In our never ending search for first class working actors and actresses, we have come upon perhaps the most hardworking of them all — Mary Gordon.
To say that the Scottish-born actress (nee Mary Gilmour in Glasgow in 1882) was in almost everything is a bit of an exaggeration, of course. But, boy, did she work a lot.
She came to Hollywood after stints in various character parts on the stage. She came to America while on tour in her mid-20’s, and stayed. She died in Pasadena, California in 1963 at the age of 81.
Gordon appeared in more than 300 movies! And, since her Hollywood career began in 1925 in the midst of the silent movie era, and concluded in 1950, that means she appeared in an AVERAGE of a dozen films a year. Wow!
She’s probably best remembered as Mrs. Hudson, the landlady at the Baker Street house of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Universal’s series from the mid forties. (See below.)
But along the way she befriended director John Ford, who used Gordon in seven features beginning with 1928’s Hangman’s House. (We tend to forget that Ford was a popular director of silents before emerging in ‘talkies.’).
Gordon’s face (and voice) is one of the most recognizable of the character actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Era. Her career spanned the silent era right through to the early tv age. Her last appearances was in 1950 in The Cisco Kid series.