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Mary Gordon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mary Gordon (born Mary Gilmour, 16 May 1882 – 23 August 1963) was a Scottish actress, long in the United States, who mainly played housekeepers and mothers, most notably the landlady Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes series of movies of the 1940s starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Her body of work included nearly 300 films between 1925 and 1950. With her mother and daughter (both also named Mary), she arrived in Los Angeles in the mid-1920s and began playing variations on the roles she would spend her career on. She became friends with John Ford while making Hangman's House in 1928 and made seven more films with him. In 1939, she took on her best-remembered role as Sherlock Holmes' landlady and played the role in ten films and numerous radio plays. She was a charter member of the Hollywood Canteen, entertaining servicemen throughout the Second World War. On the radio show Those We Love, she played the regular role of Mrs. Emmett. She entered retirement just as television reshaped the entertainment industry, making only a single appearance in that medium. She was active in the Daughters of Scotia auxiliary of the Order of Scottish Clans. She lived out her final years in Pasadena, California with her daughter and grandson. She died at age 81 on 23 August 1963 in Pasadena, California after a long illness.

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May 16, 1882 In Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Home Maker 1925-11-22
Latest Project:
Movie West of Wyoming 1950-02-19
Known For
Poster of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Poster of The Hound of the Baskervilles
Poster of The White Angel
Poster of The Invisible Man
Movie West of Wyoming Nora Jones 1950-02-19
Movie Mr. Soft Touch Slatternly Woman Tenant (Uncredited) 1949-07-28
Movie Haunted Trails Aunt Libby 1949-08-21
Movie Clues to Adventure Woman Reading Newspaper (archive footage) (uncredited) 1949-04-11
Movie Deputy Marshal Mrs. Lance 1949-10-28
Movie The File on Thelma Jordon Charwoman (Uncredited) 1949-11-04
Movie The Strange Mrs. Crane Nora 1948-10-07
Movie Fort Apache Ma (barmaid) 1948-06-14
Movie Kidnapped Scottish Woman (uncredited) 1948-11-28
Movie Highway 13 Aunt Myrt Lacy 1948-12-28
Movie Exposed Housekeeper 1947-09-08
Movie The Invisible Wall Mrs. Bledsoe 1947-10-15
Movie Roses Are Red Cleaning Lady 1947-11-10
Movie The Judge Steps Out Annie 1947-12-15
Movie Little Giant Ma Miller 1946-02-22
Movie Sentimental Journey Agnes, the Cook (uncredited) 1946-03-06
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Trina 1946-04-04
Movie Shadows Over Chinatown Mrs. Conover 1946-06-27
Movie In Fast Company Mrs. Cassidy 1946-06-22
Movie Dressed to Kill Mrs. Hudson 1946-05-24
Movie The Body Snatcher Mary McBride (uncredited) 1945-05-25
Movie See My Lawyer Mrs. Fillmore 1945-03-09
Movie The Woman in Green Mrs. Hudson 1945-06-15
Movie Captain Eddie Mrs. Westrom 1945-06-18
Movie Strange Confession Mrs. O'Connor 1945-10-05
Movie Kitty Nanny 1945-10-16
Movie Divorce Ellen 1945-08-18
Movie The Hour Before the Dawn Annie 1944-05-10
Movie Million Dollar Kid Mrs. McGinnis 1944-02-28
Movie The Racket Man Mom Benson 1944-01-18
Movie Secrets of Scotland Yard Libby, the Housekeeper 1944-07-26
Movie Secret Command Mrs. McKenzie (uncredited) 1944-07-30
Movie Hollywood Canteen Hostess (uncredited) 1944-12-15
Movie The Last Ride Mrs. Mary Kelly 1944-10-07
Movie The Pearl of Death Mrs. Hudson 1944-08-01
