Mona Barrie, 1938
Mona Barlee Smith|
18 December 1909
London, England, UK
27 June 1964 (aged 54)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Charles Harold Rayson (m. 1928–1931); divorced
Paul Macklin Bolton (m. 1938–1964); her death
Mona Barrie (18 December 1909 – 27 June 1964) was an English-born actress, active on stage in Australia before establishing a career in the US, and in Hollywood films.
Born Mona Barlee Smith in London to comedian Phil Smith and variety performer Jessie Barlee, she lived in Australia from 1913, and made her professional debut as Mona Barlee on stage in a 1922 J. C. Williamson production of The Merry Widow. For the next ten years she performed for J.C. Williamson's, mostly in musical comedies and earning a popular reputation, appearing with numerous Australian based variety stars including Roy Rene. She also appeared in her first film, His Royal Highness, with Australian comedian George Wallace. In 1933 she emigrated to New York, was given a test for films and this led to signing with Fox Film Corporation. She made her first US film Sleepers East using the stage name Mona Barrie.
While her lack of a glamorous beauty resulted in her generally being cast in important but secondary roles, during a film career spanning almost twenty years she appeared in more than fifty films. She co-starred in 1942's Dawn on the Great Divide, the last film Buck Jones made before he died in the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts. Barrie also performed at various playhouses across the U.S, debuting on Broadway in 1937.
She married Charles Harold Rayson in Melbourne, Australia, in July 1928, however the marriage was not a success and a divorce was granted in 1931. In 1938 she married Canadian Paul Macklin Bolton. Both unions were childless.
- His Royal Highness (1932)
- Sleepers East (1933)
- Charlie Chan in London (1934)
- One Night of Love (1934)
- Carolina (1934)
- The House of Connelly (1934)
- All Men Are Enemies (1934)
- I'll Fix It (1934)
- Such Women Are Dangerous (1934)
- Sleepers East (1934)
- The Unwelcome Stranger (1935)
- Mystery Woman (1935)
- Storm Over the Andes (1935)
- Ladies Love Danger (1935)
- The Melody Lingers On (1935)
- King of Burlesque (1936)
- Love on the Run (1936)
- A Message to Garcia (1936)
- Here Comes Trouble (1936)
- I Met Him in Paris (1937)
- Mountain Justice (1937)
- Something to Sing About (1937)
- Love, Honor and Behave (1938)
- Say It in French (1938)
- Men Are Such Fools (1938)
- Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940)
- Lady with Red Hair (1940)
- Love, Honor, and Oh Baby! (1940)
- I Take This Woman (1940)
- Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
- Skylark (1941)
- When Ladies Meet (1941)
- Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941)
- Murder Among Friends (1941)
- Cairo (1942)
- Today I Hang (1942)
- Lady in a Jam (1942)
- Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)
- A Tragedy at Midnight (1942)
- The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)
- Road to Happiness (1942)
- Syncopation (1942)
- One Dangerous Night (1943)
- Storm Over Lisbon (1944)
- The Devil's Mask (1946)
- Just Before Dawn (1946)
- The Secret of the Whistler (1946)
- Cass Timberlane (1947)
- I Cover Big Town (1947)
- When a Girl's Beautiful (1947)
- My Dog Rusty (1948)
- The First Time (1952)
- Strange Fascination (1952)
- Plunder of the Sun (1953)
- Biographer Dr. Clay Djubal believes this suggests a 1906 date of birth as more likely than 1909.
- Dr Clay Djubal. "Mona Barlee Research notes" (PDF). Australian Variety Theatre Archive. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
- "Fox's Newest Actress Set .Mona Barrie Handed Her First Role..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 18 October 1933. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Mona Barrie". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
- The Age (Melbourne, Vic.: 1854-1954), 4 June 1931, Page 11 "DIVORCE COURT"; accessed 10 January 2017.
- "Hollywood Star Walk - Mona Barrie". Los Angeles Times. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
- Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic.: 1869-1954), 25 October 1941, Page 9, "The Voice Behind the 'Mike'"; accessed 10 January 2017.