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Also Known As: Died: December 24, 1955
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Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Frigid Wife (1962) as Mrs. Brown
The Private War of Major Benson (1955) as Mother Redempta
An outspoken officer is forced to take charge of a military school.
About Mrs. Leslie (1954) as Mrs. McKay
An aging woman recalls the affair that consumed her life.
Geraldine (1954) as Dean Blake
The Outcast (1954) as Mrs. Banner
Bright Victory (1952) as Mrs. Nevins
A blinded veteran struggles to adjust to peacetime life.
Only the Valiant (1951) as Mrs. Drumm
Capt. Richard Lance (Gregory Peck) is unjustly held responsible, by his men & girlfriend, for an Indian massacre death of beloved Lt. Holloway. Holloway (Gig Young) is killed while escorting a dangerous Indian chief to another fort's prison. The chief escapes. Knowing their fort is in danger of Indian attack, Lance takes a small group of army misfits to an abandoned nearby army fort to defend a mountain pass against the oncoming Indian assault. Their mission is to stall for time until reinforcements from another fort arrive. The men in this small group of malcontents, deserters, psychopaths & cowards all hate Capt. Lance & wish him dead. Much to their chagrin, the men recognize that Lance's survival instincts, military knowledge & leadership are the only chance the group has of staying alive.
Follow the Sun (1951) as Sister Beatrice
The Du Pont Story (1951) as Elizabeth du Pont
Harvey (1950) as Mrs. Chumley
A wealthy eccentric prefers the company of an invisible six-foot rabbit to his family.
Key to the City (1950) as Mrs. Cabot
Two mayors meet and fall in love during a convention in San Francisco.
A Modern Marriage (1950) as Mrs. Brown
Let's Dance (1950) as Mrs. Bryant
Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a way according to the customs of her dead husband's class.
Three Secrets (1950) as Supervisor
A five-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash in the mountains of California. When the newspapers reveal the boy was adopted and that the crash occurred on his birthday, three women begin to ponder if it's the son each gave up for adoption. As the three await news of his rescue at a mountain cabin, they recall incidents from five years earlier and why they were forced to give up their son.
The Blonde Bandit (1949) as Mrs. Henley
Hideout (1949) as Sybil Elwood Kaymeer
Ladies of the Chorus (1949) as Mrs. Adele Carroll
A one-time burlesque star tries to shield her daughter so she can marry a nice young man.
The Kissing Bandit (1949) as Nun
A timid young man is forced to follow in his father's footsteps as a notorious masked bandit.
State Department File 649 (1949) as Peggy Brown
The Lady Gambles (1949) as Mrs. ["Ducky"] Stevenson
When Joan Boothe accompanies husband-reporter David to Las Vegas, she begins gambling to pass the time while he is doing a story. Encouraged by the casino manager, she gets hooked on gambling, to the point where she "borrows" David's expense money to pursue her addiction. This finally breaks up their marriage, but David continues trying to help her.
Reaching from Heaven (1948) as Mrs. [Kay] Bradley
Stage Struck (1948) as Mrs. Howard
A murder spurs an investigation into the dark and twisted world of mobster racketeer¿s.
The Return of October (1948) as Therese
An heiress discovers her racehorse is the reincarnation of her rich uncle, back to win the Kentucky Derby.
Inner Sanctum (1948) as Mrs. [Thelma] Mitchell
Eyes of Texas (1948) as Hattie Waters
A ranch owner (Francis Ford) turns his place into a home for boys who have lost their fathers in World War II. His evil female lawyer (Nana Bryant) covets the ranch and works in cahoots with Ford's long-lost nephew and a pack of killer dogs to get it. U.S. Marshal Roy Rogers puts an end to her plans.
Lady at Midnight (1948) as Lydia Forsythe
Dangerous Years (1948) as Miss Templeton
Jeff Carter has put an end to the town's delinquency with a boys' club. Young hoodlum Danny shows up and influences teenagers Doris, Willy and Leo. They hang out at a juke joint where Eve (one of Marilyn's first bit parts) works. When Jeff tries to stop a robbery planned by Danny, he is killed and Danny goes on trial.
