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Margaret Wycherly

Highest Rated:   100% White Heat (1949)
Lowest Rated:   14% Forever Amber (1947)
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On-stage from 1898, British actress Margaret Wycherly toured in English repertory and American stock before making her Broadway premiere. Her biggest commercial stage success was Tobacco Road, but the role which made her a star was the low-born, smarter-than-she-seems phony spirtualist in The Thirteenth Chair, a murder mystery written for the actress by Bayard Veiller. Wycherly re-created the role in a 1919 silent film, then ten years later remade it as a talking picture. Despite the histrionics of Bela Lugosi as a police inspector, Wycherly dominated the 1929 Thirteenth Chair, playing each significant moment full-out, but without the artificiality which afflicated the rest of the cast. She remained active on stage and TV and in films (her last was Olivier's Richard III) for the rest of her life, but Margaret Wycherly would be memorable if only for two of her film appearances: As Gary Cooper's weary backwoods mother in Sergeant York (1941), for which she was Oscar-nominated, and as a far more malevolent parent, James Cagney's gangster "Ma" in White Heat. Though she was killed off midway in this film, audiences had no trouble remembering the hatchet-hard face and marrow-chilling voice of Margaret Wycherly just before the final fadeout, as Cagney blew himself up while screaming "Made it, Ma! Top of the World!"

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The President's Lady
  • Mrs. Robards
1953
No Score Yet The Man with a Cloak
  • Mrs. Flynn
1952
100% White Heat
  • Ma Jarrett
1949
No Score Yet The Loves of Carmen
  • Old Crone
1948
14% Forever Amber
  • Mrs. Song
1947
No Score Yet Something in the Wind
  • Grandma Read
1947
100% The Yearling
  • Ma Forrester
1946
No Score Yet Johnny Angel
  • Miss Drumm
1945
100% Experiment Perilous
  • Maggie
1944
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Aunt Ludmilla Novotny
1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down
  • Mme. Orden
1943
89% Random Harvest
  • Mrs. Deventer
1942
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame
  • Mrs. Forrest
1942
No Score Yet Crossroads
  • Mme. Pelletier
1942
84% Sergeant York
  • Mother York
1941
No Score Yet Call It Murder
  • Mrs. Weldon
1934
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair
  • Madame Rosalie La Grange
1929

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