Ruth Donnelly

Ruth Donnelly

  • Highest Rated: 100% Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 80% Female (1933)
  • Birthday: May 17, 1896
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The daughter of a New Jersey newspaper reporter/ critic/ editor, Ruth Donnelly made her first stage appearance at 17, in the chorus of the touring show The Quaker Girl. Shortly afterward, she essayed the first of hundreds of comedy roles in a theatrical piece called Margie Pepper. Her Broadway debut occurred in 1914's A Scrap of Paper, which brought her to the attention of showman George M. Cohan, who cast Ruth in choice comic-relief roles for the next five years. Her first film was 1927's Rubber Heels, but Ruth didn't pursue a Hollywood career until the Wall Street crash reduced her opportunities in "live" theatre. From 1932's Blessed Event onward, Ruth was one of Tinseltown's favorite wisecracking matrons, brightening many a sagging scene in such films as Wonder Bar (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). She was proudest of her performance as a lively middle-aged nun in Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's; unfortunately, most of that performance ended up on the cutting-room floor. Closing out her film career with Autumn Leaves (1956) and her stage career with The Riot Act (1963), Ruth Donnelly retired to a Manhattan residential hotel, politely but firmly refusing all offers to appear in TV commercials and soap operas.

Highest Rated Movies








89% Autumn Leaves Liz 1956
No Score Yet A Lawless Street Molly 1955
No Score Yet The Spoilers Duchess 1955
No Score Yet The Secret of Convict Lake Mary 1951
No Score Yet I'd Climb the Highest Mountain Glory White 1951
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends Martha 1950
100% The Snake Pit Ruth 1948
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne Kate Mulvey 1948
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes Wild Actor 1947
94% The Bells of St. Mary's Sister Michael 1945
No Score Yet Pillow to Post Mrs. Wingate 1945
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Nurse Hamilton 1943
No Score Yet This Is the Army Mrs. O'Brien 1943
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Mame 1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me Emma 1941
91% My Little Chickadee Aunt Lou 1940
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Mrs. Emma Hopper 1939
No Score Yet The Affairs of Annabel Josephine 1938
100% Holiday Actor 1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder Nora Marco 1938
No Score Yet More than a Secretary Helen Davis 1936
No Score Yet 13 Hours by Air (Thirteen Hours by Air) Vi Johnson 1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Mabel Dawson 1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Aunt Mimi 1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table Laura 1935
No Score Yet Metropolitan Marina 1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Bess 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Millicent Twitchell 1935
No Score Yet Red Salute Mrs. Edith Rooney 1935
No Score Yet Personal Maid's Secret Lizzie 1935
No Score Yet Housewife Dora Wilson 1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning Mrs. Ashton-Ashley 1934
No Score Yet Mandalay Mrs. Peters 1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar Ella Simpson 1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead Anna 1934
No Score Yet Merry Wives of Reno Lois 1934
No Score Yet Havana Widows Mrs. Jones 1933
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart Lizzie, the Housekeeper 1933
80% Female Miss Frothingham 1933
100% Footlight Parade Harriet Bowers Gould 1933
No Score Yet Goodbye Again Maid 1933
No Score Yet Man Killer Amy Moran 1933
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About Noonan 1933
No Score Yet Hard to Handle Lil Waters 1933
No Score Yet Employees' Entrance Miss Hall 1933
No Score Yet Sing, Sinner, Sing Margaret 'Maggie' Flannigan 1933
No Score Yet Convention City Mrs. Ellerbe 1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons Gwendolyn `Pete' Harris 1933
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery Berta the Maid 1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star The Countess 1932
No Score Yet Blessed Event Miss Stevens 1932
No Score Yet Transatlantic Burbank 1931
No Score Yet The Spider Mrs. Wimbledon 1931


Nurse Hamilton
According to his (Cantor's) pulse, he's been dead for 43 weeks.