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Mary Beth Hughes

Highest Rated:   91% The Women (1939)
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Like her contemporaries Lynn Bari and Veda Ann Borg, blonde actress Mary Beth Hughes seldom rose above "starlet" or "second-echelon star" status, even though she worked steadily and enjoyed a loyal fan following. Encouraged to pursue a theatrical career by her grandmother, a onetime actress, Hughes went from stage to films in 1938. From 1940 through 1943, Hughes was part of the "B" stable at 20th Century-Fox, playing both good and bad girls in the popular Michael Shayne series with Lloyd Nolan, and going through the usual "other woman" paces in films like Orchestra Wives (1942). She is billed second in the moody western The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), but her role is utterly expendable; in fact, she has fewer lines than George Meeker, the unbilled actor playing her husband. While her film career never really went anywhere, Hughes remained in the public eye through her many cheesecake photos in movie-oriented magazines of the era. In the mid-1950s, Hughes gave up films in favor of work as a nightclub singer/musician and television actress; she was often cast as nagging wife Clara Appleby on TV's The Red Skelton Show, possibly because she was one of the few actresses whom Skelton couldn't break up. Mary Beth Hughes briefly returned to filmmaking in the mid-1970s, playing character roles in such drive-in fare as The Working Girls (1974) and How's Your Love Life? (1977).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Devil's Henchman
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Working Girls
  • Mrs. Borden
1974
No Score Yet Double Trouble
  • Watusi Dancer
1967
No Score Yet Murderers' Row
  • The Slaygirl
1966
No Score Yet Fireball 500
  • Leander Fan
1966
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • Girls and Boy
1966
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead
  • W.A.F.
1965
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
  • Beach Girl
1965
No Score Yet Ski Party
  • Ski Girl
1965
80% Beach Blanket Bingo
  • Beach Girl
1965
29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
  • Robot
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • The Pajama Girl
1964
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party
  • Surfer Girl
1964
No Score Yet Loophole
  • Vera
1954
No Score Yet Passage West
  • Nellie
1951
No Score Yet Close To My Heart
  • Arlene
1951
No Score Yet Young Man With a Horn
  • Margo Martin
1950
No Score Yet Riders in the Sky
  • Julie Steward
1949
No Score Yet El Paso
  • Stage Coach Nellie
1949
No Score Yet Grand Canyon
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Rimfire
  • Polly
1949
No Score Yet Last of the Wild Horses
  • Terry Williams
1948
No Score Yet Inner Sanctum
  • Jean Maxwell
1948
No Score Yet Rockin' in the Rockies, (Partners in Fortune)
  • June McGuire
1945
No Score Yet The Lady Confesses
  • Vicki McGuire
1945
No Score Yet The Great Flamarion
  • Connie Wallace
1945
No Score Yet I Accuse My Parents
  • Kitty Reed
1944
No Score Yet Timber Queen
  • Elaine Graham
1944
No Score Yet Take It Big
  • Gaye Livingston
1944
90% The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Rose Mapen
1943
No Score Yet Orchestra Wives
  • Caroline
1942
No Score Yet Blue, White and Perfect
  • Merle Garland
1942
No Score Yet Dressed to Kill
  • Joanne La Marr
1941
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Rio
  • Joan Reynolds
1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast
  • Secretary
1941
No Score Yet Star Dust
  • June Lawrence
1940
No Score Yet Sleepers West
  • Helen Carlson
1940
No Score Yet Dancing Co-ed
  • Toddy
1939
91% The Women
  • Miss Trimmerback
1939
No Score Yet These Glamour Girls
  • Ann Van Reichton
1939
No Score Yet The Night Before The Divorce
  • Actor

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