Ruth Donnelly - Rotten Tomatoes

Ruth Donnelly

Highest Rated:   100% Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Lowest Rated:   80% Female (1933)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% 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 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
94% 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 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 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 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 Bureau of Missing Persons
  • Gwendolyn `Pete' Harris
1933
No Score Yet Sing, Sinner, Sing
  • Margaret 'Maggie' Flannigan
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

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