Actor Joe E. Brown was born on July 28, 1891 in Holgate, Ohio. He was an American actor and comedian, remembered for his amiable screen persona, comic timing, and enormous smile. He quickly shot to stardom after appearing in the first all-color all-talking musical comedy, On with the Show (1929). He starred in a number of lavish Technicolor Warner Brothers musical comedies including: Sally (1929), Hold Everything (1930), and Song of the West (1930)," Going Wild (1930)". By 1931, Joe E. Brown had become such a star that his name began to appear alone above the title of the movies in which he appeared. Other notable film credits include Fireman, Save My Child (1932), Elmer, the Great (1933), Alibi Ike (1935) Son of a Sailor (1933), A Very Honorable Guy (1934), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Polo Joe (1936).
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On July 28, 1934, actress Marie Dressler died. She was born Leila Marie Koerber on November 9, 1868 in Canada. She was one of the top box office draws of the early 1930’s. Her self-styled image as the frumpy, matronly, ugly duckling in many of her films allowed her to soar to the heights of stardom that would culminate with an Academy Award for best actress in 1931. Dressler began her career in film in 1914 in a Mack Sennett comedy entitled, Tillie’s Punctured Romance. Appearing with her in this film were two yet unknown actors, Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand, who would go on to fame of their own.