Ellen Corby

Ellen Corby (June 3, 1911 – April 14, 1999) was an American actress. She is most widely remembered for the role of "Grandma Esther Walton" on the CBS television series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Aunt Trina in I Remember Mama. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ellen Corby, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Donna Reed  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Thomas Mitchell
Babes in Toyland (1934)

Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try to borrow money from their employer, the toymaker, to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep's shoe and keep it and Little Bo Peep from the clutches of the evil Barnaby. When that fails, they trick Barnaby into marrying Stanley Dum ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Meins  •  Charley Rogers
CAST:  Stan Laurel  •  Oliver Hardy  •  Charlotte Henry  •  Felix Knight
Born to Kill (1947)

Helen Brent has just received a Reno divorce. That night, she discovers her neighbor Laury Palmer and a gentleman caller murdered in Palmer's home. The killer is her neighbor's other boyfriend Sam Wilde, an insanely jealous man who won't abide anyone "cutting in" ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise
CAST:  Claire Trevor  •  Lawrence Tierney  •  Walter Slezak  •  Phillip Terry
Caged (1950)

Caged tells the story of a teenage newlywed, who is sent to prison for being an accessory to a robbery. Her experiences while incarcerated, along with the killing of her husband, change her from a very frightened young girl into a hardened convict.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Eleanor Parker  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ellen Corby  •  Hope Emerson
Cornered (1945)

A World War II veteran hunts down the Nazi collaborators who killed his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Dmytryk
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Walter Slezak  •  Micheline Cheirel  •  Nina Vale
Crack-Up (1946)

Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Reis
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Claire Trevor  •  Herbert Marshall  •  Ray Collins
Edge of Doom (1950)

A priest sets out to catch the man who killed one of his colleagues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Robson
CAST:  Dana Andrews  •  Farley Granger  •  Joan Evans  •  Robert Keith
Little Women (1949)

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth are at home with their mother - a very outspoken women for her time. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
Night Passage (1957)

Grant MacLaine, a former railroad troubleshooter, lost his job after letting his outlaw brother, the Utica Kid, escape. After spending five years wandering the west and earning his living playing the accordion, he is given a second chance by his former boss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Neilson
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Audie Murphy  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dianne Foster
On Moonlight Bay (1951)

The Winfield family moves into a new house in a small town in Indiana. Tomboy Marjorie Winfield begins a romance with William Sherman who lives across the street. Marjorie has to learn how to dance and act like a proper young lady. Unfortunately William Sherman has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Del Ruth
CAST:  Doris Day  •  Gordon MacRae  •  Leon Ames  •  Rosemary DeCamp
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Damon Runyon's fairytale, sweet and funny, is told by director Frank Capra. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples --- he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Capra
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Glenn Ford  •  Hope Lange  •  Peter Falk
Railroaded! (1947)

A beautician and her crooked boyfriend attempt to rob the bookie operation located in the back room, but when the plan goes wrong, they frame an innocent man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  John Ireland  •  Sheila Ryan  •  Hugh Beaumont  •  Jane Randolph
Sabrina (1954)

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Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
Shane (1953)

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A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smouldering settler and rancher conflict forces him to act.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Alan Ladd  •  Jean Arthur  •  Van Heflin  •  Brandon De Wilde
Sister Kenny (1946)

True story of the Australian nurse who fought to gain acceptance for her polio-treatment methods.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dudley Nichols
Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. But after falling out with Caspar, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Kent Taylor
Sons of the Desert (1933)

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Ollie and Stan deceive their wives into thinking they are taking a medically necessary cruise when they are really going to a lodge convention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
CAST:  Stan Laurel  •  Oliver Hardy  •  Charley Chase  •  Mae Busch
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Teenager Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner. Threatened with jail, Nugent agrees to date Susan until the crush abates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Reis
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Myrna Loy  •  Shirley Temple  •  Rudy Vallee
The Big Trees (1952)

In 1900, unscrupulous timber baron Jim Fallon plans to take advantage of a new law and make millions off California redwood. Much of the land he hopes to grab has been homesteaded by a Quaker colony, who try to persuade him to spare the giant sequoias...but these ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Felix E. Feist
CAST:  Kirk Douglas  •  Eve Miller  •  Patrice Wymore  •  Edgar Buchanan
The Dark Corner (1946)

Ex con turned private investigator Bradford Galt suspects someone is following him and maybe even trying to kill him. With the assistance of his spunky secretary, Kathleen Stewart, he dives deep into a mystery in search of answers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  Clifton Webb  •  William Bendix  •  Mark Stevens