Mary Gordon

Biography

Date of Birth 16 May 1882, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Date of Death 23 August 1963, Pasadena, California, USA Birth Name Mary Gilmour Mini Biography Scots actress, long in the United States, who specialized in housekeepers and mothers, most notably the housekeeper Mrs. Hudson in the Sherlock Holmes series of movies of the Thirties and Forties. She was born Mary Gilmour, the daughter of a Glasgow wire weaver. She worked as a dressmaker before finding work on the stage. Joining a company bound for an American tour, she came to the U.S. in her twenties, apparently making a few appearances on Broadway in small roles, but primarily touring in stock. With her mother Mary and daughter (also named Mary), she arrived in Los Angeles in the mid-Twenties and began playing variations on the roles she would spend her career doing. She became friends with John Ford while making Hangman's House (1928) and made seven more films for him. In 1939, she took on her most famous role as Sherlock Holmes's housekeeper 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. Very 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 after a long illness on August 23, 1963. Spouse ? (? - 1917) (his death) child: daughter Trivia Most memorable as Mrs Hudson, housekeeper at 221B Baker Street, opposite Basil Rathbone in the Sherlock Holmes films of the 30's and 40's. (She played the same role opposite Rathbone in the Holmes radio series.) Often typecast as an Irish mother despite being a native of Scotland. This used to drive Irish film-goers crazy, who could easily detect the Scottish accent.

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Pot o' Gold

Mom McCorkle

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Mighty Joe Young

Old Woman (unconfirmed)

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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

Mrs. Hudson (uncredited)

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Double Cross

Mrs. Murray

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Bombay Clipper

Abigail 'Mag' MacPherson

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Metropolitan

Mrs. Tolentino (uncredited)

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Highway 13

Aunt Myrt Lacy

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One Man Justice

Bridget

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Hell's Heroes

Choir Member (uncredited)

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Exposed

Miss Keets

Starring In
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Dorian Blues

Dream Girl

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Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed

Jane Banning (archive footage)

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The File on Thelma Jordon

Charwoman (uncredited)

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Challenge to Lassie

Tenement Neighbor (uncredited)

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Mighty Joe Young

Old Woman (unconfirmed)

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Mr. Soft Touch

Slatternly Woman Tenant (uncredited)

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Hills of Home

Mrs. Burnbrae (uncredited)

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The Strange Mrs. Crane

Nora

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Fort Apache

Ma (barmaid)

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Angels' Alley

Mrs. Mamie Mahoney

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Highway 13

Aunt Myrt Lacy

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The Dark Past

Passenger on Bus (uncredited)

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Exposed

Miss Keets

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Mother Machree (uncredited)

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Roses Are Red

Scrubwoman (uncredited)

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The Long Night

Old Lady in Crowd (uncredited)

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The Invisible Wall

Mrs. Bledsoe

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Little Giant

Ma Miller

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In Fast Company

Mrs. Cassidy

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The Hoodlum Saint

Trina

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Shadows Over Chinatown

Mrs. Conover

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The Body Snatcher

Mrs. Mary McBride (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes: The Woman in Green

Mrs. Hudson

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Kitty

Nanny

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It's a Pleasure

Tenement Woman (uncredited)

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Strange Confession

Mrs. O'Connor

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El Orgullo de los Marines

Lady at Bus Stop (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes in Pearl of Death

Mrs. Hudson

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The Hour Before the Dawn

Annie (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes: Spider Woman

Mrs. Hudson

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Music for Millions

Hotel Proprietress (uncredited)

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Million Dollar Kid

Mrs. McGinnis

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Hollywood Canteen

Mary Gordon - Dishwasher (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

Mrs. Hudson

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Sherlock Holmes in Washington

Mrs. Hudson (uncredited)

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Sweet Rosie O'Grady

Charwoman (uncredited)

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Forever and a Day

Woman in Air Raid Shelter (uncredited)

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Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon

Mrs. Martha Hudson

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The Boss of Big Town

Mrs. Lane

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The Mummy's Tomb

Jane Banning

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Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror

Mrs. Hudson (uncredited)

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The Pride of the Yankees

Maid (uncredited)

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The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

Mrs. Scott (uncredited)

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Gentleman Jim

Mrs. Casey (uncredited)

