Una O'Connor - Rotten Tomatoes

Una O'Connor

Highest Rated:   100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Lowest Rated:   59% Cavalcade (1933)
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With the body of a scarecrow, the contemptuous stare of a house detective, and the voice of an air-raid siren, Irish-born Una O'Connor was one of filmdom's most unforgettable character actresses. Beginning her career with Dublin's Abbey Players and extending her activities to the London's West End and Broadway, O'Connor was cast as the socially conscious housekeeper in Noel Coward's 1932 London production Cavalcade; it was this role which brought her to Hollywood in 1933. She rapidly became a favorite of two prominent directors, James Whale and John Ford, neither of whom were inclined to ask her to tone down her film performances. For Whale, O'Connor screeched her way through two major 1930s horror films, The Invisible Man (1933) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935); for Ford, O'Connor played the grieving mother of martyred IRA activist Wallace Ford in The Informer (1935) and Mrs. Grogan in The Plough and the Stars (1936). For those detractors who believe that O'Connor never gave a subtle, controlled performance in her life, refer to Lubitsch's Cluny Brown (1946), wherein Ms. O'Connor spoke not a single word as the glowering mother of upper-class twit Richard Haydn. Fourteen years after portraying Charles Laughton's overprotective mother in This Land Is Mine (1943), Una O'Connor once more appeared opposite Laughton in 1957's Witness for the Prosecution, playing a hard-of-hearing housekeeper; it was her last screen performance.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Witness for the Prosecution
  • Janet
1957
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan
  • Duenna
1948
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne
  • Miss O'Rourke
1948
No Score Yet Ivy
  • Mrs. Thrawn
1947
No Score Yet Lost Honeymoon
  • Mrs. Tubbs
1947
No Score Yet Unexpected Guest
  • Matilda Hackett
1947
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage
  • Mrs. Foreman
1946
91% Cluny Brown
  • Mrs. Wilson
1946
94% The Bells of St. Mary's
  • Mrs. Breen
1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut
  • Norah
1945
83% The Canterville Ghost
  • Mrs. Umney
1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Mrs. Leek
1943
71% This Land Is Mine
  • Mrs. Emma Lory
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Mrs. Ismay
1943
89% Random Harvest
  • Tobacconist
1942
No Score Yet Always in My Heart
  • Angie
1942
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town
  • Maggie O'Callahan
1941
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast
  • Ellie
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Actor
1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde
  • Mrs. Mulcahey
1941
No Score Yet He Stayed for Breakfast
  • Doreta
1940
100% The Sea Hawk
  • Miss Latham
1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell
  • Marie
1940
No Score Yet It All Came True
  • Maggie Ryan
1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone
  • Susan
1939
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Bess
1938
No Score Yet Personal Property
  • Clara, Crystal's Maid
1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars
  • Maggie Cogan
1936
No Score Yet Suzy
  • Mrs. Bradley the Landlady
1936
83% Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Mary
1936
No Score Yet Rose Marie
  • Anna
1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London
  • Widow Blake
1936
91% The Informer
  • Mrs. McPhillip
1935
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Minnie
1935
No Score Yet David Copperfield (The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger)
  • Mrs. Gummidge
1935
71% The Barretts of Wimpole Street
  • Wilson
1934
No Score Yet Chained
  • Amy
1934
No Score Yet Stingaree
  • Annie
1934
100% The Invisible Man
  • Mrs. Jenny Hall
1933
59% Cavalcade
  • Ellen Bridges
1933
93% Murder!
  • Mrs. Grogram
1930

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