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Cast (feature film)

Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965) as Mrs. Spencer
A young sailor returns home to discover his girl has married an older, wealthy man.
The Birds (1963) as Mrs. Bundy
In a California coastal area, flocks of birds unaccountably make deadly attacks on humans.
Billy Liar (1963) as Grandmother Florence
An emotionally stunted clerk retreats into his fantasies.
The Homestretch (1947) as Aunt Martha
A film that qualifies as a Travelogue Documentary in that it contains footage of world-famous race tracks such as England's Ascot, Palermo in South America, and Churchill Downs, Jamaica, Aqueduct, Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Belmont, Hialeah, Arlington and Saratoga in the United States, and since it begins in London in 1938, the Coronation of the King. Jock Wallace (Cornel Wilde), an easy-going and rootless horse lover, is taken to task by Leslie Hale (Maureen O'Hara), who thinks he has swindled her Aunt Helen (Ethel Griffies) on the purchase of a horse. He finds out that she is engaged to Bill Van Dyke (Glenn Langan), a young diplomat, and follows her to London , entering the horse he acquired from Aunt Helen in the famed Ascot Gold Cup. Jock and Leslie fall in love and are married on a boat to South America. In Buenos Aires, Leslie is jealous of Kitty Brant (Helen Walker), an old flame of Jock's. Leslie wants Jock to settle down on his Maryland farm to raise and sell race horses, but he has too much gypsy in his blood and wants to follow the race-track circuit. They separate and he gives Leslie the horse that brought them together, and he hits the road. Leslie and old-time trainer "Doc" Ellbourne (James Gleason) then proceed to win race after race with the horse. Jock, contrite and converted, returns to his old homestead and begins training another horse. Will his horse beat her horse?
Millie's Daughter (1947) as Aunt Katherine
Sing While You Dance (1946) as Mrs. Abigail Smith
A struggling lyricist befriends a composer''''s widow.
Devotion (1946) as Aunt Branwell
The Bronte sisters and their brother fight personal demons to realize their artistic ambitions.
Saratoga Trunk (1946) as Madame Clarissa Van Steed
A woman with a past returns to 19th-century New Orleans for revenge.
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) as Lady Stover
An angel is sent to destroy the earth with a trumpet blast.
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945) as Mrs. Nelson
Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship with new colleague Deborah Brown promises happiness at last...thwarted by passive, then increasingly active opposition from one sister. Will Harry resort to desperate measures?
Molly and Me (1945) as Mrs. Lamb
An actress becomes a housekeeper for a grumpy retired politician.
Thrill of a Romance (1945) as Mrs. Sarah Fenway
A soldier returning from World War II finds love with a lady swimmer.
Music for Millions (1945) as Mrs. McGuff
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
Pardon My Rhythm (1944) as Mrs. [Martha] Dean
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) as Woman on train
An American woman with a British husband fights to keep her family together through two world wars.
Jane Eyre (1944) as Grace Poole
A governess at a remote estate falls in love with her brooding employer.
It Happened Tomorrow (1944) as Justice of the peace's wife
A newspaper editor writes headlines that predict the future.
Holy Matrimony (1943) as Lady Vale
An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press.
Time to Kill (1943) as Mrs. Murdock
Forever and a Day (1943) as Woman in shelter
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from it's construction in 1804 until present day.
First Comes Courage (1943) as Nurse
A Norwegian resistance fighter seduces a Nazi officer to learn enemy secrets during World War II.
Son of Fury (1942) as Matron
A young adventurer seeks his fortune in the South Seas so he can return to England and reclaim his birthright.
