Marjorie Reynolds

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Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds in Ministry of Fear trailer.jpg
Reynolds in Ministry of Fear (1944)
Born Marjorie Goodspeed
(1917-08-12)August 12, 1917
Buhl, Idaho, U.S.
Died February 1, 1997(1997-02-01) (aged 79)
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1923–24
1933–78
Spouse(s) Jack Reynolds (September 4, 1936 - May 14, 1952; divorced); 1 child
John Whitney (May 18, 1953 - May 4, 1985; his death)


Marjorie Reynolds (née Goodspeed; August 12, 1917 – February 1, 1997) was an American film and television actress, who appeared in more than 50 films.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born Marjorie Goodspeed in Buhl, Idaho, she acted under the names of both Goodspeed and as Marjorie Moore.[2] Her parents made the cross-country trip from Maine to settle in California. She married casting director Jack Reynolds in 1936. Her second husband was film editor John Whitney.

Career[edit]

She was a featured child actress in such silent films as Scaramouche (1923). Her first speaking role was in Murder in Greenwich Village (1937).[3] She appeared in bit parts in numerous films including Gone with the Wind (1939).

Reynolds played the loyal girlfriend opposite wrongly accused Richard Cromwell in Enemy Agent (1940). That same year, in The Fatal Hour, Reynolds appeared for Monogram Pictures as a reporter on the trail of Boris Karloff's detective James Lee Wong, and opposite Grant Withers as a cop.

Perhaps her best-known film was Holiday Inn (1942), which introduced the classic song "White Christmas". She performed the song both as a duet with Bing Crosby and later in a solo performance, although her singing was dubbed by Martha Mears.[3] The movie also showcased her dancing ability.

She also had major roles in Fritz Lang's Ministry of Fear (1944) and in the movie Up in Mabel's Room (1944).[4]

Reynolds starred with Abbott and Costello in the supernatural comedy The Time of Their Lives (1946). Her career progression was hindered by the premature death of her mentor, Mark Sandrich. She was cast in a supporting role in Mario Lanza's film debut, That Midnight Kiss (1949 film).

She later appeared in the NBC version of the television series The Life of Riley[5] (1953–1958) and appeared on 3 episodes of the television series Leave it to Beaver (1960–1963).[3]

Death[edit]

On February 1, 1997, having suffered from congestive heart disease, she collapsed and died in Manhattan Beach, California, while walking her dog. She was 79 years old.[3]

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[6]

Acting credits[edit]

Marjorie Reynolds and William Bendix in the The Life of Riley
Doomed to Die, Boris Karloff seated. Standing L-R, Marjorie Reynolds, Raymond Hatton, Grant Withers

