Polly Moran

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American comedienne Polly Moran left the vaudeville circuit (which in her case included Europe and South Africa) in 1914 for a job at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios. Polly took to broad, vulgar slapstick with ease, remaining with Sennett into the '20s. Her best work in that decade commenced after Polly signed with MGM, where she was teamed with legendary Broadway musical comedy star Marie Dressler in an earthy domestic comedy The Callahans and the Murphys (1927). MGM decided to build up Polly and Marie as a team in such talkies as Chasing Rainbows (1930) Caught Short(1930) and Politics (1932). Nowhere near as brilliant a performer as Dressler, Polly Moran nonetheless had her own roughneck charm, her parts fluctuating between low-class servants and pretentious "nouveau riche" dowagers. After Marie Dressler's death in 1934, Polly Moran's star waned, and by 1936 she was languishing in inexpensive two-reel comedies at Columbia Pictures. Her days of prominence had passed, and Polly would have to be content with B-pictures and bit roles for most of the rest of her career; nonetheless, she maintained a hyperactive social life, throwing some of Hollywood's rowdiest (and most talked about) parties. A good small part in Adam's Rib(1949) led to a new screen career for Polly Moran, unfortunately cut short by her death in 1952.

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MOVIES

CREDIT
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet The Yellow Cab Man Bride's Mother 1950
100% Adam's Rib Mrs. McGrath 1949
No Score Yet Red Light Chambermaid 1949
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days Sally 1940
No Score Yet Red River Range Mrs. Maxwell 1938
No Score Yet Down to Their Last Yacht Nella Fitzgerald 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Henrietta Clemp 1934
60% Alice in Wonderland Dodo Bird 1933
No Score Yet The Passionate Plumber Albine 1932
No Score Yet Prosperity Lizzie Praskins 1932
No Score Yet Guilty Hands Aunt Maggie 1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet Reducing Polly Rochay 1931
No Score Yet Politics Ivy Higgins 1931
No Score Yet Remote Control Polly 1930
No Score Yet The Girl Said No Polly 1930
No Score Yet Paid Polly 1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929 Herself 1929
No Score Yet So This Is College Polly 1929
100% Show People The Maid 1928
100% The Unknown Landlady 1927
No Score Yet The Scarlet Letter Townswoman 1926
No Score Yet The Affairs of Anatol Orchestra Leader 1921
No Score Yet Madcap Ambrose Actor 1916
No Score Yet A Schoolhouse Scandal Actor

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