The Postman Didn't Ring (1942) as Catherine Vanderwater
A government mail sack, missing for fifty years, is now being delivered. Stamp collector Julie Martin (Brenda Joyce) follows postal inspector Brennon (Stanley Andrews) on his delivery tour, hoping to find some rare stamps for her philatelist customers. One letter brings love and warmth to a lonely spinster from a sweetheart lost in a war, another a welcome bravery citation to Civil War veteran Slade (Will Wright) and a third is to the parents of the now-state governor from his high school principal requesting he be disciplined for throwing spitballs in class. Dan Carter (Richard Travis), the owner of the village supply store who extends local farmers unlimited credit and, as a result, is on the verge of foreclosure by the ruthless Harwood banking family, get a letter sent by his grandfather to his father containing 500 shares of stock in the Harwood bank. The Harwood family fights back by charging Dan with fraud, but Judge Colt (Spencer Charters) and Dan's Aunt Martha (Emma Dunn) aid him.
Castle in the Desert (1942) as Madame Saturnia
Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to stay. As the standard mystery-mansion props come into play, and all means of outside communication are sabotaged, it becomes evident that one of the inhabitants has access to poisons and is prepared to use them...
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942) as Mrs. Graham
In the shanty town called the Cabbage Patch, Mrs. Wiggs scrabbles for survival with her brood of children and hopes for the return of her husband, who left many years before.
Right to the Heart (1942) as Minerva Bromley
Between Us Girls (1942) as Gallagher
Carrie (Diana Barrymore), ambitious young actress and her manager Mike Kilinsky (Andy Devine), travel east from Chicago to Long Island so Carrie can see the new mansion that her mother Chris (Kay Francis) has just purchased. Chris is not there when Carrie arrives by Gallagher (Ethel Griffies), the family major domo, tells Carrie that Chris is in love with the very rich Steve (John Boles.) Chris confesses to Carrie that she has lied about her age to Steve, claiming to be 31, and that the photograph of Carrie is Carrie's (non-existent) Aunt Sadie and Carrie is only twelve. Carrie insists that her mother keep up the masquerade, and she will pose as a 12-year-old. Steve arrives and brings with him his friend Jimmy Blake (Robert Cummings). More than a little confusion follows including Carrie starting a fight with another "kid" to keep Jimmy from keeping a date with his fiancee and Mike escorting Chris and the "under-age" Carrie to a night club, and other incidents that only tend to prove that Steve and Jimmy aren't the brightest bulbs shining. Diana Barrymore is better as the 12-year-old than she is later playing Joan of Arc in a Detroit theatre, where the light finally dawns on the perplexed Robert Cummings character.
Dead Men Tell (1941) as Miss [Patience] Nodbury
Just as elderly Miss Nodbury is ready to leave on a treasure hunt for a family fortune she is scared to death by the ghost of a pirate ancestor. Charlie Chan investigates the rest of the clan.
Great Guns (1941) as Aunt Agatha
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) as Lady Fitzhugh
A hot shot flyer discovers the hero within when he joins the British Air Force during World War II.
Man at Large (1941) as Mrs. Zagra
G-Man Bob Grayson (George Reeves) is working hand in hand with a British Intelligence agent to uncover an espionage plot, who is posing as an escaped Nazi agent. Reporter Dallas Davis (Marjorie Weaver) mistakes Grayson for a nazi-sympathizer and manages to mess up the works before she learns the truth. She and Grayson join forces to save the agent.
Billy the Kid (1941) as Mrs. Hanky
A misunderstood youngster turns into one of the West''''s most notorious outlaws.
How Green Was My Valley (1941) as Mrs. Nicholas
A Welsh mining family faces the struggles of life together.
Waterloo Bridge (1940) as Mrs. Clark
A ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War I.
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) as Mrs. Kane
A newspaperman serves as key witness in a circumstantial murder case.
Vigil in the Night (1940) as Matron East
A good nurse ruins her career by covering up for her sister's careless mistake.
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) as Hester Pringle
An ambitious young teacher, Shirley, arrives in a small town to assume the vice-principal position of the school. She soon runs afoul of the ruling family of the town and becomes the scapegoat of a local feud.
Irene (1940) as Princess Minetti
An Irish shop girl falls in love with a high-society boy.
