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Marjorie Main



Scratchy-voiced American character actress who appeared in dozens of Hollywood vehicles following years on the Chautauqua and Orpheum circuits, Marjorie Main eventually worked with W.C. Fields on Broadway, where she appeared in several productions. Widowed in 1934, she entered films in 1937, repeating her Broadway stage role as the gangster's mother in Dead End (1937). Personally eccentric, Main had an almost pathological fear of germs. Best known among her close to 100 film appearances, most for MGM, are Stella Dallas (1937), Test Pilot (1938), Too Hot to Handle (1938), The Women (1939), Another Thin Man (1939), I Take This Woman (1940), Susan and God (1940), Honky Tonk (1941), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Murder, He Says (1945), The Harvey Girls (1946), Summer Stock (1950), The Long, Long Trailer (1954), Rose Marie (1954), and Friendly Persuasion (1956). Starting with their appearances in The Egg and I (1947), which starred Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, Main and Percy Kilbride became starring performers as Ma and Pa Kettle in a series of rural comedies.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% That's Entertainment! III
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm
  • Ma Kettle
1957
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Widow Hudspeth
1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks
  • Ma Kettle
1956
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
  • Ma Kettle
1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Ma Kettle
1954
No Score Yet Rose Marie
  • Lady Jane Dunstock
1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer
  • Mrs. Hittaway
1954
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Ma Kettle
1953
No Score Yet The Belle of New York
  • Mrs. Phineas Hill
1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
  • Ma Kettle
1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country
  • Mrs. Wrenley
1951
91% Royal Wedding
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Mr. Imperium
  • Mrs. Cabot
1951
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
  • Ma Kettle
1951
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
  • Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
1950
No Score Yet Summer Stock
  • Esme
1950
No Score Yet Big Jack
  • Flapjack Kate
1949
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle
  • Ma Kettle
1949
No Score Yet Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
  • Maribel Mathews
1948
No Score Yet The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
  • Widow Hawkins
1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I
  • Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
1947
No Score Yet Undercurrent
  • Lucy
1946
No Score Yet Bad Bascomb
  • Abbey Hanks
1946
100% The Harvey Girls
  • Sonora Cassidy
1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off
  • Mrs. Fisher
1946
No Score Yet Gentle Annie
  • Annie Goss
1945
No Score Yet Murder, He Says
  • Mamie Johnson
1945
100% Meet Me In St. Louis
  • Katie
1944
43% Johnny Come Lately (Johnny Vagabond)
  • 'Gashouse' Mary
1943
91% Heaven Can Wait
  • Mrs. Strabel
1943
No Score Yet Tish
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Judge Sidney Hawkes
1942
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Granny Becky
1941
100% A Woman's Face
  • Emma
1941
No Score Yet Honky Tonk
  • Rev. Mrs. Varner
1941
No Score Yet The Captain is a Lady
  • Sarah May Willett
1940
No Score Yet Susan and God
  • Mary
1940
No Score Yet Turnabout
  • Nora
1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Mrs. Cantrell
1940
No Score Yet I Take This Woman
  • Gertie
1940
81% Another Thin Man
  • Mrs. Dolley
1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music
  • Jane Miller
1939
91% The Women
  • Lucy
1939
No Score Yet Lucky Night
  • Mrs. Briggs
1939
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart
  • Irate Customer
1938
No Score Yet Little Tough Guy
  • Mrs. Boylan
1938
100% Three Comrades
  • Old Woman
1938
No Score Yet King of the Newsboys
  • Mrs. Stephens
1938
71% Test Pilot
  • Landlady
1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle
  • Miss Wayne
1938
No Score Yet Under the Big Top
  • Sara Post
1938
No Score Yet Boy of the Streets
  • Mrs. Mary Brennan
1937
No Score Yet The Wrong Road
  • Martha Foster
1937
89% Dead End
  • Mrs. Martin
1937
86% Stella Dallas
  • Mrs. Martin
1937
43% Naughty Marietta
  • Casquette Girl
1935
No Score Yet Music in the Air
  • Anna the Maid
1934
No Score Yet Crime Without Passion
  • Woman
1934
No Score Yet Roman Scandals
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Hot Saturday
  • Gossip
1932
No Score Yet A House Divided
  • Woman
1931

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