Rita Johnson

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Clock (1948)
Lowest Rated: 50% Susan Slept Here (1954)
Birthday: Aug 13, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
A former pianist and radio actress, Rita Johnson was on Broadway from 1935 and in films from 1937. An extraordinarily versatile performer, Johnson managed to play virtually every sort of role open to an actress of above-average beauty and intelligence in the 1940s. Portraying standard heroines in such films as Edison the Man (1940) and My Friend Flicka (1943), Johnson brought far more warmth and humanity to the parts than the scripts provided. She was equally as persuasive as haughty murderess Julia Farnsworth in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) and as the hissable "other woman" in films like The Major and the Minor (1944). It is positively criminal that no Academy Award came Johnson's way for her astonishing portrayal of the born-to-be-killed wife of unscrupulous Robert Young in 1947's They Won't Believe Me. Johnson's film career came to a screeching halt after a 1948 accident that required delicate brain surgery; thereafter, her screen time was extremely limited, in keeping with her radically reduced mobility and powers of concentration. Fifty-three-year-old Rita Johnson died of a brain hemorhage in her Hollywood home in 1965.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet All Mine to Give Katie Tyler 1956
50% Susan Slept Here Dr. Rawley 1954
100% The Big Clock Pauline York 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Minna Fenster 1948
No Score Yet Sleep, My Love Barby 1947
No Score Yet They Won't Believe Me Greta Ballentine 1947
No Score Yet The Perfect Marriage Mabel Manning 1946
No Score Yet Pardon My Past Mary Pemberton 1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties Bonita Farrow 1945
No Score Yet Thunderhead---Son of Flicka Nelle McLaughlin 1945
91% Ministry of Fear 2nd Mrs. Bellaire 1944
86% My Friend Flicka Nell 1944
100% The Major and the Minor Pamela Hill 1942
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan Julia Farnsworth 1941
80% Edison, the Man Mary Stilwell 1940
No Score Yet Congo Maisie Kay McWade 1940
No Score Yet Six Thousand Enemies Anne Barry 1939
No Score Yet Honolulu Cecelia Grayson 1939
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade Judy Tyrrell 1939
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective Lou Farnsby 1939
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Honey 1938
No Score Yet Man-Proof Florence 1938
No Score Yet London by Night Patricia Herrick 1937

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
Mrs. Van Schuyler
  • 1955

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