Mary Gordon

Place of birth:
Glasgow, Scotland, UK:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 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.


West of Wyoming (1950)
as Nora Jones
The File on Thelma Jordon (1949)
as Charwoman (Uncredited)
Deputy Marshal (1949)
as Mrs. Lance
Haunted Trails (1949)
as Aunt Libby
Mr. Soft Touch (1949)
as Slatternly Woman Tenant (Uncredited)
Clues to Adventure (1949)
as Woman Reading Newspaper (archive footage) (uncredited)
Highway 13 (1948)
as Aunt Myrt Lacy
Kidnapped (1948)
as Scottish Woman (uncredited)
The Strange Mrs. Crane (1948)
as Nora
Fort Apache (1948)
as Ma (barmaid)
The Judge Steps Out (1947)
as Annie
Roses Are Red (1947)
as Cleaning Lady
The Invisible Wall (1947)
as Mrs. Bledsoe
Exposed (1947)
as Housekeeper
Shadows Over Chinatown (1946)
as Mrs. Conover
In Fast Company (1946)
as Mrs. Cassidy
Dressed to Kill (1946)
as Mrs. Hudson
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
as Trina
Sentimental Journey (1946)
as Agnes, the Cook (uncredited)
Little Giant (1946)
as Ma Miller
Kitty (1945)
as Nanny
Strange Confession (1945)
as Mrs. O'Connor
Divorce (1945)
as Ellen
Captain Eddie (1945)
as Mrs. Westrom
The Woman in Green (1945)
as Mrs. Hudson
The Body Snatcher (1945)
as Mary McBride (uncredited)
See My Lawyer (1945)
as Mrs. Fillmore
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
as Hostess (uncredited)
The Last Ride (1944)
as Mrs. Mary Kelly
The Pearl of Death (1944)
as Mrs. Hudson
Secret Command (1944)
as Mrs. McKenzie (uncredited)
Secrets of Scotland Yard (1944)
as Libby, the Housekeeper
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
as Annie
Million Dollar Kid (1944)
as Mrs. McGinnis
The Racket Man (1944)
as Mom Benson
Whispering Footsteps (1943)
as Ma Murphy
The Spider Woman (1943)
as Mrs. Hudson
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
as Mrs. Hudson
Sarong Girl (1943)
as Mattie
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
as Mrs. Hudson
Keep 'em Slugging (1943)
as Mrs. Banning
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)
as Mrs. Hudson
Gentleman Jim (1942)
as Mrs. Casey (uncredited)
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
as Jane Banning
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)
as Mrs. Hudson
Half Way to Shanghai (1942)
as Mrs. McIntyre
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
as Maid (uncredited)
Powder Town (1942)
as Mrs. Douglas
It Happened in Flatbush (1942)
as Mrs. Collins
Meet the Stewarts (1942)
as Mrs. Stewart
Dr. Broadway (1942)
as Broadway Carrie
Fly-By-Night (1942)
as Ma Prescott
Bombay Clipper (1942)
as Abigail 'Mag' MacPherson
Blue, White, and Perfect (1942)
as Mrs. Flaherty - Mike's Landlady (uncredited)
Sealed Lips (1942)
as Mrs. Ann Morton (Fred's mother)
Riot Squad (1941)
as Mrs. McGonigle
Borrowed Hero (1941)
as Mrs. Riley
Appointment for Love (1941)
as Martha
It Started with Eve (1941)
as Mrs. O'Toole (uncredited)
Unfinished Business (1941)
as Miss Brady
Double Cross (1941)
as Mrs. Murray
Pot o' Gold (1941)
as Mom McCorkle
Flight from Destiny (1941)
as Martha
The Invisible Woman (1940)
as Mrs. Bates
Kitty Foyle (1940)
as Cleaning Lady
No, No, Nanette (1940)
as Gertrude, the Cook
Nobody's Children (1940)
as Mary
Go West (1940)
as Train Passenger
Public Deb No. 1 (1940)
as Landlady
Young People (1940)
as Old Woman
When the Daltons Rode (1940)
as Ma Dalton
Queen of the Mob (1940)
as Tenement Landlady
The Last Alarm (1940)
as Mrs. Hadley
Brother Orchid (1940)
as Mrs. Sweeney - Flo's Landlady (uncredited)
I Take This Oath (1940)
as Mrs. Eileen Hanagan
Tear Gas Squad (1940)
as Mrs. Sullivan
Saps at Sea (1940)
as Mrs. O'Riley
My Son, My Son! (1940)
as Mrs. Mulvaney
Women Without Names (1940)
as Juror
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
as Cookie (uncredited)
Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)
as Mrs. O'Leary
Day-time Wife (1939)
as Scrubwoman
Rulers of the Sea (1939)
as Mrs. Ogilvie (Uncredited)
The Marshal Of Mesa City (1939)
as Mrs. Dudley
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Woman (uncredited)
The Escape (1939)
as Neighbor
