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Glenda Farrell

Highest Rated:   100% Lady for a Day (1933)
Lowest Rated:   50% Susan Slept Here (1954)
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American actress Glenda Farrell, like so many other performers born around the turn of the century, made her stage debut in a production of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her first adult professional job was with Virginia Brissac's stock company in San Diego, after which she worked up and down the California coast until leaving for Broadway in the late 1920s. Farrell's performance in the stage play Skidding established her reputation, and in 1929 she was wooed to Hollywood along with many other stage actors in the wake of the "talkie" revolution. Uncharacteristically cast as the ingenue in Little Caesar (1930), Farrell would thereafter be cast in the fast-talking, "hard-boiled dame" roles that suited her best. Though her characters had a tough veneer, Farrell was sensitive enough to insist upon script changes if the lines and bits of business became too rough and unsympathetic; still, she seemed to revel in the occasional villainess, notably her acid performance as Paul Muni's mercenary paramour in I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang(1932). In 1937, Farrell was assigned by Warner Bros. to portray dauntless news reporter Torchy Blaine in a series of brisk "B" pictures. She was gratified by the positive fan mail she received for Torchy, and justifiably proud of her ability to spout out 390 words per minute in the role, but Farrell decided to leave Warners and free-lance after five "Torchy Blaines." The actress's character roles in the 1940s and 1950s may have been smaller than before, but she always gave 100 percent to her craft. Farrell moved into television with ease, appearing on virtually every major dramatic weekly series and ultimately winning an Emmy for her work on the two-part Ben Casey episode of 1963, "A Cardinal Act of Mercy." Farrell's exit from movies was the 1964 Jerry Lewis farce The Disorderly Orderly, an assignment she plunged into with all the enthusiasm and sheer professionalism that she'd brought to the rest of her screen career.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Smart Blonde
  • Actor
2013
60% The Disorderly Orderly
  • Dr. Jean Howard
1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins
  • Ma Tatum
1964
No Score Yet Middle of the Night
  • Mrs. Mueller, Betty's Mother
1959
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
  • Mrs. Nesbit
1955
50% Susan Slept Here
  • Maude
1954
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas
  • Mrs. Winston
1954
No Score Yet Heading for Heaven
  • Nora Elkins
1947
No Score Yet A Night for Crime
  • Susan
1943
No Score Yet City Without Men
  • Billie LaRue
1943
No Score Yet Johnny Eager
  • Mae
1942
93% The Talk of the Town
  • Regina Bush
1942
No Score Yet Torchy Blane in Chinatown
  • Torchy Blane
1939
No Score Yet Prison Break
  • Jean Fenderson
1938
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Jonesey
1937
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde
  • Torchy Blane
1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Breakfast For Two
  • Carol Wallace
1937
No Score Yet The Law in Her Hands
  • Dorothy
1936
No Score Yet Snowed Under
  • Daisy Lowell
1936
No Score Yet High Tension
  • Edith McNeil
1936
No Score Yet Little Big Shot
  • Jean
1935
No Score Yet In Caliente
  • Clara
1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance
  • Molly Howard, aka Lucille Thompson
1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady
  • Claudette Ruggles
1935
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1935
  • Betty Hawes
1935
No Score Yet Kansas City Princess
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning
  • Mrs. Tifton
1934
No Score Yet I've Got Your Number
  • Bonnie/Madame Francis
1934
No Score Yet Dark Hazard
  • Valerie
1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie!
  • Gerry Krale
1934
No Score Yet The Big Shakedown
  • Lil
1934
No Score Yet Havana Widows
  • Sadie Appleby
1933
No Score Yet Man's Castle
  • Fay La Rue
1933
100% Lady for a Day
  • Missouri
1933
No Score Yet Central Airport
  • Girl in wreck
1933
No Score Yet The Keyhole
  • Dot
1933
No Score Yet Grand Slam
  • Blondie
1933
90% The Mystery of the Wax Museum
  • Florence Dempsey
1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons
  • Belle Howard Saunders
1933
No Score Yet The Match King
  • Babe
1932
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Marie
1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match
  • Reformatory Girl
1932
91% Little Caesar
  • Olga
1931

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