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Ruth McDevitt started off on the popular sitcom "Mister Peepers" (featuring the situational and physical comedy of a high school science teacher). She was also a scene-stealer as the gun-slinging Grandma Effie Hanks on the short-lived series "Pistols 'n' Petticoats." This Western-themed sitcom was popular, but after the death of one of the stars, Ann Sheridan (Warner Bros.'s red-haired bombshell, dubbed "The Oomph Girl" by her fawning male fans), "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" was canceled after only one season. McDevitt went on to star in "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," a series about a newspaper reporter solving (often supernatural) mysteries. Actor Darren McGavin played the reporter Kolchak, whose only friend was a fellow columnist played by McDevitt. Again, the show was popular with home audiences, but nevertheless was not renewed for a second season. The premise of the show--a lone man searching for answers and beset on all sides by skeptics (with the exception of one woman, in this case McDevitt)--was in many ways an inspiration for "The X-Files," a long-running UFO (and monster) conspiracy show that came to television almost two decades later.

Ruth McDevitt started off on the popular sitcom "Mister Peepers" (featuring the situational and physical comedy of a high school science teacher). She was also a scene-stealer as the gun-slinging Grandma Effie Hanks on the short-lived series "Pistols 'n' Petticoats." This Western-themed sitcom was popular, but after the death of one of the stars, Ann Sheridan (Warner Bros.'s red-haired bombshell, dubbed "The Oomph Girl" by her fawning male fans), "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" was canceled after only one season. McDevitt went on to star in "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," a series about a newspaper reporter solving (often supernatural) mysteries. Actor Darren McGavin played the reporter Kolchak, whose only friend was a fellow columnist played by McDevitt. Again, the show was popular with home audiences, but nevertheless was not renewed for a second season. The premise of the show--a lone man searching for answers and beset on all sides by skeptics (with the exception of one woman, in this case McDevitt)--was in many ways an inspiration for "The X-Files," a long-running UFO (and monster) conspiracy show that came to television almost two decades later.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 One of My Wives Is Missing (1976) Mrs Foster
2.
 Man on the Outside (1975) Stella Daniels
3.
 My Father's House (1975) Anna
4.
 Abduction of Saint Anne, The (1975) Sister Patrick
5.
 Homebodies (1974) Mrs Loomis
6.
 Mixed Company (1974) Miss Bergquist
7.
 Skyway to Death (1974) Aunt Louise
8.
 Winter Kill (1974) Mildred Young
9.
 Girl Most Likely To..., The (1973) House Mother
10.
 The War Between Men and Women (1972) Elderly woman
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