Martha Sleeper (1910–1983)

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On stage from the age of seven, Martha Sleeper began on screen in her early teens as a comic actress for Hal Roach. After her successful debut in the independently produced farce The Mailman (1923), she found herself cast in a series of child comedies with Buddy Messinger and a brace of one- and two-reel shorts opposite Charley Chase with titles ... See full bio »

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Penthouse Sue Leonard
Broken Dreams Martha Morley
Midnight Mary Barbara Mannering


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 1945 The Bells of St. Mary's
Mary Gallagher - Patsy's mother
 1936 Four Days Wonder
Nancy Fairbrother
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Constance Hyde
 1935 Two Sinners
Elsie Summerstone
 1935 The Scoundrel
Julia Vivian
 1935 Great God Gold
Marcia Harper
 1934 West of the Pecos
Ril Lambeth
 1934 Tomorrow's Youth
Ellen Hall
 1934 Hollywood Party
Show Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Spitfire
Eleanor Stafford
 1933 Broken Dreams
Martha Morley
 1933 Bombshell
Lola's Hair Stylist (uncredited)
 1933 Penthouse
Sue Leonard
 1933 Midnight Mary
Barbara Mannering
 1933 The Secret of Madame Blanche
Chorus Girl Who Hears 'My Country Tis of Thee' (uncredited)
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress
Party Girl (uncredited)
 1932 Huddle
Barbara Winston
 1931 Confessions of a Co-Ed
 1931 A Tailor Made Man
 1931 Ten Cents a Dance
Nancy Clark
 1931 Girls Demand Excitement
Harriet Mundy
 1930 War Nurse
 1930 Madam Satan
Fish Girl
 1930 Our Blushing Brides
Evelyn Woodforth
 1929 The Air Legion
 1928 Taxi 13
Flora Mactavish
 1928 Danger Street
 1928 The Little Yellow House
Emmy Milburn
 1928 Skinner's Big Idea
 1928 Should Tall Men Marry? (Short)
Martha Skittle
 1928 Pass the Gravy (Short)
 1927 Flaming Fathers (Short)
 1927 Fighting Fathers (Short)
 1927 Love 'em and Feed 'em (Short)
Martha, a stenographer
 1927 The Way of All Pants (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1927 Yale vs. Harvard (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1927 Fluttering Hearts (Short)
 1927 Jewish Prudence (Short)
Rachel Gimplewart
 1927 The Honorable Mr. Buggs (Short)
The Fiancée
 1926 Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes (Short)
Co-ed (uncredited)
 1926 Bromo and Juliet (Short)
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1926 Should Husbands Pay? (Short)
The Flirt's Wife
 1926 Crazy Like a Fox (Short)
The Bride
 1926 Merry Widower (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1926 Along Came Auntie (Short)
Marie, the Maid
 1926 Thundering Fleas (Short)
 1926 Never Too Old (Short)
 1926 Long Fliv the King (Short)
Princess Helga of Thermosa
 1926 Don Key (Son of Burro) (Short)
 1926 Say It with Babies (Short)
Hector's Wife
 1926 Mum's the Word (Short)
The Nervous Little Girl (uncredited)
 1926 Baby Clothes (Short)
Leggy lady
 1926 Ukulele Sheiks (Short)
 1926 Dizzy Daddies (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1926 Madame Mystery (Short)
 1926 Your Husband's Past (Short)
 1926 What's the World Coming To? (Short)
The Butler
 1926 A Punch in the Nose (Short)
 1925 Hold Everything (Short)
 1925 Laughing Ladies (Short)
 1925 Should Sailors Marry? (Short)
Smyrna - Verbena's Daughter
 1925 Better Movies (Short)
Teenaged 'Vamp'
 1925 There Goes the Bride (Short)
 1925 Tame Men and Wild Women (Short)
 1925 Innocent Husbands (Short)
Girl at Party (uncredited)
 1925 Sherlock Sleuth (Short)
Hotel Telephone Operator
 1925 Sure-Mike! (Short)
 1925 Wild Papa (Short) (uncredited)
 1925 Big Red Riding Hood (Short)
The Maid, Book Store Clerk
 1925 Are Husbands Human? (Short)
 1925 Are Husbands Necessary? (Short)
 1925 Bad Boy (Short)
Jimmie's Girl Friend
 1925 Plain and Fancy Girls (Short)
 1925 The Rat's Knuckles (Short)
Flirty McFickle
 1924 The Royal Razz (Short)
 1924 Every Man for Himself (Short)
Lady with rings around her eyes
 1924 Too Many Mammas (Short)
The Apache Dancer
 1924 Should Landlords Live? (Short)
 1924 Low Bridge (Short)
Martha - Buddy's Sweetheart
 1924 Outdoor Pajamas (Short)
Girl with Runaway Pony
 1924 Sweet Daddy (Short)
 1924 Seeing Nellie Home (Short)
 1924 A Ten-Minute Egg (Short)
Mrs. Dugan
 1924 Budding Youth (Short)
 1924 Please, Teacher! (Short)
 1924 Trailing Trouble (Short)
 1924 Happy Days (Short)
 1924 The Racing Kid (Short)
 1923 The Mailman
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Save Me the Waltz (1938). Comedy. Written by Katharine Dayton. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Directed by Robert B. Sinclair. Martin Beck Theatre: 28 Feb 1938- Mar 1938 (closing date unknown/8 performances). Cast: Reginald Bach, Leslie Barrie, Leo G. Carroll (as "King Frederick IV"), Arthur Chatterdon (as "Von Bethmann"), Mady ... See more »

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During the mid 1950s she owned a boutique in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The shop was "Martha Sleeper Creates" at 101 Fortaleza St. She created dresses, pocket books and other items. During this time she also acted in the Little Theater of Puerto Rico, at one time playing the lead in "The Heiress". See more »

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