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Margaret Dumont

Lowest Rated:   0% What a Way to Go! (1964)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Marx Brothers in a Nutshell
  • Actor
1982
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Mrs. Foster
1964
No Score Yet Zotz!
  • Persephone Updike
1962
92% 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 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
91% 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 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
94% Duck Soup
  • Mrs. Gloria Teasdale
1933
96% Animal Crackers
  • Mrs. Rittenhouse
1930
95% The Cocoanuts
  • Mrs. Potter
1929

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