The Star Maker (1939) as Voice teacher
We Are Not Alone (1939) as Mrs. Raymond
A British doctor hires an injured ballerina as a nanny for his son.
I'm from Missouri (1939) as Miss Wildhack
Man with 100 Faces (1938) as Annie
Anna Karénina (1935) as Mme. Kartasoff
Adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love.
Werewolf of London (1935) as Mrs. Whack
A strange animal attack turns a botanist into a bloodthirsty monster.
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) as Miss Twinkleton
An opium addict''''s obsession with a young girl leads to murder.
The Return of Peter Grimm (1935) as Mrs. Martha Bartholomew
A strong-willed patriarch returns from the dead to amend the wrongs he did his family.
Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935) as Winifred Trent
A Victorian wife contemplates leaving her insane husband for a romantic gypsy.
Hold 'Em Yale (1935) as Mrs. Peavey
We Live Again (1934) as Aunt Marie
A Russian nobleman discovers the peasant girl he once seduced has turned to crime.
Four Frightened People (1934) as Mrs. Ainger's mother
Jane Eyre (1934) as Grace Poole
Jane Eyre is an orphan who was raised by her aunt until she came to Thornfield Hall as governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. But Jane is attracted by the intelligent and energetic Sir Rochester, a man of almost twice her age. But just when Sir Rochester seems to pay attention to her, he invites the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram to stay at his house.
The House of Rothschild (1934) as Guest at reception hall
The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against the family.
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) as Mrs. Field
Algy, Bulldog Drummond's right-hand-man, is getting married. Bulldog attends; on the way home, in the fog, he enters the (apparently deserted) mansion of Prince Achmed in search of a phone. He finds none, but he does find a body - which disappears when he summons a bobby. Bodies keep disappearing as Drummond keeps summoning the authorities, particularly his long-suffering upstairs neighbor, Captain Nielsen; the ever faithful Algy also finds his wedding night disrupted by, among other things, some emergency code-breaking. And of course, there's a beautiful woman there's always a beautiful woman in this case, Gwen, who turns out to be the daughter of the dead man who started all this.
Sadie McKee (1934) as Woman in subway
A working girl suffers through three troubled relationships on her road to prosperity.
The Painted Veil (1934) as Lady Coldchester
A wife strays, then fights to redeem herself to her husband.
Stolen Sweets (1934) as
Call It Luck (1934) as Lady Poindexter
Alice in Wonderland (1933) as Governess
A trip through the looking glass and down a rabbit hole sends an English girl into a world of fantastic characters and strange potions.
White Woman (1933) as Mrs. Chisholm
Midnight Club (1933) as The Duchess
A Lady's Profession (1933) as Lady McDougal
Horseplay (1933) as Emily
Tonight Is Ours (1933) as Zana
Torch Singer (1933) as Agatha Alden
A night club singer hosts a children''''s radio show in hopes of finding the child she gave up years earlier.
Love Me Tonight (1932) as Second aunt
A Parisian tailor falls in love with a princess.
Westward Passage (1932) as Lady Caverly
An heiress gives up her fortune to wed a poor novelist, then dreams of giving their children the finer things.
The Impatient Maiden (1932) as Nurse Lovett
Are You Listening? (1932) as Mrs. Peters
A radio announcer accidentally kills his wife, then leads an on-air hunt for her killer.
Waterloo Bridge (1931) as Mrs. Hobley
An American soldier falls in love with a dance-hall girl in London, not realizing that she is a prostitute.
The Road to Singapore (1931) as Mrs. Everard
A woman''''s life falls to pieces when she''''s caught cheating on her husband.
Once a Lady (1931) as Miss Bleeker
Manhattan Parade (1931) as Mrs. Beacon
A deserted wife tries to keep her husband's costuming company afloat.
The Millionaire (1931) as Mrs. Andrews
A bored millionaire retires from big business to open a garage.
Old English (1930) as Adela Heythorp
A bankrupt businessman risks everything to provide for his grandchildren.

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