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Dorothy Vaughan

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Cast (feature film)

The Merry Widow (1952) as Attendant
A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country.
The Great Caruso (1951) as Housekeeper
The legendary opera singer fights to win his place in society.
A Wonderful Life (1951) as Mrs. Stevens
Emergency Wedding (1950) as Woman patient
The Petty Girl (1950) as Maid
A cheesecake artist tries to get a college professor to pose for him.
Square Dance Katy (1950) as Ma O'Connor
Three Husbands (1950) as Maid
Chain Gang (1950) as Mrs. Briggs
A reporter gets a job as a prison guard to document inhuman conditions.
Pretty Baby (1950) as
A pair of advertising executives use a woman's child to snag a client.
Rider from Tucson (1950) as Mrs. Bridget O'Reilly
In order to make Tug Cardwell (William Phipps) sign over his rich gold claim to them, Avery (Robert Shayne), Gypsy Avery (Veda Ann Borg) and Jackson (Marshall Reed) hire Rankin (Douglas Fowley) to kidnap Tug's sweetheart Jane Whipple (Eliane Riley). Rankin hides Jane and then demands half the mine from the other crooks. Dave Saunders (Tim Holt) and Chito Rafferty (Richard Martin), friends of Tug's, find Jane and taker her to safety. The conspirators then shoot Rankin, capture Tug and force him to take them to his claim. Dave and Chito are close behind.
Home in San Antone (1949) as Mother Gibson
Manhattan Angel (1949) as Mrs. Cole
Take One False Step (1949) as Leona
Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend Martha convinces Andrew that he's a prime suspect and should investigate before he's arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a more deadly kind of danger.
Adventure in Baltimore (1949) as Mrs. Warford
A turn-of-the-century socialite joins the women''s suffrage movement.
Tell It to the Judge (1949) as Dumpy woman
To win back her husband, a divorcee pretends to be married to a loser.
Fighting Fools (1949) as Mrs. Higgins
The Bowery Boys help a boxer break up a fight-fixing gang.
The Lady from Shanghai (1948) as Old woman
A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.
The Bishop's Wife (1948) as Delia
An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track.
Luxury Liner (1948) as Stewardess
The daughter of a ship's captain becomes a sea-going cupid.
The Snake Pit (1948) as Patient
A young woman tries to recover her sanity in a corrupt mental institution.
Song of Idaho (1948) as Sara Mom
High Wall (1948) as Harriett
Psychiatry provides the key to proving a veteran flyer innocent of his wife''s murder.
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948) as Mrs. Alvin
Tom (Don Castle) and Ann (Elyse Knox) are a down-and-out dance team, and while Don seeks engagements, Ann works as an instructor at a dance academy, with Detective Judd (Regis Toomey) one of the many customers she meets. On a hot summer night Tom, awaken from his sleep, tosses his only pair of shoes out the window to quiet two noisy cats. He goes down to retrieve them and can't find them, but Ann discovers them in front of their door the next morning. A near-by recluse is found murdered in his old shack that same day while Tom finds a wallet filled with old $20 bills. Footprints, bearing an imprint like those on a tap-dancer's shoes, plus Don's new-found wealth combine to make a good circumstantial evidence case for Judd against Tom and he is convicted. On the night before his execution, Ann seeks Judd's help in proving Tom is innocent. He turns up a suspect, Kosloff (Robert Lowell), but an air-tight alibi clears him.
The Egg and I (1947) as Maid [Annie]
Newlywed city slickers decide to give country life a try as chicken farmers.
Robin Hood of Texas (1947) as Mrs. O'Brien
When the bank is robbed, Gene and the boys are singing nearby and the Chief arrests them as gang members diverting attention but lets them go thinking they will lead them to the others. Duke Mantel double-crosses the rest of the gang and with the money, accidently heads for the dude ranch where Gene is. The rest of the gang eventually show up to retrieve the money just as Gene and the boys find themselves locked in a building.
Cross My Heart (1947) as Matron
The Sea of Grass (1947) as Mrs. Hodges
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as a husband and wife on America's frontier; farmers in a "sea of grass." The wife has an affair which produces a child, and she is ostracized from the community. Meanwhile, the farmers watch helplesslly as the sea of grass is exploited until it becomes a dustbowl.
Lured (1947) as
A woman helps the police catch the serial killer who murdered her best friend.
