Karen Morley - Rotten Tomatoes

Karen Morley

Highest Rated:   100% Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Lowest Rated:   50% Samson and Delilah (1949)
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Willowy leading lady Karen Morley received most of her acting training at Pasadena Playhouse. Signed to an MGM contract in 1931, she distinguished herself in a series of offbeat roles, notably the defiant heroine in Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), the title character's foredoomed predecessor in Mata Hari (1932), and the mistress of the President of the United States in Gabriel Over the White House (1933). On loan to Howard Hughes, she was seen as gangster Paul Muni's "high-class" paramour in Scarface (1931); and at RKO, she was the much-despised blackmailer (and well-deserved murder victim) in The Phantom of Crestwood (1933). Too mannered and aloof to become an audience favorite, she nonetheless worked steadily on-stage and onscreen well into the late '40s. Her film career came to a sudden halt in 1951 when she invoked the Fifth Amendment before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Blacklisted from Hollywood, she unsuccessfully attempted to start a career in politics, then completely retired, refusing numerous entreaties to resume her film work once the blacklist had relaxed in the 1960s. Formerly married to director Charles Vidor, Karen Morley was later the wife of fellow blacklistee Lloyd Gough.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Phantom Of Crestwood
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Born to the Saddle
  • Kate Daggett
1953
No Score Yet M
  • Mrs. Coster
1951
50% Samson and Delilah
  • Woman
1949
No Score Yet Framed
  • Mrs. Price
1947
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Hour
  • Eileen Blair
1947
No Score Yet The Unknown
  • Rachel Martin
1946
No Score Yet Jealousy
  • Dr. Monica Anderson
1945
100% Pride and Prejudice
  • Charlotte
1940
No Score Yet Kentucky
  • Mrs. Goodwin, 1861
1938
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid
  • Helene Rafitte
1937
No Score Yet Beloved Enemy
  • Cathleen O'Brien
1937
88% The Littlest Rebel
  • Mrs. Cary
1935
No Score Yet The Healer
  • Evelyn Allen
1935
No Score Yet Black Fury
  • Anna Novak
1935
100% Our Daily Bread
  • Mary Sims
1934
100% Dinner at Eight
  • Mrs. Wayne Talbot
1933
92% Gabriel over the White House
  • Pendola Molloy
1933
No Score Yet The Washington Masquerade
  • Consuela Fairbanks
1932
57% Mata Hari
  • Carlotta
1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening?
  • Alice Grimes
1932
100% Scarface
  • Poppy
1932
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin
  • Sonia
1932
88% The Mask of Fu Manchu
  • Sheila Barton
1932
No Score Yet The Cuban Love Song
  • Crystal
1931
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet
  • Alice
1931
No Score Yet Never the Twain Shall Meet
  • Maisie, Dan's Fiancee
1931
No Score Yet Daybreak
  • Emily Kessner
1931
No Score Yet Strangers May Kiss
  • Dining Companion
1931
No Score Yet Inspiration
  • Liane
1931
No Score Yet Politics
  • Myrtle Burns
1931

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