05 November 2006

Film and stage beauties # 16 : Jackie Gately


Reverse reads:

A series of 54, No. 40 Jackie Gately (Paradise Restaurant)

A series of real photographs now being issued with Black Cat Medium Cigarettes. Carreras Ltd (ESTD 1788) Arcadia Works, London, England.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is my grandmother!

Richard Gibson said...

Great. Can you give some background info? I recall at the time of the post doing some background searching but couldn't find very much.

Alex Kogan said...

I recently purchased a large collection of digitally mastered and restored "Soundies." (We have a very large library; see generally, www.filmsaroundtheworld.com). Unfortunately, there was no master title list, and many Soundies reiussued for the home market had the titles cut off. I am creating a catalog, and just got to a Soundie titled "The Blushing Bride" released 11/9/42 that clearly stars "Jackie Gately" doing a sort of striptease as the bride gets ready for her nuptial bed, removing her wedding gown, etc. At the end she is still wearing her undergarments, but it may have been racy for the day, at least for the intended bar audience. The picture on this site appears to be her. My guess is that she was an English aspiring actress who gave Hollywood a shot, got this one credited role, and came home after the war. Any help would be appreciated.

gary13136 said...

The picture is indeed of Jackie Gately. However, she is definitely not British; she was from Arkansas. This information I obtained from the book "Low Man on a Totem Pole" by H. Allen Smith (1941). Smith wrote about interviewing her. She had actually won a hog calling contest in Arkansas, and gave Smith a sample of a hog call during the interview. She had been picked as the most attractive girl at the Paradise Restaurant (in New York I suppose). She was about 17 at the time, and had already spent one season dancing in European night clubs, apparently chaperoned by her mother, who was also present during the interview. Until I read that part of the book, I had never heard of her or seen a picture. Smith wrote a lot of books in his career, and seemed to run into all sorts of characters. Hope this answers your query. Gary

Diana said...

I'd love to get in touch with Anonymous. I am into family genealogy, and your grandmother looks like a distant cousin.
Diana Gately

Anonymous said...

Hi, She's my mom. And what Gary said is correct, she was from Arkansas, and her career ended when she married my dad in 1942. Diana, I'd be happy to correspond with you, how may I contact you?

Anonymous said...

to Alex Kogan: i am looking for the movie " Bride stripping..." (with Jackie Gately), but with better resolution then Youtube. Perhaps somebody knows where i can acquire it... would be very kind
alex, asoko_ov@hotmail.com