Twinkle Watts

Active - 1943 - 1946  |   Genres - Western, Action

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

Blonde and often sporting pigtails and an attitude, Republic Pictures' Twinkle Watts was one of two overly precocious child-actresses haunting low-budget series Westerns in the early to mid-'40s (the other was Monogram's Sugar Dawn). A former figure skater, the ten-year or so Watts was added to the cast in the final four Don "Red" Barry Westerns from (1943-1944). When the studio decided to elevate Barry to Grade-A pictures, Watts (along with comic sidekick Wally Vernon) was assigned to the new Allan Lane series. Hired as a belated answer to 20th Century Fox's precocious Jane Withers, Watts was not popular with the mostly juvenile B-Western audiences, who wanted their action free of children who were seemingly having a better time than they were. As a consequence, she was unceremoniously dropped by Republic after her sixth film with Lane, 1945's Trail of Kit Carson.

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