Without a doubt, Frances Farmer has been and always will be my favorite actress. Though it's been said her finest work was in the Theatre and she despised Hollywood, ironically it is through her films that allow us to best remember her.
Below are audio clips from some of her movies and television appearances recorded in RealAudio format, unless noted. Her voice is as distinctive as her beauty. Also featured are video clips in Indeo compressed Avi format, best viewed with the current Windows media player. If you don't have it, get it here. Depending on your brower's plugins, you may need to first save the files to disk before playing.
Badlands of Dakota with Hugh Herbert
This classic western takes place in Deadwood, South Dakota and features Frances Farmer joined by an all-star cast including (a very young) Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine and Lon Chaney Jr. What can be better than watching a film with characters like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and General Custer? A must see for Frances fans!
Calamity Jane rides into town and.....grabs a beer! (My kind of gal) - 2,693k AviTemporarily removed.
Come and Get It with Mady Christians and Edward Arnold
Lotta and Karie discuss supper plans and Mr. Glasgow - 414k
Lotta and Karie discuss Mr. Glasgow's intentions - 237k
Mr. Glasgow reveals to Lotta his love for her - 435k
Ebb Tide with Ray Milland and Oscar Homolka
"Ebb Tide", though an odd film at best, was one of the first movies made in Technicolor and serves as a great opportunity to see Frances in a medium other than black and white. I get goosebumps each time I watch it.
Faith tells Herrick he's "doomed and done for!" - 1,093k Avi
Exclusive with Charlie Ruggles
Vina tells her father that he's a failure - 1,175k AviTemporarily Removed.
Flowing Gold with John Garfield
Linda tells her Dad to stay out of the bar! - 277k
Shorty Smith and his Rhythm Makers play at the dance while Linda keeps her Dad away from the bar - 463k
Rhythm on the Rangewith Bing Crosby
Jeff discovers Doris in the boxcar - 433k
Cattleman or Ladies man? - 60k
Jeff tells Doris he'd like her to stay - 233k
Frances and Bing sing "House Jack Built for Jill" - an outtake from the film - 521k
Jeff and Doris argue - 1,305k Avi
Ride A Crooked Mile with Leif Erickson
Johnny crosses the 'line of the dead' and meets Trina - 727k
Trina and Johnny sing during a dinner feast - 406k
South of Pago Pago with Abner Biberman, Douglas Dumbrille, Jon Hall
Ruby baits Ferro for information about pearls - 382k
Williams introduces Kehane to Ruby - 135k
Kehane is impressed with Ruby - 249k
Ruby, a dose of poison? - 381k Avi
The Party Crashers with Denver Pyle
Mr. and Mrs. Bickford discuss their son, Josh - 261k
Toast of New York with Edward Arnold
Jim Fisk meets Josie Mansfield - 185k
Jim and Josie get ready to paint the town - 276k
Josie sings "The First Time I Saw You" - 359k
Ed Sullivan Show
Video courtesy of Jack Randall Earles & Gerald Waters
Frances makes an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 and sings, "Aura Lee" - 1,448k .mp3 format. - Temporarily removed.
This Is Your Life
Ralph Edwards (host of This Is Your Life), Miss Belle McKenzie and Frances discuss the controversial essay, "God Dies" - 533k
Frances Farmer Presents
Video courtesy of George Snow
Frances interviews the President of Purdue University in 1963 during an intermission of her show Frances Farmer Presents. Frances performed in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Seagull", at their theatre - 1,076kTemporarily removed.
This page last updated 2000, Sep 17