May Robson


Actor
May Robson

About

Also Known As
Mary Jeanette Robinson
Birth Place
Australia
Born
April 19, 1858
Died
October 20, 1942

Biography

May Robson was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. Robson's earliest roles were in film, including "Pals in Paradise" (1926), "Rubber Tires" (1927) with Bessie Love and the H. B. Warner drama "King of Kings" (1927). She also appeared in the dramatic adaptation "Chicago" (1928) with Phyllis Haver, "Little Orphan Annie" (1932) and the dramedy "If I Had a Million" (1932)...

Photos & Videos

One Man's Journey - Pressbook
One Man's Journey - Publicity Stills
Lady for a Day - Movie Poster

Biography

May Robson was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. Robson's earliest roles were in film, including "Pals in Paradise" (1926), "Rubber Tires" (1927) with Bessie Love and the H. B. Warner drama "King of Kings" (1927). She also appeared in the dramatic adaptation "Chicago" (1928) with Phyllis Haver, "Little Orphan Annie" (1932) and the dramedy "If I Had a Million" (1932) with Gary Cooper. She continued to act in productions like "Reunion in Vienna" (1933) with John Barrymore, "One Man's Journey" (1933) and the Helen Hayes drama "The White Sister" (1933). She also appeared in "Lady By Choice" (1934). In the latter part of her career, she continued to act in the Randolph Scott romance "The Texans" (1938), the Tommy Kelly adventure "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1938) and "They Made Me a Criminal" (1939). She also appeared in the comedy "The Kid From Kokomo" (1939) with Pat O'Brien and "Nurse Edith Cavell" (1939) with Anna Neagle. Robson more recently acted in the drama "Joan of Paris" (1942) with Michèle Morgan. Robson passed away in October 1942 at the age of 84.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Joan of Paris (1942)
Mlle. Rosay
Four Mothers (1941)
Aunt Etta
Playmates (1941)
Grandma Kyser
Million Dollar Baby (1941)
Cornelia Wheelwright [also known as Miss White]
Irene (1940)
Granny O'Dare
Granny Get Your Gun (1940)
Minerva Hatton
Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
Cecilia Dangerfield
Four Wives (1939)
Aunt Etta
Daughters Courageous (1939)
Penny
Yes, My Darling Daughter (1939)
"Granny" Whitman
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939)
Grandma
Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
Mme. Rappard
The Kid from Kokomo (1939)
Maggie Martin [Manell]
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
Grandma
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Aunt Elizabeth [Mrs. Carleton Random]
Four Daughters (1938)
Aunt Etta
The Texans (1938)
Granna
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)
Aunt Polly
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Mrs. Leona Wicks
Woman in Distress (1937)
Phoebe Tuttle
A Star Is Born (1937)
Lettie, Grandmother Blodgett
Rainbow on the River (1936)
Mrs. [Harriet] Ainsworth
The Captain's Kid (1936)
Marcia Prentiss
Wife Vs. Secretary (1936)
Mimi [Stanhope]
Anna Karénina (1935)
Countess Vronsky
Grand Old Girl (1935)
Laura Bayles
Three Kids and a Queen (1935)
Mary Jane ["Queenie"] Baxter
Strangers All (1935)
"Mom" Anna Carter
Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)
Judith [Paris]
Reckless (1935)
Granny
Age of Indiscretion (1935)
Emma Shaw
Lady by Choice (1934)
Patricia ["Patsy"] Patterson
Straight Is the Way (1934)
Mrs. Horowitz
Mills of the Gods (1934)
Mary Hasting
You Can't Buy Everything (1934)
Hannah [Bell]
Dinner at Eight (1934)
Mrs. Wendel
Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
Actress
The White Sister (1933)
Mother Superior
Beauty for Sale (1933)
Mrs. Merrick
Lady for a Day (1933)
Apple Annie [also known as Mrs. E. Worthington Manville]
One Man's Journey (1933)
Sarah
Reunion in Vienna (1933)
Frau Lucher
The Solitaire Man (1933)
Mrs. Vail
Men Must Fight (1933)
Maman Seward
Dancing Lady (1933)
Tod's grandmother
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Queen of Hearts
If I Had a Million (1932)
Mary Walker
Red-Headed Woman (1932)
Aunt Jane
Strange Interlude (1932)
Mrs. Evans
Letty Lynton (1932)
Mrs. Lynton
Little Orphan Annie (1932)
Jenny Stewart
Mother's Millions (1931)
Harriet Breen
Chicago (1928)
Matron
The King of Kings (1927)
The Mother of Gestas
Turkish Delight (1927)
Tsakran
The Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary (1927)
Aunt Mary Watkins
A Harp in Hock (1927)
Mrs. Banks
The Angel of Broadway (1927)
Big Bertha
Rubber Tires (1927)
Mrs. Stack
Pals in Paradise (1926)
Esther Lezinsky
A Night Out (1916)
Granmum
How Molly Malone Made Good (1915)
Herself
A Night Out; or, He Couldn't Go Home Until Morning (1908)

