Una Merkel

Una Merkel

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Bank Dick (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 64% The Bat Whispers (1930)
  • Birthday: Dec 10, 1903
  • Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky, USA
  • Although she is best known for her later work, Una Merkel actually started in film in 1920 as Lillian Gish's stand-in for Way Down East. After a stage career in the 1920s, she returned to films as Ann Rutledge in D. W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930). The vivacious character actress brightened up dozens of films, playing mostly comic roles interspersed with an occasional dramatic part. Films to watch include Dangerous Female (1931); Private Lives (1931); Red-Headed Woman (1932); 42nd Street (1933), the film in which she memorably says of Ginger Rogers' character Anytime Annie: "The only time she ever said no she didn't hear the question;" The Merry Widow (both 1934 and 1952); Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935); Born to Dance (1936); Destry Rides Again (1939), where she and Marlene Dietrich have a frenzied hair-pulling battle over the hapless Mischa Auer; On Borrowed Time (1939); The Bank Dick (1940); Road to Zanzibar (1941); This Is the Army (1943); With a Song in My Heart (1952); and The Parent Trap (1961), among many others. In 1956, she won a Tony Award for The Ponder Heart and in 1961 was nominated for an Academy Award for Summer and Smoke in the role she had originated on the stage.


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No Score Yet Private Lives Actor 2005
No Score Yet Spinout Violet Ranley 1966
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks Mrs. Watkins 1964
No Score Yet Summer Magic Maria Popham 1963
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke Mrs. Winemiller 1961
90% The Parent Trap Verbena 1961
No Score Yet The Mating Game Ma Larkin 1959
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely Mom 1958
No Score Yet The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown Bertha 1957
No Score Yet Bundle of Joy Mrs. Dugan 1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks Miss Bedelia Baines 1956
No Score Yet The Kentuckian Sophie 1955
No Score Yet I Love Melvin Mom Schneider 1953
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Kitty Riley 1952
67% With a Song in My Heart Sister Marie 1952
No Score Yet Rich, Young and Pretty Glynnie 1952
No Score Yet Golden Girl Mrs. Crabtree 1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven Miss Gilbert 1950
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire Betty Johnson 1950
No Score Yet The Man from Texas Widow Weeks 1948
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild Actor 1948
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son! Mrs.Magnolia Claghorn 1947
No Score Yet This Is the Army Rose Dibble 1943
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son! Actor 1943
No Score Yet The Mad Doctor of Market Street Aunt Margaret Wentworth 1942
88% Road to Zanzibar Julia Quimby 1941
100% The Bank Dick Myrtle Sousé 1940
95% Destry Rides Again Lily Belle Callahan 1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Marcia Giles 1939
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance) Flo Saunders 1939
No Score Yet Saratoga Fritzi O'Malley 1937
No Score Yet Don't Tell the Wife Nancy Dorsey 1937
No Score Yet True Confession Daisy McClure 1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance Jenny Saks 1936
No Score Yet Speed Josephine Sanderson 1936
No Score Yet Riffraff Lil 1936
88% Broadway Melody of 1936 Kitty Corbett 1935
No Score Yet The Night Is Young Fanni 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet Toots Simmons 1935
No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Slade 1935
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice Amy Drexel 1934
78% The Merry Widow Queen 1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw Petunia Pratt 1934
No Score Yet Paris Interlude Cassie Bond 1934
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car Georgia 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Gwen 1934
90% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell) Mac 1933
96% 42nd Street Lorraine Fleming 1933
No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche Ella 1933
No Score Yet Midnight Mary Bunny 1933
No Score Yet Clear All Wires Dolly Winslow 1933
No Score Yet Broadway to Hollywood Flirt in Audience (uncredited) 1933
No Score Yet Huddle Thelma 1932
No Score Yet Man Wanted Actor 1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Betty Merrick 1932
No Score Yet She Wanted a Millionaire Mary Taylor 1932
No Score Yet Red Headed Woman Sally 1932
No Score Yet They Call It Sin Dixie Dare 1932
71% The Maltese Falcon Effie Perrine 1931
80% Private Lives Sibyl Chase 1931
No Score Yet The Secret Witness Lois Martin 1931
64% The Bat Whispers Dale Van Gorder 1930
90% Abraham Lincoln Ann Rutledge 1930


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