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Sara Allgood



Born to a middle-class Irish family and educated at the Marlborough Street Training College, 19-year-old Sara Allgood joined the Irish National Theatre Society, obtaining her first speaking role in a 1903 production of W.B. Yeats' The King's Threshold. She became a member of Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1904; within a few years she was lauded as Ireland's foremost actress. While touring Australia in 1918, she made her film bow in Just Peggy. She didn't like the experience, and it would be eleven years before she would face the cameras again, this time in the role of Anna Ondra's mother in Blackmail (1929), Alfred Hitchcock's (and the British film industry's) first talkie. One year later, Hitchcock cast Sara in the demanding title role in the cinematic adaptation of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, a role she had created on stage with the Abbey Players in 1924. After a decade of worthwhile stage assignments and forgettable film roles, Sara came to Hollywood in 1940, where she was cast by John Ford in a strong role in the Oscar-winning How Green Was My Valley (1941). This led to a long-term contract with 20th Century-Fox, which was financially satisfying but dramatically unrewarding; after years of incisive, commanding stage roles, Sara was compelled to play cliched Irish mothers and servants. Sara Allgood's final screen appearance was in Fox's Cheaper By the Dozen (1950), in which she received prominent billing--and approximately five lines of dialogue.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Mrs. Monahan
2003
No Score Yet Sierra
  • Mrs. Jonas
1950
27% Juno and the Paycock
  • Juno Boyle
1949
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Mrs. Conner
1949
No Score Yet Challenge to Lassie
  • Mrs. MacFarland
1949
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus
  • Mrs. Gogarty the landlady
1948
No Score Yet The Man from Texas
  • Aunt Belle
1948
No Score Yet Mourning Becomes Electra
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Ivy
  • Martha Huntley
1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Dorseys
  • Mrs. Dorsey
1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose
  • Mrs. Brennan
1947
No Score Yet Mother Wore Tights
  • Grandmother McKinley
1947
91% Cluny Brown
  • Mrs. Maile
1946
86% The Spiral Staircase
  • Nurse Barker
1946
No Score Yet The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?)
  • Nona
1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom
  • Sister Martha
1944
No Score Yet Between Two Worlds
  • Mrs. Midget
1944
100% Jane Eyre
  • Bessie
1944
No Score Yet The Lodger
  • Ellen
1944
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley
  • Mrs. Michael Fitzpatrick
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Cook in 1917
1943
No Score Yet City Without Men
  • Maria Barton
1943
No Score Yet This Above All
  • Waitress in Tea Room
1942
89% Roxie Hart
  • Mrs. Morton
1942
65% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Mrs. Higgins
1941
100% That Hamilton Woman
  • Mrs. Cadogan-Lyon
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Mrs. Morgan
1941
No Score Yet On the Night of the Fire
  • Charwoman
1939
No Score Yet Storm in a Teacup
  • Mrs. Hegarty
1937
100% Sabotage
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet It's Love Again
  • Mrs. Hopkins
1936
No Score Yet Passing of the Third Floor Back
  • Mrs. de Hooley
1936
No Score Yet Lazybones
  • Bridget
1935
No Score Yet Lily of Killarney
  • Mrs. O'Connor
1933
90% Blackmail
  • Mrs. White
1929

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