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Mary Gordon



Diminutive Scottish stage and screen actress Mary Gordon was seemingly placed on this earth to play care-worn mothers, charwomen and housekeepers. In films from the silent area (watch for her towards the end of the 1928 Joan Crawford feature Our Dancing Daughters), Gordon played roles ranging from silent one-scene bits to full-featured support. She frequently acted with Laurel and Hardy, most prominently as the stern Scots innkeeper Mrs. Bickerdyke in 1935's Bonnie Scotland. Gordon was also a favorite of director John Ford, portraying Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Englishwomen with equal aplomb (and sometimes with the same accent). She was the screen mother of actors as diverse as Jimmy Cagney, Leo Gorcey and Lou Costello; she parodied this grey-haired matriarch image in Olsen and Johnson's See My Lawyer (1945), wherein her tearful court testimony on behalf of her son (Ed Brophy) is accompanied by a live violinist. Mary Gordon is most fondly remembered by film buffs for her recurring role as housekeeper Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes films of 1939-46 starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, a role she carried over to the Holmes radio series of the '40s.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fly by Night
  • Ma Prescott
1993
No Score Yet The File on Thelma Jordon
  • Charwoman
1949
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out
  • Annie
1949
100% Fort Apache
  • Woman in Stagecoach Station
1948
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road
  • Mrs. Ford
1947
No Score Yet The Long Night
  • Old Lady
1947
No Score Yet Invisible Wall
  • Mrs. Bledsoe
1947
No Score Yet Sister Kenny
  • Actor
1946
80% Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill
  • Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes' Housekeeper
1946
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Trina
1946
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey
  • Agnes
1946
No Score Yet Little Giant
  • Mom Miller
1946
No Score Yet Pillow of Death
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Strange Confession (The Missing Head)
  • Mrs. O'Connor
1945
100% Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green
  • Mrs. Hudson
1945
81% The Body Snatcher
  • Mrs. Mary McBride
1945
No Score Yet Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • Irish Woman
1944
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death
  • Mrs. Hudson Sherlock Holmes' Housekeeper
1944
No Score Yet Million Dollar Kid
  • Mrs. McGinnis
1944
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the Spider Woman
  • Mrs. Hudson
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Herself
1944
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
  • Mrs. Hudson
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington
  • Mrs. Hudson
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
  • Mrs. Hudson
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Woman in Air Raid Shelter
1943
No Score Yet Boss of Big Town
  • Mrs. Lane
1942
29% The Mummy's Tomb
  • Jane Banning
1942
No Score Yet Great Guy
  • Mrs. Ogilvie
1942
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
  • Mrs. Hudson
1942
No Score Yet Meet the Stewarts
  • Mrs. Stewart
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • Irish Woman
1942
92% The Pride of the Yankees
  • Maid
1942
No Score Yet Riot Squad
  • Mrs. McGonigle
1941
No Score Yet It Started with Eve
  • Cleaning Lady (II)
1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold
  • Ma McCorkle
1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny
  • Martha
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Gossiper
1941
No Score Yet Borrowed Hero
  • Mrs. Riley
1941
No Score Yet Four Jacks and a Jill
  • Landlady
1941
No Score Yet Double Cross
  • Mrs. Murray
1941
75% Kitty Foyle
  • Charwoman
1940
No Score Yet The Invisible Woman
  • Mrs. Bates
1940
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette
  • Gertrude
1940
No Score Yet Young People
  • Old Woman
1940
No Score Yet The Last Alarm
  • Mrs. Hadley
1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid
  • Mrs. Sweeney
1940
No Score Yet Saps at Sea
  • Mrs. O'Riley
1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife
  • Scrubwoman
1940
82% The Invisible Man Returns
  • Cook
1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode
  • Ma Dalton
1940
No Score Yet I Take This Oath
  • Mrs. Hannigan
1940
No Score Yet My Son, My Son
  • Mrs. Mulvaney
1940
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty
  • Mrs. Monticelli
1940
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife
  • Scrubwoman
1939
No Score Yet Rulers of the Sea
  • Mrs. Ogilvie
1939
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Woman
1939
100% The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Mrs. Hudson
1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy
  • Housekeeper
1939
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Mrs. Hudson
1939
No Score Yet Cowboy from Brooklyn
  • Chambermaid
1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Mrs. MacDonald
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Mrs. Patrick McGee
1938
80% A Damsel in Distress
  • Cook
1937
No Score Yet Double Wedding
  • Mrs. Keough
1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York
  • Charwoman
1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon)
  • Mrs. Nevins
1937
100% Way Out West
  • Cook
1937
No Score Yet The Great O'Malley
  • Mrs. O'Malley
1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star
  • Undertaker's Wife
1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars
  • Woman at Barricades
1936
100% After the Thin Man
  • Rose (the cook)
1936
No Score Yet Yellowstone
  • Mrs. McDougall
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • Nurse
1936
94% Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Peddler
1935
No Score Yet Bonnie Scotland (Heroes of the Regiment)
  • Mrs. Bickerdike
1935
No Score Yet The Irish in Us
  • Mrs. O'Hara
1935
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Hans' Wife
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Landlady
1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily
  • Hugo's Wife
1935
No Score Yet Waterfront Lady
  • Mrs. O'Flaherty
1935
No Score Yet The Little Minister
  • Nanny
1934
No Score Yet The Man from Hell
  • Mrs. Frank McCarroll
1934
75% Design for Living
  • Theatre Chambermaid
1933
No Score Yet My Woman
  • Actor
1933
90% She Done Him Wrong
  • Cleaning Lady
1933
No Score Yet Woman Condemned
  • Night Court lady
1933
No Score Yet Pack Up Your Troubles
  • Mrs. MacTavish
1932
57% Blonde Venus
  • Landlady
1932
No Score Yet Texas Cyclone
  • Kate
1932
No Score Yet Call Her Savage
  • Tenement lady
1932
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in the Black Camel
  • Mrs. MacMaster
1931
No Score Yet Sunny Side Up
  • Bit Part (back to camera) (uncredited)
1929

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