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Una Merkel

Highest Rated:   100% The Bank Dick (1940)
Lowest Rated:   14% The Kentuckian (1955)
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Birthplace:   Covington, Kentucky, USA
Although she is best known for her later work, Una Merkel actually started in film in 1920 as Lillian Gish's stand-in for Way Down East. After a stage career in the 1920s, she returned to films as Ann Rutledge in D. W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930). The vivacious character actress brightened up dozens of films, playing mostly comic roles interspersed with an occasional dramatic part. Films to watch include Dangerous Female (1931); Private Lives (1931); Red-Headed Woman (1932); 42nd Street (1933), the film in which she memorably says of Ginger Rogers' character Anytime Annie: "The only time she ever said no she didn't hear the question;" The Merry Widow (both 1934 and 1952); Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935); Born to Dance (1936); Destry Rides Again (1939), where she and Marlene Dietrich have a frenzied hair-pulling battle over the hapless Mischa Auer; On Borrowed Time (1939); The Bank Dick (1940); Road to Zanzibar (1941); This Is the Army (1943); With a Song in My Heart (1952); and The Parent Trap (1961), among many others. In 1956, she won a Tony Award for The Ponder Heart and in 1961 was nominated for an Academy Award for Summer and Smoke in the role she had originated on the stage.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% Spinout
  • Violet Ranley
1966
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks
  • Mrs. Watkins
1964
No Score Yet Summer Magic
  • Maria Popham
1963
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke
  • Mrs. Winemiller
1961
90% The Parent Trap
  • Verbena
1961
No Score Yet The Mating Game
  • Ma Larkin
1959
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely
  • Mom
1958
No Score Yet The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown
  • Bertha
1957
No Score Yet Bundle of Joy
  • Mrs. Dugan
1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks
  • Miss Bedelia Baines
1956
14% The Kentuckian
  • Sophie
1955
No Score Yet I Love Melvin
  • Mom Schneider
1953
No Score Yet The Merry Widow
  • Kitty Riley
1952
67% With a Song in My Heart
  • Sister Marie
1952
No Score Yet Rich, Young and Pretty
  • Glynnie
1952
No Score Yet Golden Girl
  • Mrs. Crabtree
1951
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven
  • Miss Gilbert
1950
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire
  • Betty Johnson
1950
No Score Yet The Man from Texas
  • Widow Weeks
1948
No Score Yet The Bride Goes Wild
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son!
  • Mrs.Magnolia Claghorn
1947
No Score Yet This Is the Army
  • Rose Dibble
1943
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son!
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet The Mad Doctor of Market Street
  • Aunt Margaret Wentworth
1942
89% Road to Zanzibar
  • Julia Quimby
1941
100% The Bank Dick
  • Myrtle Sousé
1940
96% Destry Rides Again
  • Lily Belle Callahan
1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time
  • Marcia Giles
1939
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance)
  • Flo Saunders
1939
No Score Yet Saratoga
  • Fritzi O'Malley
1937
No Score Yet Don't Tell the Wife
  • Nancy Dorsey
1937
100% True Confession
  • Daisy McClure
1937
No Score Yet Good Old Soak
  • Nellie
1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Jenny Saks
1936
No Score Yet Speed
  • Josephine Sanderson
1936
No Score Yet Riffraff
  • Lil
1936
89% Broadway Melody of 1936
  • Kitty Corbett
1935
No Score Yet The Night Is Young
  • Fanni
1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet
  • Toots Simmons
1935
No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl
  • Slade
1935
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice
  • Amy Drexel
1934
82% The Merry Widow
  • Queen
1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw
  • Petunia Pratt
1934
No Score Yet Paris Interlude
  • Cassie Bond
1934
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car
  • Georgia
1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
  • Gwen
1934
90% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
  • Mac
1933
96% 42nd Street
  • Lorraine Fleming
1933
No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche
  • Ella
1933
No Score Yet Midnight Mary
  • Bunny
1933
No Score Yet Clear All Wires
  • Dolly Winslow
1933
No Score Yet Broadway to Hollywood
  • Flirt in Audience (uncredited)
1933
No Score Yet Huddle
  • Thelma
1932
No Score Yet Man Wanted
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden
  • Betty Merrick
1932
No Score Yet She Wanted a Millionaire
  • Mary Taylor
1932
No Score Yet Red Headed Woman
  • Sally
1932
No Score Yet They Call It Sin
  • Dixie Dare
1932
71% The Maltese Falcon
  • Effie Perrine
1931
80% Private Lives
  • Sibyl Chase
1931
No Score Yet The Secret Witness
  • Lois Martin
1931
64% The Bat Whispers
  • Dale Van Gorder
1930
75% Abraham Lincoln
  • Ann Rutledge
1930

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