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Sarah Padden

Sarah Padden was a character actress in theater and vaudeville from Chicago, Illinois. She performed on stage in the early 20th century. She is noted for her expressive voice and for her psychological studies of the characters she portrayed. Her finest single-act performance was in The Clod, a stage production in which she played an uneducated woman who lived on a farm during the American Civil War. Padden was a featured player on the Orpheum Circuit, Inc.. She had a role in His Grace de Grammont, a romantic comedy by Clyde Fitch which came to the Park Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts in September 1905. The production starred Skinner and was based on the life of a chevalier in the court of Charles II. Padden appeared again with Skinner in a four-act play produced by Charles Frohman, The Honor of the Family, by Emile Fabre, which was presented in New Rochelle, New York in September 1907. Another of her theatrical parts was in Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Hatcher Hughes. It was performed at the Wilkes Orange Grove Theater (Majestic Theater), 845 South Broadway (Los Angeles), in November 1925. She was also an active screen actress from 1926 to 1958, appearing in 178 films and TV shows. In 1938, she played Ma Thayer in MGM's Rich Man Poor Girl, directed by Reinhold Schunzel and starring Robert Young, Ruth Hussey, and Lana Turner. Bill Harrison (Robert Young) a wealthy young businessman moves in with secretary girlfriend Joan Thayer's (Ruth Hussey) eccentric family to convince her they can make their marriage work. In 1941, she played wealthy spinster Aunt Cassandra ("Cassie") Hildegarde Denham in Murder by Invitation, directed by Phil Rosen and starring Wallace Ford and Marian Marsh. In this "closed room" murder comedy, after they unsuccessfully attempt to have her declared legally insane to gain control of her fortune, her nephews and nieces are invited to a week's visit at her mansion where they are murdered one by one.

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Oct 15, 1881 In England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Bugle Call 1927-08-06
Latest Project:
Movie Girl with an Itch 1958-11-12
Known For
Poster of The Dude Goes West
Poster of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Poster of The Yellow Ticket
Poster of Sob Sister
Movie Girl with an Itch Cookie 1958-11-12
Movie The Kettles in the Ozarks Mrs. Tinware 1956-04-01
Movie Prince of Players Mary Todd Lincoln (uncredited) 1955-01-11
Movie Big Jim McLain Mrs. Lexiter 1952-08-30
Movie Utah Wagon Train Sarah Wendover 1951-10-14
Movie Gunslingers Rawhide Rosie Rawlins 1950-04-09
Movie A Life of Her Own Betsy Ross Hotel Overseer (uncredited) 1950-09-01
Movie House by the River Mrs. Beach - Stephen's elderly cook 1950-03-25
Series The Cisco Kid Mrs. Smiley 1950-09-05
Movie The Missourians Mother Kovacs 1950-11-25
Movie Again Pioneers Ma Ashby 1950-11-01
Movie Homicide Mrs. Webb 1949-04-02
Movie Range Justice Ma Curtis 1949-07-16
Movie Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad Mom Palooka 1948-02-07
Movie The Return of the Whistler Mrs. Hulskamp 1948-03-18
Movie The Dude Goes West Mrs. Hallihan 1948-05-30
Movie Frontier Revenge Widow Owens 1948-12-26
Movie Ramrod Mrs. Parks 1947-05-02
Movie Love and Learn Mrs. Grant (uncredited) 1947-05-02
Movie Joe Palooka in the Knockout Mom Palooka 1947-09-20
Movie Angel on My Shoulder Agatha (uncredited) 1946-09-20
Movie Joe Palooka, Champ Mom Palooka 1946-05-26
Movie Gentleman Joe Palooka Mom Palooka 1946-10-05
Movie My Dog Shep Carrie Hodgkins 1946-11-01
Movie Wild West Carrie Bannister 1946-12-01
Movie That Brennan Girl Mrs. Graves, the Nice Landlady 1946-12-23
Movie The Unseen Alberta 1945-05-12
Movie The Master Key Aggie 1945-04-24
Movie Identity Unknown Mrs. Anderson 1945-04-02
Movie Wildfire Aunt Agatha 1945-07-18
Movie Dakota Mrs. Plummer 1945-12-15
Movie Apology for Murder Maggie 1945-09-27
