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Margaret Dumont (1882–1965)


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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Night at the Opera Mrs. Claypool
(1935)
Duck Soup Gloria Teasdale
(1933)
Animal Crackers Mrs. Rittenhouse
(1930)
A Day at the Races Mrs. Emily Upjohn
(1937)

Filmography

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 1964 What a Way to Go!
Mrs. Foster
 1962 Zotz!
Persephone Updike
 1960 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Dowager no. 1
- Around the World with Nellie Bly (1960) ... Dowager no. 1
 1959 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Westcott Trilling
- Miss Lovelace Comes to Tea (1959) ... Mrs. Westcott Trilling
 1958 Auntie Mame
Noblewoman in Play (uncredited)
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Penny Wise (1958)
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock!
Georgianna Fitzdingle
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mrs. Sabine
- Palm Springs Incident (1956) ... Mrs. Sabine
 1953 My Friend Irma (TV Series)
Mrs. Richard Rhinelander Jr
- Irma Plays_Cupid (1953) ... Mrs. Richard Rhinelander Jr
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1952 Stop, You're Killing Me
Mrs. Harriet Whitelaw
 1952 Three for Bedroom C
Mrs. Agnes Hawthorne
 1951-1952 The Stu Erwin Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Selkirk
- The Business (1952)
- It's Just Money (1951) ... Mrs. Selkirk
- The Great Debate (1951) ... Mrs. Selkirk
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- That's My Pop (1952)
 1946 Susie Steps Out
Mrs. Starr
 1946 Little Giant
Mrs. Hendrickson
 1945 Sunset in El Dorado
Aunt Dolly / Aunt Arabella
 1945 Diamond Horseshoe
Mrs. Standish
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
Mme. Traviata / Miss Rodholder
 1944 Bathing Beauty
Mrs. Allenwood
 1944 Seven Days Ashore
Mrs. Croxton-Lynch
 1944 Up in Arms
Mrs. Willoughby
 1943 The Dancing Masters
Louise Harlan
 1942 Rhythm Parade
Ophelia MacDougal
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Mme. Langehanke (Fields sequence) (uncredited)
 1942 About Face (Short)
Mrs. Culpepper
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Flo Faulkner - Landlady
 1942 Born to Sing
Mrs. E. V. Lawson
 1941 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
Mrs. Hemogloben
 1941 The Big Store
Martha Phelps
 1941 For Beauty's Sake
Mrs. Franklin Evans
 1939 At the Circus
Mrs. Dukesbury
 1939 The Women
Mrs. Wagstaff (scenes deleted)
 1938 Dramatic School
Pantomimic Teacher
 1937 Wise Girl
Mrs. Bell-Rivington
 1937 High Flyers
Martha Arlington
 1937 Youth on Parole
Mrs. Abernathy
 1937 The Life of the Party
Mrs. Penner
 1937 A Day at the Races
Mrs. Emily Upjohn
 1936 Arbor Day (Short)
Woman talking to the midgets outside
 1936 Song and Dance Man
Mrs. Whitney
 1936 Anything Goes
Mrs. Wentworth
 1935 A Night at the Opera
Mrs. Claypool
 1935 Rendezvous
Mrs. Hendricks (uncredited)
 1935 Orchids to You
Mrs. Belknap (uncredited)
 1935 Reckless
Woman in Audience Yelling 'Get Off the Stage' (uncredited)
 1935 Gypsy Sweetheart (Short)
Mrs. Van Updyke
 1935 After Office Hours
Mrs. Murchison (uncredited)
 1934 Kentucky Kernels
Mrs. Baxter
 1934 Gridiron Flash
Mrs. Fields
 1934 Fifteen Wives
Sybilla Crum
 1934 We're Rich Again
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1933 Duck Soup
Gloria Teasdale
 1933 Storm at Daybreak
Duchess Sophie (uncredited)
 1932 Here, Prince (Short)
The Queen of Deleria (uncredited)
 1931 The Girl Habit
Blanche Ledyard
 1930 Animal Crackers
Mrs. Rittenhouse
 1929 The Cocoanuts
Mrs. Potter
 1923 Enemies of Women
French Beauty (uncredited)
 1917 A Tale of Two Cities
Aristocrat (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (3 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (17 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Appeared with Rudy Vallee in a sitcom pilot for NBC called "Our Uncle Dudley". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Daisy Baker | Daisy Dumont

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

John Moller, Jr.  (his death)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I'm not a stooge, I'm the best straight woman in Hollywood. There's an art to playing it straight. You must build up your man, but never top him, never steal the laughs from him. See more »

Trivia:

Some have argued that her image of the refined lady who did not understand The Marx Brothers' humor was an artificial one, since she had a long career being a comedic foil in comedy stage productions years before her more famous work. However, Groucho Marx himself has said on numerous occasions that she really didn't understand most of the Marx Brothers' humor. See more »

Trademark:

Best known as her roles as the haughty straight woman for the Marx Brothers.

Star Sign:

Libra

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