Evalyn Knapp (June 17, 1906 – June 12, 1981) was an American film actress of the late 1920s, 1930s and into the 1940s. She was a leading B-movie serial actress in the 1930s. She was the younger sister of the orchestra leader Orville Knapp (1904–1936).
Life and career
Knapp was born in 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri as Evelyn Pauline Knapp. She started acting in silent films, her first role being in the 1929 film At the Dentist's. She was cast as leading lady in Smart Money in 1931, the only film starring both Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. In 1932, Knapp was one of 14 girls, along with Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart, selected as WAMPAS Baby Stars.
Knapp achieved success in cliffhanger serials, which were popular at the time. She played the title character in the 1933 serial The Perils of Pauline. The same year, she starred, with top billing, alongside 26-year-old John Wayne in His Private Secretary, a light comedy in which Wayne portrays a playboy determined to win her over. She also appeared in Corruption that year opposite Preston Foster. One of her better known film roles was opposite Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe featuring Gene Autry in his first screen appearance, in which he sang with a bluegrass band.
In 1931, Evalyn Knapp spent several months in the hospital after she fell from a cliff during a hike with her brother, Stanley. Two vertebrae were fractured and it was necessary for her to learn to walk again, step by step.
Her brother, orchestra Leader, Orville Knapp, died in a plane crash while piloting the plane in 1936, smashing into the runway. He was 32 years old. Her brother was married to film actress Gloria Grafton (1909–1994).
She married Dr. George A. Snyder in 1934. Snyder gave her a yacht as a wedding gift, and she became one of Hollywood's leading yachtswomen and a big game fisher woman.
Following her retirement, she concentrated on her family. She and Snyder remained married until his death in 1977. On June 12, 1981, five days before her 75th birthday, Knapp died of heart disease at St. Vincent's Hospital in Los Angeles, California.
- Sinners' Holiday (1930) – Jennie Delano
- River's End (1930) – Miriam McDowell
- Mothers Cry (1930) – Jenny Williams
- 50 Million Frenchmen (1931) – Miss Wheeler-Smith
- The Millionaire (1931) – Barbara Alden
- Smart Money (1931) – Irene Graham
- The Bargain (1931) – Vorencia
- Side Show (1931) – Irene
- Taxi! (1931) – Actress in Movie Clip (uncredited)
- High Pressure (1932) – Helen Wilson
- Fireman, Save My Child (1932) – Sally Toby
- The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932) – Doris
- Madame Racketeer (1932) – Alice Hicks
- The Vanishing Frontier (1932) – Carol Winfield
- The Night Mayor (1932) – Doree Dawn
- Big City Blues (1932) – Jo-Jo (uncredited)
- This Sporting Age (1932) – Mickey Steele
- A Successful Calamity (1932) – Peggy Wilton
- Slightly Married (1932) – Mary Smith
- Bachelor Mother (1932) – Mary Somerset
- Air Hostess (1933) – Kitty King
- State Trooper (1933) – June Brady
- His Private Secretary (1933) – Marion Hall
- Corruption (1933) – Ellen Manning
- Dance Girl Dance (1933) – Sally Patter
- Police Car 17 (1933) – Helen Regan
- The Perils of Pauline (1933, Serial) – Pauline Hargrave
- Speed Wings (1934) – Mary Stuart
- A Man's Game (1934) – Judy Manners
- In Old Santa Fe (1934) – Lila Miller
- One Frightened Night (1935) – Fake Doris Waverly
- Ladies Crave Excitement (1935) – Wilma Howell
- Confidential (1935) – Maxine Travers
- The Fire Trap (1935) – Betty Marshall
- Laughing Irish Eyes (1936) – Peggy Kelly
- Three of a Kind (1936) – Barbara Penfield
- Bulldog Edition (1936) – Randy Burns
- Hawaiian Buckaroo (1938) – Paula Harrington
- Rawhide (1938) – Peggy Gehrig
- Wanted by the Police (1938) – Kathleen Murphy
- Idiot's Delight (1939) – Nurse #4 (uncredited)
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) – Reporter Asking 'What Do You Think of the Girls in This Town?' (uncredited)
- Sauce for the Gander (1940) – Secretary
- Girl in 313 (1940) – Arrested Girl
- The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance (1941) – Evelyn Jordan
- Roar of the Press (1941) – Evelyn
- Two Weeks to Live (1943) – Miss Morris, Dr. O'Brien's Secretary (uncredited) (final film role)