Maureen O'Sullivan

Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, on May 17, 1911. The future mother of Mia Farrow was a schooldays classmate of Vivien Leigh at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Roehampton in London. Even as a schoolgirl, Maureen desired an acting career; she studied hard and read widely. When the opportunity to be an actress came along, it almost dropped in her lap. The director Frank Borzage was in Dublin filming “Song o’ My Heart” (1930) when Maureen, then 18, met him. Borzage suggested a screen test, which she took. The results were more than favorable, as she won the part of Eileen O’Brien. The part was a substantial one, so much so that Maureen went on to Hollywood to complete the filming. Once in sunny California, Maureen wasted no time landing roles in other films such as “Just Imagine” (1930), “Princess and the Plumber” (1930), and “So This Is London” (1930). Maureen was on a roll that her contemporaries could only have wished for when they were coming up through the ranks. In 1932, Maureen was teamed up with Olympic medal winner Johnny Weissmuller for the first time in “Tarzan the Ape Man” (1932). Five other Tarzan films followed, the last being “Tarzan’s New York Adventure” (1942). The Tarzan epics rank as one of the most memorable series ever made. Most people agree that those movies would not have been successful had it not been for the fine acting talents, not to mention beauty, of Maureen O’Sullivan. But she was more than Jane Parker in the ...

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A Day at the Races (1937)

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Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Groucho Marx  •  Chico Marx  •  Harpo Marx  •  Allan Jones

Doctor Hugo Hackenbush, Tony, and Stuffy try and save Judy's farm by winning a big race with her horse. There are a few problems. Hackenbush runs a high priced clinic for the wealthy who don't know he has his degree in Veterinary Medicine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Groucho Marx  •  Chico Marx  •  Harpo Marx  •  Allan Jones

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Michael Caine  •  Barbara Hershey

Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Mia Farrow  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Michael Caine  •  Barbara Hershey

Hide-Out (1934)

Wounded criminal Lucky Wilson takes refuge in a small Connecticut farm. He falls in love with the farmer's daughter who at first is unaware of his criminal record. Lucky is fully prepared to shoot his way out when the cops come calling, but he is softened by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Edward Arnold  •  Elizabeth Patterson

Wounded criminal Lucky Wilson takes refuge in a small Connecticut farm. He falls in love with the farmer's daughter who at first is unaware of his criminal record. Lucky is fully prepared to shoot his way out when the cops come calling, but he is softened by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Edward Arnold  •  Elizabeth Patterson

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Greer Garson  •  Edward Ashley  •  Marten Lamont

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Greer Garson  •  Edward Ashley  •  Marten Lamont

Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Harry Holt returns to Africa with his friend Martin Arlington to head up a large ivory expedition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cedric Gibbons
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Neil Hamilton  •  Paul Cavanagh

Harry Holt returns to Africa with his friend Martin Arlington to head up a large ivory expedition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cedric Gibbons
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Neil Hamilton  •  Paul Cavanagh

Tarzan Escapes (1936)

White hunter Captain Fry tries to take Tarzan back to civilization, caged for public display. He arrives in the jungle with Jane's cousins, Eric and Rita, who want Jane's help in claiming a fortune left her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow  •  William A. Wellman  •  Richard Thorpe  •  George B. Seitz  •  James C. McKay
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  John Buckler  •  Benita Hume

White hunter Captain Fry tries to take Tarzan back to civilization, caged for public display. He arrives in the jungle with Jane's cousins, Eric and Rita, who want Jane's help in claiming a fortune left her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow  •  William A. Wellman  •  Richard Thorpe  •  George B. Seitz  •  James C. McKay
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  John Buckler  •  Benita Hume

Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

James Parker and Harry Holt are on an expedition in Africa in search of the elephant burial grounds that will provide enough ivory to make them rich. Parker's beautiful daughter Jane arrives unexpectedly to join them. Jane is terrified when Tarzan and his ape ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Neil Hamilton  •  C. Aubrey Smith

