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Hope Emerson

Highest Rated:   100% Adam's Rib (1949)
Lowest Rated:   57% Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
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When the call went out for an actress to play a circus strongwoman capable of lifting both a chair and Spencer Tracy in 1949's Adam's Rib, there was but one performer who could logically fit the bill: character actress Hope Emerson, who scraped the ceiling at 6' 2" and weighed in at 230 pounds. Emerson made her Broadway debut as the leader of the Amazons in Lysistrata. Her performance in the Fred Stone musical Smiling Faces led to her screen bow in the 1932 filmization of that property. During the 1940s, Emerson gained fame as the radio voice of Borden's Elsie the Cow. After years in vaudeville and the legitimate stage, Emerson returned to films as a homicidal masseuse in the New York-filmed Cry of the City (1948). She went on to play the feuding Mrs. Hatfield in Goldwyn's Roseanna McCoy (1948), and the implicitly lesbian prison matron in Caged (1950), an assignment which earned her an Oscar nomination. In 1958, Emerson was cast as Mother, owner of the nightclub where the beauteous Lola Albright was featured songstress, on the popular TV private eye series Peter Gunn. She left this series in 1959 to take a larger role as a housekeeper named "Sarge" on the weekly sitcom The Dennis O'Keefe Show. Shortly after filming the last O'Keefe episode, Hope Emerson died of a liver ailment at the reported age of 51.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Guns of Fort Petticoat
  • Hannah Lacey
1957
No Score Yet All Mine to Give
  • Mrs. Pubmeister
1956
No Score Yet Untamed
  • Maria De Groot
1955
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night
  • Duchess of Castelbello
1954
No Score Yet Westward the Women
  • Patience Hawley
1951
No Score Yet Double Crossbones
  • Mistress Ann Bonney
1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon
  • Ma Tarbet
1950
No Score Yet Caged
  • Evelyn Harper
1950
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark
  • Mrs. Schlaghammer
1949
100% Adam's Rib
  • Olympia La Pere
1949
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy
  • Levisa Hatfield
1949
80% House of Strangers
  • Helena Domenico
1949
100% Thieves' Highway
  • Midgren
1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge
  • Mrs. Riley
1948
92% Cry of the City
  • Rose Given
1948

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