Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Previously Unidentified: Helen Servis

by Frank Reighter

Helen Louise Servis was born October 11, 1908 to Leland Brookins Servis (b. Aug. 6, 1873 - d. July 25, 1959) and Helen Long Servis (b. May 16, 1883 - d. Jan. 30, 1976). She had an older brother, Robert Mitchell Servis (b. May 7, 1905 - d. Dec. 19, 1993), and a sister, Dorothy (b. c 1908 - d. unknown).

Servis in Spook Louder (1943)
Helen attended Los Angeles High School in the late 1920's, and Angeles Junior College in the early 1930's.

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Helen was in 13 films (which did not include Spook Louder) from 1936 until 1953. Mostly they were bit parts.

She was featured in All American Blondes (1939), an Andy Clyde Columbia short where she was a lady basketball player. She was also in the classic The Snake Pit (1948), where she played an inmate named "Miss Servis". She was in an episode of the Gene Autry TV Show in 1951. She played Hortense Appleby in Heir to the Lazy L.

Helen never married. She died June 4, 1983 in Newport Beach (Orange County), California.

Special thanks to Greg Hilbrich and Hal Erickson for identifying Helen as the lady in "Spook Louder".

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