Lurene Tuttle - Rotten Tomatoes

Lurene Tuttle

Highest Rated:   100% Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Lowest Rated:   43% The Manitou (1978)
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Raised on a ranch near the Arizona border, American actress Lurene Tuttle took acting lessons in Phoenix while still a child. Feisty and naturally funny, she found work with Murphy's Comedians, a vaudeville troupe, then played traditional ingenues in a San Antonio stock company. Though she never appeared on Broadway, Tuttle was a busy stage actress throughout the '20s and '30s. When stock work dried up in the Depression, Ms. Tuttle entered radio, where she became one the busiest actresses in the business, playing everything from sugary high schoolers to hardbitten gun molls. Many of her fans feel that her best radio work was as Effie Perrine, the effusive and efficient secretary on The Adventures of Sam Spade, in which Howard Duff played private eye Spade. Concentrating on films and television as big-time radio faded, Tuttle played small character parts in several movies and was a regular on the TV sitcoms Life with Father, Father of the Bride and Julia. One of the actress' final performances was in the post-apocalyptic film drama Testament (1983), in which she was reunited with Leon Ames, her Life with Father and Father of the Bride costar. In private life, Lurene Tuttle was the wife of radio actor/announcer Mel Ruick, and the mother of musical comedy actress Barbara Ruick.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Evil Town
  • Actor
1987
75% Testament
  • Rosemary Abhart
1983
No Score Yet The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Miss Watson
1981
No Score Yet White Mama
  • Mrs. McIntyre
1980
No Score Yet For the Love of It
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Parts, The Clonus Horror
  • Anna Noble
1979
No Score Yet Nutcracker Fantasy
  • Aunt Gerda
1979
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401
  • Actor
1978
43% The Manitou
  • Mrs. Hertz
1978
No Score Yet Final Chapter---Walking Tall
  • Grandma Pusser
1977
No Score Yet Part 2 Walking Tall
  • Grandma Pusser
1975
75% Walking Tall
  • Grandma Pusser
1973
No Score Yet The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Aunt Martha
1968
95% The Fortune Cookie
  • Mother Hinkle
1966
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  • Mrs. Natalie Miller
1966
No Score Yet Critic's Choice
  • Mother
1963
96% Psycho
  • Mrs. Chambers
1960
No Score Yet Ma Barker's Killer Brood
  • Ma Barker
1960
98% Sweet Smell of Success
  • Mrs. Bartha
1957
No Score Yet Untamed Youth
  • Mrs. Steele
1957
No Score Yet The Glass Slipper
  • Cousin Loulou
1955
No Score Yet Sincerely Yours
  • Mrs. McGinley
1955
No Score Yet Give a Girl a Break
  • Mrs. Doolittle
1953
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
  • Mrs. Hammer
1953
No Score Yet Never Wave at a WAC
  • Capt. Murchinson
1953
83% Niagara
  • Mrs. Kettering
1953
100% Don't Bother to Knock
  • Mrs. Ruth Jones
1952
No Score Yet Room for One More
  • Miss Kenyon
1952
No Score Yet The Whip Hand
  • Molly Loomis
1951
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Another Day
  • Mrs. Dawson
1951
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Fancy
  • Ellen Griswold
1951
88% Macbeth
  • Gentlewoman
1950
No Score Yet Homecoming
  • Miss Stoker
1948
80% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Mary
1948
100% Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Girl Lead
1941
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer
  • Stenographer
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Agnes Molson Anna Simms
  • 1976
  • 1975

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