1954
The Ford Television Theatre, episode The Legal Beagles, originally aired November 25, 1954
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Turn Back the Clock, originally aired April 1, 1954
Lux Video Theatre, episode Call Me Mrs., originally aired March 11, 1954
The Ford Television Theatre, episode Double Bet, originally aired November 26, 1953
Lux Video Theatre, episode Women Who Wait, originally aired August 20, 1953
G.E. True Theater, episode Hired Mother, originally aired March 22, 1953
The Ford Television Theatre, episode So Many Things Happen, originally aired December 18, 1952
Lux Video Theatre, episode It's a Promise, originally aired September 10, 1951
Lux Video Theatre, episode Column Item, originally aired April 9, 1951
Nash Airflyte Theatre, episode The Crisis, originally aired February 1, 1951
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