Jane Darwell

Jane Darwell

Highest Rated: 100% Wagon Master (1950)

Lowest Rated: 57% The White Parade (1934)

Birthday: Oct 15, 1879

Birthplace: Palmyra, Missouri, USA

A heavy-set character player with a hearty voice and a slightly worried expression, Jane Darwell was often cast in matronly roles. Although she played a wide variety of roles (including an unsympathetic part as one of the lynchers in the memorable "The Ox-Bow Incident" 1943) in a career spanning well over 100 credits from the early 1930s through the mid-60s, she was most typically seen as concerned, warm-hearted mothers. For many fans, Darwell will always be remembered for her towering, Oscar-winning performance as Ma Joad in John Ford's stirring adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940). One of her last screen appearances was as an elderly woman seen tossing crumbs to the pigeons while Julie Andrews warbled "Feed the Birds" in "Mary Poppins" (1964).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 86% Mary Poppins Bird Woman (Character) - 1964
86% 82% The Last Hurrah Delia Boylan (Character) - 1958
83% 83% There's Always Tomorrow Mrs. Rogers (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls in Prison Matron Jamieson (Character) - 1956
67% 59% Hit the Deck Jenny (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Life at Stake Landlady (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 36% Affair With a Stranger Ma Stanton (Character) - 1953
88% 49% The Bigamist Mrs. Connelley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday Mrs. Eva Spatch (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 17% Excuse My Dust Mrs. Belden (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 74% The Lemon Drop Kid Nellie Thursday (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Light Mack (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Second Face Mrs. Lockridge (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 83% Caged Isolation Matron (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 71% Three Husbands Mrs. Wurdeman (Character) - 1950
100% 68% Wagon Master Sister Ledeyard (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father's Wild Game Minverva Bobbin (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Redwood Forest Trail Hattie Hickory (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 40% The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Mrs. Murphy (Character) - 1950
83% 78% 3 Godfathers Miss Florie (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Keeper of the Bees Mrs. Ferris (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Stallion Mrs. Aggie Curtis (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dark Horse Aunt Hattie (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Wise Fools Sister Mary Brigid (Character) - 1946
100% 86% My Darling Clementine Kate Nelson (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Tugboat Annie Tugboat Annie (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Live in Grosvenor Square Mrs. Patterson (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Impatient Years Minister's Wife (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music in Manhattan Mrs. Pearson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunday Dinner for a Soldier Mrs. Helen Dobson (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 66% Stage Door Canteen Herself (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gildersleeve's Bad Day Aunt Emma Forrester (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 33% Tender Comrade Mrs. Henderson (Character) - 1943
91% 91% The Ox-Bow Incident Jenny Grier (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Mrs. Mariah Clemm (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highways by Night Grandma Fogarty (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Sunny Side Annie (Character) - 1942
100% 70% All Through the Night Mrs. Donahue (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Gildersleeve Aunt Emma Forrester (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Small Town Deb Katie (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Fall Out Grandma Allen (Character) - 1941
100% 83% The Devil and Daniel Webster Ma Stone (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Youth Will Be Served Supervisor Stormer (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 40% Chad Hanna Mrs. Huguenine (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 45% Brigham Young Eliza Kent (Character) - 1940
100% 88% The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle on Main Street Mrs. Herman (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Zero Hour Sophie (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 67% The Rains Came Aunt Phoebe (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 67% Jesse James Mrs. Samuels (Character) - 1939
91% 92% Gone With the Wind Mrs. Dolly Merriwether (Character) $198.7M 1939
No Score Yet 72% Little Miss Broadway Miss Hutchins (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Out for Murder Polly (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five of a Kind Mrs. Waldron (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Mrs. Kilian (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 79% Love Is News Mrs. Flaherty (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laughing at Trouble Glory Bradford (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Hospital Mystery Miss Sarah Keats (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dangerously Yours Aunt Cynthia Barton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Singing Marine Ma Marine (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Star for a Night Mrs. Martha Lind (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ramona Aunt Ri Hyar (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Fang Maud Mahoney (Character) - 1936
100% 62% Craig's Wife Mrs. Harold (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 80% Poor Little Rich Girl Woodward (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Baby Mrs. Ellis (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Number Mrs. Meecham (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 67% Life Begins at 40 Ida Harris (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow's Youth Mary (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Navy Wife Mrs. Louise Keats (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet One More Spring Mrs. Sweeney (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet McFadden's Flats Nora McFadden (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 57% Paddy O'Day Dora (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 74% Curly Top Mrs. Denham (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desirable Frederick's Mother (uncredited) (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 88% Heat Lightning Gladys (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 30% Finishing School Maude (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once to Every Woman Mrs. Wood (Character) - 1934
57% No Score Yet The White Parade Miss "Sailor" Robets (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Date Ma Taylor (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Emergency Call Head Nurse Brown (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Air Hostess Ma Kearns (Character) - 1933
71% 81% Design for Living Curtis' Housekeeper (uncredited) (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Child of Manhattan Mrs. McGonegal (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 38% One Sunday Afternoon Mrs. Lind (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 20% Before Dawn Mrs. Marble (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 36% Ann Vickers Mrs. Gage (uncredited) (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 42% Hot Saturday Mrs. Brock (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 30% Fighting Caravans Pioneer Woman (uncredited) (Character) - 1931
83% No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Widow Douglas (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Widow Douglas (Character) - 1930
100% No Score Yet Hypocrites Madam (Character) - 1915

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Mrs. Brenner (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955

QUOTES FROM Jane Darwell CHARACTERS

Ma Joad says: Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good an' they die out. But we keep a'comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out; they can't lick us. We'll go on forever, Pa, 'cause we're the people.