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Also Known As: Died: December 20, 1958
Born: April 26, 1887 Cause of Death: cerebral hemorrhage
Birth Place: Wandsworth, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952) as Woman in Episode one
Seven stories celebrate the glorious diversity of American life.
Scaramouche (1952) as Isabelle de Valmorin
In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend's murder.
My True Story (1951) as Madame Rousseau
A female jewel thief tries to help the police capture a master criminal.
In Old Amarillo (1951) as Granny Adams
A drought is about to end the cattle business. The owner of a canning factory wants to buy all the remaining cattle cheap. He plans to ruin the cattlemen's plans to ship water by train and to seed the clouds for rain. Roy is sent by a packing house to investigate.
Bannerline (1951) as Mrs. Margaret Trimble
An idealistic small-town reporter tries to fight corruption.
Guilty of Treason (1950) as Mother Mindszenty
Bunco Squad (1950) as Jessica Royce
Police try to get the goods on a phony seance racket.
Hills of Oklahoma (1950) as Kate Carney
In this remake of Gene Autry's 1942 "Call of the Canyon", Rex Allen (Rex Allen), the newly-elected head of the cattleman's association, is driving the combined herds of the ranchers to the nearest railhead when he runs into trouble. The drive is stopped by Brock Stevens (Robert Karnes), whose father is a power in the meat-packing industry, and whose ownership of the railroad spur line enables him to deal ruthlessly with the local ranchers. Rex and the other ranchers are elated when Brock agrees to pay fair-market price for the cattle until they learn the exorbitant loading fees he charges will eat up their profits. The only alternative is to drive the herd to the main line railroad at Big Bow, but to do so means Brock will crack down on them for the $10,000 feed bill they owe his company. Rex starts to Tulsa to borrow the needed money, after ending a move by Hank (Trevore Bardette), the lone dissenter among the ranchers and actually in league with the Stevens crowd. Brock sends his foreman, Webb (Lane Bradford), to stop Rex and his sidekick Jigg (Fuzzy Knight) and when this fails, Brock contacts his father, Charles Stevens (Robert Emmett Keane) in Tulsa. Whens the elder Stevens learns that Rex is appealing to Kate Carney (Elizabeth Risdon), owner of a rival packing company, he sets a plan in action to undermine Rex's appeal for a loan.
The Secret Fury (1950) as Dr. Twining
A mysterious figure tries to stop a woman's marriage by driving her mad.
The Milkman (1950) as Mrs. [Laura] Carter
Roger Bradley, son of a milk magnate, isn't allowed to work for his dad's company because of a lingering war trauma: in moments of stress he quacks like a duck. Desperate to escape from idleness, he gets a job with his father's arch-rival, sponsored by eccentric milkman Breezy Albright, and promptly falls in love with the boss's daughter. But his career as a milkman soon degenerates into slapstick.
Sierra (1950) as Aunt Susan
Ring Hassard and father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who turns out to be a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards; but others would prefer them dead.
Down Dakota Way (1949) as Dolly Paxton
Rancher H. T. McKenzie (Roy Barcroft) is informed by veterinarian George Fredericks (Emmett Vogan) that his cattle are carriers of the hoof-and-mouth disease and must be destroyed. McKenzie hires Steve Paxton (Byron Barr) to kill the vet and steal his report. Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers) and the Riders of the Purple Sage (Foy Willing, Darol Rice, George Bamby and Al Sloey) on their way to the Cheyenne Rodeo, detour through Sun Rock so that Roy can visit his old schoolteacher Dolly Paxton (Elisabeth Risdon), Steve's stepmother. Roy becomes involved in the chase of Steve by Sheriff Holbrook (Montie Montana). Ruth Shaw (Dale Evans) tells Roy that the schoolboard has fired Dolly because of Steve, and that she has turned into a crushed and bitter woman still willing to defend her stepson. Roy discovers a McKenzie calf with symptoms of hoof-and-mouth which puts him on the trail of McKenzie.
Bodyguard (1948) as Gene Dysen
A cop on suspension is framed for murder.
Sealed Verdict (1948) as Mrs. Cora Hockland
The Bride Goes Wild (1948) as Mrs. Carruthers
A womanizing author of children's books borrows a son to woo his illustrator.
High Wall (1948) as Mrs. Kenet
Psychiatry provides the key to proving a veteran flyer innocent of his wife''s murder.
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) as Mary Nolan
A young woman uses scientific research to trap a man into marriage.
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) as Emily Baggett
A farmer's daughter falls in love with a man who fought against her family in the Civil War.
The Egg and I (1947) as Betty's mother
Newlywed city slickers decide to give country life a try as chicken farmers.
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) as Mrs. Hills
Repressed passions and shameful secrets destroy a New England family.
