Gale Storm

A Biography and Career Record

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About the Book

On December 31, 1939, nationwide radio audiences listened as 17-year-old Josephine Owaissa Cottle, a Texas schoolgirl, won Gateway to Hollywood’s new talent competition. Her prize was a movie contract at RKO and a memorable stage name—“Gale Storm.” One of the United States’ most beloved entertainers, she appeared in 35 films, starred in two hit television series (one was My Little Margie) and earned a gold record for “I Hear You Knockin’.”

Drawing on interviews with family, friends and colleagues, this biography provides many unpublished details of her life and career. An annotated filmography encompasses Storm’s time at Monogram Pictures, her roles in westerns and her appearances in classics such as It Happened on 5th Avenue. Her TV career is covered, including complete production histories and episode guides.

About the Author(s)

David C. Tucker is the author of numerous books about classic film and television history. A retired public library administrator, he lives outside Atlanta, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

David C. Tucker
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 267
Bibliographic Info: 43 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7177-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3246-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix
Preface  1
I. Biography  5
II. The Films  37
III. Television  114
IV. Radio  211
V. Recordings  226
Appendix A: Soundies and Telescriptions  233
Appendix B: Gale Storm in Comics  236
Appendix C: The Films of Lee Bonnell  238
Chapter Notes  245
Bibliography  249
Index  251

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “David C. Tucker is one of McFarland’s very best authors. Not only does he write well, his research skills are impeccable.”—Classic Images
  • “A real page-turner…. Tucker specializes in the kind of exhaustive research that results in compelling storytelling…a highly engaging biography…highly recommended”—TV Party
  • “Anything and everything you need to know about her life and career are included in the book. After reading and looking through the book I felt as if I knew her”—Boyce McClain’s Collectors’ Corner.