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El Rayo Exterminador

Mrs. Douglas

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Bombay Clipper

Abigail 'Mag' MacPherson

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How Green Was My Valley

Gossiper (uncredited)

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Pot o' Gold

Mom McCorkle

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Unexpected Uncle

Mrs. Mason (uncredited)

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Double Cross

Mrs. Murray

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The Invisible Woman

Mrs. Bates

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Go West

Train Passenger (uncredited)

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Brother Orchid

Mrs. Sweeney, Flo's Landlady (uncredited)

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The Invisible Man Returns

Cookie, the Cook (uncredited)

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Kitty Foyle

First Charwoman (uncredited)

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Young People

Old Woman (uncredited)

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When the Daltons Rode

Ma Dalton

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Saps at Sea and 'Music' Shorts

Mrs. O'Riley (uncredited)

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Day-Time Wife

Scrubwoman (uncredited)

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Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Woman (uncredited)

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Mrs. Hudson

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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Mrs. Hudson

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Wings of the Navy

Irene's Housekeeper (uncredited)

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Broadway Serenade

Annie (uncredited)

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Captain Fury

Mrs. Bailey

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Angels With Dirty Faces

Mrs. Patrick McGee (uncredited)

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Entführt

Mrs. MacDonald

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Blond Cheat

Maggie - the Charwoman (uncredited)

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You're Only Young Once

Mary's Mother (uncredited)

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Double Wedding

Mrs. Keough

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Way out West

Cook (uncredited)

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A Damsel in Distress

Cook (uncredited)

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The Toast of New York

Mrs. Callahan - Charwoman (uncredited)

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Married Before Breakfast

Mrs. Nevins (uncredited)

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You Can't Have Everything

Y.W.C.A. Scrub Woman (uncredited)

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One Man Justice

Bridget

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Mannequin

Mrs. O'Rourke (uncredited)

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Lady Behave!

Cook

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After the Thin Man

Rose, the Charles' Cook (uncredited)

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Mary of Scotland

Nurse

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Little Lord Fauntleroy

Farmer's Wife on Way to Church (uncredited)

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The Plot Thickens

Woman with Bag (uncredited)

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Peddler (uncredited)

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Metropolitan

Mrs. Tolentino (uncredited)

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Waterfront Lady

Mrs. O'Flaherty

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Bonnie Scotland

Mrs. Bickerdike

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The Bride of Frankenstein

Hans' Wife

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Vanessa, Her Love Story

Mrs. Leathwaite

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The World Moves On

English Soldier's Mother (uncredited)

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The Woman Condemned

Crying Woman at Night Court (uncredited)

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Charlie Chan in London

Prison Visitor (uncredited)

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Murder at the Vanities

Assistant Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)

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The Defense Rests

Scrub Woman (uncredited)

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Our Daily Bread

Community Woman in Cottage (uncredited)

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Baby, Take A Bow

Mrs. O'Brien (uncredited)

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The Invisible Man

Screaming Woman (uncredited)

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Sweepings

Mrs. Patrick O'Leary (uncredited)

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She Done Him Wrong

Cleaning lady (uncredited)

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Ladies They Talk About

Prisoner in Visiting Room (uncredited)

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Pilgrimage

Mrs. MacGregor (uncredited)

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The Kiss Before the Mirror

Scrubwoman (uncredited)

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Meet the Baron

Washer Woman (uncredited)

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Blonde Venus

Landlady (uncredited)

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Texas Cyclone

Katie

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Pack Up Your Troubles and Adopt A Child Shorts

Mrs. MacTavish (uncredited)

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Beauty Parlor

Landlady (uncredited)

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Call Her Savage

Lady in Tenement (uncredited)

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Wild Girl

Washerwoman (uncredited)

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Frankenstein

Mourner (uncredited)

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24 Hours

Nurse (uncredited)

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The Black Camel

Mrs. MacMasters

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Hell's Heroes

Choir Member (uncredited)

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The Black Watch

Sandy's Wife (uncredited)

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Madame X

Nursemaid (uncredited)

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Sunnyside Up

Grocery Shopper (uncredited)

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Hangman's House / 3 Bad Men

The Woman at Hogan's Hideout (uncredited)

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The Matinee Idol

Woman in Audience (uncredited)

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Our Dancing Daughters

Scrubwoman (uncredited)

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Lights of Old Broadway

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Great Guy

Mrs. Ogilvie

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