Marjorie Main

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marjorie Main (born Mary Tomlinson, February 24, 1890 – April 10, 1975) was an American actress, best known as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player and for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Main worked in vaudeville on the Orpheum circuit and in Chautauqua presentations, and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her first film was A House Divided in 1931. Main began playing upper class dowagers, but ultimately was typecast in abrasive, domineering, salty roles, for which her distinctive voice was well suited. She repeated her stage role in Dead End in the 1937 film version, and was subsequently cast repeatedly as the mother of gangsters. She again transferred a strong stage performance, as a dude-ranch operator in The Women, to film in 1939. At this time, she guest-starred on radio programs such as Columbia Presents Corwin and The Goldbergs. Main was signed to a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract in 1940 and stayed with the studio until the mid-1950s. She made six films with Wallace Beery in the 1940s, including Barnacle Bill (1941), Jackass Mail (1942), and Bad Bascomb (1946). She played Sonora Cassidy, the chief cook, in The Harvey Girls (1946). The director George Sidney remarked in the commentary for the film that Miss Main was a "great lady" as well as a great actress who donated most of her paychecks over the years to the support of a school. Perhaps her most famous role is that of Ma Kettle, which she ...

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Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

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In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucille Bremer

In the year before the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Mary Astor  •  Lucille Bremer

Dead End (1937)

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Joel McCrea  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Wendy Barrie

Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Francey, now a syphilitic prostitute. Martin also crosses paths with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Sylvia Sidney  •  Joel McCrea  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Wendy Barrie

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Anthony Perkins  •  Richard Eyer

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Anthony Perkins  •  Richard Eyer

The Belle of New York (1952)

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Vera-Ellen  •  Marjorie Main  •  Keenan Wynn

In squeaky-clean New York at the turn of the century, playboy Charlie Hill falls so much in love that he can walk on air. The object of his affections is beautiful Angela Bonfils, a mission house worker in the Bowery. He promises to reform his dissolute life, even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Vera-Ellen  •  Marjorie Main  •  Keenan Wynn

Undercurrent (1946)

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After a rapid engagement, a dowdy daughter of a chemist weds an industrialist, knowing little of his family or past. He transforms her into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael, his mysterious long-lost brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Robert Taylor  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Edmund Gwenn

After a rapid engagement, a dowdy daughter of a chemist weds an industrialist, knowing little of his family or past. He transforms her into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael, his mysterious long-lost brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Robert Taylor  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Edmund Gwenn

Test Pilot (1938)

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Myrna Loy  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Lionel Barrymore

Jim is a test pilot. His wife Ann and best friend Gunner try their best to keep him sober. But the life of a test pilot is anything but safe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Myrna Loy  •  Spencer Tracy  •  Lionel Barrymore

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernst Lubitsch
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Don Ameche  •  Charles Coburn  •  Marjorie Main

Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernst Lubitsch
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Don Ameche  •  Charles Coburn  •  Marjorie Main

Another Thin Man (1939)

Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Virginia Grey  •  Otto Kruger

Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Virginia Grey  •  Otto Kruger

The Harvey Girls (1946)

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Vittles, songs and dance are amply ladeled out when Judy Garland headlines The Harvey Girls, a joyous musical slice of Americana celebrating the restaurants that brought extra helpings of civilization to Old West rail passengers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  John Hodiak  •  Ray Bolger  •  Angela Lansbury

Vittles, songs and dance are amply ladeled out when Judy Garland headlines The Harvey Girls, a joyous musical slice of Americana celebrating the restaurants that brought extra helpings of civilization to Old West rail passengers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  John Hodiak  •  Ray Bolger  •  Angela Lansbury

Summer Stock (1950)

To Jane Falbury's New England farm comes a troup of actors to put up a show, invited by Jane's sister. At first reluctant she has them do farm chores in exchange for food. Her reluctance becomes attraction when she falls in love with the director, Joe, who happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Gene Kelly  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Gloria DeHaven

To Jane Falbury's New England farm comes a troup of actors to put up a show, invited by Jane's sister. At first reluctant she has them do farm chores in exchange for food. Her reluctance becomes attraction when she falls in love with the director, Joe, who happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Walters
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Gene Kelly  •  Eddie Bracken  •  Gloria DeHaven

