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  • BIRTH 19/10/1882
  • DEATH 06/03/1965
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 14

Margaret Dumont

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).

Margaret Dumont

Movies (14)

Animal Crackers
Animal Crackers
Mrs. Rittenhouse
A Night at the Opera
A Night at the Opera
Mrs. Claypool
A Day at the Races
A Day at the Races
Emily Upjohn
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Mrs. Wentworth
Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
Noblewoman in Play (uncredited)
At the Circus
At the Circus
Mrs. Suzanna Dukesbury
Bathing Beauty
Bathing Beauty
Mrs. Allenwood
Duck Soup
Duck Soup
Gloria Teasdale
What a Way to Go!
What a Way to Go!
Mrs. Foster
The Dancing Masters
The Dancing Masters
Louise Harlan
The Big Store
The Big Store
Martha Phelps
The Cocoanuts
The Cocoanuts
Mrs. Potter
Gypsy Sweetheart
Gypsy Sweetheart
Mrs. Van Updyke
Fifteen Wives
Fifteen Wives
Sybilla Crum