A vintage torch singer who was simply a film and stage actress who appeared in musicals like Display Boat. With tone of voice lessons from her years as a child, she started gathering notice with shows across the speakeasies of Chicago. She starred as Julie LaVerne in the musical Display Motorboat both on Broadway and in two film adaptations. She was created in Danville, Illinois and remained with her mom through two failed relationships before she converted eighteen. Oscar Hammerstein, along with Jerome Kern, had written the musical Showboat, which produced her a celebrity.
|1||She became very famous in the 1920s and was popular throughout the 1930s, but she is not well-remembered today, except perhaps by musical theatre buffs. This is due partly to the fact that all her recordings date from the 1920s and 1930s and they are not often found in stores, but it is also partly due to the fact that her best and most often seen film, the 1936 version of Show Boat (1936), is not shown on television as often as it could be (the 1951 Technicolor remake, Show Boat (1951), with Ava Gardner playing Ms. Morgan's role, has been frequently shown on TV, instead). Ms. Morgan's other films are very rarely -or never- seen, so relatively few film enthusiasts are acquainted with her work.|
|2||She was spoofed in the animated cartoon The CooCoo Nut Grove (1936). In it, her animated counterpart sings "The Little Things You Used to Do" while sitting atop a piano and weeping. Before long, everyone else in the club is weeping uncontrollably and the club is on its way to becoming flooded.|
|3||Best remembered on screen as Julie in Show Boat (1936), repeating her 1927 Broadway role.|
|4||Made her talking picture debut (after uncredited appearances in two silent films) in the hastily put together prologue to the 1929 part-talking version of Show Boat (1929), in which she sang the songs she performed in the stage version, but did not actually play the role of Julie Laverne in the film. This was played by Alma Rubens. She finally got the chance to play Julie on-screen in the first all-talking film version of Show Boat (1936). Unfortunately, it was her last film. Alcoholism caused her death five years later.|
|The Gigolo Racket||1931||Short||Helen Marlowe|
|Roadhouse Nights||1930||Lola Fagan|
|Glorifying the American Girl||1929||Helen Morgan - Appearance in Revue Scenes|
|Show Boat||1929||Julie LaVerne [prologue]|
|Six Cylinder Love||1923||Extra (uncredited)|
|The Heart Raider||1923||Minor Role (uncredited)|
|Frankie and Johnnie||1936||Frankie|
|Go Into Your Dance||1935||Luana Wells|
|Sweet Music||1935||Helen Morgan|
|You Belong to Me||1934||Bonnie Kay|
|Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical||2008||Video documentary performer: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" - uncredited|
|American Pop||1981||performer: "Bill"|
|Alice Sweet Alice||1976||performer: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "Something to Remember You By"|
|The Twentieth Century||1961||TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode|
|Show Boat||1936||performer: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" 1927, "Bill" 1927 - uncredited|
|Frankie and Johnnie||1936||performer: "Give Me a Heart to Sing To" - uncredited|
|Go Into Your Dance||1935||"The Little Things You Used to Do" 1935, uncredited / performer: "The Little Things You Used to Do" 1935 - uncredited|
|Sweet Music||1935||performer: "I See Two Lovers" - uncredited|
|Marie Galante||1934||performer: "Serves Me Right for Treating You Wrong"|
|The Gigolo Racket||1931||Short performer: "Nobody Breaks My Heart", "I Know He's Mine" - uncredited|
|Glorifying the American Girl||1929||performer: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" 1929 - uncredited|
|Applause||1929||performer: "What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?" - uncredited|
|Show Boat||1929||performer: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" 1927, "Bill" 1927 - uncredited|
|Screen Snapshots, Series 14, No. 1||1934||Documentary short||Herself|
|Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II||2012||TV Movie documentary||Julie La Verne|
|Broadway: The American Musical||2004||TV Mini-Series documentary||Julie LaVerne|
|Biography||1996||TV Series documentary||Julie LaVerne in 'Show Boat'|
|The Show Boat Story||1989||TV Movie documentary||Julie LaVerne (clip from 1936 film of "Show Boat") (uncredited)|
|Musical Comedy Tonight III||1985||TV Movie||Julie La Verne|
|American Pop||1981||Singer in Raided Nightclub (uncredited)|
|The Twentieth Century||1961||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Golden Twenties||1950||Documentary||Herself|
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