Beulah Bondi - Rotten Tomatoes

Beulah Bondi

Highest Rated:   100% The Snake Pit (1948)
Lowest Rated:   63% The Invisible Ray (1936)
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American actress Beulah Bondi entered the theatre at age 7, playing the male role of Little Lord Fauntleroy; it would be her last role "in drag" and one of the very few times that she'd play a character her own age. Upon graduation from Valparaiso University, she joined a stock company, working throughout the US until her 1925 Broadway debut in Wild Birds. Even in her late twenties and early thirties, Bondi specialized in playing mothers, grandmothers and society dowagers. She made her first film, Street Scene, in 1931, concentrating on movies thereafter. She is best known to modern film fans for her role as James Stewart's mother in the Christmastime favorite It's a Wonderful Life (1946). It was but one of several occasions (among them Vivacious Lady [1938] and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939]) that the actress played Stewart's mother; as late as 1971, Bondi was essaying the same role in the short-lived sitcom The Jimmy Stewart Show. Even after her "official" screen retirement - her last film was Tammy and the Doctor (1963), in which, not surprisingly, she played a wealthy old invalid - Bondi kept herself open for television roles, including an Emmy-winning 1977 performance on the dramatic TV series The Waltons.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet She Waits
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Tammy and the Doctor
  • Mrs. Call
1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
  • The Gypsy
1962
No Score Yet Tammy Tell Me True
  • Mrs. Call
1961
83% A Summer Place
  • Mrs. Hamilton Hamble
1959
No Score Yet The Big Fisherman
  • Hannah
1959
No Score Yet The Unholy Wife
  • Emma Hochen
1957
No Score Yet Back From Eternity
  • Martha Spangler
1957
No Score Yet Track of the Cat
  • Ma Bridges
1954
No Score Yet Latin Lovers
  • Woman Analyst
1953
No Score Yet Lone Star
  • Minniver Bryan
1952
No Score Yet The Furies
  • Mrs. Anaheim
1950
86% The Baron of Arizona
  • Loma Morales
1950
No Score Yet Reign of Terror
  • Farm Wife
1949
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch
  • Mrs. Hangale
1949
100% The Snake Pit
  • Mrs. Greer
1948
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters
  • Hester Rivercomb
1948
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart
  • Granny Kincaid
1948
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Ma Bailey
1946
No Score Yet Sister Kenny
  • Mary Kenny
1946
No Score Yet Breakfast in Hollywood
  • Annie Reed
1946
No Score Yet Back to Bataan
  • Bertha Barnes
1945
91% The Southerner
  • Granny Tucker
1945
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow
  • Aunt Em
1944
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You
  • Mrs. Wheeler
1944
80% Watch on the Rhine
  • Anise
1943
No Score Yet Tonight We Raid Calais
  • Mme. Bonnard
1943
100% One Foot in Heaven
  • Mrs. Lydia Sandow
1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Aunt Mollie
1941
93% Penny Serenade
  • Miss Oliver
1941
No Score Yet The Captain is a Lady
  • Angie Peabody
1940
83% Our Town
  • Mrs. Webb
1940
100% Remember the Night
  • Mrs. Sargent
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Ma Smith
1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time
  • Nellie Northrup - Granny
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Sisters
  • Rose Elliott
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Mrs. Morgan
1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts
  • Mary Wilkins
1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer
  • Aunt Charlotte
1938
100% Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Lucy Cooper
1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem
  • Abigail Goode
1937
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • Rachel
1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Melissa
1936
63% The Invisible Ray
  • Lady Arabella Stevens
1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home
  • Mrs. Boyce Medford
1936
No Score Yet The Good Fairy
  • Dr. Schultz
1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil
  • Frau Koerber
1934
No Score Yet Finishing School
  • Miss Van Alstyn
1934
No Score Yet Stranger's Return
  • Beatrice
1933
100% Rain
  • Mrs. Davidson
1932
86% Arrowsmith
  • Mrs. Tozer
1931
100% Street Scene
  • Emma Jones
1931

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