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Refs.
1949 Hands of Mystery Secret Life of a Killer
1951 The Bigelow Theatre A Case of Marriage [7]
Hollywood Theatre Time Sally Sanders The Spectre [8]
Racket Squad The Fabulous Mr. James
Gruen Guild Theater The Luckiest Guy in the World [7]
Gruen Guild Theater Peril in the House
1952 The Unexpected The Blonde The Slide Rule Blonde
1953 The Abbott and Costello Show Nurse Peace and Quiet [9]
1955 The Millionaire Louise Malcolm The Fred Malcolm Story
1953-1958 The Life of Riley Peg Riley 76 episodes [7]
1960 The Millionaire (TV series) Barbara's Mother Millionaire Dixon Cooper
Shirley Temple's Storybook Betty Emmy Lou
Leave It to Beaver Mrs. Murdock Chuckie's New Shoes
1961 Whispering Smith Baby Doll Harris The Idol
Surfside 6 Mrs. Phelps Little Star Lost
1962 Tales of Wells Fargo Helen Mapes Don't Wake a Tiger
Alcoa Premiere Eleanor The Cake Baker [7]
Leave It to Beaver Mrs. Murdock Beaver the Babysitter
Our Man Higgins Dodie Bannister The Three Faces of Higgins
1963 Laramie Mrs. Sherman The Last Battleground [10]
Leave It to Beaver Mildred Gregory The All-Night Party
Wide Country Katy Blaufus The Quest for Jacob Blaufus
Our Man Higgins Dodie Bannister Black Thursday
Our Man Higgins Dodie Bannister The Milkman Cometh
1969 The Good Guys Annie Butterworth Love Comes to Annie Butterworth
1978 Pearl Nurse #3 [11]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Producer Studio/Distributor Other cast members Refs.
1923 The Broken Wing Child (uncredited) Tom Forman B. P. Shulberg Productions Al Lichtman, Preferred Pictures Corporation, Exclusivité Equitable Films Kenneth Harlan, Miriam Cooper [7]
Scaramouche Bit part (uncredited) Rex Ingram Rex Ingram Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Ramon Novarro, Alice Terry, Lewis Stone [7]
Trilby Waif (uncredited) James Young Richard Walton Tully Associated First National Pictures Andrée Lafayette, Creighton Hale
1924 Revelation Child (uncredited) George D. Baker Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Viola Dana, Monte Blue, Lew Cody [7]
1933 Wine, Women and Song Marilyn Arnette (credited as Marjorie Moore) Herbert Brenon I. E. Chadwick State Rights Lilyan Tashman, Lew Cody [12]
College Humor (uncredited) Wesley Ruggles William LeBaron Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Mary Carlisle [7]
1935 Collegiate (uncredited) Ralph Murphy Adolph Zukor Paramount Pictures Jack Oakie [2]
1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937 (uncredited) Mitchell Leisen Adolph Zukor Paramount Pictures Jack Benny
Three Cheers for Love (Uncredited) Ray McCarey Adolph Zukor Paramount Pictures Robert Cummings, Eleanore Whitney
College Holiday Student (uncredited) Frank Tuttle William LeBaron, Harlan Thompson Paramount Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye [13]
Dancing Pirate (Uncredited) Lloyd Corrigan Merian C. Cooper RKO Pictures Rita Hayworth, Frank Morgan, Charles Collins
1937 Murder in Greenwich Village Molly Murphy Albert S. Rogell Irving Briskin Columbia Pictures Richard Arlen, Fay Wray [14]
Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts Norma Willis Ray Taylor Edward L. Alperson Grand National Films Inc. Tex Ritter, Philip Ahn [15]
1938 Western Trails Alice George Waggner Paul Malvern Universal Pictures Bob Baker [16]
Delinquent Parents Edythe Ellis as a young woman Nick Grinde Ben N. Judell State Rights Doris Weston [17]
Rebellious Daughters Claire Jean Yarbrough Ben N. Judell State Rights Verna Hillie [18]
Six Shootin' Sheriff Molly Morgan Harry L. Fraser Max Alexander Grand National Films Inc. Ken Maynard [19]
The Overland Express Jean Greeley Drew Eberson L. G. Leonard Columbia Pictures Buck Jones [20]
The Black Bandit Jane Allen George Waggner Trem Carr Universal Pictures Bob Baker [21]
Guilty Trails Jackie George Waggner Trem Carr Universal Pictures Bob Baker [22]
Man's Country Madge Crane Robert Hill Robert Tansey Monogram Pictures Jack Randall [23]
1939 Gone with the Wind (incredited) Victor Fleming David O. Selznick Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Vivien Leigh [24]
Mr. Wong in Chinatown Bobby Logan William Nigh William T. Lackey Monogram Pictures Boris Karloff, Grant Withers [25]
Streets of New York Anne Carroll William Nigh Scott R. Dunlap Monagram Pictures Jackie Cooper [26]
Sky Patrol Betty Lou Barnes Howard Bretherton Paul Malvern Monogram Pictures Jackie Coogan, Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr. [27]
Racketeers of the Range Helen Lewis D. Ross Lederman Bert Gilroy RKO Radio Pictures George O'Brien, Chill Wills [28]
Danger Flight Betty Lou Howard Bretherton Paul Malvern Monogram Pictures Milburn Stone, Jacon Robards Sr. [29]
Mystery Plane Betty Lou George Waggner Paul Malvern Monogram Pictures Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr. [30]
