Jane Darwell - Rotten Tomatoes

Jane Darwell

Highest Rated:   100% Wagon Master (1950)
Lowest Rated:   57% The White Parade (1934)
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Birthplace:   Palmyra, Missouri, USA
American actress Jane Darwell was the daughter of a Missouri railroad executive. Despite her father's disapproval, she spent most of her youth acting in circuses, opera troupes and stock companies, making her film debut in 1912. Even in her early thirties, Darwell specialized in formidable "grande dame" roles, usually society matrons or strict maiden aunts. Making an easy transition to talking pictures, Darwell worked primarily in small character parts (notably as governesses and housekeepers in the films of Shirley Temple) until 1939, when her role as the James Brothers' mother in Jesse James began a new career direction--now she was most often cast as indomitable frontierswomen, unbending in the face of hardship and adversity. It was this quality that led Darwell to be cast in her favorite role as Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), for which she won an Oscar. Darwell continued to work until illness crept upon her in the late 1950s. Even so, Darwell managed to essay a handful of memorable parts on TV and in movies into the 1960s; her last film role was as the "Bird Woman" in Disney's Mary Poppins (1964).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% Mary Poppins
  • Bird Woman
1964
86% The Last Hurrah
  • Delia Boylan
1958
86% There's Always Tomorrow
  • Mrs. Rogers
1956
No Score Yet Girls in Prison
  • Matron Jamieson
1956
67% Hit the Deck
  • Jenny
1955
70% The Bigamist
  • Mrs. Connelly
1953
No Score Yet Affair With a Stranger
  • Ma Stanton
1953
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright
  • Mrs. Amora Ratchitt
1953
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday
  • Mrs. Spatch
1953
No Score Yet We're Not Married
  • Mrs. Bush
1952
No Score Yet Excuse My Dust (Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile)
  • Mrs. Belden
1951
No Score Yet Three Husbands
  • Mrs. Wurdeman
1951
83% 14 Hours
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid
  • Nellie Thursday
1951
100% Wagon Master
  • Sister Ledeyard
1950
No Score Yet Caged
  • Isolation Matron
1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
  • Mrs. Murphy
1950
No Score Yet Red Canyon
  • Aunt Jane
1949
85% Three Godfathers
  • Miss Florie
1948
No Score Yet The Red Stallion
  • Mrs. Curtis
1947
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Kate
1946
No Score Yet I Live in Grosvenor Square (A Yank in London)
  • Mrs. Patterson
1945
No Score Yet Sunday Dinner For A Soldier
  • Mrs. Dobson
1944
No Score Yet The Impatient Years
  • Minister's Wife
1944
No Score Yet Tender Comrade
  • Mrs. Henderson
1943
91% The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Ma Grier
1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet It Happened in Flatbush
  • Mrs. Maguire
1942
No Score Yet On the Sunny Side
  • Annie
1942
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Mrs. Clemm
1942
100% All Through the Night
  • Ma Donahue
1941
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Ma Stone
1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna
  • Mrs. Bettina Huguenine
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Ma Joad
1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young
  • Eliza Kent
1940
90% Gone With the Wind
  • Dolly Merriwether
1939
No Score Yet The Rains Came
  • Aunt Phoebe Smiley
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Mrs. Samuels
1939
No Score Yet Zero Hour
  • Sophie
1939
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway
  • Miss Hutchins
1938
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice
  • Mrs. Killian
1938
No Score Yet Love Is News
  • Mrs. Flaherty
1937
No Score Yet Fifty Roads to Town
  • Mrs. Henry
1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine
  • Ma Marine
1937
No Score Yet Wife, Doctor and Nurse
  • Mrs. Krueger
1937
No Score Yet Slave Ship
  • Mrs. Marlowe
1937
100% Craig's Wife
  • Mrs. Harold
1936
86% Captain January
  • Eliza Croft
1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Woodward
1936
No Score Yet White Fang
  • Maud Mahoney
1936
No Score Yet Private Number
  • Mrs. Meecham
1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor
  • Mrs. Graham
1936
No Score Yet Ramona
  • Aunt Ri Hyar
1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human
  • Mrs. Walsh
1935
No Score Yet Paddy O'Day
  • Dora
1935
No Score Yet Metropolitan
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Life Begins at 40
  • Ida Harris
1935
No Score Yet Curly Top
  • Mrs. Denham
1935
83% Bright Eyes
  • Mrs. Higgins
1934
57% The White Parade
  • Miss "Sailor" Roberts
1934
No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream
  • Woman
1934
71% One Night of Love
  • Mary's Mother
1934
86% The Scarlet Empress
  • Mlle. Cardell
1934
No Score Yet Desirable
  • Dowager
1934
No Score Yet Million Dollar Ransom
  • Ma
1934
No Score Yet Blind Date (Her Sacrifice)
  • Ma Taylor
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Mrs. McGowan
1934
No Score Yet Finishing School
  • Maud
1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning
  • The Wife
1934
No Score Yet Fashions of 1934
  • Dowager
1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar
  • Baroness
1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead
  • Mrs. Davis, the Landlady
1934
No Score Yet The Firebird
  • Actor
1934
76% Design for Living
  • Housekeeper
1933
No Score Yet Only Yesterday
  • Mrs. Lane
1933
No Score Yet Ann Vickers
  • Mrs. Gates
1933
No Score Yet Before Dawn
  • Mrs. Marble
1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call
  • Miss Brown, Head Nurse
1933
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon
  • Mrs. Lind
1933
No Score Yet Aggie Appleby
  • Actor
1933
67% Murders in the Zoo
  • Actor
1933
80% Roman Scandals
  • Beauty Salon Manager
1933
No Score Yet Back Street
  • Mrs. Schmidt
1932
No Score Yet Hot Saturday
  • Mrs. Brock
1932
No Score Yet Washington Merry-Go-Round
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House
  • Mrs. Turner
1931
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans
  • Pioneer Woman
1931
83% Huckleberry Finn
  • Widow Douglas
1931
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer
  • Widow Douglass
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1962-1965
  • Granny Carnation
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
  • Mrs. Knowles
  • 1958
No Score Yet Playhouse 90
  • Lady on Bus

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