Kathleen Freeman - Rotten Tomatoes

Kathleen Freeman

Highest Rated:   100% The Ladies' Man (1961)
Lowest Rated:   0% Heartbeeps (1981)
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The inimitable American actress Kathleen Freeman has been convulsing film audiences with portrayals of dowdy, sharp-tongued matrons since she was in her 20s. After stage work, Freeman began taking bit roles in major-studio features in 1948, seldom getting screen credit but always making a positive impression. The best of her earliest roles was in Singin' in the Rain (1952); Freeman played long-suffering vocal coach Phoebe Dinsmore, whose Herculean efforts to get dumb movie star Jean Hagen to grasp the proper enunciation of the phrase "I can't staaaand him" proved uproariously futile. Often cast as domestics, Freeman had a year's run in 1953 as the "spooked" maid on the ghostly TV sitcom Topper. Freeman was a particular favorite of comedian Jerry Lewis, who cast the actress in showy (and billed!) roles in such farces as The Errand Boy (1961), The Nutty Professor (1963) and Who's Got the Action?. As Nurse Higgins in Lewis' Disorderly Orderly (1964), Freeman weeps quietly as Jerry meekly scrapes oatmeal off her face and babbles "Oh, Nurse Higgins...you're all full of...stuff." Lewis so trusted Freeman's acting instincts that he sent her to the set of director William Wyler's The Collector (1965) in order to help build up the confidence of Wyler's nervous young leading lady Samantha Eggar. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Freeman took occasional "sabbaticals" from her movie and TV assignments to do stage work, enjoying a lengthy run in a Chicago production of Ira Levin's Deathtrap. Like many character actors of the '50s, Kathleen Freeman is frequently called upon to buoy the projects of baby-boomer directors: she was recently seen as an hysterical Julia Child clone in Joe Dante's Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Shrek
  • Old Woman
$267.0M 2001
23% Ready to Rumble
  • Jane King
2000
23% I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Tom Tom Girl Gloria
1998
No Score Yet Richie Rich's Christmas Wish
  • Mrs. Peabody
1998
47% Blues Brothers 2000
  • Mother Mary Stigmata
1997
No Score Yet Two Guys Talkin' About Girls (At First Sight)
  • Grandma
1995
55% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Muriel
1994
30% Hocus Pocus
  • Miss Olin
1993
No Score Yet Reckless Kelly
  • Mrs. Delance
1993
71% FernGully - The Last Rainforest
  • Edler
1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
  • Dance Teacher
1992
No Score Yet Nickel & Dime
  • Judge Lechter
1992
14% Dutch
  • Gritzi
1991
67% Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Microwave Marge
1990
No Score Yet The Willies
  • Miss Titmarch
1990
64% Chances Are
  • Mrs. Handy
1989
No Score Yet Hollywood Chaos
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Glitz
  • Mrs. Magyk
1988
No Score Yet The Wrong Guys
  • Grunskis' Mom
1988
7% Teen Wolf Too
  • Admissions Lady
1987
64% In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)
  • Mrs. Marver
1987
81% Innerspace
  • Dream Lady
1987
46% Dragnet
  • Enid Borden
1987
No Score Yet The Malibu Bikini Shop
  • Loraine Bender
1986
33% The Best of Times
  • Rosie
1986
0% Heartbeeps
  • Helicopter Pilot
1981
85% The Blues Brothers
  • Sister Mary Stigmata
1980
No Score Yet The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Norseman
  • Indian Woman
1978
No Score Yet The Strongest Man in the World
  • Policewoman
1975
No Score Yet Unholy Rollers
  • Karen's Mother
1972
No Score Yet Where Does It Hurt?
  • Mrs. Mazzini
1972
No Score Yet Psycho Sisters
  • Actor
1972
67% Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • Mrs. Perkins
1971
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front?
  • Bland's mother
1970
29% Myra Breckinridge
  • Bobby Dean Loner
1970
93% The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Mrs. Jensen
1970
No Score Yet Good Guys and the Bad Guys
  • Mrs. Stone
1969
No Score Yet Death of a Gunfighter
  • Mary Elizabeth
1969
67% Support Your Local Sheriff!
  • Mrs. Danvers
1969
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker
  • Baby Sitter
1969
97% Point Blank
  • 1st Citizen
1967
No Score Yet Three on a Couch
  • Murphy
1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks
  • Miss Blight
1965
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling
  • Woman at Phone Booth
1965
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Agatha Moore
1965
60% The Disorderly Orderly
  • Maggie Higgins
1964
80% The Patsy
  • Katie
1964
No Score Yet Mail Order Bride
  • Sister Sue
1964
40% Who's Minding the Store?
  • Mrs. Glucksman
1963
88% The Nutty Professor
  • Millie Lemmon
1963
44% The Errand Boy
  • Mrs. TP
1961
100% The Ladies' Man
  • Katie
1961
43% North to Alaska
  • Lena Nordquist
1960
No Score Yet The Buccaneer
  • Tina
1958
64% Houseboat
  • Woman in Laundromat
1958
95% The Fly
  • Emma
1958
No Score Yet Too Much, Too Soon
  • Miss Magruder
1958
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler
  • Serena Poole
1958
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me
  • Nurse Wilinski
1957
No Score Yet Pawnee (Pale Arrow)
  • Mrs. Carter
1957
No Score Yet Appointment with a Shadow
  • Rosa Cuneo
1957
71% Artists and Models
  • Mrs. Muldoon
1955
100% The Far Country
  • Grits
1955
No Score Yet Athena
  • Miss Seely
1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)
  • Custard-Pie Gag Victim
1954
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
  • Happy Stella
1953
No Score Yet The Glass Wall
  • Fat woman
1953
96% The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Miss March
1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway
  • Annie
1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web
  • Mrs. O'Halloran
1953
No Score Yet The Magnetic Monster
  • Nelly
1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife
  • Chambermaid
1953
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Gertrude
1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • J.B.'s Mother
1952
88% Monkey Business
  • Nurse
1952
No Score Yet Kid Monk Baroni
  • Maria Baroni
1952
No Score Yet Talk About a Stranger
  • Rose
1952
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Woman
1952
100% Singin' in the Rain
  • Phoebe Dinsmore
1952
No Score Yet Love Is Better Than Ever
  • Mrs. Kahrney
1952
No Score Yet Let's Make It Legal
  • Reporter
1951
75% A Place in the Sun
  • Martha
1951
No Score Yet Cause for Alarm
  • Woman
1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger
  • Nun
1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own
  • Clara Larrimore
1950
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead
  • Lily Rayton Parker
1950
62% House By the River
  • Effie Ferguson
1950
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own
  • Peg
1950
86% The Naked City
  • Stout Girl
1948
No Score Yet Wild Harvest
  • Actor
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Enid Rhonda's Patient
  • 1996
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Saleslady
  • 1992
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Rose
  • 1991
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Sophie Marge Estelle
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Noreen
  • 1988
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Rosetta Stone
  • 1968

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