Stunt Pilot Betty Lou George Waggner Paul Malvern Monogram Pictures Milburn Stone, Jason Robards Sr. [31]
The Phantom Stage Mary George Waggner Trem Carr Universal Pictures Bob Baker [32]
Timber Stampede Anne Carr David Howard Bert Gilroy RKO Radio Pictures Chill Wills [33]
1940 The Fatal Hour Bobby Logan William Nigh William T. Lackey Monogram Pictures Boris Karloff, Grant Withers [34]
Doomed to Die Bobby Logan William Nigh William T. Lackey Monogram Pictures Boris Karloff, Grant Withers [35]
Midnight Limited Joan Marshall Howard Bretherton T. R. Williams Monogram Pictures John 'Dusty' King [36]
Chasing Trouble Susie Howard Bretherton Grant Withers Monogram Pictures Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland , Milburn Stone [37]
Up in the Air Anne Mason Howard Bretherton Lindsley Parsons Monogram Pictures Frankie Darro, Mantan Moreland [38]
Enemy Agent Peggy O'Reilly Lew Landers Ben Pivar Universal Pictures Richard Cromwell, Helen Vinson, Robert Armstrong [39]
1941 Cyclone on Horseback Mary Corbin Edward Killy Bert Gilroy RKO Radio Pictures Tim Holt [40]
Dude Cowboy Barbara Adams David Howard Bert Gilroy RKO Radio Pictures Tim Holt [41]
The Great Swindle Margaret Swann Lewis D. Collins Larry Darmour Columbia Pictures Jack Holt [42]
Robin Hood of the Pecos Jeanie Grayson Joseph Kane Joseph Kane Republic Pictures Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes [43]
Secret Evidence Linda Wilson William Nigh E.B. Derr Producers Releasing Corporation Charles Quigley [44]
Tillie the Toiler Bubbles Sidney Salkow Robert Sparks Columbia Pictures William Tracy, Sylvia Field [45]
Top Sergeant Mulligan Gail Nash Jean Yarbrough Lindsley Parsons Monogram Pictures Nat Pendleton, Carol Hughes, Sterling Holloway [46]
Law of the Timber Perry Lorimar Bernard B. Ray Bernard B. Ray Producers Releasing Corporation Monte Blue, J. Farrell MacDonald [47]
1942 Holiday Inn Linda Mason Mark Sandrich Mark Sandrich Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby, Virginia Dale [48]
1943 Dixie Jean Mason A. Edward Sutherland Paul Jones Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Billy De Wolfe, Clara Blandick, Eddie Foy, Jr. [49]
Star Spangled Rhythm Herself George Marshall Joseph Sistrom Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Mary Martin, Veronica Lake [50]
1944 Ministry of Fear Carla Hilfe Fritz Lang Buddy G. DeSylva Paramount Pictures Ray Milland, Carl Esmond, Hillary Brooke [51]
3 Is a Family Kitty Mitchell Edward Ludwig Sol Lesser United Artists Charles Ruggles, Fay Bainter, Hattie McDaniel, Arthur Lake [52]
Up in Mabel's Room Geraldine Ainsworth Allan Dwan Edward Small United Artists Charlotte Greenwood,, Gail Patrick, Dennis O'Keefe [53]
1945 Bring on the Girls Sue Thomas Sidney Lanfield Fred Kohlmar Paramount Pictures Eddie Bracken, Veronica Lake [54]
Ed Gardner's Duffy's Tavern Peggy O'Malley Hal Walker Danny Dare Paramount Pictures Bing Crosby [55]
1946 Meet Me on Broadway Ann Stallings Leigh Jacon Burt Kelly Columbia Pictures Fred Brady [56]
Monsieur Beaucaire Princess Maria of Spain George Marshall Paul Jones Paramount Pictures Bob Hope [57]
The Time of Their Lives Melody Allen Charles Barton Val Burton Universal Pictures Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Gale Sondergaard [58]
1947 Heaven Only Knows Ginger Albert S. Rogell Seymour Nebenzal United Artists Robert Cummings, Brian Donlevy [59]
1949 Bad Men of Tombstone Julie Kurt Neumann Maurice King King Brothers Productions Barry Sullivan, Broderick Crawford [60]
That Midnight Kiss Mary Norman Taurog Joe Pasternak Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Mario Lanza, Kathryn Grayson [61]
1950 Customs Agent Lucille Gerrard Seymour Friedman Rudolph Flothow Columbia Pictures Benson Fong, William Eythe [62]
The Great Jewel Robber Martha Rollins Peter Godfrey Bryan Foy Warner Bros. John Archer, David Brian [63]
Rookie Fireman Margie Williams Seymour Friedman Milton Feldman Columbia Pictures Bill Williams, Barton MacLane [64]
1951 His Kind of Woman Helen Cardigan John Farrow Robert Sparks RKO Pictures Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price [65]
Home Town Story Janice Hunt Arthur Pierson Arthur Pierson Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Jr. [66]
1952 Models Inc. Peggy Howard Reginald Le Borg Jack Dietz Mutual Pictures Corporation Howard Duff, Coleen Gray [67]
No Holds Barred Rhonda Nelson William Beaudine Jerry Thomas Monogram Pictures] Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, David Gorcey, Bernard Gorcey [68]
1956 Mobs, Inc. Mary Hale Browne (archive footage) William Asher Reed Hadley [69]
1959 Juke Box Rhythm Martha Manton Arthur Dreifuss Sam Katzman Columbia Pictures Jo Morrow, Jack Jones, Brian Donlevy [70]
1962 The Silent Witness Mary Ken Kennedy Ken Kennedy Emerson Film Enterprises Inc. George Kennedy [71]

