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Jean Parker

Highest Rated:   100% The Gunfighter (1950)
Lowest Rated:   83% The Flying Deuces (1939)
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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 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 The Texas Rangers
  • Amanda Bailey
1936
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes West
  • Peggy Martin
1935
No Score Yet Sequoia, (Malibu)
  • Toni Martin
1934
No Score Yet Operator 13
  • Eleanor Shackleford
1934
92% Little Women
  • Beth March
1933
100% Lady for a Day
  • Louise
1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak
  • Danitza
1933
No Score Yet Rasputin and the Empress
  • Maria
1933
92% Gabriel over the White House
  • Alice Bronson
1933

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