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) as Mrs. Pritchard
In the late 1800s, Miss Pilgrim, a young stenographer, or typewriter, becomes the first female employee at a Boston shipping office. Although the men object to her at first, she soon charms them all, especially the handsome young head of the company. Their romance gets sidetracked when she becomes involved in the Women's Suffrage movement.
Life with Father (1947) as Mrs. Whitehead
A straitlaced turn-of-the-century father presides over a family of boys and the mother who really rules the roost.
The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946) as Catherine Walsh
Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as "Cactus" Kate Taylor
To get the Delaney ranch Cole's henchman Anders has started a phony range war between the cattlemen and sheepmen. After killing Delaney, he tries to kill his daughter Jill and then Roy who was sent to investigate the war. But the failed attempts gives Roy the information he needs.
Lover Come Back (1946) as Ma
Kay Williams, an executive with Styles, Inc., is true to her absent husband Bill despite much harassment for dates from co-workers. But when Bill finally returns from Europe, it becomes increasingly evident to Kay that he has been a world- class philanderer. Still loving him, Kay decides to take gentle revenge by making him think she does likewise. Ensuing comic events ridicule the double standard at every opportunity.
A Song for Miss Julie (1945) as Mrs. Ambrose Charteris
The Unseen (1945) as Mrs. Norris
Blonde Fever (1945) as Mrs. Talford
A woman fights to save her husband from a sluttish waitress.
The Fighting Guardsman (1945) as Mme. de Montrevel
A French nobleman robs from his fellow aristocrats to help the poor.
Mama Loves Papa (1945) as Jessie Todd
A wimp named playground commissioner takes on corrupt city officials.
Grissly's Millions (1945) as Leona Palmor
Tall in the Saddle (1944) as Miss Elizabeth Martin
A woman-hating cowboy signs on with a lady rancher.
Weird Woman (1944) as Grace Gunnison
While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love with marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't know is that she was raised by superstitious natives who believe her to be some kind of supernatural being.
In the Meantime, Darling (1944) as Helen Corkery
A young bride who comes from a rich family has a hard time adjusting to life in a boarding house with other soldiers and their wives. Her spoiled ways cause resentment from the other wives and problems with her husband.
Lost Angel (1944) as Mrs. Pringle
A girl raised to be a genius gets lost and discovers the simple pleasure of life.
The Canterville Ghost (1944) as Mrs. Polverdine
A ghost who died a coward tries to inspire U.S. GIs to become heroes.
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943) as Louise [Holliday]
Higher and Higher (1943) as Mrs. Georgia Keating
Servants pass off one of their own as an heiress in hopes of winning her a wealthy husband.
Never a Dull Moment (1943) as Mrs. Manning
Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event (1943) as Aunt Della Lindsey
A husband mistakenly believes his hot Latin wife is pregnant.
Reap the Wild Wind (1942) as Mrs. Claiborne
Two sailors vie for the affections of a southern temptress while fighting off pirates.
Random Harvest (1942) as Mrs. Lloyd
A woman''s happiness is threatened when she discovers her husband has been suffering from amnesia.
Mexican Spitfire at Sea (1942) as Aunt Della Lindsey
An advertising executive and his temperamental wife sail to Hawaii in search of business.
The Lady Is Willing (1942) as Mrs. Cummings
A Broadway star has to find a husband so she can adopt an abandoned child.
Jail House Blues (1942) as Mrs. [Alyosius McGonigle] McGann
Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942) as Aunt Della Lindsey
An advertising executive and his temperamental wife investigate a haunted house.
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942) as Aunt Della Lindsey
A temperamental Latina and her family get caught in the search for a rare art treasure.
I Live on Danger (1942) as Mrs. Morrell
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942) as Mrs. Westwood
Journey for Margaret (1942) as Mrs. Bailey
An American correspondent tries to adopt two children orphaned during the London blitz.
The Man Who Returned to Life (1942) as Minerva Sunday
David Jamieson (John Howard), a Northerner, is forced to flee from a Maryland town where he is suspected of murdering the girl who attempted to force him to marry her on the eve of his wedding to another girl. He flees and assumes a new identity but returns to save the life of the man accused of killing him.
Paris Calling (1942) as Madame Jannetier
Mr. Dynamite (1941) as Achilles
Nice Girl? (1941) as Martha Peasley
A professor''s daughter tries to shed her nice girl image when she falls for one of his business associates.
Footlight Fever (1941) as Hattie Drake
Two producers will stop at nothing to raise money for their big show.
High Sierra (1941) as Ma [Goodhue]
An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist.
Let's Make Music (1941) as Malvina Adams
A spinster schoolteacher becomes a national sensation when she writes a big-band hit.
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) as Aunt Della Lindsey
An advertising executive and his temperamental life adopt a war orphan who turns out to be a beautiful woman.
Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot (1940) as Agatha Marlowe
Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me (1940) as Minerva
Honeymoon Deferred (1940) as Sarah Frome
Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940) as Aunt Della
To punish her inattentive husband, a Latin bombshell pretends to want a divorce.
Slightly Tempted (1940) as Ethelreda Knox
Confidence man Professor Ross (Hugh Herbert) is released from prison and goes to Knoxton where his daughter Judy (Peggy Moran) lives. She has told everyone, including her fiancee Jimmy Duncan (Johnny Downs), that her father has been exploring in South America. Civic leaders ask him to lecture at a gala reception. Because Jimmy needs money to finance a toy train factory, Ross ends his lecture with a sales talk about the valuable Iridium mines he found in South America. Ethelreda Knox (Elisabeth Risdon), big-time toy manufacturer, wants to get a monopoly on the Iridium stock, while Gentleman Jack (Robert Emmett Keane) and The Duchess (Gertrude Michael), a pair of slick crooks, also want to chisel in on the deal. Ross gets the swindlers and civic leaders to deposit $60,000 in the bank and he finances Jimmy's factory with the funds. Feeling somewhat "taken", Gentleman Jack and The Duchess rob the bank, but with the help of his crony Peter (George E. Stone), Ross sees to it that the pair leave town holding an empty bag. Ross reimburses the locals and suggests a merger of the factories owned by his bride-to-be Eltelreda and his future son-in-law Jimmy.
Mexican Spitfire (1940) as Aunt Della
A businessman''s aunt enlists his ex-wife to break up his marriage to a temperamental Latina.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) as Sarah Lincoln
An exploration into the domestic and political life of this past president.
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940) as Woman juror [Mrs. Johnson]
A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however.
Saturday's Children (1940) as Mrs. [Myrtle] Halevy
A young inventor''s new marriage is jeopardized by financial problems.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) as Widow Douglas
Mark Twain''''s classic troublemaker helps a runaway slave escape to the North.
The Forgotten Woman (1939) as Margaret Burke
The Girl from Mexico (1939) as Aunt Della
An ad man tours Mexico trying to cast a new radio show.
The Roaring Twenties (1939) as Mrs. Sherman
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime.
The Great Man Votes (1939) as Phoebe Ainslee
A drunk fighting to hold on to his family discovers he has the deciding vote in a local election.
Five Came Back (1939) as Martha [Spengler]
Survivors of a jungle plane crash realize that their repaired airplane can only carry five passengers.
Full Confession (1939) as Norah O'Keefe
A priest hears a murderer''''s confession, then finds himself suspected of the same crime.
Disputed Passage (1939) as Mrs. Cunningham
City in Terror (1939) as Jessie Carter
Family who witness a murder are pursued by gangsters.
Sorority House (1939) as Mrs. Scott
A young girl begins to wonder if she really fits into the upper-class sorority she''''s trying to join.
The Affairs of Annabel (1938) as Mrs. [Margaret] Fletcher
A screen queen suffers through harebrained publicity stunts schemed up by her press agent.
My Bill (1938) as Aunt Caroline [Colbrook]
An impoverished widow fights scandal for the sake of her four children.
Mad About Music (1938) as Annette 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.
Girls on Probation (1938) as Kate Heath
A dizzy young girl falls into crime but wins her lawyer's heart.
Tom Sawyer, Detective (1938) as Aunt Sally
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) as Mrs. Jordan
A singing cowboy turns out to be a tenderfoot.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) as Cora Payne
A devoted couple faces the harsh economic realities of growing older.
They Won't Forget (1937) as Mrs. Hale
Bigotry flares when a teacher is accused of killing a small-town girl in the South.
The Woman I Love (1937) as Mother [Herbillion]
Mannequin (1937) as Mrs. ["Ma"] Cassidy
A small-time crook's wife falls for a shipping magnate.
Mountain Justice (1937) as Meg Harkins
A young lawyer defends a hillbilly girl who killed her father in self defense.
Dead End (1937) as Mrs. Connell
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) as Aunt Mary [Lynn]
A woman's two lives as small-town innocent and author of torrid romances collide.
Craig's Wife (1936) as Mrs. Landsdruth
A woman puts her beautiful house ahead of her family.
The King Steps Out (1936) as Sofia
A young woman saves her sister from marriage to an emperor that she doesn''''t love.
Don't Gamble with Love (1936) as Grace
The Final Hour (1936) as Fortune teller
Lady of Secrets (1936) as Mrs. Emily Whittaker
Crime and Punishment (1935) as Mrs. Raskolnikov
A young student murders for money then tries to escape his guilt and a brilliant detective.
Guard That Girl (1935) as Aunt Catherine
Mother (1917)

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