The Captain Is a Lady (1940)

Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to make other arrangements. However, after witnessing their tearful goodbye, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Sinclair
CAST:  Charles Coburn  •  Beulah Bondi  •  Virginia Grey  •  Helen Broderick

Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to make other arrangements. However, after witnessing their tearful goodbye, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Sinclair
CAST:  Charles Coburn  •  Beulah Bondi  •  Virginia Grey  •  Helen Broderick

The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)

A medicine show man tries to con people into believing he's a legitimate stage actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Sinclair
CAST:  Frank Morgan  •  Mary Howard  •  Billie Burke  •  Donald Meek

A medicine show man tries to con people into believing he's a legitimate stage actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert B. Sinclair
CAST:  Frank Morgan  •  Mary Howard  •  Billie Burke  •  Donald Meek

Tish (1942)

In this comedy, the town gossip fills her time running the lives of others. Naturally, she is also a matchmaker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  S. Sylvan Simon
CAST:  Marjorie Main  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Susan Peters

In this comedy, the town gossip fills her time running the lives of others. Naturally, she is also a matchmaker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  S. Sylvan Simon
CAST:  Marjorie Main  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Susan Peters

We Were Dancing (1942)

A penniless former princess weds an equally cash-strapped baron, so they support themselves by becoming houseguests at the homes of wealthy American socialites.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Norma Shearer  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Gail Patrick  •  Lee Bowman

A penniless former princess weds an equally cash-strapped baron, so they support themselves by becoming houseguests at the homes of wealthy American socialites.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Norma Shearer  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Gail Patrick  •  Lee Bowman

The Show-Off (1946)

Red Skelton stars in this adaptation of the George Kelly play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Beaumont
CAST:  Red Skelton  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Marjorie Main  •  Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

Red Skelton stars in this adaptation of the George Kelly play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Beaumont
CAST:  Red Skelton  •  Marilyn Maxwell  •  Marjorie Main  •  Eddie "Rochester" Anderson

The Law and the Lady (1951)

A former housemaid (Garson) now works as a confidence trickster, but her plans for a big job in California go awry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edwin H. Knopf
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Michael Wilding  •  Fernando Lamas  •  Marjorie Main

A former housemaid (Garson) now works as a confidence trickster, but her plans for a big job in California go awry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edwin H. Knopf
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Michael Wilding  •  Fernando Lamas  •  Marjorie Main

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

A newly wed couple, Tacy and Nicky, travel in a trailer for their honeymoon. The journey is a humorous one that could end up destroying their marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  Desi Arnaz  •  Marjorie Main  •  Keenan Wynn

A newly wed couple, Tacy and Nicky, travel in a trailer for their honeymoon. The journey is a humorous one that could end up destroying their marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  Desi Arnaz  •  Marjorie Main  •  Keenan Wynn

Two Thoroughbreds (1939)

A farm boy trains a wild colt on his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hively
CAST:  Jimmy Lydon  •  Joan Leslie  •  Arthur Hohl  •  Marjorie Main

A farm boy trains a wild colt on his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hively
CAST:  Jimmy Lydon  •  Joan Leslie  •  Arthur Hohl  •  Marjorie Main

Music in the Air (1934)

A songwriter's young daughter (June Lang) begins to dream of stardom when she's offered the lead role in a new operetta.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe May
CAST:  Gloria Swanson  •  John Boles  •  Douglass Montgomery  •  June Lang

A songwriter's young daughter (June Lang) begins to dream of stardom when she's offered the lead role in a new operetta.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe May
CAST:  Gloria Swanson  •  John Boles  •  Douglass Montgomery  •  June Lang

The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)

An actor plots "the perfect crime" by confessing to murders he didn't commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  Lewis Stone  •  Barbara Read  •  Tom Brown  •  Marjorie Main

An actor plots "the perfect crime" by confessing to murders he didn't commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  Lewis Stone  •  Barbara Read  •  Tom Brown  •  Marjorie Main
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