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Zasu Pitts

Highest Rated:   100% Way Out West (1937)
Lowest Rated:   71% The Wedding March (1928)
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According to her own account, actress ZaSu Pitts was given her curious cognomen because she was named for two aunts, Eliza and Susan. Born in Kansas, Pitts moved with her family to California, where at age 19 she began her film career. Her first starring role was as an ugly duckling who finds true love in 1919's Better Times. Her calculated vagueness and fluttery hand gestures earned Pitts comedy roles from the outset, but director Erich Von Stroheim saw dramatic potential in the young actress. He cast her as the grasping, money-mad wife in his masterpiece Greed (1924), and she rose to the occasion with a searing performance. Except for a couple of later collaborations with Von Stroheim, Pitts returned to predominately comic assignments after Greed. One exception was her portrayal of Lew Ayres' ailing mother in the Oscar-winning All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), a brilliant piece of work that unfortunately fell victim to the editors' scissors when a preview audience, conditioned to Pitts' comedy roles, broke out in loud laughter when she came onscreen (she was replaced by Beryl Mercer in the domestic version of All Quiet, though reportedly her scenes were retained for some European versions). Established as a top character comedian by the '30s (her oft-imitated catchphrase was "Oh, dear, oh my!"), Pitts co-starred with Thelma Todd in a series of Hal Roach two-reelers, was top-billed in such feature programmers as Out All Night (1933) and The Plot Thickens (1935), and showed up in select character roles in A-pictures. During the '40s and '50s, she toured in Ramshackle Inn, a play written especially for her by George Batson. From 1956 through 1960, Pitts played Elvira "Nugey" Nugent on the popular Gale Storm TV sitcom Oh, Susanna. ZaSu Pitts died in 1963, shortly after completing her final film appearance in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and just a few days after her last TV guest assignment on Burke's Law.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Vampire Boys
  • Actor
2011
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Switchboard Operator
1963
86% The Thrill of It All
  • Olivia
1963
No Score Yet The Gazebo
  • Mrs. MacGruder (scenes deleted)
1959
No Score Yet This Could Be the Night
  • Mrs. Shea
1957
No Score Yet Francis Joins the WACs
  • Lt. Valerie Humpert
1954
No Score Yet Denver & Rio Grande
  • Jane
1951
No Score Yet Francis
  • Valerie Humpert
1950
91% Life With Father
  • Cora
1947
No Score Yet Breakfast in Hollywood
  • Elvira Spriggens
1946
No Score Yet The Perfect Marriage
  • Rosa
1946
No Score Yet Let's Face It
  • Cornelia Figeson
1943
No Score Yet Tish
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Meet the Mob
  • Aunt Emma
1942
No Score Yet The Bashful Bachelor
  • Geraldine
1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire at Sea
  • Miss Pepper
1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three)
  • Anna
1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby
  • Miss Pepper
1941
No Score Yet Niagara Falls
  • Emmy Sawyer
1941
No Score Yet Broadway Limited (The Baby Vanishes )
  • Myra
1941
No Score Yet Uncle Joe
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette
  • Pauline
1940
No Score Yet It All Came True
  • Miss Flint
1940
No Score Yet Eternally Yours
  • Carrie Bingham
1939
No Score Yet Nurse Edith Cavell
  • Mme. Moulin
1939
100% Way Out West
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet The Plot Thickens
  • Hildegarde Withers
1936
No Score Yet 13 Hours by Air (Thirteen Hours by Air)
  • Mina Harkins
1936
100% Ruggles of Red Gap
  • Mrs. Judson
1935
No Score Yet The Gay Bride
  • Mirabelle
1934
No Score Yet Sing and Like It
  • Annie Snodgrass
1934
No Score Yet Three on a Honeymoon
  • Alice Mudge
1934
No Score Yet The Meanest Gal in Town
  • Tillie Prescott
1934
No Score Yet Dames
  • Matilda Ounce Hemingway
1934
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
  • Miss Tabitha Hazy
1934
No Score Yet Meet the Baron
  • Zasu
1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart
  • Elmerada de Leon
1933
No Score Yet Hello, Sister!
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Mr. Skitch
  • Mrs. Skitch
1933
No Score Yet Aggie Appleby
  • Sybby
1933
No Score Yet Back Street
  • Mrs. Dole
1932
No Score Yet They Just Had to Get Married
  • Molly Hull
1932
No Score Yet Madison Square Garden
  • Florrie
1932
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle
  • Nora Rafferty
1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies
  • Gertie
1932
No Score Yet Roar of the Dragon
  • Gabby Tourist
1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star
  • Mrs. Scudder
1932
No Score Yet Is My Face Red
  • Telephone Operator
1932
No Score Yet Strangers of the Evening
  • Sybil
1932
No Score Yet The Trial Of Vivienne Ware
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Destry Rides Again
  • Temperance Worker
1932
No Score Yet Shopworn
  • Aunt Dot
1932
No Score Yet Red Noses
  • ZaSu
1932
No Score Yet Broken Lullaby, (The Man I Killed)
  • Anna
1932
No Score Yet The Guardsman
  • Liesl, the Maid
1931
No Score Yet The Big Gamble
  • Nora Dugan
1931
No Score Yet A Woman of Experience
  • Katie
1931
No Score Yet Seed
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet The Secret Witness
  • Bella
1931
No Score Yet War Nurse
  • Cushie
1930
No Score Yet Sin Takes a Holiday
  • Anna
1930
No Score Yet The Lottery Bride
  • Hilda
1930
No Score Yet Monte Carlo
  • Bertha
1930
No Score Yet The Devil's Holiday
  • Ethel
1930
No Score Yet The Locked Door
  • Telephone Girl
1929
No Score Yet Sunny Side Up
  • Actor
1929
71% The Wedding March
  • Cecelia
1928
No Score Yet Risky Business
  • Sarah
1926
No Score Yet Lazybones
  • Ruth Fanning
1925
100% Greed
  • Trina
1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Actor
1923
No Score Yet A Modern Musketeer
  • A Kansas Belle
1917
No Score Yet The Little Princess
  • Becky
1917
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Actor
1917

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