French postcard in the 'Les Vedettes de Cinéma' Series by A.N., Paris, no. 112. Photo: G.L. Manuel Freres.
French postcard by Cinémagazine-Edition, Paris, no. 139. Photo: P. Apers.
French postcard by Cinémagazine-Edition, Paris, no. 515. Photo: Studio Lorelle.
French postcard by A.N., Paris, no. 665. Photo: G.F.F.A.
The Imaginary Voyage
Dolly Davis was born as Julienne Alexandrine David in Paris, France, in 1896.
She already made her first film in 1919: La bourrasque (Charles Maudru, 1919). She followed it up with Un conte de Noël/A Christmas Story (1920) and Les étrennes à travers les âges/New Year's Gifts Through the Ages (Pierre Colombier, 1920).
She was much beloved in films such as the serial Vidocq (Jean Kemm, 1922) starring René Navarre as Vidocq, Genevieve (Léon Poirier, 1923) with Pierre Blanchar, Paris (René Hervil, 1924) with Marie Bell, and Mon frères Jacques/My Brother Jacques (Marcel Manchez, 1925) with Enrique Rivero.
A highlight was the fairytale-like Le voyage imaginaire/The Imaginary Voyage (René Clair, 1925) with Albert Préjean.
Another success was Paris en cinq jours (Pierre Colombier, Nicolas Rimsky, 1926), a comedy about Americans in Paris.
With André Roanne, she appeared in La petite chocolatière/The Chocolate Girl (René Hervil, 1927) and La femme du voisin/The Neighbour's Wife (Jacques de Baroncelli, 1928).
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 933. Collection Didier Hanson.
Austrian postcard by Iris Verlag, no. 932.
French postcard by Europe, no. 299. Photo: Cinéromans / Films de France.
French postcard by Europe, no. 773. Photo: Paramount.
Belgian postcard by N.V. Universum, Antwerpen.
In the late silent era Dolly Davis also performed in various German films.
These included Fraulein Josette-meine Frau (Gaston Ravel, 1926), Tingel tangel (Gustav Ucicky, 1927) with Paul Hartmann, Verirrte Jugend/Misled Youth (Richard Löwenbein, 1928), Frauenraub in Marokko (Gennaro Righelli, 1928) opposite Vladimir Gajdarov, Die weisse Rosen von Ravensberg/The White Roses of Ravensberg (Rudolf Meinert, 1929) starring Italian diva Diana Karenne, and a film directed by actress Olga Tschechowa: Der Narr seiner Liebe/Fool For Love (1929), starring Michael Chekhov.
In 1928 Davis also played in the American silent film Lights of Paris, shot in Paris and directed by Pierre Hemp.
When sound came along, Davis starred in the French comedy Un trou dans le mur (René Barberis, 1930) with Jean Murat.
More little known French sound films followed including Gagne ta vie/Earn Your Living (André Berthomieu, 1931), Brumes de Paris/Mists of Paris (Maurice Sollin, 1932), Un train dans la nuit/A Train in the Night (René Hervil, 1934), Bichon (Fernand Rivers, 1935), and Bar du sud/Southern Bar (Henri Fescourt, 1938) starring Charles Vanel.
After the latter film, Dolly Davis retired. From then on, she dedicated her time to painting, and she died in 1962 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
French postcard. Photo: Studio Lorelle. Caption: "Si Paris vous attire, Campari vous retient."
French postcard by A.N., Paris, no. 676. Photo: Studio G.L. Manuel Frères.
French postcard by Editions Cinémagazines, no. 325. Photo: Studio G.L. Manuel Frères.
French postcard by J.R.P.R., Paris, no. 401. Photo: Studio Lorelle, Paris.
French postcard by EC (Editions Chantal), Paris, no. 77. Photo: Piaz.
Scene from Le voyage imaginaire/The Imaginary Voyage (1925). Source: Maxence Cyrin (Cinemix).
Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), CineArtistes.com, Wikipedia (French), and IMDb.