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
as Mrs. Hudson
She Married a Cop (1939)
as Ma Duffy
Tell No Tales (1939)
as Mrs. Bryant
Captain Fury (1939)
as Mrs. Bailey
Code of the Streets (1939)
as Mrs. Flaherty
Broadway Serenade (1939)
as Annie (uncredited)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
as Mrs. Hudson
Tail Spin (1939)
as Mrs. Lee
Wings of the Navy (1939)
as Irene's Housekeeper
Off the Record (1939)
as Mrs. Finnegan (uncredited)
Campus Confessions (1938)
as Mrs. Twill
Gateway (1938)
as Scottish Mother
City Streets (1938)
as Mrs. Devlin
Blond Cheat (1938)
as Maggie (Uncredited)
Kidnapped (1938)
as Mrs. MacDonald
Mannequin (1938)
as Mrs. O'Rourke (Uncredited)
Friend Indeed (1937)
as Housekeeper
Lady Behave! (1937)
as Cook
You're Only Young Once (1937)
as Mary's Mother (uncredited)
A Damsel in Distress (1937)
as Cook
Double Wedding (1937)
as Mrs. Keough
You Can't Have Everything (1937)
as Y.W.C.A. Scrub Woman
Meet the Boy Friend (1937)
as Mrs. Grimes
The Great O'Malley (1937)
as Mrs. O'Malley
The Plough and the Stars (1936)
as Woman at Barricades
After the Thin Man (1936)
as Rose (uncredited)
The Plot Thickens (1936)
as Woman with Bag
Great Guy (1936)
as Mrs. Ogilvie
Stage Struck (1936)
as Mrs. Cassidy
Mary of Scotland (1936)
as Nurse
The White Angel (1936)
as Nursing Applicant (uncredited)
Little Miss Nobody (1936)
as Mrs. Biddle
Share the Wealth (1936)
as Ma MacClyde
The Lady Consents (1936)
as Apple Lady
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
as Peddler (uncredited)
Waterfront Lady (1935)
as Mrs. O'Flaherty
Bonnie Scotland (1935)
as Mrs. Bickerdike
The Irish in Us (1935)
as Ma O'Hara
Ginger (1935)
as Mrs. Monahan (uncredited)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
as Hans' wife (uncredited)
Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)
as Mrs. Leathwaite
The Little Minister (1934)
as Nanny
Our Daily Bread (1934)
as Community Woman in Cottage (uncredited)
The Man from Hell (1934)
as Mrs. Frank McCarrol
One More River (1934)
as Cook (Uncredited)
The Defense Rests (1934)
as Scrub Woman
Cross Streets (1934)
as Sonny's Mother
Baby Take a Bow (1934)
as Mrs. O'Brien
Murder at the Vanities (1934)
as Assistant Wardrobe Woman (Uncredited)
Change of Heart (1934)
as Woman in Street
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
as Boat Passenger
Beloved (1934)
as Mrs. O'Leary
Design for Living (1933)
as Theatre Chambermaid (uncredited)
The Invisible Man (1933)
as Screaming Woman (uncredited)
Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
as Cleaning Woman
Meet the Baron (1933)
as Washer Woman (uncredited)
The Power and the Glory (1933)
as Nurse (uncredited)
My Woman (1933)
as Woman at Ironing Board (Uncredited)
Doctor Bull (1933)
as Townswoman at Meeting
Sweepings (1933)
as Mrs. Patrick O'Leary (Uncredited)
Men Must Fight (1933)
as Pacifist Audience Member
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
as Cleaning Lady
Call Her Savage (1932)
as Lady in Tenement (Uncredited)
Wild Girl (1932)
as Washerwoman
Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)
as Mrs. MacTavish (uncredited)
70,000 Witnesses (1932)
as Scrubwoman (uncredited)
Beauty Parlor (1932)
as Landlady
Dancers in the Dark (1932)
as Scrubwoman
The Expert (1932)
as Neighbor
Texas Cyclone (1932)
as Kate
Possessed (1931)
as Woman at Political Rally (uncredited)
24 Hours (1931)
as Nurse
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
as Distraught Woman on Stairway (uncredited)
The Black Camel (1931)
as Mrs. MacMaster
Oh, for a Man! (1930)
as Stage Door Admirer with Violets
Song o' My Heart (1930)
as Irish Woman
Anybody's Woman (1930)
as Maid
Roaring Ranch (1930)
Hell's Heroes (1929)
as Lady in Church Choir
The Saturday Night Kid (1929)
as Reducing customer (uncredited)
Madame X (1929)
as Nursemaid (uncredited)
The Ol' Gray Hoss (1928)
as First taxi passenger
Hangman's House (1928)
as The Woman at Hogan's Hideout
The Matinee Idol (1928)
as Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Black Paradise (1926)
as Mrs. Murphy
The Home Maker (1925)
as Mrs. Hennessy
The Little Minister
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