Jean Parker

Jean Parker

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Gunfighter (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Rasputin and the Empress (1933)
  • Birthday: Aug 11, 1915
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • While still a junior high student, American actress Jean Parker was discovered by MGM when she posed for a poster contest. Her first film under her MGM contract was Divorce in the Family (1932), and her first important film was Rasputin and the Empress (1933), in which the novice performer failed to wilt despite the formidable presence in the cast of Lionel, John and Ethel Barrymore. Pretty and vivacious, Parker became the queen of the MGM B-pictures but never quite made it in the studio's top-drawer productions. Gaining a reputation of working quickly, efficiently and inexpensively, she became a valuable commodity on the independent-film market; two of her free-lance appearance, in Laurel and Hardy's Flying Deuces (1939) and director Eddie Sutherland's ultra-sentimental Beyond Tomorrow (1940), are familiar public-domain additions to video stores throughout America. At Monogram in the mid '40s, Parker inagurated a comedy-mystery series as Detective Kitty O'Day, but only two films were made, with her performance overshadowed by costar Peter Cookson in both. The actress was a regular in B-plus Technicolor westerns of the '50s, seen to best advantage as a faded society belle in Randolph Scott's A Lawless Street (1955). Parker made her final appearance in a western, billed eleventh after several other movie veterans in Apache Uprising (1966), in which she had only one scene. While never a big star in films, Parker did considerably better on stage, appearing in the west-coast productions of such hits as Dream Girl and Born Yesterday. Jean Parker worked as an acting coach in the '60s and early '70s, but by the '80s she was a recluse, accepting few visitors outside of her grown son.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter Actor 2000
No Score Yet Rolling Home Actor 1982
No Score Yet Stigma Jeanie 1972
No Score Yet Apache Uprising Mrs. Hawkes 1966
No Score Yet The Parson and the Outlaw Mrs. Jones 1957
No Score Yet A Lawless Street Cora Dean 1955
No Score Yet Black Tuesday Hatti Combest 1955
No Score Yet Those Redheads from Seattle Liz 1953
100% The Gunfighter Actor 1950
No Score Yet Rolling Home Frances Crawford 1948
No Score Yet Adventures of Kitty O'Day (Kitty O'Day Comes Through) Kitty O'Day 1945
No Score Yet One Body Too Many Carole Dunlap 1944
100% Bluebeard Lucille Lutien 1944
No Score Yet Dead Man's Eyes Heather 'Brat' Hayden 1944
No Score Yet Lady in the Death House Mary Kirk Logan 1944
No Score Yet The Navy Way Ellen Sayre 1944
No Score Yet Alaska Highway Ann Coswell 1943
No Score Yet Minesweeper Mary Smith 1943
No Score Yet Tomorrow We Live Julie Bronson 1942
No Score Yet I Live on Danger Susan Richards 1942
No Score Yet Wrecking Crew Peggy Starr 1942
No Score Yet Flying Blind Shirley Brooks 1941
No Score Yet Roar of the Press Alice Williams 1941
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas) Jean Lawrence 1940
No Score Yet Son of the Navy Steve Moore 1940
No Score Yet Knights of the Range Holly Ripple 1940
No Score Yet Zenobia, (Elephants Never Forget) Mary 1939
83% The Flying Deuces Georgette 1939
No Score Yet Penitentiary Elizabeth Mathews 1938
No Score Yet The Barrier Necia 1937
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Amanda Bailey 1936
No Score Yet The Farmer in the Dell Adie Boyer 1936
100% The Ghost Goes West Peggy Martin 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet Betty Lansing 1935
No Score Yet Sequoia, (Malibu) Toni Martin 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Eleanor Shackleford 1934
No Score Yet Limehouse Blues Toni 1934
No Score Yet Caravan Tinka Timka 1934
93% Little Women Beth March 1933
100% Lady for a Day Louise 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Danitza 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress Maria 1933
No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche Eloise 1933
86% Gabriel over the White House Alice Bronson 1933

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