Actress Peggie Castle was born in Virginia on December 22, 1927.
Peggie Castle is a favorite here at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings. She had a relatively brief career, spanning the late '40s to the early '60s, but her strong screen presence brought a little something extra to many Westerns and crime films.
1953 was an especially good year in her filmography, with three very different roles: John Payne's faithless wife in 99 RIVER STREET; a gorgeous shrink who tries to seduce Mike Hammer in I, THE JURY; and a squatter's daughter who dreams of finer things in the Western COW COUNTRY. All three films are very entertaining, the more so because of her performances.
Castle also starred with John Russell and Peter Brown in one of my favorite TV Westerns, LAWMAN (1959-62).
Jake Hinkson wrote a detailed article on Castle's career and troubled private life for the Film Noir Foundation.
Peggie Castle died of cirrhosis in 1973, just 45 years old. A sad end at far too young an age, but her work continues to be appreciated by those who love film noir and Westerns.
Peggie Castle films which have been reviewed here at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: BUCCANEER'S GIRL (1950), AIR CADET (1951), PAYMENT ON DEMAND (1951), WAGONS WEST (1952), I, THE JURY (1953), COW COUNTRY (1953), 99 RIVER STREET (1953), TWO-GUN LADY (1955), TALL MAN RIDING (1955), HELL'S CROSSROADS (1957), and THE COUNTERFEIT PLAN (1957).
Update: I've now posted a review of SON OF BELLE STARR (1953).
Update: And here's a review of Season 2 of LAWMAN.