Trail to San Antone (1947) as Mrs. Pruitt, "The Commodore"
Gene is out to help a crippled jockey when a wild stallion runs away with the speedy mare he plans for the jockey to ride, so Gene takes off in an airplane to bring them back.
The Man I Love (1947) as Lucita
A night-club singer gets involved with a mobster.
Adventure (1946) as Mrs. Ludlow
A rough-living sailor has trouble adjusting to domestic life when he marries a librarian.
The Bamboo Blonde (1946) as Mom
A nightclub singer inspires a World War II flyer who names his bomber after her.
Up Goes Maisie (1946) as Landlady
A showgirl working for an inventor battles crooks out to steal his ideas.
That Brennan Girl (1946) as Mrs. Reagan
Earl Carroll Sketchbook (1946) as Lady with mop
What a Blonde (1945) as Annie
A man defies his jealous wife to open his home to a group of chorus girls.
Those Endearing Young Charms (1945) as Matron
A soldier loses his girlfriend to his best buddy.
Ten Cents a Dance (1945) as Mrs. Hanahan
Casanova Brown (1944) as Cook
A couple on the verge of divorce learns the wife is pregnant.
Dancing in Manhattan (1944) as Mrs. Bundy
Sweet and Low-Down (1944) as Mrs. Birch
After their annual free concert at Chicago's Dearborn Settlement, Benny Goodman and his band are packing up to go to their next engagement when a kid steals Goodman's clarinet. Goodman and Popsie pursue him to a tenement flat where he has led them to hear his brother play the trombone. Shenanigans ensue following Goodman's offering the brother a job with the band.
The Mummy's Ghost (1944) as Mrs. Blake
An Egyptian high priest (John Carradine) travels to America to reclaim the bodies of ancient Egyptian princess Ananka and her living guardian mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.). Learning that Ananka^Òs spirit has been reincarnated into another body, he kidnaps a young woman of Egyptian descent with a mysterious resemblance to the princess. However, the high priest^Òs greedy desires cause him to loose control of the mummy...
Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (1944) as Mrs. Olsen
Henry and Dizzy have a baby sitting service and get more than they bargain for when the mother of a 10 month old leaves town to clear her husband of a crime.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as Kate Leary
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
It Happened Tomorrow (1944) as Woman at boardinghouse
A newspaper editor writes headlines that predict the future.
The Town Went Wild (1944) as Nurse [Irma] Reeves
The Adventures of a Rookie (1943) as Hilda
Idiot soldiers on leave get themselves trapped in an all-women''''s boarding house.
Moonlight in Vermont (1943) as Mrs. Costello
Vermont farm girl Gwen Harding (Gloria Jean) enrolls in the Devereau School of Music in New York,and makes a singing hit at a school party. She wins the attention of student Richard "Slick" Ellis (Ray Malone)and also the jealousy of Slick's girlfriend Brenda Allenby (Vivian Austin). The school is in bad financial shape and its director, Lionel Devereau (George Dolenz),is in debt. Gwen's singing teacher from Vermont, Lucy Meadows (Fay Helm), arrives at the school and Devereau, thinking she is a job applicant, hires her as his secretary. Gwen has to leave school when her Uncle Rufus (Russell Simpson)is faced with ruin on the farm because of a shortage of help. Gwen returns and her school friends volunteer to go and help in bringing in the harvest. Gwen plans to enter her pet cow Myrtle in the stock show at the Farm Jubilee but Brenda steals and hides the cow.
Hit the Ice (1943) as Nurse
Flash Fulton (Bud Abbott) and Weejie McCoy (Lou Costello) take pictures of a bank robbery. Lured to the mountain resort hideout of the robbers and accompanied by Dr. Bill Elliott (Patric Knowles) and Peggy Osborn (Elyse Knox), they also meet old friend Johnny Long (Himself) and his band and singer Marcia Manning (Ginny Simms). Dr. Elliott and Peggy are being held in a remote cabin by the robbers, but Weejie rescues them by turning himself into a human snowball that becomes an avalanche that engulfs the crooks.
The Pride of the Yankees (1943) as Landlady
Baseball legend Lou Gehrig faces a crippling disease at the height of his success.
Doughboys in Ireland (1943) as Mrs. Callahan
Keep 'Em Slugging (1943) as Mrs. Meegan
A gang of tough street kids decide to go straight and get jobs in order to free draft-age men for the war effort. However, because of their past tangles with the law, they can't find anybody who'll hire them. Finally one of them gets a job at the department store where his sister works, but runs afoul of a store executive who is in league with a ring of hijackers.
