Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon

Known for: Acting
Biography: 1882-05-16
Deathday: 1963-08-23 (81 years old)

Biography

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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.

Filmography

all 218

Movies 217

TV Shows 1

Slatternly Woman Tenant (Uncredited)
Mr. Soft Touch

Mr. Soft Touch (1949)

Movie
Housemother (uncredited)
Tucson

Tucson (1949)

Movie
Woman Reading Newspaper (clip from 'The Story That Couldn't Be Printed')
Clues to Adventure

Clues to Adventure (1949)

Movie
Scottish Woman (uncredited)
Kidnapped

Kidnapped (1948)

Movie
Mary - Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
Big Town Scandal

Big Town Scandal (1948)

Movie
Mrs. Mamie Mahoney
Angels' Alley

Angels' Alley (1948)

Movie
Annie (Scrub Woman) (uncredited)
The Judge Steps Out

The Judge Steps Out (1947)

Movie
Old Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
The Long Night

The Long Night (1947)

Movie
Mrs. Gordon (uncredited)
Sister Kenny

Sister Kenny (1946)

Movie
Agnes, the Cook (uncredited)
Sentimental Journey

Sentimental Journey (1946)

Movie
Mary McBride (uncredited)
The Body Snatcher

The Body Snatcher (1945)

Movie
3.5
Hostess (uncredited)
Hollywood Canteen

Hollywood Canteen (1944)

Movie
Mrs. McKenzie (uncredited)
Secret Command

Secret Command (1944)

Movie
Mrs. Casey (uncredited)
Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim (1942)

Movie
Abigail 'Mag' MacPherson
Bombay Clipper

Bombay Clipper (1942)

Movie
Mrs. Flaherty - Mike's Landlady (uncredited)
Blue, White, and Perfect

Blue, White, and Perfect (1942)

Movie
Mrs. Ann Morton (Fred's mother)
Sealed Lips

Sealed Lips (1942)

Movie
Mrs. O'Toole (uncredited)
It Started with Eve

It Started with Eve (1941)

Movie
Cleaning Lady (uncredited)
Kitty Foyle

Kitty Foyle (1940)

Movie
5.6
Gertrude, the Cook
No, No, Nanette

No, No, Nanette (1940)

Movie
Train Passenger
Go West

Go West (1940)

Movie
1
Mrs. Sweeney - Flo's Landlady (uncredited)
Brother Orchid

Brother Orchid (1940)

Movie
Mrs. Eileen Hanagan
I Take This Oath

I Take This Oath (1940)

Movie
1nd Pencil Woman (uncredited)
The Night of Nights

The Night of Nights (1939)

Movie
Mrs. Ogilvie (Uncredited)
Rulers of the Sea

Rulers of the Sea (1939)

Movie
Mrs. Bryant (uncredited)
Tell No Tales

Tell No Tales (1939)

Movie
Mrs. Finnegan (uncredited)
Off the Record

Off the Record (1939)

Movie
Scottish Mother
Gateway

Gateway (1938)

Movie
Maggie (uncredited)
Blond Cheat

Blond Cheat (1938)

Movie
Mrs. MacDonald
Kidnapped

Kidnapped (1938)

Movie
Mrs. O'Rourke (Uncredited)
Mannequin

Mannequin (1938)

Movie
Mary's Mother (uncredited)
You're Only Young Once

You're Only Young Once (1937)

Movie
YWCA Scrub Woman (uncredited)
You Can't Have Everything

You Can't Have Everything (1937)

Movie
Nursing Applicant (uncredited)
The White Angel

The White Angel (1936)

Movie
Mrs. Monahan (uncredited)
Ginger

Ginger (1935)

Movie
Landlady (uncredited)
$10 Raise

$10 Raise (1935)

Movie
Nanny / Dialogue Coach
The Little Minister

The Little Minister (1934)

Movie
Community Woman in Cottage (uncredited)
Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread (1934)

Movie
Prison Visitor (uncredited)
Charlie Chan in London

Charlie Chan in London (1934)

Movie
4.57
Mrs. O'Brien (Uncredited)
Baby Take a Bow

Baby Take a Bow (1934)

Movie
Boat Passenger (uncredited)
Manhattan Melodrama

Manhattan Melodrama (1934)

Movie
Crying Woman at Night Court (uncredited)
The Woman Condemned

The Woman Condemned (1934)

Movie
Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited)
Design for Living

Design for Living (1933)

Movie
Screaming Woman (uncredited)
The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man (1933)

Movie
5.3
Washer Woman (uncredited)
Meet the Baron

Meet the Baron (1933)

Movie
Woman at Ironing Board (Uncredited)
My Woman

My Woman (1933)

Movie
Townswoman at Meeting
Doctor Bull

Doctor Bull (1933)

Movie
Mrs. Patrick O'Leary (Uncredited)
Sweepings

Sweepings (1933)

Movie
Pacifist Audience Member
Men Must Fight

Men Must Fight (1933)

Movie
Cleaning Lady (uncredited)
She Done Him Wrong

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Movie
6
Prisoner in Visiting Room
Ladies They Talk About

Ladies They Talk About (1933)

Movie
6
Lady in Tenement (Uncredited)
Call Her Savage

Call Her Savage (1932)

Movie
Washerwoman (uncredited)
Wild Girl

Wild Girl (1932)

Movie
Landlady (uncredited)
Blonde Venus

Blonde Venus (1932)

Movie
Mrs. MacTavish (uncredited)
Pack Up Your Troubles

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Movie
10
Scrubwoman (uncredited)
70,000 Witnesses

70,000 Witnesses (1932)

Movie
Landlady (uncredited)
Radio Patrol

Radio Patrol (1932)

Movie
Irish Neighbor (uncredited)
The Impatient Maiden

The Impatient Maiden (1932)

Movie
Woman at Political Rally (uncredited)
Possessed

Possessed (1931)

Movie
Distraught Woman on Stairway (uncredited)
Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Movie
Angry Wife in Night Court (uncredited)
The Brat

The Brat (1931)

Movie
Stage Door Admirer with Violets
Oh, for a Man!

Oh, for a Man! (1930)

Movie
Mrs. O'Riley (uncredited)
Roaring Ranch

Roaring Ranch (1930)

Movie
Chubby's Mother (uncredited)
When the Wind Blows

When the Wind Blows (1930)

Movie
Reducing customer (uncredited)
The Saturday Night Kid

The Saturday Night Kid (1929)

Movie
Neighbor (uncredited)
Is Everybody Happy?

Is Everybody Happy? (1929)

Movie
Nursemaid (uncredited)
Madame X

Madame X (1929)

Movie
First taxi passenger
The Ol' Gray Hoss

The Ol' Gray Hoss (1928)

Movie
The Woman at Hogan's Hideout
Hangman's House

Hangman's House (1928)

Movie
Woman with Long Hair
The Dome Doctor

The Dome Doctor (1925)

Movie

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Information

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1882-05-16

Deathday
1963-08-23 (81 years old)

Birth Place
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Citizenships
United Kingdom

Also Known As
Mary Grace Gordon

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