Zasu Pitts

Zasu Pitts was an American actress who starred in many silent dramas and comedies, transitioning successfully to mostly comedy films with the advent of sound films. She may be best known for her performance in Erich von Stroheim's epic silent film Greed. Based on her performance, von Stroheim labeled Pitts "the greatest dramatic actress". He also featured her in his films The Honeymoon (1928), The Wedding March (1928), War Nurse (1930) and Walking Down Broadway, released as Hello, Sister! (1933). However, for the most part, with the advent of sound Pitts was mostly relegated to comedy parts. A bitter disappointment was when she was replaced in the classic war drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) by Beryl Mercer after her initial appearance in previews drew unintentional laughs, despite her intense performance. She had viewers rolling in the aisles in Finn and Hattie (1931), The Guardsman (1931), Blondie of the Follies (1932), Sing and Like It (1934) and Ruggles of Red Gap (1935). In 1936 and 1937 she portrayed Hildegarde Withers in two movies, succeeding Edna May Oliver as the spinster sleuth, but they were not well received. In the 1950s she started focusing on television. This culminated in her best known series role, playing second banana to Gale Storm on CBS's The Gale Storm Show (1956) (also known as Oh, Susannah) in the role of Elvira Nugent ("Nugie"), the shipboard beautician. In 1961, Pitts was cast opposite Earle Hodgins in the episode "Lonesome's Gal" ...

Destry Rides Again (1932)

Destry Rides Again is a 1932 Western movie starring Tom Mix about a man framed for a crime he didn't commit, who returns to wreak havoc following his release from prison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Stoloff
CAST:  Tom Mix  •  Claudia Dell  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Stanley Fields
Greed (1925)

A lottery win of $5,000 forever changes the lives of a miner turned dentist and his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erich von Stroheim
CAST:  Zasu Pitts  •  Gibson Gowland  •  Jean Hersholt  •  Dale Fuller
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

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A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kramer
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Milton Berle  •  Sid Caesar  •  Buddy Hackett
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)

In this comedy of an Englishman stranded in a sea of barbaric Americans, Marmaduke Ruggles, a gentleman's gentleman and butler to an Earl is lost in a poker game to an uncouth American cattle baron. Ruggles's life is turned upside down as he's taken to the USA, is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leo McCarey
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Mary Boland  •  Charles Ruggles  •  Zasu Pitts
Souls for Sale (1923)

A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rupert Hughes
CAST:  Eleanor Boardman  •  Frank Mayo  •  Richard Dix  •  Mae Busch
The Guardsman (1931)

An acclaimed actor and his equally acclaimed actress wife, who have been married for less than a year, are already showing signs of strain in their marriage. The actor believes his wife is capable of infidelity and sets out to prove this is so. Disguising himself ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Franklin
CAST:  Alfred Lunt  •  Lynn Fontanne  •  Roland Young  •  Zasu Pitts
The Devil's Holiday (1930)

Beautiful manicurist Hallie Hobart sets her sights on handsome David Stone, the son of wealthy wheat farmer Ezra Stone. Professing to hate men, Hallie is only interested in luring David in for a lucrative business deal. David easily falls in love, but older brother ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
Dames (1934)

A reformer's daughter wins the lead in a scandalous Broadway show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Enright
CAST:  Joan Blondell  •  Dick Powell  •  Ruby Keeler  •  Zasu Pitts
A Little Princess (1917)

Little Sara Crewe is placed in a boarding school by her father when he goes off to war, but he does not understand that the headmistress is a cruel, spiteful woman who makes life miserable for Sara.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marshall Neilan
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917) is a silent film directed by Marshall Neilan based upon the novel Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin. This version is notable for having been adapted by famed female screenwriter Frances Marion. The film was made by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marshall Neilan
The Wedding March (1928)

A young impoverished aristocrat falls in love with an inn-keepers daughter, but has to marry money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erich von Stroheim
CAST:  Erich von Stroheim  •  Fay Wray  •  George Fawcett  •  Maude George
Beyond Victory (1931)

Four battle-weary American soldiers under fire reflect on the women they left behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John S. Robertson
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Lew Cody  •  Russell Gleason
The Big Gamble (1931)

A gambler, hopelessly in debt, agrees to pay off his debt by allowing his creditor to take out a life insurance policy on him and collecting once the one-year suicide clause has elapsed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Niblo
CAST:  William Boyd  •  Dorothy Sebastian  •  Warner Oland  •  James Gleason
Is My Face Red? (1932)

Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from showgirl pal his gal, Peggy. Eventually Bill's reckless tattling gets him in deep trouble with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
Roar of the Dragon (1932)

A boatload of Westerners is trapped in Manchuria as bandits led by Russian renegade Voronsky ravage the area. Seeking refuge in a fortified inn, the group is led by the boat's Captain Carson, who becomes involved with a woman who "belongs" to Voronsky. Carson must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wesley Ruggles
CAST:  Richard Dix  •  Gwili Andre  •  Edward Everett Horton  •  Arline Judge
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933)

Tough Aggie gives a street guy polish and a rich kid gumption.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Sandrich
CAST:  Wynne Gibson  •  William Gargan  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Betty Furness
Passion Flower (1930)

A bored society woman invites scandal and heartache when she falls in love with her low-born chauffeur.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William C. de Mille
CAST:  Kay Francis  •  Kay Johnson  •  Charles Bickford  •  Winter Hall
War Nurse (1930)

Untrained, volunteer Nurses from America treat Allied soldiers behind and on the lines in France. They face the horrors of war, fight off the attentions of soldiers and face their own loneliness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Selwyn
CAST:  Robert Montgomery  •  Anita Page  •  June Walker  •  Robert Ames
Mad Holiday (1936)

The overlong but absorbing MGM "B" melodrama Mad Holiday stars Edmund Lowe as vacationing movie idol Philip Trent. Tired of starring in murder mysteries, Trent discovers he can't escape typecasting even on an ocean voyage: one of the passengers is murdered in our ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George B. Seitz
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Elissa Landi  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Ted Healy
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