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Mae Clarke

  • Highest Rated: 100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) (1955)
  • Birthday: Aug 16, 1910
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A nightclub dancer in her teens, Mae Clarke rose to prominence on the Broadway musical stage of the 1920s. In films, Clarke nearly always seemed predestined for tragedy and abuse: she played the long-suffering bride of the title character in Frankenstein (1931), the self-sacrificing trollop Molly Molloy in The Front Page (1931), and the streetwalker protagonist in Waterloo Bridge (1931). Clarke's most famous film role was one for which she received no onscreen credit: she was the recipient of James Cagney's legendary "grapefruit massage" in 1931's Public Enemy. Clarke went on to co-star with Cagney in such films as Lady Killer (1933) and Great Guy (1936); though the best of friends in real life, Cagney and Clarke usually seemed poised to bash each other's brains out onscreen. For reasons that still remain unclear, Clarke's starring career plummeted into bit roles and walk-ons by the 1950s. Her most rewarding work during that decade was on television -- it was Clarke who portrayed a middle-aged woman undergoing menopause on a controversial 1954 installment of the TV anthology Medic. Even during her career low points, Clarke retained her sense of humor. When applying for a role on one TV program, she advertised herself as a comedian, listing as a "qualification" the fact that she was at one time married to Fanny Brice's brother. Mae Clarke continued accepting minor film roles until 1970, when she retired to the Motion Picture Country Home at Woodland Hills, California.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Thoroughly Modern Millie Woman in the Office 1967
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady Mrs. Craig 1966
No Score Yet Ask Any Girl Woman on train 1959
17% The Catered Affair Saleswoman 1956
No Score Yet Mohawk Minikah, His Wife 1956
No Score Yet Come Next Spring Myrtle 1956
100% Wichita Mrs. McCoy 1955
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) Miss O'Dell 1955
No Score Yet Women's Prison Saunders 1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times Mabel Baughman 1955
90% Magnificent Obsession Mrs. Miller 1954
No Score Yet Horizons West Mrs. Tarleton 1952
No Score Yet Skirts Ahoy! Miss LaValle 1952
90% Pat and Mike Woman Golfers 1952
No Score Yet Love Is Better Than Ever Mrs. Ireland 1952
100% Singin' in the Rain Hairdresser 1952
No Score Yet The Unknown Man Stella's Friend 1951
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Mother 1951
No Score Yet The Great Caruso Woman 1951
92% Royal Wedding Telephone Operator No. 1 1951
No Score Yet Mr. Imperium Secretary 1951
No Score Yet Three Guys Named Mike Convair Passenger 1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara Receptionist 1951
No Score Yet Duchess of Idaho Betty, the flower girl 1950
No Score Yet King of the Rocket Men Glenda Thomas 1949
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves Ensign Kirk 1944
No Score Yet Lady from Chungking Lavara 1942
No Score Yet Great Guy Janet Henry 1942
67% Flying Tigers Verna Bales 1942
No Score Yet Hats Off Jo Allen 1936
No Score Yet Wild Brian Kent Betty Prentice 1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Constance Jordan 1936
No Score Yet The Daring Young Man Martha Allen 1935
No Score Yet The Man with Two Faces Daphne Martin 1934
67% Nana Satin 1934
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Mimi Montagne 1933
No Score Yet Fast Workers Mary 1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer Myra Gale 1933
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder Gwen Parker 1932
No Score Yet Night World Ruth Taylor 1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Ruth Robbins 1932
No Score Yet Final Edition Anne Woodman 1932
100% Frankenstein Elizabeth 1931
No Score Yet Waterloo Bridge Myra 1931
No Score Yet The Good Bad Girl Marcia 1931
100% The Public Enemy Kitty 1931
92% The Front Page Molly 1931
No Score Yet The Fall Guy Bertha Quinlan 1930

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

93% Batman
1966-1968
Lady
  • 1966

QUOTES FROM Mae Clarke CHARACTERS

Elizabeth
Henry! What have they done to you?
Elizabeth
Henry, what have they done to you?
Tom Powers
Hello baby. What are you gonna have?
Kitty
Anything you say, big boy.
Tom Powers
You're a swell dish. I think I'm going to go for you.