Movie Song of Old Wyoming Ma Conway 1945-10-11
Movie Marshal of Laredo Mrs. Randall 1945-10-06
Movie Range Law Boots Annie 1944-06-24
Movie The Navy Way Mrs. Margaret Gimble 1944-02-26
Movie Trail to Gunsight Grandma Wagner 1944-08-18
Movie Girl Rush Mrs. Emma Mason 1944-10-21
Movie Ghost Guns Aunt Sally 1944-11-17
Movie San Diego I Love You Mrs. Gulliver (uncredited) 1944-09-29
Movie Casanova Brown Mrs. Smith 1944-08-23
Movie Assignment in Brittany Albertine 1943-03-11
Movie Hangmen Also Die! Mrs. Georgia Dvorak 1943-04-15
Movie Wild Bill Hickok Rides Mrs. Kimball 1942-01-31
Movie The Power of God Esther Worne 1942-01-15
Movie Private Snuffy Smith Lowizie Smith 1942-01-16
Movie Heart of the Rio Grande 'Skipper' Forbes 1942-03-11
Movie This Gun for Hire Mrs. Mason (uncredited) 1942-04-24
Movie Law and Order Mary Todd 1942-08-21
Movie Riders of the West Ma Turner 1942-08-21
Movie The Mad Monster Grandmother 1942-05-15
Movie City of Missing Girls Mrs. Randolph 1941-03-27
Movie In Old Colorado Ma Woods 1941-03-14
Movie A Woman's Face Police Matron 1941-05-09
Movie The Man Who Lost Himself Maid 1941-03-21
Movie Murder by Invitation Cassandra Hildegard Denham 1941-06-30
Movie The Corsican Brothers Nurse 1941-11-28
Movie Reg'lar Fellers Hetty Carter 1941-09-05
Movie Son of the Navy Mrs. Baker - Landlady 1940-01-01
Movie Forgotten Girls Miss Donaldson 1940-03-15
Movie Lone Star Raiders Lydia 'Granny' Phelps 1940-12-23
Movie Chad Hanna Mrs. Todd 1940-12-25
Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Woman Wanting Needle Threaded 1939-02-10
Movie Off the Record Mrs. Fallon (uncredited) 1939-01-21
Movie Let Freedom Ring 'Ma' Logan 1939-02-24
Movie I Stole a Million Lady in Post Office (uncredited) 1939-08-01
Movie The Zero Hour Sister Theodosia 1939-05-26
Movie Should a Girl Marry? Mrs. Wilson 1939-06-07
Movie Romance of the Limberlost Sarah 1938-06-16
Movie Woman Against Woman Dora 1938-06-24
Movie Women in Prison Martha Wilson 1938-03-02
Movie Little Orphan Annie Mrs. Nora Moriarty 1938-12-02
Movie Rich Man, Poor Girl Ma 1938-08-12
Movie Little Tough Guys in Society Victim 1938-11-01
Movie Youth on Parole Mrs. Blair 1937-10-04
Movie Exiled to Shanghai Aunt Jane 1937-12-20
Movie A Dog of Flanders Frau Keller 1935-03-22
Movie Stranded Workman's Wife (uncredited) 1935-06-29
Movie Anna Karenina Governess 1935-08-30
Movie Mad Love Crippled Girl's Mother (Uncredited) 1935-07-12
Movie As the Earth Turns Mrs. Janowski 1934-02-14
Movie Man of Two Worlds Olago 1934-01-13
Movie David Harum Widow Cullon 1934-03-02
Movie Little Man, What Now? Widow Scharrenhofer 1934-05-01
Movie The Defense Rests Mrs. Evans 1934-07-15
Movie He Was Her Man Mrs. Gardella 1934-06-16
Movie The Important Witness Deaf Woman 1933-07-15
Movie Face in the Sky Ma Brown 1933-01-15
Movie Doctor Bull Mary the Canning Cook 1933-09-22
Movie Ann Vickers Lil 1933-09-26
Movie The Sin of Nora Moran Mrs. Watts 1933-12-13
Movie The Power and the Glory Henry's Wife 1933-10-06
Movie Red-Headed Woman Mary, Legendre Maid (uncredited) 1932-06-25
Movie Grand Hotel Chambermaid in Room 174 (uncredited) 1932-05-25
Movie Cross-Examination Mary Stevens 1932-02-13
Movie Young America Mrs. Mary Taylor 1932-04-17
Movie The Midnight Lady Nita St. George 1932-05-15
Movie Blondie of the Follies Ma McClune 1932-09-01
Movie Rasputin and the Empress Duna the Landlady (uncredited) 1932-12-23
Movie Tess of the Storm Country Old Martha 1932-11-20
Movie Women Won't Tell Aggie Specks 1932-11-16
Movie Kongo Nun (uncredited) 1932-10-01
Movie Wild Girl Lize 1932-11-09
Movie Bad Girl Mrs. Gardner (uncredited) 1931-08-13
Movie Sob Sister Ma Stevens 1931-10-25
Movie The Yellow Ticket Mother Kalish 1931-10-30
Movie Mata Hari Sister Teresa (uncredited) 1931-12-26
Movie Trifles Mrs. Wright 1930-01-30
Movie Billy the Kid Homesteader Mrs. Foster (uncredited) 1930-10-18
Movie Today Emma Warner 1930-11-01
Movie Wonder of Women Anna 1929-07-13
Movie The Sophomore Mrs. Collins 1929-08-24
Movie The Bugle Call Luke's Wife 1927-08-06