Rita Johnson


Actor
Rita Johnson

About

Birth Place
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Born
August 13, 1913
Died
October 31, 1965
Cause of Death
Brain Hemorrhage

Biography

Rita Johnson was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. Johnson's career in acting began with her roles in various films like "Man-Proof" (1938) with Myrna Loy, "Rich Man, Poor Girl" (1938) with Robert Young and "Letter of Introduction" (1938) with Adolphe Menjou. She also appeared in the Eleanor Powell musical comedy "Honolulu" (1939), the Virginia Bruce drama "Stronger T...

Photos & Videos

Here Comes Mr. Jordan - Movie Poster
Family Honeymoon - Lobby Cards
Family Honeymoon - Scene Stills

Biography

Rita Johnson was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. Johnson's career in acting began with her roles in various films like "Man-Proof" (1938) with Myrna Loy, "Rich Man, Poor Girl" (1938) with Robert Young and "Letter of Introduction" (1938) with Adolphe Menjou. She also appeared in the Eleanor Powell musical comedy "Honolulu" (1939), the Virginia Bruce drama "Stronger Than Desire" (1939) and "Broadway Serenade" (1939). Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like the Eddie Cantor musical comedy "Forty Little Mothers" (1940), "The Golden Fleecing" (1940) and the comedy "Appointment for Love" (1941) with Charles Boyer. She also appeared in the Robert Montgomery fantasy "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941). In the latter part of her career, she continued to act in the comedic adaptation "The Perfect Marriage" (1947) with Loretta Young, the remake "The Michigan Kid" (1947) with John Hall and the Robert Young noir "They Won't Believe Me" (1947). She also appeared in the Claudette Colbert mystery "Sleep, My Love" (1948) and the thriller "The Big Clock" (1948) with Ray Milland. Johnson was most recently credited in "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss" (1998) with Sean Hayes. Johnson passed away in October 1965 at the age of 52.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

All Mine to Give (1958)
Katie Tyler
Emergency Hospital (1956)
Norma Mullen
Susan Slept Here (1954)
Dr. Rawley
The Second Face (1950)
Claire Elwood
Family Honeymoon (1949)
Minna Fenster
An Innocent Affair (1948)
Eve Lawrence
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Barby
The Big Clock (1948)
Pauline York
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
Mabel Manning
Michigan Kid (1947)
Sue Dawson
They Won't Believe Me (1947)
Greta Balantine
Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)
Nell McLaughlin
The Naughty Nineties (1945)
Bonita Farrow
Pardon My Past (1945)
Mary Pemberton
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Mona Kent
My Friend Flicka (1943)
Nell McLaughlin
The Major and the Minor (1942)
Pamela Hill
Appointment for Love (1941)
Nancy Benson
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Julia Farnsworth
Edison, the Man (1940)
Mary Stilwell
The Golden Fleecing (1940)
Mary Blake
Congo Maisie (1940)
Kay McWade
Forty Little Mothers (1940)
Marian Edwards
Within the Law (1939)
Agnes
Broadway Serenade (1939)
Judy Tyrrell
Stronger Than Desire (1939)
Barbara Winter
Honolulu (1939)
Cecelia Grayson
6,000 Enemies (1939)
Anne Barry
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
Lou Farnsby
They All Come Out (1939)
Kitty [Carson]
Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)
Sally Harrison
The Girl Downstairs (1938)
Rosalind Brown
Letter of Introduction (1938)
Honey
Man-Proof (1938)
Florence
Smashing the Rackets (1938)
Letty Lane
London by Night (1937)
Patricia Herrick
My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937)
Ellen Warfield

Music (Feature Film)

Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
Music Supervisor

Life Events

Photo Collections

Here Comes Mr. Jordan - Movie Poster
Here is an original release movie poster from Columbia Pictures' Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), starring Robert Montgomery. This is an Insert poster, measuring 14 x 36 inches.
Family Honeymoon - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Universal Pictures' Family Honeymoon (1948), starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Family Honeymoon - Scene Stills
Family Honeymoon - Scene Stills

Videos

Movie Clip

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - Not Even In Heaven Heavenly Claude Rains (title character) and fighter Joe (Robert Montgomery), who was cremated while wrongly presumed dead, consider the body of millionaire Farnsworth, about to be murdered by his wife and secretary (Rita Johnson, John Emery), not anticipating Miss Logan (Evelyn Keyes), in Here Comes Mr Jordan, 1941.
Major And The Minor, The (1942) - Faulty Reconnaissance Military school instructor Kirby (Ray Milland), accused of infidelity, defuses things with fianceè Pamela (Rita Johnson) and her father, his commandant (Edward Fielding), introducing his alibi "SuSu" (Ginger Rogers), in Billy Wilder's The Major And The Minor, 1942.
They Won't Believe Me (1947) - Won't You Need Some Socks? Still in deep flashback from his murder trial, proven cad husband Larry (Robert Young) finds out that wealthy wife Greta (Rita Johnson) is way ahead of his plan to skip town with his girlfriend, in They Won't Believe Me, 1947.
My Friend Flicka (1942) - Losing And Busting And Forgetting Opening the Twentieth Century-Fox adaptation of the then-current popular novel by Mary O’Hara, rancher Rob (Preston Foster), daughter Hildy (Diana Hale) and hand Gus (James Bell) discover the latest trouble wrought by (inexplicably English) son Ken (Roddy McDowall), in My Friend Flicka, 1942.
Big Clock, The (1948) - Open, 36 Hours Ago Opening title sequence and Ray Milland's nervous narration, from John Farrow's 1948 corporate thriller The Big Clock, 1948, also starring Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan and Elsa Lanchester.
Big Clock, The (1948) - You Cheap Imitation Napoleon! Deeper still into the flashback which established him as a wanted criminal, editor George (Ray Milland), hung-over and newly-fired, escapes as Pauline (Rita Johnson) prepares for an unexpected encounter with his boss and her sugar-daddy Janoth (Charles Laughton) in The Big Clock, 1948.
Big Clock, The (1948) - Where Are The Green Clocks? Deep in his flashback, newly-fired Stroud (Ray Milland), on a bender with his boss's mistress Pauline (Rita Johnson), encounters Elsa Lanchester and an antique dealer (Henri Letondal), then barkeep Burt (Frank Orth) and boozy actor McKinley (LLoyd Corrigan), in John Farrow's The Big Clock, 1948.
Second Face, The (1950) - I've Come To My Senses We don’t get any look at heroine Ella Raines in the opening, chasing Claire (Rita Johnson) around LA in a panic then getting in a wreck, in the Eagle-Lion production, from a story and screenplay by the later-acclaimed Swiss-born writer Eugene Vale, The Second Face, 1950.

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