The Iron Major (1943) as Ma Cavanaugh
In this true story, Frank Cavanaugh proves himself as a football coach and a World War I hero.
Gals, Incorporated (1943) as Mrs. Jennings
"Gals, Incorporated" is a nightclub sponsored by elderly playboy Cornelius Rensington III (Leon Errol) that features Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, with all the other employees and entertainers being beautiful girls. Molly (Grace McDonald) is president of the corporation and Gwen (Harriet Hillard) is head of the executive staff. Jennifer Rensington (Minna Phillips), Cornelius' sister, threatens to cut off his share of the family income unless he settles down and gets married. The girls persuade the unwilling Molly to pose as Cornelius' wife. The sister arrives with Bill Rensington (David Bacon), Cornelius' son by a former marriage. Molly, while attracted to Bill, has to play out her role and Bill, thinking she has married his father for his money, turns his attention to Gwen, a scheming mercenary. Gwen arranges for Bill to cross the state line with her and get married, but Cornelius and the other girls catch up before the ceremony can be performed. Bill is told the truth about the hoax, and gathers Molly up in his arms.
Now, Voyager (1942) as
A repressed spinster is transformed by psychiatry and her love for a married man.
Gentleman Jim (1942) as Ma Corbett
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant (1942) as Maid in hotel
Three young surgeons vie to replace the legendary Dr. Kildare.
Men of Texas (1942) as
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) as Mrs. O'Leary
The Western hero takes on a ruthless land baron whose henchmen killed his best friend.
Wings for the Eagle (1942) as Mrs. Shaw
Dedicated aircraft workers compete for the same girl.
Lady Gangster (1942) as Jenkins
A radio broadcaster tries to reform a gangster's moll who has been sent up the river.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) as Spectator at funeral
A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family.
Nice Girl? (1941) as Woman gossip
A professor''s daughter tries to shed her nice girl image when she falls for one of his business associates.
Mob Town (1941) as Mrs. Flynn
The Strawberry Blonde (1941) as
A man''''s infatuation with a gold-digging beauty continues after his marriage.
Burma Convoy (1941) as Mrs. Hubert
Film foreword: "Through the teeming heart of Asia, halfway between Rangood and Shanghai, twists the hand-hewn Burma Road, lifeline for the embattled Army of China, headquartered at Chungking. Over this dangerous seven hundred miles of highway roars a stream of truck---hell drivers at their wheels---trucks loaded with food, munitions, guns...blood and sinew of the defenders of the ancient soil of China. Fountain-head for these vital supplies, end of the rail line from the west is the sprawling Burmese BOOMTOWN OF LASHIO." Story mostly pertains to the trucking of munitions to the Chinese Army under British direction and with some Americans participating, but there is no dialogue references to Japan, and the parachute troops who attempt to sabotage the convoy are identified as Chinese insurrectionists. Two months after its October release, Universal could have called a spade a spade.Accuracy footnote:Despite revisionists sources that seem to think so,this was not distributed in 1941 by MCA/Universal, because MCA/Universal did not exist in 1941. Universal Pictures Company did, and they were the distributor.
One Foot in Heaven (1941) as Mrs. Ehrlich
A minister and his wife cope with the problems of church life in the 20th century.
Million Dollar Baby (1941) as Customs officer
A young innocent's surprise inheritance causes problems with her poor but proud boyfriend.
Secret Evidence (1941) as Mother
Bad Men of Missouri (1941) as Mrs. Dalton
The Younger Brothers become outlaws to fight off carpetbaggers.
Unfinished Business (1941) as
Small town girl (Dunne) Meets and falls for a playboy type (Foster) on a train to New York. For him, the fling is over when they arrive, but she continues to carry a torch. She meets and marries his brother (Montgomery), a mismatch which eventually grows into real love.
Three Girls About Town (1941) as Mrs. McDougall
Sisters working at a hotel try to hide a dead body before the next convention arrives.
Go West, Young Lady (1941) as Companion
A sheriff''''s girlfriend tries to unearth the identity of a masked bandit chief.
Manpower (1941) as Mrs. Boyle
Power linemen feud over the love of a sultry nightclub singer.
Diamond Frontier (1940) as Mrs. Willem
The Old Swimmin' Hole (1940) as Mrs. Brown
The Ape (1940) as Mrs. Clifford
A mad doctor dresses as an ape to kill victims for their spinal fluid.
Kitty Foyle (1940) as Charwoman
A girl from the wrong side of the tracks endures scandal and heartbreak when she falls for a high-society boy.