The Perfect Marriage (1947) as Corinne Williams
Jenny (Loretta Young) and Dale Williams (David Niven) have been married ten years and parents of a nine-year-old daughter, "Cookie" Williams (Nona Griffith.) They live well, have separate careers, are surrounded by sophisticated friends, and are afflicted with overattentive in-laws on each side. Celebrating their tenth anniversary,this, of course, means it is time to tell each other they want a divorce from each other. They talk about it. They talk to their friends about it. The friends and in-laws talk to them and to each other and to anyone who will listen about it.
The Unsuspected (1947) as Mrs. White
The producer of a radio crime series commits the perfect crime, then has to put the case on the air.
The Big Fix (1947) as Mrs. Carter
Ken Williams (James Brown), a star basketball player on a college team learns that a police lieutenant (Regis Toomey) is the head of a gambling ring attempting to fix basketball games by bribing the players. With the aid of some of his ex-GI buddies, he exposes the gamblers.
Millie's Daughter (1947) as Mrs. Cooper Austin
Her Husband's Affairs (1947) as Mrs. Winterbottom
An ad man fights off his wife''''s attempts to help him market an embalming fluid that doubles as a hair remover.
The Fabulous Joe (1947) as Mrs. Belmont
To quote a Marine D.I. in San Diego or John Wayne in several movies, "Listen up, we ain't going to plow this ground twice." In 1947, Hal Roach made a film called "Curly", which was an expanded version of 1930's "Our Gang" short "Teacher's Pet", with Frances Rafferty and Larry Olsen taking the roles played by June Marlowe and Jackie Cooper in the original short. Hal Roach also made a film called "The Fabulous Joe", basically about a drunk, a talking dog, gangsters and Marie Wilson running around in her skivvies. The two films, intended as bottom-half of a double feature, were released about two weeks apart, with "Curly" going out first. "The Fabulous Joe" came about two weeks later. At the same time, the two films were stitched together and offered, with the combined running time of 112 minutes, to exhibitors who didn't play double features. The film listed on this page, "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival", is the result. "Curly" was an attempt by Hal Roach, who no longer owned the rights to "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals") to create a version of "Our Gang" with a new set of kids, which would be known as "Curly and His Gang", and would be feature-length films in Cinecolor. "Curly" was the first one in the series and was followed in 1948 by "Who Killed "Doc" Robbin" with the same kids from "Curly" playing the same roles. Later, "Curly" and "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin" were packaged together as "The Adventures of Curly and His Gang" for theatres and later sold to televison, and there are sources who keep adding the adult cast from the "Doc Robbin" film (Don Castle, Virginia Grey, Claire DuBrey, Paul Hurst and others)incorrectly to the cast of "Curly." The fun part of "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival" is that it is comprised of two films that are about as opposite of each other as films can be. "The Fabulous Joe" is a screwball comedy filled with double entendre dialogue and scenes and as "Adult" as a film of the 40's could be and still get PCA approval. "Curly", as mentioned, is "Our Gang" updated and in color.
Big Town (1947) as Mrs. Crane
The initial entry in the Pine-Thomas series based on the "Big Town" radio series finds Steve Wilson (Philip Reed) as a newly-hired managing editor brought on board to liven up "The Illustrated Press" newspaper. He runs into problems with two of the paper's star reporters, Lorelei Kilbourne (Hillary Brooke) and Pete Ryan (Robert Lowery), when his aggressive demands that they employ a yellow journalism type of reporting to build circulation, and they both resign to work for another newspaper. Wilson begins to realize that while his type of journalism does build circulation, it has also brought ruin and disgrace to some innocent victims. Lorelei and Pete are brought back by Wilson with his promise that "The Illustrated Press" will become a crusader against evil.
