Margaret Dumont

Margaret Dumont

  • Born on
    • October 20th, 1882
  • Died on
    • March 6th, 1965
Margaret Dumont would probably consider it a tragedy that she is best-known for her performances as the ultimate straight woman in seven of the Marx Brothers' films (including most of their best). By all accounts she never understood their jokes (offscreen and on), which is of course a major reason why she's so funny. Apart from a small role in a 1917 Dickens adaptation, she spent her early career on the stage, ending up with the Marxes in the late 1920s in the stage versions of The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930), and was given a Paramount contract at the same time they were. She played similar roles alongside other great comedians, including W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy and Jack Benny and also played straight dramatic parts (her chief love), but few of them made much impact - it is as Groucho Marx's foil that she ranks among the immortals, and she died shortly after being reunited with him on "The Hollywood Palace" (1964).


Acting (21 Credits)

1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1964What a Way to Go! as Mrs. Foster
1962Zotz! as Persephone Updike
1958Auntie Mame as Noblewoman in Play (uncredited)
1946Little Giant as Mrs. Hendrickson
1945The Horn Blows at Midnight as Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
1944Up in Arms as Mrs. Willoughby
1944Bathing Beauty as Mrs. Allenwood
1943The Dancing Masters as Louise Harlan
1942Tales of Manhattan as Mme. Langehanke (uncredited)
1941Never Give a Sucker an Even Break as Mrs. Hemogloben
1941The Big Store as Martha Phelps
1939At the Circus as Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury
1937A Day at the Races as Emily Upjohn
1937Wise Girl as Mrs. Bell-Rivington
1935A Night at the Opera as Mrs. Claypool
1935After Office Hours as Mrs. Murchison (uncredited)
1935Reckless as Woman in Audience Yelling 'Get Off the Stage' (uncredited)
1933Duck Soup as Gloria Teasdale
1930Animal Crackers as Mrs. Rittenhouse
1929The Cocoanuts as Mrs. Potter


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