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 Posted:   Jul 9, 2007 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

...let's talk little old ladies!

Pick a category below and name your favorites or just name any favorite LOL:

Mine:

NICE: Mildred Natwick and Helen Hayes ("The Snoop Sisters")

MEAN: Judith Lowry as "Mother" Dexter in Phyllis" and
Barbara Stanwyck in THE THORN BIRDS

FUNNY: Nedra Volz passing gas in "10"


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

........let's talk little old ladies!

Pick a category below and name your favorites or just name any favorite LOL:

Mine:

NICE: Mildred Natwick and Helen Hayes ("The Snoop Sisters")

MEAN: Judith Lowry as "Mother" Dexter in Phyllis" and
Barbara Stanwyck in THE THORN BIRDS

FUNNY: Nedra Volz passing gas in "10".....




NICE:
Beulah Bondi and Elizabeth Patterson as Fred MacMurray's mother and aunt in REMEMBER THE NIGHT.

Barbara O'Neil as "Ellen O'Hara" and Ona Munson as "Belle Watling" in GONE WITH THE WIND.

Ethel Barrymore in PORTRAIT OF JENNIE.


MEAN:
Josephine Hutchinson as "Mrs. Townsend" in NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

Judith Anderson as "Mrs. Danvers" in REBECCA.

Lotte Lenya as "Rosa Klebb" in FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE.


FUNNY:
Mildred Natwick in THE COURT JESTER and TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR.

Marjorie Main as "Ma Kettle" in MA AND PA KETTLE, and as the head honcho (over Mert and Bert Fleagle) in MURDER, HE SAYS.


SAD:
Marjorie Main as Humphrey Bogart's mother in DEAD END.

Jane Darwell in THE GRAPES OF WRATH and MARY POPPINS.

Beulah Bondi in MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW.

Marie Dressler in EMMA.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

Thelma Ritter in Pickup on South Street and Rear Window

I would also say Margaret Dumont in all of the Marx Brothers movies, but she was only in her 40's for most of those movies.

 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Josephine Hull in HARVEY.

Ida Moore in DESK SET.

Julia Dean in CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE.

Gertrude Hoffman in CAGED.

Margaret Seddon in MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN.

Nydia Westman in THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN ("and they used Bon Ami!")

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Can't forget Lucille Watson:

Ample, feisty old lady, seen in everything from THE RAZOR'S EDGE to WATCH ON THE RHINE to the MGM LITTLE WOMEN, and even Walt Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH.

That lady got around....

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

And Florence Bates:

Putting out her cigarette in the cold cream in REBECCA

Demanding Joseph Cotten's rent in PORTRAIT OF JENNIE

Practically salivating over recipes she hears from Irene Dunne in I REMEMBER MAMA

even an ethnic turn as a no-nonsense island woman in THE MOON AND SIXPENCE

or, my favorite, allowing herself to be charmed by Gene Kelley in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, where she says, "My husband's always so fussy about the way I smell."

Wonderful.

 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Nedra Volz bouncing and tumbling at the edge of the bed while a couple are doing it ("Moving Violations", 1985)

Billie Burke's hilarious performance in "The Young Philadelphians" (1959)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2007 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....or, my favorite, allowing herself to be charmed by Gene Kelley in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, where she says, "My husband's always so fussy about the way I smell."

Wonderful.....




Sorry, John.....your "smelly" customer in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is not Florence Bates, it's Madge Blake.

She's wonderful in this, but she's superb as the Louella Parsons-ish radio interviewer of Gene Kelly and Jean Hagen at the red carpet premiere their latest film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2014 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

The Jean Simmons movie HOME BEFORE DARK had an awesome collection of little old ladies in it.

They were probably the best reason to watch the movie, besides the photography by Joseph Biroc, and some of the performances.



I haven't looked up their names yet. Maybe some of you can identify them.





This one's Eleanor Audley



(aka the voice of Maleficent).




 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2014 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

We can't forget Jessie Royce Landis. Grace Kelly's mother in TO CATCH A THIEF ("Avez vous Bourbon?"); Cary Grant's mother in NORTH BY NORTHWEST ("Roger, will you be coming home for dinner?"). I also remember her cameo in AIRPORT, trying to smuggle a fur coat through customs.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2014 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Can't forget Lucille Watson:

Ample, feisty old lady, seen in everything from THE RAZOR'S EDGE to WATCH ON THE RHINE to the MGM LITTLE WOMEN, and even Walt Disney's SONG OF THE SOUTH.

That lady got around....


And of course Norma Shearer's wise mother in THE WOMEN.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2014 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

My choice would be my all time favorite actress:

Kathleen Freeman

I find her body of work sublime -- she never failed in a role. And she was by all accounts, including stories from some of my best friends, a joy to work with -- generous, giving, and an absolute professional. I love her!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2014 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Dave in b, with that homo hetero heading, i nearly missed this FAVOURITE OLD LADIES IN MOVIES thread due to thinkin it waz another gay pride thread!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2014 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

The old girl in the Ipcress file Alice, who works for major Dalby but who handles the false recruitment front! (freda bamford )

Where the woman is complaining about her assignment.
"Could have done better at the labour exchange!!"

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)



Monsters from the ID?

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

NICE:
Edna Best in THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR
Mary Nash in THE HUMAN COMEDY

MEAN:
Barbara O'Neil in ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO
Gladys Cooper in NOW VOYAGER
Mary Nash in THE LITTLE PRINCESS

FUNNY:
Mildred Natwick in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK
Shirley O'Hara (as Debbie) in THE BOB NEWHART SHOW

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I got here TOO LATE!
Y'all have already used up all my favorites, so I'm left with only…
UTA HAGEN.

"Ada" in THE OTHER.
"Frieda Maloney" in THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL.
"Maria" in REVERSAL OF FORTUNE.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

It's very possible that the little old lady to beat is none other than Marion Lorne,

twice being the epicenter of everything in:

in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN



and BEWITCHED

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Just wanted to add Margaret Rutherford in...well...anything but especially the Marple films.

And Katie Johnson in "The Ladykillers."

 
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