The Virginian (1946) as Mrs. Woods
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
The Runaround (1946) as Mrs. Mildred Hampton
Maverick private eyes Kildane and Quayle leave a large agency to work on their own. Their first assignment (pirated from the old firm): retrieve eloping heiress Penelope competition with their former boss Prentiss. Kildane finds Penelope with surprising ease and keeps her one jump ahead of Prentiss with assorted difficulties, but can he avoid a romantic complication with his lovely charge?
Black Market Babies (1945) as Grace Andrews
This George Morris story (screenplay by George Wallace Sayre) was based on an article that appeared in "Woman's Home Companion" and later reprinted in "Reader's Digest." Eddie Condon (Kane Richmond), a two-bit racketeer, teams up with an alcoholic doctor, Judson (Ralph Morgan), to set up a maternity home with free facilities to expectant mothers, with the proviso that the women sign away all rights to their new-borns. The babies are then offered for adoptation to couples willing to make a substantial "contribution" to the home. Things go well for this borderline within-the-law business until a baby is still-born. Conden had already sold the baby for $5,000 and has no intention of returning the money, so he substitutes the child of the sister (Teala Loring) of his wife (Jayne Hazard). There is a slip-up on the filing of the certificates and the District Attorney's office gets involved.
Brewster's Millions (1945) as Mrs. Gray
A veteran has to spend $1 million in two months to inherit a fortune.
The Song of Bernadette (1945) as Convent mother superior
A French peasant girl''s visions of the Virgin Mary create controversy as pilgrims flock to her small town for healing.
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) as Mrs. H. Davenport Drew
In this remake of Grand Hotel, guests at a New York hotel fight to survive personal tragedy.
Jungle Woman (1944) as Miss Gray
Paula the ape woman (Acquanetta) is alive and well, and running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher (J. Carrol Naish), also reverting to her true gorilla form every once in a while to kill somebody.
Can't Help Singing (1944) as Mrs. Carstairs
A senator''''s daughter follows her boyfriend in the days of the California gold rush.
Take It or Leave It (1944) as Miss Burke
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944) as Nurse
A spoiled rich girl refuses to let marriage interfere with man-chasing.
Bathing Beauty (1944) as Dean Clinton
A songwriter enrolls in an all-girl school to court a pretty gym teacher.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as Mrs. Langdon
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
Get Going (1943) as Mrs. Daugherty
Best Foot Forward (1943) as Mrs. Dalyrimple
A movie star wreaks havoc when she accepts an invitation to a military academy dance.
The West Side Kid (1943) as Constance Winston
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) as Mrs. Novotny
When a Nazi officer is assassinated, Czech patriots band together to protect his killer.
Princess O'Rourke (1943) as Mrs. Mulvaney
A flying ace's romance with a princess creates diplomatic problems.
Get Hep to Love (1942) as Aunt Addie
Youth on Parade (1942) as Agatha Frost
Madame Spy (1942) as Alicia Rolf
Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) as Mrs. Marshall Todwell
A wheelchair-bound doctor fights off a homicidal maniac.
Thunder Birds (1942) as Mrs. Blake
A veteran flyer and the youngster he''''s training fall for the same girl.
Thieves Fall Out (1941) as Martha Matthews
A young man tries to rescue his grandmother from kidnappers.
The Corsican Brothers (1941) as Mme. Dupre
Siamese twins, separated in infancy, join forces to avenge their parents' murder.
Public Enemies (1941) as Emma
One Foot in Heaven (1941) as Mrs. Morris
A minister and his wife cope with the problems of church life in the 20th century.
The Reluctant Dragon (1941) as Mrs. Benchley
Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to pitch an idea for a cartoon.
Nice Girl? (1941) as Mary Peasley
A professor''s daughter tries to shed her nice girl image when she falls for one of his business associates.
