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Greta Granstedt

  • Highest Rated: 100% Joan of Arc (1948)
  • Lowest Rated: 45% The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
  • Birthday: Jul 13, 1907
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born Irene Granstedt, this Swedish starlet changed her first name for obvious reasons when entering films in 1928. No one, however, mistook Granstedt for Garbo and she went on to play a series of hardboiled roles seemingly deemed too small for the likes of Veda Ann Borg. Growing up in Mountain View, CA, Granstedt first made headlines when at 14 she shot and critically wounded a boyfriend who had committed the sin of accompanying another girl to a church social. According to newspaper reports, Greta Granstedt was sentenced "to leave Mountain View and never return." By the mid-'20s, she had recovered enough from the ordeal to appear opposite Joseph Schildkraut in a Los Angeles production of From Hell Came a Lady and had taken the second of her seven husbands. She made her screen debut in a small role in Buck Privates (1928), with European idol Lya de Putti, and her talkie debut in The Last Performance (1929). Again the role was miniscule and Granstedt would make her biggest impact in low-budget action films, including two serials. Her unfortunate past was dredged up again when she married musician Ramon Ramos but her reputation as the "Tragedy Girl" failed to open any new doors in Hollywood and she continued to play mainly bit parts. Some of these, however, were quite good and she is memorable as Beulah Bondi's daughter in the crime drama Street Scene (1931) and as Margo's hardboiled friend in the New York-lensed Crime Without Passion (1934). While in New York, Granstedt appeared in a couple of Broadway plays before returning to Hollywood for perhaps her best remembered role, that of Anna, one of the resistance workers in Beasts of Berlin (1939), the exploitation drama that put ramshackle PRC on the map. Her other 1940s roles were minor and she had to wait until 1958 and The Return of Dracula to make any kind of impact. In this not-as-bad-as-it-sounds horror pastiche she played a stout California housewife welcoming Francis Lederer's count to her suburban home -- with the expected results. Retiring permanently from the screen in 1970, Granstedt relocated to Canada and raised Appaloosa horses.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Last Escape Gladys Hewitt 1970
No Score Yet The Return of Dracula Cora 1958
No Score Yet The Juggler Carah 1953
No Score Yet The Eddie Cantor Story Rachel Tobias 1953
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Woman 1952
88% The Enforcer Mrs. Lazick 1951
No Score Yet Cause for Alarm Mom 1951
No Score Yet Dark City Margie 1950
63% Samson and Delilah Woman 1949
No Score Yet The Crooked Way Hazel 1949
100% Joan of Arc Townswoman (uncredited) 1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way Secretary 1948
No Score Yet Blondie's Secret Mona 1948
No Score Yet The Gangster Woman 1947
80% Unconquered Woman 1947
No Score Yet Nocturne Clara 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Hospital Telephone Operator 1946
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Mrs. Faraassen 1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking Anna the Maid 1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves Wave Control Tower Operator 1944
No Score Yet First Comes Courage Girl Assistant 1943
No Score Yet Dangerous Lady Leila Bostwick 1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Selma 1940
83% Stranger on the Third Floor Chambermaid 1940
100% Road to Singapore Babe 1940
No Score Yet When Tomorrow Comes Waitress 1939
No Score Yet Hitler -- Beast of Berlin Anna 1939
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart The Maid 1938
83% You and Me Girl 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo Kaidu Maid 1938
No Score Yet Telephone Operator Sylvia Sommers 1938
No Score Yet Crime Without Passion Della 1934
No Score Yet The Devil Horse Linda Weston 1932
No Score Yet Night World Blonde 1932
No Score Yet They Never Come Back Mary Nolan 1932
No Score Yet After Tomorrow Betty 1932
No Score Yet The Devil Horse Actor 1932
No Score Yet Hat Check Girl A party guest 1932
No Score Yet The Deceiver Celia Adams 1931
100% Street Scene Mae Jones 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Witness Moll 1931
No Score Yet Sunny Skies College Widow 1930

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Manager Mrs. Sommers
  • 1964
  • 1962

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