Movie Sherlock Holmes in Washington Mrs. Hudson 1943-03-24
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Mrs. Banning 1943-03-01
Movie Sarong Girl Mattie 1943-06-11
Movie Whispering Footsteps Ma Murphy 1943-12-30
Movie Sherlock Holmes Faces Death Mrs. Hudson 1943-09-17
Movie The Spider Woman Mrs. Hudson 1943-12-24
Movie Dr. Broadway Broadway Carrie 1942-05-09
Movie Meet the Stewarts Mrs. Stewart 1942-05-21
Movie Fly-By-Night Ma Prescott 1942-01-19
Movie Blue, White, and Perfect Mrs. Flaherty - Mike's Landlady (uncredited) 1942-01-06
Movie It Happened in Flatbush Mrs. Collins 1942-05-28
Movie Sealed Lips Mrs. Ann Morton (Fred's mother) 1942-01-02
Movie Bombay Clipper Abigail 'Mag' MacPherson 1942-01-11
Movie The Mummy's Tomb Jane Banning 1942-10-23
Movie Gentleman Jim Mrs. Casey (uncredited) 1942-11-14
Movie Powder Town Mrs. Douglas 1942-06-07
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror Mrs. Hudson 1942-09-18
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Mrs. Hudson 1942-12-25
Movie Half Way to Shanghai Mrs. McIntyre 1942-09-18
Movie The Pride of the Yankees Maid (uncredited) 1942-07-14
Movie Pot o' Gold Mom McCorkle 1941-04-03
Movie Flight from Destiny Martha 1941-02-08
Movie Double Cross Mrs. Murray 1941-06-27
Movie Unfinished Business Miss Brady 1941-08-27
Movie Riot Squad Mrs. McGonigle 1941-12-12
Movie Appointment for Love Martha 1941-10-31
Movie Borrowed Hero Mrs. Riley 1941-12-05
Movie It Started with Eve Mrs. O'Toole (uncredited) 1941-09-26
Movie I Take This Oath Mrs. Eileen Hanagan 1940-05-20
Movie Brother Orchid Mrs. Sweeney - Flo's Landlady (uncredited) 1940-06-07
Movie Tear Gas Squad Mrs. Sullivan 1940-05-04
Movie Women Without Names Juror 1940-03-14
Movie The Invisible Man Returns Cookie (uncredited) 1940-01-12
Movie The Last Alarm Mrs. Hadley 1940-06-25
Movie My Son, My Son! Mrs. Mulvaney 1940-03-21
Movie Saps at Sea Mrs. O'Riley 1940-04-29
Movie Public Deb No. 1 Landlady 1940-09-13
Movie No, No, Nanette Gertrude, the Cook 1940-12-19
Movie Kitty Foyle Cleaning Lady 1940-12-27
Movie Queen of the Mob Tenement Landlady 1940-06-28
Movie Nobody's Children Mary 1940-12-12
Movie The Invisible Woman Mrs. Bates 1940-12-28
Movie When the Daltons Rode Ma Dalton 1940-08-23
Movie Young People Old Woman 1940-08-30
Movie Go West Train Passenger 1940-12-06
Movie Tell No Tales Mrs. Bryant 1939-06-12
Movie Captain Fury Mrs. Bailey 1939-05-26
Movie Broadway Serenade Annie (uncredited) 1939-04-07
Movie Code of the Streets Mrs. Flaherty 1939-04-13
Movie Tail Spin Mrs. Lee 1939-02-19
Movie Off the Record Mrs. Finnegan (uncredited) 1939-01-21
Movie Wings of the Navy Irene's Housekeeper 1939-02-11
Movie The Hound of the Baskervilles Mrs. Hudson 1939-03-24
Movie The Escape Neighbor 1939-10-05
Movie Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President Mrs. O'Leary 1939-12-01
Movie She Married a Cop Ma Duffy 1939-07-11
Movie Day-time Wife Scrubwoman 1939-11-24
Movie Rulers of the Sea Mrs. Ogilvie (Uncredited) 1939-11-08
Movie The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Mrs. Hudson 1939-09-01
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Woman (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie The Marshal Of Mesa City Mrs. Dudley 1939-11-03
Movie Kidnapped Mrs. MacDonald 1938-05-27
Movie Blond Cheat Maggie (Uncredited) 1938-06-17
Movie Mannequin Mrs. O'Rourke (Uncredited) 1938-01-21
Movie City Streets Mrs. Devlin 1938-07-01
Movie Campus Confessions Mrs. Twill 1938-09-23
Movie Gateway Scottish Mother 1938-08-05
Movie You Can't Have Everything Y.W.C.A. Scrub Woman 1937-08-02
Movie The Great O'Malley Mrs. O'Malley 1937-02-13