A Little Bit of Heaven (1940) as Mom [Loring]
If I Had My Way (1940) as Marian Johnson
A construction worker takes charge of the daughter of a fellow worker killed in an accident. He brings the girl to New York to try to find her uncle. When he finds him, he discovers that the uncle has spent his life savings on a restaurant that turns out to be a worthless dive. He's determined to help the girl and her uncle make the restaurant a success.
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) as Mrs. [Meg] Harper
Three naval cadets graduate and help each other find jobs.
Espionage Agent (1939) as Mrs. Corvall
American spies try to steal Nazi secrets from a moving train.
Our Neighbors--the Carters (1939) as Louise Wilcox
Parents on Trial (1939) as Margaret Ames
Street of Missing Men (1939) as Muriel Putnam
Father Is a Prince (1939) as Susan Bower
An industrialist values money over his family''''s happiness.
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938) as Mrs. Peck
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) as Mrs. Thatcher
An orphan in 1850 Missouri gets into a variety of scrapes, including a murder mystery.
Midnight Intruder (1938) as Mrs. Reitter
Mad About Music (1938) as Lousie Fusenot
A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she has to produce him. Interesting things happen as she talks a visiting Englishman into helping her out.
Out West with the Hardys (1938) as Dora Northcote
A small-town judge takes his family on a western vacation so he can help a friend negotiate water rights.
Man-Proof (1938) as Meg Swift
A woman refuses to give up on the man she loves, even after he marries someone else.
Always in Trouble (1938) as Mrs. Darlington
Sinners in Paradise (1938) as Mrs. Franklin Sydney
A seaplane departs for China. On board are a nurse escaping a loveless marriage to do work with refugees, a woman hoping to surprise her estranged son, a wealthy heiress trying to distance herself from labor troubles, an oily politician, a moll and a mobster fleeing the wrath of the gangs they've double-crossed, two rival munitions salesmen out to cash in on the misery of war, and a fresh-faced young steward. Caught in a course-altering storm, a crash-landing destroys the plane, kills the plane's officers, and tosses the surviving passengers into the sea. They are washed ashore on an isolated island inhabited solely by mysteriously reclusive Mr. Taylor and his servant, Ping. Until Taylor decides if, how and when he will allow them to take his boat back to China for help, this disparate band must work together, change their self-centered ways, and examine their motives for wanting to escape from the island and their pasts.
Swing Sister Swing (1938) as Hyacinth [Beebee]
Broadway press agent Nap Sisler (Ken Murray) sees a chance to make a national hit with a new dance, "The Baltimore Bubble", created by Greenvale filling-station attendant Johnny Bennett (Johnny Downs). Nap promotes dance instructor Professor L. Orlando Beebee (Ernest Truex) out of $500 to bring Johnny, his dancing partner Snookie Saunders (Kathryn Kane, formerly known as Katherine "Sugar" Kane but not in this film), and Greenvale grocery clerk and hot trombonist Satchel-Lips Peters (Eddie Quillan) to New York. Introduced at a night club by bandleader Ted Weems, the trio is a hit. The Greenvale trio begin a theatre tour with their dance, now a national sensation. The craze soon dies out and Johnny stays in New York to try for another chance at fame with a dancer, Nona (Edna Sedgwick), while the other two return to Greenvale. The new act soon flops and Johnny returns to Greenvale and is met by Snookie, Satchel-Lips and the town band, who escort him to a new and lavish service station built with the money earned from "The Baltimore Bubble."
Give Me a Sailor (1938) as Mrs. Brewster
A series of romantic complications ensue between two brothers in the U.S. Navy and two sisters.
