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Greta Granstedt



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Woman
1952
86% The Enforcer
  • Mrs. Lazick
1951
No Score Yet Cause for Alarm
  • Mom
1951
No Score Yet Dark City
  • Margie
1950
50% Samson and Delilah
  • Woman
1949
No Score Yet The Crooked Way
  • Hazel
1949
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
100% 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 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

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