Gale Sondergaard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gale Sondergaard (February 15, 1899 – August 14, 1985) was an American actress. Sondergaard began her acting career in theatre, and progressed to films in 1936. She was the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film debut in Anthony Adverse (1936). She played supporting roles in various films during the late 1930s and early 1940s, including The Cat and the Canary (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940) and The Letter (1940). She was nominated for a second Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Anna and the King of Siam (1946) but by the end of the decade her film appearances were fewer. Married to the director Herbert Biberman, Sondergaard supported him when he was accused of communism and named as one of the Hollywood Ten in the early 1950s, and her film career was destroyed as a result. She moved with Biberman to New York City and worked in theatre, and acted in film and television occasionally from late 1960s. She moved back to Los Angeles where she died from cerebrovascular thrombosis. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gale Sondergaard, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Irene Dunne  •  Rex Harrison  •  Linda Darnell  •  Lee J. Cobb

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Irene Dunne  •  Rex Harrison  •  Linda Darnell  •  Lee J. Cobb

Anthony Adverse (1936)

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Christmas Holiday (1944)

Don't be fooled by the title. Christmas Holiday is a far, far cry from It's a Wonderful Life. Told in flashback, the story begins as Abigail Martin marries Southern aristocrat Robert Monette. Unfortunately, Robert has inherited his family's streak of violence and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Deanna Durbin  •  Gene Kelly  •  Richard Whorf  •  Dean Harens

Don't be fooled by the title. Christmas Holiday is a far, far cry from It's a Wonderful Life. Told in flashback, the story begins as Abigail Martin marries Southern aristocrat Robert Monette. Unfortunately, Robert has inherited his family's streak of violence and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Deanna Durbin  •  Gene Kelly  •  Richard Whorf  •  Dean Harens

The Blue Bird (1940)

Thought provokingCharmingEnjoyableLighthearted

An ungrateful girl and her little brother are transported in their dreams by a fairy to a wonderland, tasked with finding the mythical blue bird of happiness, meeting friends and foes along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  Shirley Temple  •  Spring Byington  •  Nigel Bruce  •  Gale Sondergaard

An ungrateful girl and her little brother are transported in their dreams by a fairy to a wonderland, tasked with finding the mythical blue bird of happiness, meeting friends and foes along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  Shirley Temple  •  Spring Byington  •  Nigel Bruce  •  Gale Sondergaard

The Climax (1944)

Dr. Hohner, theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer reminds Hohner of the late diva and his old mania kicks in. Hohner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Boris Karloff  •  Susanna Foster  •  Turhan Bey  •  Gale Sondergaard

Dr. Hohner, theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer reminds Hohner of the late diva and his old mania kicks in. Hohner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Boris Karloff  •  Susanna Foster  •  Turhan Bey  •  Gale Sondergaard

The Letter (1940)

After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises suspicions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Herbert Marshall  •  James Stephenson  •  Frieda Inescort

After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises suspicions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Herbert Marshall  •  James Stephenson  •  Frieda Inescort

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Joseph Schildkraut  •  Gloria Holden

Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Joseph Schildkraut  •  Gloria Holden

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rouben Mamoulian
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Linda Darnell  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Gale Sondergaard

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rouben Mamoulian
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Linda Darnell  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Gale Sondergaard

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

Epic

Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but finds he has nothing but disdain for that life. Yearning to embrace the simplicity of the American West-and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind, Morgan returns to the tribe's land only to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Richard Harris  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Geoffrey Lewis  •  Jorge Luke

Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but finds he has nothing but disdain for that life. Yearning to embrace the simplicity of the American West-and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind, Morgan returns to the tribe's land only to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Richard Harris  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Geoffrey Lewis  •  Jorge Luke

The Spider Woman (1943)

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on "The Sign of Four" and the short stories "The Dying Detective", "The Final Problem", "The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy William Neill
CAST:  Basil Rathbone  •  Nigel Bruce  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Vernon Downing

Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. Based on "The Sign of Four" and the short stories "The Dying Detective", "The Final Problem", "The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy William Neill
CAST:  Basil Rathbone  •  Nigel Bruce  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Vernon Downing

Juarez (1939)

The newly-named emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota arrive in Mexico to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juárez and democracy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Bette Davis  •  Brian Aherne  •  Claude Rains

The newly-named emperor Maximilian and his wife Carlota arrive in Mexico to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juárez and democracy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Bette Davis  •  Brian Aherne  •  Claude Rains