The League of Frightened Men (1937) as Agnes Burton
Let's Get Married (1937) as Mrs. Willoughby
Counsel for Crime (1937) as Mrs. Maddox
Law school graduate Paul Maddox (Douglass Montgomery), adopted son of Senator Robert Maddox (Thurston Hall), accepts an offer to join the law firm of William "Bill" Mellon (Otto Kruger), brilliant but unscrupulous criminal attorney. Mrs. Maddox (Nana Bryant) is actually Paul's real mother, although neither the Senator nor Paul know it, and Bill Mellon is his father. Yes, it is one of "those" plots. Paul is at first critical of Mellon's sharp practices, but he relents when Ann McItyre (Jacqueline Wells, long before she ever thought about being Julie Bishop) convinces him it's all within the law, a fact most law school graduates would have learned in law school. Gambler Georgie Evans (Stanley Fields) comes to Mellon and tells him he has just killed Harrison, another underworld character, and insists it was in self defense. Mellon coaches Evans in how to tell his story to the police, then sends him to police headquarters to give himself up, and then assigns Paul to follow up on the case. While Evans and Paul are on separate routes to the police station, Evans stops by Harrison's and kills him under circumstances corresponding with Mellon's fool-proof alibi version already supplied before the act. Truly a good example of why it is best to consult an attorney before committing a rash act. Mellon learns of this post-dated action but, for a large sum of money from Evans, agrees to have his firm represent him and assigns Paul the task. Paul, of course, wins Evans an acquital. Paul later learns that the killing was committed after Evans had retained Mellon and quits the firm. Paul's moral snit does not extend past the point of allowing his adopted-father's influence getting him appointed Assistant District Attorney. Paul begins a probe against malpractice in the law profession, and Mellon hires Mitchell (Marc Lawrence) to dig up scandal on state officials sponsoring the probe. Mitchell does this even better than Mellon anticipated, especially when he comes back with the truth about Paul actually being Mrs. Maddox' own son. When Mitchell refuses to give up the papers with the proof, he and Mellon struggle and Mitchell dies from a shot from his own gun. Mellon is charged with murder and Paul is the prosecutor. Will Paul send his real Pa to jail for life?
A Dangerous Adventure (1937) as Marie Wall
The Devil Is Driving (1937) as Mrs. Sanders
The Blackmailer (1936) as Mrs. Lindsay
The King Steps Out (1936) as Louise
A young woman saves her sister from marriage to an emperor that she doesn''''t love.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) as Ethel Stevenson
A woman's two lives as small-town innocent and author of torrid romances collide.
Pennies From Heaven (1936) as Miss Howard
A singer gets mixed up with a grieving family and a haunted house.
You May Be Next! (1936) as Miss Abbott
Meet Nero Wolfe (1936) as Sarah Barstow
Lady of Secrets (1936) as Aunt Harriet
The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) as Mrs. Schuyler
A criminal has plastic surgery done to change his identity but loses his memory during the operation.
Guard That Girl (1935) as Sarah
Unknown Woman (1935) as Aunt Mary
A female undercover agent tracks down bond thieves.
A Feather in Her Hat (1935) as Lady Drake
A female shopkeeper sacrifices everything to give her son a theatrical career.
One Way Ticket (1935) as Mrs. Bourne
The Lone Wolf Returns (1935) as Aunt Julie
Atlantic Adventure (1935) as Mrs. [Julia] Van Dieman
An ace reporter tracks the man who killed the D.A. to an ocean liner.
Crime and Punishment (1935) as Madam
A young student murders for money then tries to escape his guilt and a brilliant detective.

Cast (short)

Goodbye, Miss Turlock (1947)
This Oscar-winning short film has an adult looking back at his childhood where he was taught by a stern teacher in a one-room school.
Old Hickory (1940)
This short film presents four key incidents in the public life of Andrew Jackson. Vitaphone Release 9590-9591.
The Flag of Humanity (1940)
This short film focuses on how Clara Barton helped found the American Red Cross. Vitaphone Release 9889-9890.
Alice in Movieland (1940)
When a beauty queen tries to make it in Hollywood, she learns stardom comes at a price in this short film. Vitaphone Release 88-89A.
Lincoln in the White House (1939)
This short film chronicles Abraham Lincoln''''s presidency, from his inauguration through his delivery of the Gettysburg Address. Vitaphone Release 9023-9024.

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