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Rita Johnson

Highest Rated:   100% The Big Clock (1948)
Lowest Rated:   50% Susan Slept Here (1954)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Don't Trust Your Husband
  • Actor
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 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 Six Thousand Enemies
  • Anne Barry
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

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