Notes[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Profile, infoplease.com; accessed June 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hischak (2008), p. 621
  3. ^ a b c d Marjorie Reynolds at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Up From Westerns!: LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD WITH HEDDA HOPPER", Chicago Daily Tribune, March 12, 1944, p. C4.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Holly Walk of Fame website, walkoffame.com; accessed June 23, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Monush (1965), p. 633
  8. ^ Brooks, Marsh (2007), p. 625
  9. ^ "Peace and Quiet". BFI. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Last Battleground". BFI. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  11. ^ Terrace (1985), p.321
  12. ^ "Wine, Women and Song". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "College Holiday". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Murder in Greenwich Village". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Tex Rides with the Boy Scouts". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Western Trails". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Delinquent Parents". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Rebellious Daughters". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Six Shootin' Sheriff". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Overland Express". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Black Bandit". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Guilty Trails". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Man's Country". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  24. ^ Bridges (1998)
  25. ^ "Mr. Wong in Chinatown". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Streets of New York". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Sky Patrol". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Racketeers of the Range". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Danger Flight". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Mystery Plane". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Stunt Pilot". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  32. ^ "The Phantom Stage". AFI Catalog of Feature films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Timber Stampede". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  34. ^ "The Fatal Hour". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Doomed to Die". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Midnight Limited". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Chasing Trouble". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Up in the Air". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Enemy Agent". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Cyclone on Horseback". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  41. ^ "Dude Cowboy". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  42. ^ "The Great Swindle". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  43. ^ "Robin Hood of the Pecos". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  44. ^ "Secret Evidence". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  45. ^ "Tillie the Toiler". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  46. ^ "Top Sergeant Mulligan". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  47. ^ "Law of the Timber". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  48. ^ "Holiday Inn". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  49. ^ "Dixie". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  50. ^ "Star Spangled Rhythm". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  51. ^ "Ministry of Fear". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  52. ^ "3 Is a Family". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  53. ^ "Up in Mabel's Room". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  54. ^ "Bring on the Girls". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  55. ^ "Duffy's Tavern". AFI Catalog of Features Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  56. ^ "Meet Me on Broadway". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  57. ^ "Monsieur Beaucaire". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  58. ^ "The Time of Their Lives". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  59. ^ "Heaven Only Knows". AFI Catalog of Featured Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  60. ^ "Bad Men of Tombstone". AFI Catalog of Feaure Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  61. ^ "That Midnight Kiss". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  62. ^ "Customs Agent". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  63. ^ "The Great Jewel Robber". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  64. ^ "Rookie Fireman". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  65. ^ "His Kind of Woman". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  66. ^ "Home Town Story". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  67. ^ "Models Inc.". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  68. ^ "No Holds Barred". AFI Catalog of Featured Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  69. ^ "Mobs, Inc.". BFI. Retrieved February 17, 2015. 
  70. ^ "Juke Box Rhythm". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  71. ^ "The Silent Witness (1962)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 

References[edit]

  • Bridges, Herb (1998). Filming of Gone With the Wind. Mercer University Press. ISBN 978-0865546219. 
  • Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 
  • Hischak, Thomas S. (2008). The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195335330. 
  • Monush, Barry (1965). The Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 9781557835512. 
  • Terrace, Vincent (1985). Encyclopedia of Television: Series, Pilots and Specials 1974-1984. New York Zoetrope. ISBN 978-0918432612. 

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