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Minerva Urecal



Actress Minerva Urecal claimed that her last name was an amalgam of her family home town of Eureka, California. True or not, Urecal would spend the balance of her life in California, specifically Hollywood. Making the transition from stage to screen in 1934, Ms. Urecal appeared in innumerable bits, usually as cleaning women, shopkeepers and hatchet-faced landladies. In B-pictures and 2-reelers of the 1940s, she established herself as a less expensive Marjorie Main type; her range now encompassed society dowagers (see the East Side Kids' Mr. Muggs Steps Out) and Mrs. Danvers-like housekeepers (see Bela Lugosi's The Ape Man). With the emergence of television, Minerva Urecal entered the "guest star" phase of her career. She achieved top billing in the 1958 TV sitcom Tugboat Annie, and replaced Hope Emerson as Mother for the 1959-60 season of the weekly detective series Peter Gunn. Minerva Urecal was active up until the early '60s, when she enjoyed some of the most sizeable roles of her career, notably the easily offended Swedish cook in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) and the town harridan who is turned to stone in Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling
  • Woman at Phone Booth
1965
100% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao
  • Kate Lindquist
1964
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
  • Brenda
1962
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Miss Watson
1960
No Score Yet Miracle in the Rain
  • Mrs. Canelli
1956
No Score Yet A Man Alone
  • Mrs. Maule
1955
100% Marty
  • Mrs. Rosari
1955
83% Niagara
  • Landlady
1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway
  • Landlady
1953
No Score Yet Lost in Alaska
  • Mrs. McGillicuddy
1952
No Score Yet The Raging Tide
  • Johnnie Mae
1951
No Score Yet The Great Caruso
  • Carmencita Toscano
1951
No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie
  • Mrs. Fling
1951
No Score Yet Mask of the Avenger
  • Market Woman
1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven
  • Miss Bates
1950
No Score Yet The Jackpot
  • Strange Woman
1950
84% Harvey
  • Nurse Dunphy
1950
No Score Yet Mister 880
  • Rosie
1950
83% Side Street
  • Landlady
1950
No Score Yet Quicksand (1950)
  • Landlady
1950
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime
  • Woman
1949
No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat
  • Virginie
1949
No Score Yet Outcasts of the Trail
  • Mrs. Rysen
1949
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Old Woman
1948
100% The Snake Pit
  • Patient
1948
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes
  • Italian Woman
1948
No Score Yet Good Sam
  • Mrs. Nelson
1948
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek
  • Mrs. Crum
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Husky Woman
1948
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Mrs. Maypole
1948
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Woman with Hat
1947
No Score Yet Saddle Pals
  • Cora Downey
1947
No Score Yet Apache Rose
  • Felicia
1947
No Score Yet Lost Moment
  • Maria
1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations
  • Sue
1946
No Score Yet California
  • Emma
1946
No Score Yet The Trap
  • Mrs. Weebles
1946
No Score Yet Sioux City Sue
  • Elite Hotel Manager
1946
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Boots
  • Lady
1946
No Score Yet The Virginian
  • Actor
1946
100% The Dark Corner
  • Mother
1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour)
  • Woman
1946
No Score Yet Rainbow Over Texas
  • Mama Lolita
1946
94% The Bells of St. Mary's
  • Landlady
1945
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945)
  • Teacher
1945
80% State Fair
  • Woman
1945
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano
  • Italian Woman
1945
No Score Yet A Medal for Benny
  • Mrs. Chavez
1945
No Score Yet Wanderer of the Wasteland
  • Mama Rafferty
1945
No Score Yet Kid Sister
  • Mrs. Wiggins
1945
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow
  • Patient
1944
No Score Yet Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • Militant Wife
1944
No Score Yet Kismet
  • Retainer
1944
No Score Yet Betrayed
  • Landlady
1944
50% Mr. Skeffington
  • Woman in Beauty Shop
1944
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Servant to Uncle Pio
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Woman
1943
No Score Yet Ghosts on the Loose
  • Hilda
1943
No Score Yet Hit the Ice
  • Wife
1943
No Score Yet White Savage (White Captive)
  • Native Woman
1943
No Score Yet The Ape Man
  • Agatha Brewster
1943
100% Shadow of a Doubt
  • Mrs. Henderson
1943
No Score Yet Kid Dynamite
  • Judge
1943
No Score Yet So This Is Washington
  • Mrs. Pomeroy
1943
No Score Yet Sweater Girl
  • Melinda
1942
No Score Yet Sons of the Pioneers
  • Mrs. Bixby
1942
No Score Yet In Old California
  • Mrs. Carson
1942
100% My Favorite Blonde
  • Frozen-Faced Woman
1942
No Score Yet Lady for a Night
  • Spinster
1942
No Score Yet The Corpse Vanishes
  • Fagah
1942
No Score Yet Quiet Please: Murder
  • Housewife
1942
No Score Yet The Living Ghost
  • Delia Phillips
1942
No Score Yet Skylark
  • Woman in subway car
1941
100% Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
  • Mrs. Pastrami, Cleaning Lady
1941
No Score Yet Accent on Love
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Murder by Invitation
  • Maxine Denham
1941
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed (Citadel of Crime) (Wheel of Fortune)
  • Librarian
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • Nurse
1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette
  • Woman in Airport
1940
No Score Yet You Can't Fool Your Wife
  • Mrs. Doolittle
1940
No Score Yet Boys of the City
  • Agnes
1940
100% Destry Rides Again
  • Mrs. DeWitt
1939
No Score Yet Dancing Co-ed
  • Woman on Radio
1939
No Score Yet Golden Boy
  • Costumer
1939
No Score Yet Second Fiddle
  • Miss Bland the School Principal
1939
No Score Yet You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
  • Spinster
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Scout
  • Helen
1938
No Score Yet Wives Under Suspicion
  • Lady in Courtroom (uncredited)
1938
No Score Yet Air Devils
  • Miss Price
1938
No Score Yet Prison Nurse
  • Sutherland
1938
No Score Yet Exiled to Shanghai
  • Claire
1937
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn
  • Sister
1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve
  • Reception Clerk
1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics
  • Olympic Matron
1937
No Score Yet Oh, Doctor!
  • Death Watch Mary Mackleforth
1937
67% In Old Chicago
  • Frantic Mother
1937
100% Fury
  • Fanny
1936
No Score Yet Bonnie Scotland (Heroes of the Regiment)
  • Storekeeper
1935
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Italian Woman in Ambulance
1935
No Score Yet Sadie McKee
  • Cook's Assistant at Brennon Home
1934

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