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Marjorie Main Partial Filmography

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Stella Dallas (1937)

George Walcott and Marjorie Main


George Walcott, Marjorie Main and Barbara Stanwyck
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Average listal rating (58 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dead End (1937)

Marjorie Main and Humphrey Bogart
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Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Test Pilot (1938)
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Average listal rating (92 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Women (1939)
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Marjorie Main and Claire Trevor
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Joan Crawford, Albert Bassermann and Marjorie Main
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Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 6.6
Honky Tonk (1941)

Marjorie Main, Claire Trevor and Lana Turner
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Average listal rating (89 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5

Eugene Pallette and Marjorie Main
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Judy Garland and Marjorie Main


Harry Davenport, Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Margaret O'Brien, Donald Curtis and Marjorie Main
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Helen Walker and Marjorie Main
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Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
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Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Undercurrent (1946)

Clinton Sundberg, Marjorie Main and Katharine Hepburn
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Marjorie Main and Claudette Colbert
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Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
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Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball and Marjorie Main
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Average listal rating (53 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4
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Marjorie Main (February 24, 1890 โ€“ April 10, 1975) was an American character actress, best known as a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player and for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies.

Main began playing upper class dowagers, but was ultimately typecast in abrasive, domineering, salty roles, for which her distinctive voice was well suited. She repeated her stage role in Dead End in the 1937 film version, and was subsequently cast repeatedly as the mother of gangsters. She again transferred a strong stage performance, as a dude ranch operator in The Women, to film in 1939. It was at this time that she guest starred on radio programs such as Columbia Presents Corwin and The Goldbergs.

Main was signed to a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract in 1940 and stayed with the studio until the mid-1950s. She made six films with Wallace Beery in the 1940s, including Barnacle Bill (1941), Jackass Mail (1942), and Bad Bascomb (1946). She played Sonora Cassidy, the chief cook, in The Harvey Girls (1946). The director, George Sidney, remarked in the commentary for the film that Miss Main was a "great lady" as well as a great actress who donated most of her paychecks over the years to the support of a school.

Perhaps her most famous role is that of "Ma Kettle", which she first played in The Egg and I in 1947 opposite Percy Kilbride as "Pa Kettle". She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the part and portrayed the character in nine more Ma and Pa Kettle films.

By the early 1950s, she had appeared in several MGM musicals, including, Meet Me in St. Louis and The Belle of New York. She played Mrs. Wrenley in the studio's all-star film It's a Big Country (1951). In 1954, Marjorie Main played her last roles for the studio: Mrs. Hittaway in The Long, Long Trailer and Jane Dunstock in Rose Marie. In 1956, Main's performance as The Widow Hudspeth in the hit film Friendly Persuasion was well-received, earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. (Wikipedia)



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