The House Across the Bay (1940) as Prison wife
An aircraft designer falls for an imprisoned gangster's wife.
Hot Steel (1940) as Mrs. Morrison
Foreign Correspondent (1940) as Jones's mother
An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat.
An Angel from Texas (1940) as Mrs. Rogers
A pair of slick Broadway producers con a wealthy cowboy into backing their show.
Within the Law (1939) as Matron
A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.
Espionage Agent (1939) as Stout woman
American spies try to steal Nazi secrets from a moving train.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) as
The future president considers a political career while practicing law.
The Star Maker (1939) as Mrs. Riley
Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) as Mother
A young doctor treats a gangster and falls for the man's kid sister.
First Love (1939) as Mrs. Clinton's maid
In this reworking of Cinderella, orphaned Connie Harding is sent to live with her rich aunt and uncle after graduating from boarding school. She's hardly received with open arms, especially by her snobby cousin Barbara. When the entire family is invited to a major social ball, Barbara sees to it that Connie is forced to stay home. With the aid of her uncle, who acts as her fairy godfather, Connie makes it to the ball and meets her Prince Charming in Ted Drake, her cousin's boyfriend.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) as Midwife
The Three Musketeers rescue the king''''s unjustly imprisoned twin.
Unexpected Father (1939) as Head nurse
Jimmy Hanley (Dennis O'Keefe) learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy (Sandra Lee Henville as Baby Sandy), so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko (Mischa Auer). Theatre manager Allen Rand (Donald Briggs) threatens to fire Jimmy for neglecting his work, but Jimmy's girlfriend Diana (Shirley Ross) squares things by going to dinner with Rand over Jimmy's objections. Sandy catches measles and the quarantine causes Jimmy and Boris to miss a big audition.
Gambling Ship (1938) as Matron
Slander House (1938) as Mrs. Horton
Test Pilot (1938) as Fat woman
An irresponsible test pilot's wife and best friend try to get him to grow up.
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) as Fat woman
A singing cowboy turns out to be a tenderfoot.
Little Orphan Annie (1938) as Mrs. Milligan
Boy Meets Girl (1938) as Nurse
Two wacky Hollywood writers drive their boss crazy while trying to help a pregnant waitress.
Man-Proof (1938) as Matron
A woman refuses to give up on the man she loves, even after he marries someone else.
The Chaser (1938) as Woman auto driver
Love trips up an ambulance-chasing lawyer.
Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938) as Mrs. O'Reilly
An orphan searching for her father softens a gangster''''s heart.
Quick Money (1937) as Lyda Tompkins
A small-town mayor fights crooks set on opening a gambling resort.
Telephone Operator (1937) as Mrs. Molloy
Conquest (1937) as Innkeeper
A Polish countess sacrifices her virtue to Napoleon to save her homeland.
Black Legion (1937) as Mrs. Grogan
A disgruntled factory worker is lured into joining a secret society out to terrorize foreigners.
Hoosier Schoolboy (1937) as Miss Hodges
That Man's Here Again (1937) as Mrs. Mathews
An eccentric plays cupid for an elevator operator and a girl from Australia.
Married Before Breakfast (1937) as Mary, the cook
A madcap inventor tries to market a razor-less shaving cream.
Slim (1937) as Nurse
Electric linemen compete on the job and in love.
Michael O'Halloran (1937) as Mrs. Tolliver
Assassin of Youth (1937) as Mrs. [Mary] Barrie
A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends.
Here's Flash Casey (1937) as Mrs. O'Hara
I Married a Doctor (1936) as Nurse
An idealistic city girl moves to the country with her doctor husband.
Times Square Playboy (1936) as Mrs. Calhoun
When he comes to New York for a wedding, an out-of-towner makes trouble for all concerned.
Love Begins at Twenty (1936) as Evalina Gillingwater
A henpecked husband tries to help his daughter marry the man she loves and his wife loathes.
After the Thin Man (1936) as Charlotte
Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora''''s cousin of a murder charge.
Annapolis Farewell (1935) as Chaperone
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) as Irish matron

Cast (short)

The Incredible Stranger (1942)
This short film, set in 1893, focuses on a stranger that arrives in a small town and keeps a promise he made to his wife.
Radio Hams (1939)
This short film takes a look at amateur radio operators.
A Criminal Is Born (1938)
This short film tells the story of how a young man starts a crime spree which leads to murder.

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