James Parker and Harry Holt are on an expedition in Africa in search of the elephant burial grounds that will provide enough ivory to make them rich. Parker's beautiful daughter Jane arrives unexpectedly to join them. Jane is terrified when Tarzan and his ape ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Neil Hamilton  •  C. Aubrey Smith

Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Johnny Sheffield  •  Virginia Grey

Circus owner Buck Rand kidnaps Boy to perform in his show. He forces a pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. Tarzan and Jane follow them to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Johnny Weissmüller  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Johnny Sheffield  •  Virginia Grey

The Big Clock (1948)

Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Charles Laughton  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  George Macready

Stroud, a crime magazine's crusading editor has to post-pone a vacation with his wife, again, when a glamorous blonde is murdered and he is assigned by his publishing boss Janoth to find the killer. As the investigation proceeds to its conclusion, Stroud must try ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Charles Laughton  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  George Macready

The Phynx (1970)

A rock band is invented by the government as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle in Albania held by communist enemies of the USA.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Michael A. Miller  •  Ray Chippeway  •  Dennis Larden  •  Lonny Stevens

A rock band is invented by the government as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle in Albania held by communist enemies of the USA.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee H. Katzin
CAST:  Michael A. Miller  •  Ray Chippeway  •  Dennis Larden  •  Lonny Stevens

The Tall T (1957)

Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Budd Boetticher
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Richard Boone  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Arthur Hunnicutt

Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Budd Boetticher
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Richard Boone  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Arthur Hunnicutt

The Thin Man (1934)

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A husband and wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Nat Pendleton

A husband and wife detective team takes on the search for a missing inventor and almost get killed for their efforts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Nat Pendleton

Where Danger Lives (1950)

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman and apparently becomes involved in the death of her husband. They head for Mexico trying to outrun the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Faith Domergue  •  Claude Rains  •  Maureen O'Sullivan

A young doctor falls in love with a disturbed young woman and apparently becomes involved in the death of her husband. They head for Mexico trying to outrun the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  Robert Mitchum  •  Faith Domergue  •  Claude Rains  •  Maureen O'Sullivan

David Copperfield (1935)

Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Frank Lawton  •  Edna May Oliver  •  Basil Rathbone

Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Freddie Bartholomew  •  Frank Lawton  •  Edna May Oliver  •  Basil Rathbone

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Barry Miller  •  Catherine Hicks

Peggy Sue faints at a high school reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Kathleen Turner  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Barry Miller  •  Catherine Hicks

Just Imagine (1930)

New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ... well, you get the idea. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  El Brendel  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  John Garrick  •  Marjorie White

New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ... well, you get the idea. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  El Brendel  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  John Garrick  •  Marjorie White

That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Kelly
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Gene Kelly  •  Judy Garland  •  Mickey Rooney

A Yank at Oxford (1938)

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A brash young American aristocrat attending Oxford University gets a chance to prove himself and win the heart of his antagonist's sister.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Vivien Leigh

A brash young American aristocrat attending Oxford University gets a chance to prove himself and win the heart of his antagonist's sister.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Vivien Leigh

The Big Shot (1931)

Eddie Quillan stars in this 1931 comedy as a hapless hotel clerk who tries to impress his sweetheart (Maureen O'Sullivan) with a series of money-making schemes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Sedgwick  •  Ralph Murphy
CAST:  Eddie Quillan  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Belle Bennett  •  Roscoe Ates

Eddie Quillan stars in this 1931 comedy as a hapless hotel clerk who tries to impress his sweetheart (Maureen O'Sullivan) with a series of money-making schemes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Sedgwick  •  Ralph Murphy
CAST:  Eddie Quillan  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Belle Bennett  •  Roscoe Ates

The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)

On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she has planned. Thinking it a joke, he plays along; but Hester is serious, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  E.A. Dupont
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Lucile Watson  •  Reginald Owen

On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she has planned. Thinking it a joke, he plays along; but Hester is serious, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  E.A. Dupont
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Lucile Watson  •  Reginald Owen
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