Road to Rio (1947)

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Gale Sondergaard

Scat Sweeney, and Hot Lips Barton, two out of work musicians, stow away on board a Rio bound ship, after accidentally setting fire to the big top of a circus. They then get mixed up with a potential suicide Lucia, who first thanks them, then unexpectedly turns them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Bing Crosby  •  Bob Hope  •  Dorothy Lamour  •  Gale Sondergaard

The Black Cat (1941)

Greedy heirs wait in a mansion for a rich cat lover to die, only to learn her cats come first.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert S. Rogell
CAST:  Basil Rathbone  •  Hugh Herbert  •  Broderick Crawford  •  Bela Lugosi

Greedy heirs wait in a mansion for a rich cat lover to die, only to learn her cats come first.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert S. Rogell
CAST:  Basil Rathbone  •  Hugh Herbert  •  Broderick Crawford  •  Bela Lugosi

The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)

A fugitive, dangerous madman reaches an English village where he confronts his former partner who left him for dead in the jungle after their discovery of a diamond mine. When the former partner also claims to have since lost the mine and all its wealth, which he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ford Beebe
CAST:  Jon Hall  •  John Carradine  •  Evelyn Ankers  •  Leon Errol

A fugitive, dangerous madman reaches an English village where he confronts his former partner who left him for dead in the jungle after their discovery of a diamond mine. When the former partner also claims to have since lost the mine and all its wealth, which he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ford Beebe
CAST:  Jon Hall  •  John Carradine  •  Evelyn Ankers  •  Leon Errol

The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943)

A man who is a dead ringer for Adolf Hitler plans to murder him and take over his identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James P. Hogan
CAST:  Ludwig Donath  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  George Dolenz  •  Fritz Kortner

A man who is a dead ringer for Adolf Hitler plans to murder him and take over his identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James P. Hogan
CAST:  Ludwig Donath  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  George Dolenz  •  Fritz Kortner

Enter Arsène Lupin (1944)

A rich but naive young woman is in possession of some priceless jewels. She herself doesn't know it, but a gang of jewel thieves does.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ford Beebe
CAST:  Charles Korvin  •  Ella Raines  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  George Dolenz

A rich but naive young woman is in possession of some priceless jewels. She herself doesn't know it, but a gang of jewel thieves does.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ford Beebe
CAST:  Charles Korvin  •  Ella Raines  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  George Dolenz

Gypsy Wildcat (1944)

In an unspecified Renaissance kingdom, no sooner has Anube's gypsy tribe encamped near Baron Tovar's village when Count Orso is found murdered. The wicked baron blames the gypsies and imprisons them all in his castle. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger on a white ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy William Neill
CAST:  Maria Montez  •  Jon Hall  •  Peter Coe  •  Nigel Bruce

In an unspecified Renaissance kingdom, no sooner has Anube's gypsy tribe encamped near Baron Tovar's village when Count Orso is found murdered. The wicked baron blames the gypsies and imprisons them all in his castle. Meanwhile, a mysterious stranger on a white ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy William Neill
CAST:  Maria Montez  •  Jon Hall  •  Peter Coe  •  Nigel Bruce

Night in Paradise (1946)

Aesop of fable fame poses as an old man and woos away a princess who wants a king for his gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Turhan Bey  •  Thomas Gomez  •  Gale Sondergaard

Aesop of fable fame poses as an old man and woos away a princess who wants a king for his gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Turhan Bey  •  Thomas Gomez  •  Gale Sondergaard

Pirates of Monterey (1947)

A woman journeys to Spanish California to marry a Spanish officer, but on the way she meets and falls in love with an American adventurer who is part of a movement to overthrow the Spanish in California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred L. Werker
CAST:  Maria Montez  •  Rod Cameron  •  Mikhail Rasumny  •  Phillip Reed

A woman journeys to Spanish California to marry a Spanish officer, but on the way she meets and falls in love with an American adventurer who is part of a movement to overthrow the Spanish in California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred L. Werker
CAST:  Maria Montez  •  Rod Cameron  •  Mikhail Rasumny  •  Phillip Reed

The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946)

A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Gale Sondergaard  •  Brenda Joyce  •  Kirby Grant  •  Milburn Stone

A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Gale Sondergaard  •  Brenda Joyce  •  Kirby Grant  •  Milburn Stone
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