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Mae Clarke

Highest Rated:   100% Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
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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
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Mrs. McCoy
1955
0% 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
91% 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
63% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Lady
  • 1966

Quotes from Mae Clarke's Characters