Cast (Short)

Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
Herself
Movies On Sundays (1935)
Herself

Life Events

Photo Collections

One Man's Journey - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for the RKO film One Man's Journey (1933), starring Lionel Barrymore. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
(Pressbook images courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
One Man's Journey - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of Publicity Stills from the RKO film One Man's Journey (1933), starring Lionel Barrymore, Dorothy Jordan, and Joel McCrea. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Lady for a Day - Movie Poster
Lady for a Day - Movie Poster
One Man's Journey - Movie Posters
Here are a couple of original Movie Posters for the RKO film One Man's Journey (1933), starring Lionel Barrymore. The one-sheet is on view along with a window card from the film.
One Man's Journey - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from the RKO film One Man's Journey (1933), starring Lionel Barrymore, Dorothy Jordan, and Joel McCrea.

Videos

Movie Clip

Lady For A Day (1933) - Open, Apples Opening credits and first scene featuring Annie (May Robson) and a cop (Ward Bond) from Frank Capra's Lady For A Day, 1933, from a Damon Runyon story, also starring Warren William.
Lady For A Day (1933) - Nice Work Shakespeare Dave the Dude (Warren William) comes to Annie (May Robson) to buy his lucky apple, before her daily visit to butler John (Halliwell Hobbes) in an early scene from Frank Capra's Lady For A Day, 1933.
Lady For A Day (1933) - In Your Own Vernacular We’ve just met Guy Kibbee as “Judge” Blake, engaged in a pool hustle (Irving Bacon the dupe) when Shakespeare (Nat Pendleton) arrives, representing Dave the Dude (Warren William), to recruit him as a stand-in husband for dolled-up Apple Annie (May Robson), with Ned Sparks as Happy and Glenda Farrell as Missouri, in Frank Capra’s Lady For A Day, 1933, from a Damon Runyon story.
Lady For A Day (1933) - She Thinks I'm In High Society Dave (Warren William) and crew (Ned Sparks, Nat Pendleton) drop in on Annie (May Robson) who's in a panic over her daughter's visit, in Frank Capra's Lady For A Day, 1933.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) - Husbands Just Love Being Surprised With May Robson as her Aunt Jane, the first appearance by Leila Hyams as Irene, wife of businessman Bill (Chester Morris), whom we know is this very minute being seduced by his brazen new office gal “Red” (Jean Harlow), leading to confrontation, in director Jack Conway’s Red-Headed Woman, 1932.
One Man's Journey (1933) - It Must Be The Water Passage of time as humble New England single-father Dr. Watt (Lionel Barrymore) carries on his selfless work and his son grows up to be Joel McCrea, and smallpox breaks out, in One Man’s Journey, 1933, the RKO melodrama restored by TCM, from a story by Katharine Haviland-Taylor.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) - I Just Went Gay! Scene often cited for changing the English language, Susan (Katharine Hepburn) swipes clothes from showering David (Cary Grant), who encounters her shocked Aunt Elizabeth (May Robson), in Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby, 1938.
Daughters Courageous (1939) - Not Enough Enthusiasm Happy mayhem at the Carmel, Ca home of the the Masters sisters, Lola Lane as Linda, Gale Page as Cora, Rosemary Lane as Tinka, greeting Jeffrey Lynn as playwright Johnny, who’s really there to see Buff (Priscilla Lane), May Robson as Penny, early in the non-sequel to Four Daughters(1938), Daughters Courageous, 1939.
Daughters Courageous (1939) - Who's Head Of The Family Landlord Sam (Donald Crisp), his proposal accepted by Mrs. Masters (Fay Bainter) is joining the girls (Priscilla Lane, Lola Lane, Rosemary Lane and Gale Page) for a first meal when maid Penny (May Robson) announces dad Jim (Claude Rains), appearing for the first time in 20 years, in Daughters Courageous, 1939.
Vanessa, Her Love Story (1935) - That Wild Strain Of Blood After a prologue on family history and gypsy blood, Otto Kruger introduces those celebrating the 100th birthday of Lady Paris (May Robson), Violet Kemble Cooper, Henry Stephenson, Lewis Stone, star Helen Hayes, and leading man Robert Montgomery intruding, in MGM’s Vanessa, Her Love Story, 1935.
Star Is Born, A (1937) - Stop Mooning About Hollywood Producer David Selznick is credited with the framing device, introducing Esther (Janet Gaynor) and brother (A.W. Sweatt) telling father, aunt and granny (J.C. Nugent, Clara Blandick, May Robson) about a movie with Norman Maine (Fredric March, who will figure later), in A Star Is Born, 1937.
Reckless (1935) - For The Benefit Of Me Granny (May Robson) and family friend Nat (William Powell) spring showgirl Mona (Jean Harlow), jailed on a traffic violation, for her benefit show which turns out to have an audience of one (Franchot Tone), who's bought out the house, in MGM's Reckless, 1935.

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