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Emma Dunn (I) (1874–1966)

Emma Dunn was a much noted stage actress before turning to films. She worked with such theatre luminaries as Richard Mansfield, Frances Starr, James Ellison and Blanche Yurka. She appeared in 3 productions under the direction of the legendary David Belasco. Miss Dunn also authored 2 books regarding diction and voice quality. See full bio »

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The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator Mrs. Jaeckel
The Talk of the Town
The Talk of the Town Mrs. Shelley
Life with Father
Life with Father Margaret (cook)
Son of Frankenstein


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 1947 Life with Father
Margaret (cook)
 1946 Night Train to Memphis
Ma Acuff
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
 1944 My Buddy
Mary Ballinger
 1944 Are These Our Parents?
Ma Henderson
 1944 Prices Unlimited (Short)
Allotment Mother (uncredited)
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
Mrs. Keaver (uncredited)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Mme. Marchand (uncredited)
 1943 Minesweeper
Mom Smith
 1943 The North Star (uncredited)
 1943 Hoosier Holiday
Molly Baker
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Ma (Norah) Flanagan
 1942 I Married a Witch
Wife of Justice of the Peace
 1942 The Talk of the Town
Mrs. Shelley
 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Martha Carter
 1942 The Mad Martindales
 1941 Babes on Broadway
Mrs. Williams
 1941 Rise and Shine
Mrs. Murray
 1941 Ladies in Retirement
Sister Theresa
 1941 The Penalty
'Ma' McCormick
 1941 The Monster and the Girl
Aunt Della (uncredited)
 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
 1940 The Great Dictator
Mrs. Jaeckel
 1940 Yesterday's Heroes
Aunt Winnie
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
Mrs. Simpson
 1940 One Crowded Night
 1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife
Mother Fields
 1940 Little Orvie
Mrs. Welty
 1940 High School
Mrs. O'Neill
 1939 The Llano Kid
Doña Teresa
 1939 Hero for a Day
Emmy 'Moms' Dunn
 1939 Each Dawn I Die
Mrs. Ross
 1939 Son of Frankenstein
 1938 The Duke of West Point
Mrs. West
 1938/II Thanks for the Memory
Mrs. Platt
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady
Ma Hawkins
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Mrs. Briggs
 1938 The Crowd Roars
Laura McCoy (uncredited)
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Ma Hardy
 1938 Lord Jeff
Mrs. Briggs
 1937 Madame X
 1937 Varsity Show
Mrs. Smith
 1937 Hideaway
Emma Peterson
 1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
Anna - Olga's Housekeeper
 1937 Waikiki Wedding
Mrs. Marvin (uncredited)
 1937 Circus Girl
 1937 When You're in Love
Mrs. Hamilton
 1936 Second Wife
Mrs. Brown
 1936 The Harvester
Granny Moreland
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mrs. Meredith (uncredited)
 1935 Another Face
Sheila's Mother (uncredited)
 1935 This Is the Life
Mrs. Davis
 1935 Little Big Shot
Orphanage Matron
 1935 The Crusades
Alan's Mother (uncredited)
 1935 The Keeper of the Bees
Margaret Campbell
 1935 Ladies Crave Excitement
Mrs. Phelan
 1935 The Glass Key
'Mom' Madvig
 1935 George White's 1935 Scandals
Aunt Jane
 1934 Dr. Monica
Mrs. Monahan
 1934 The Quitter
Cordelia Tilford
 1934 Dark Hazard
Mrs. Mayhew
 1933 Walls of Gold
Mrs. Satterlee (replaced by Margaret Seddon) (scenes deleted)
 1933 A Man of Sentiment
Mrs. John Russell Sr.
 1933 It's Great to Be Alive
Mrs. Wilton
 1933 Elmer, the Great
Mrs. Kane
 1933 Private Jones
Mrs. Jones
 1933 Grand Slam
Sob Sister (uncredited)
 1933 Hard to Handle
Mrs. Hawks (uncredited)
 1932 Blessed Event
Mrs. Roberts
 1932 Letty Lynton
Mrs. Darrow, Jerry's Mother
 1932 When a Feller Needs a Friend
Charity Lady (uncredited)
 1932 It's Tough to Be Famous
'Moms' McClenahan
 1932 The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood
Mrs. Sarah Cohen
 1932 The Wet Parade
Mrs. Chilcote
 1932 Hell's House
Emma Clark
 1932 Broken Lullaby
Frau Miller
 1931 Under Eighteen
Mrs. Evans (uncredited)
 1931 Compromised
Mrs. Squires
 1931 The Guilty Generation
Nina Palmero
 1931 Bad Company
 1931 Morals for Women
Mrs. Huston
 1931 This Modern Age
Mrs. Margaret Blake
 1931 Too Young to Marry
Mrs. Bumpstead
 1931 The Prodigal
Mrs. Cynthia Farraday
 1930 Manslaughter
Miss Bennett
 1930 The Texan
Señora Doña Marguerita Ibarra
 1929 Side Street
Mrs. Nora O'Farrell
 1924 Pied Piper Malone
Mother Malone
 1914/I Mother (Short)
Mrs. Wetherell
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On screen from 1919, she often played characters older than her actual age. Invariably cast in matronly or servile roles.

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