Margaret Dumont

Lowest Rated: 29% What a Way to Go! (1964)
Birthday: Invalid date
Birthplace: Not Available
Originally an opera singer, American actress Margaret Dumont was engaged in 1925 to act in The Cocoanuts, a Broadway musical comedy starring the Marx Brothers. As wealthy widow Mrs. Potter, Dumont became the formidable stage target for the rapid-fire insults and bizarre lovemaking approach of Groucho Marx. So impressive was her "teaming" with Groucho that she was hired for their next Broadway production, Animal Crackers (1928), in which she portrayed society dowager Mrs. Rittenhouse. Though Groucho would later insist that Dumont never understood his jokes, she more than held her own against the unpredictable Marx Brothers, facing their wild ad-libs, practical jokes and roughhouse physical humor with the straight-faced aplomb of a school principal assigned a classroom of unruly children. Dumont continued appearing opposite the Marx Brothers when they began making motion pictures, co-starring in seven of the team's films, most notably as hypochondriac Emily Upjohn in A Day at the Races (1937). It was for this picture that Dumont won a Screen Actor's Guild award; upon this occasion, film critic Cecilia Ager suggested that a monument be erected in honor of Dumont's courage and steadfastness in the face of the Marx invasion. Although she appeared in many other films (sometimes in the company of other famous comedy teams such as Laurel and Hardy, Wheeler and Woolsey, and Abbott and Costello), it is for her Marx appearances that Dumont--often dubbed "the Fifth Marx Brother"--is best remembered. Dumont made her last professional appearance a week before her death, on the TV variety series Hollywood Palace; appropriately, it was in support of Groucho Marx in a re-creation of the "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" production number from Animal Crackers.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Marx Brothers in a Nutshell Actor 1982
29% What a Way to Go! Mrs. Foster 1964
No Score Yet Zotz! Persephone Updike 1962
93% Auntie Mame Noblewoman 1958
No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock! Georgianna 1957
No Score Yet Three for Bedroom C Mrs. Hawthorne 1952
No Score Yet Little Giant Mrs. Hendrickson 1946
No Score Yet Sunset in El Dorado Aunt Dolly/Aunt Arabella 1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Miss Rodholder 1945
No Score Yet Diamond Horseshoe Mrs. Standish 1945
No Score Yet Up in Arms Mrs. Willoughby 1944
No Score Yet Bathing Beauty Mrs. Allenwood 1944
No Score Yet The Dancing Masters Mrs. Harlan 1943
No Score Yet Rhythm Parade Ophelia 1943
No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Flo Faulkner 1942
100% Never Give a Sucker an Even Break Mrs. Hemogloben 1941
67% The Big Store Martha Phelps 1941
100% At the Circus Mrs. Dukesbury 1939
92% The Women Mrs. Wagstaff 1939
No Score Yet Wise Girl Mrs. Bell-Rivington 1937
100% A Day at the Races Emily Upjohn 1937
No Score Yet High Flyers Mrs. Arlington 1937
No Score Yet Youth on Parole Mrs. Abernathy 1937
97% A Night at the Opera Mrs. Claypool 1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous Mrs. Hendricks 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Yelling Woman in Audience 1935
No Score Yet Kentucky Kernels Mrs. Baxter 1934
92% Duck Soup Mrs. Gloria Teasdale 1933
96% Animal Crackers Mrs. Rittenhouse 1930
95% The Cocoanuts Mrs. Potter 1929