Movie Meet the Boy Friend Mrs. Grimes 1937-07-12
Movie Double Wedding Mrs. Keough 1937-10-15
Movie A Damsel in Distress Cook 1937-11-19
Movie Friend Indeed Housekeeper 1937-12-28
Movie Lady Behave! Cook 1937-12-22
Movie You're Only Young Once Mary's Mother (uncredited) 1937-12-10
Movie The White Angel Nursing Applicant (uncredited) 1936-06-25
Movie Little Miss Nobody Mrs. Biddle 1936-06-05
Movie Mary of Scotland Nurse 1936-07-28
Movie The Lady Consents Apple Lady 1936-02-07
Movie Share the Wealth Ma MacClyde 1936-05-08
Movie The Plough and the Stars Woman at Barricades 1936-12-26
Movie Stage Struck Mrs. Cassidy 1936-09-12
Movie The Plot Thickens Woman with Bag 1936-12-11
Movie After the Thin Man Rose (uncredited) 1936-12-25
Movie Great Guy Mrs. Ogilvie 1936-12-01
Movie Ginger Mrs. Monahan (uncredited) 1935-07-04
Movie Vanessa: Her Love Story Mrs. Leathwaite 1935-03-01
Movie The Bride of Frankenstein Hans' wife (uncredited) 1935-04-20
Movie The Irish in Us Ma O'Hara 1935-07-31
Movie Bonnie Scotland Mrs. Bickerdike 1935-08-23
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty Peddler (uncredited) 1935-11-22
Movie Waterfront Lady Mrs. O'Flaherty 1935-10-04
Movie Murder at the Vanities Assistant Wardrobe Woman (Uncredited) 1934-05-18
Movie Baby Take a Bow Mrs. O'Brien 1934-06-30
Movie Beloved Mrs. O'Leary 1934-01-22
Movie Manhattan Melodrama Boat Passenger 1934-05-04
Movie Change of Heart Woman in Street 1934-05-18
Movie One More River Cook (Uncredited) 1934-08-06
Movie Cross Streets Sonny's Mother 1934-07-05
Movie Our Daily Bread Community Woman in Cottage (uncredited) 1934-10-02
Movie The Little Minister Nanny 1934-12-28
Movie The Man from Hell Mrs. Frank McCarrol 1934-08-28
Movie The Defense Rests Scrub Woman 1934-07-15
Movie Doctor Bull Townswoman at Meeting 1933-09-22
Movie Sweepings Mrs. Patrick O'Leary (Uncredited) 1933-04-14
Movie Men Must Fight Pacifist Audience Member 1933-02-17
Movie My Woman Woman at Ironing Board (Uncredited) 1933-10-04
Movie She Done Him Wrong Cleaning Lady 1933-02-09
Movie Meet the Baron Washer Woman (uncredited) 1933-10-20
Movie The Power and the Glory Nurse (uncredited) 1933-10-06
Movie The Invisible Man Screaming Woman (uncredited) 1933-11-03
Movie Design for Living Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited) 1933-12-29
Movie Broadway Thru a Keyhole Cleaning Woman 1933-11-02
Movie Dancers in the Dark Scrubwoman 1932-03-11
Movie Texas Cyclone Kate 1932-02-24
Movie The Expert Neighbor 1932-03-05
Movie Beauty Parlor Landlady 1932-06-15
Movie 70,000 Witnesses Scrubwoman (uncredited) 1932-09-09
Movie Call Her Savage Lady in Tenement (Uncredited) 1932-11-27
Movie Wild Girl Washerwoman 1932-11-09
Movie Pack Up Your Troubles Mrs. MacTavish (uncredited) 1932-09-16
Movie The Black Camel Mrs. MacMaster 1931-06-21
Movie Waterloo Bridge Distraught Woman on Stairway (uncredited) 1931-09-04
Movie Possessed Woman at Political Rally (uncredited) 1931-11-21
Movie 24 Hours Nurse 1931-10-03
Movie Anybody's Woman Maid 1930-08-15
Movie Roaring Ranch Unknown 1930-04-27
Movie Song o' My Heart Irish Woman 1930-09-06
Movie Oh, for a Man! Stage Door Admirer with Violets 1930-11-28
Movie Madame X Nursemaid (uncredited) 1929-08-17
Movie The Saturday Night Kid Reducing customer (uncredited) 1929-10-25
Movie Hell's Heroes Lady in Church Choir 1929-12-27
Movie The Matinee Idol Woman in Audience (uncredited) 1928-03-14
Movie The Ol' Gray Hoss First taxi passenger 1928-10-19
Movie Hangman's House The Woman at Hogan's Hideout 1928-05-13
Movie Black Paradise Mrs. Murphy 1926-05-30
Movie The Home Maker Mrs. Hennessy 1925-11-22