Ann Doran

Ann Doran


Also Known As
Ann Lee Doran
Birth Place
Amarillo, Texas, USA
July 28, 1911
September 19, 2000
Cause of Death
Complications After Suffering A Series Of Strokes


Character actress Ann Doran was beyond prolific, appearing in more than 350 film and television shows. Her career in film began humbly, working as a stand-in before stepping up to bit parts in movies like Frank Capra's rags to riches romantic comedy "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." Capra liked Doran and went on to cast her in a string of his films, including his adaptation of the daffy stage pl...


Character actress Ann Doran was beyond prolific, appearing in more than 350 film and television shows. Her career in film began humbly, working as a stand-in before stepping up to bit parts in movies like Frank Capra's rags to riches romantic comedy "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town." Capra liked Doran and went on to cast her in a string of his films, including his adaptation of the daffy stage play "You Can't Take It With You." Capra's interest also aided Doran in scoring a contract with Columbia in 1938, which guaranteed her consistent work over the years in a wide range of productions, including the popular action serial "Flying G-Men," the Three Stooge's comedy short "Three Sappy People," and major movies like Howard Hawks' sassy classic "His Girl Friday." Though most of her work were bit parts, Doran did land the occasional lead. In 1938, she starred opposite Charles Starrett in the revenge-centered Western "Rio Grande." She later landed a supporting role in the boy and his dog drama "For the Love of Rusty." The film spawned several sequels, in which Doran reprised her role as the boy's loving mother, Ethel Mitchell. Yet she may be best remembered as the concerned mother of Jim Stark (James Dean) in the iconic classic "Rebel Without a Cause." Upon her death in 2000, Doran showed her love of Hollywood one last time by donating $400,000 to the Motion Picture Country House, which cares for retirees from the film industry.



Cast (Feature Film)

Wildcats (1986)
First Monday in October (1981)
Advice to the Lovelorn (1981)
Ada Wells
Crazy Times (1981)
All Night Long (1981)
Little Mo (1978)
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (1977)
The Macahans (1976)
Flood! (1976)
Emma Fisher
The Family Nobody Wanted (1975)
Mrs Kimberly
The Last Angry Man (1974)
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd (1974)
The Hired Hand (1971)
Mrs. Sorensen
The Priest Killer (1971)
Harriet Miles
There Was a Crooked Man ... (1970)
Once You Kiss a Stranger (1969)
Lee's mother
The Arrangement (1969)
Nurse Costello
Rosie (1967)
Old lady
Not With My Wife, You Don't! (1966)
Doris Parker
The Hostage (1966)
Miss Mabry
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Woman reporter
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Mrs. Geraghty
Kitten With a Whip (1964)
Mavis Varden
The Brass Bottle (1964)
Martha Kenton
Captain Newman, M. D. (1963)
Mrs. Pyser
Cast a Long Shadow (1959)
Ma Calvert
Riot in Juvenile Prison (1959)
Bess Monahan
A Summer Place (1959)
Mrs. Talbert
The FBI Story (1959)
Mrs. Ballard
Warlock (1959)
Mrs. Richardson
The Rawhide Trail (1958)
Mrs. Cartwright
Life Begins at 17 (1958)
Virginia Peck
Voice in the Mirror (1958)
Mrs. Devlin
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
Mary Royce
Step Down to Terror (1958)
Mrs. Duprez
The Female Animal (1958)
Violent Road (1958)
Edith Miller
The Deep Six (1958)
Mike's wife
Joy Ride (1958)
Day of the Bad Man (1958)
Mrs. Mordigan
The Badlanders (1958)
Young and Dangerous (1957)
Clara Clinton
The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)
Mrs. Ford
Bombers B-52 (1957)
Sylvia Slater
Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
Sarah Devlin
Two Grooms for a Bride (1957)
Violet Blue
Band of Angels (1957)
Mrs. Morton
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Mrs. Walling
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Jim's mother
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954)
Lillian Edwards
The Bob Mathias Story (1954)
Mrs. Lillian Mathias
Them! (1954)
Little girl's psychiatrist
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Mrs. Joseph
City Story (1954)
Ruth Bates
So This Is Love (1953)
Mrs. Moore
Island in the Sky (1953)
Moon's wife
Here Come the Nelsons (1952)
Clara Randolph
The Rose Bowl Story (1952)
Addie Burke
Paula (1952)
Welfare worker
Rodeo (1952)
Martha Durston
Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)
Mrs. Levoy
The Painted Hills (1951)
Martha Blake
Tomahawk (1951)
Mrs. Carrington
Gambling House (1951)
The People Against O'Hara (1951)
Betty Clark
Her First Romance (1951)
Mrs. Foster
Starlift (1951)
Mrs. Callan
The Jackpot (1950)
Miss Bowen
Riding High (1950)
Never a Dull Moment (1950)
Jean [Morrow]
No Sad Songs for Me (1950)
Louise Spears
Lonely Hearts Bandits (1950)
Nancy Crane
Big Jack (1949)
Sarah Mahoney
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949)
Mrs. Egan
The Accused (1949)
Miss Rice
Air Hostess (1949)
Virginia Barton
Rusty's Birthday (1949)
Ethel Mitchell
Holiday in Havana (1949)
Marge Henley
One Last Fling (1949)
Vera Thompson
Rusty Saves a Life (1949)
Mrs. Ethel Mitchell
The Kid from Cleveland (1949)
Emily Novak
The Clay Pigeon (1949)
Beyond the Forest (1949)
Edith Williams
The Fountainhead (1949)
The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
He Walked by Night (1948)
Woman dispatcher
The Return of the Whistler (1948)
No Minor Vices (1948)
Mrs. Farraday
Pitfall (1948)
My Dog Rusty (1948)
Mrs. Ethel Mitchell
Rusty Leads the Way (1948)
Ethel Mitchell
Hazard (1948)
The Snake Pit (1948)
Sealed Verdict (1948)
Ellie Blaine
Reaching from Heaven (1948)
Martha Kestner
Variety Girl (1947)
The Crimson Key (1947)
Paris Wood
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Miss Rogers
Magic Town (1947)
Mrs. Weaver
Road to the Big House (1947)
Agnes Clark
Fear in the Night (1947)
Lil Harlan
For the Love of Rusty (1947)
Ethel Mitchell
The Son of Rusty (1947)
Mrs. Ethel Mitchell
Seven Were Saved (1947)
Mrs. Rollin Hartley
The Perfect Marriage (1947)
Second Chance (1947)
Doris Greene
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946)
Monica Lonsdale
Roughly Speaking (1945)
Alice Abbott
Pride of the Marines (1945)
Ella May Merchant
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (1944)
Helen Martin
I Love a Soldier (1944)
Jenny Butler
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
Praying woman
Here Come the Waves (1944)
The More the Merrier (1943)
Miss Bilby
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Old Acquaintance (1943)
Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943)
Matilda Brown
The Hard Way (1943)
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Lieut. Betty Peterson
True to Life (1943)
Radio Kitty
Air Force (1943)
Mary Quincannon
They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
My Sister Eileen (1942)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Street of Chance (1942)
Miss Peabody
Mr. Wise Guy (1942)
Dorothy Melton
Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942)
Margaret Chase
Smith of Minnesota (1942)
Blue, White and Perfect (1942)
Miss Hoffman
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
Dive Bomber (1941)
Meet John Doe (1941)
Mrs. Hansen
Buy Me That Town (1941)
New York Town (1941)
Demonstrator in department store
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941)
Sheila Cobb
The Kid from Kansas (1941)
Julie "Smitty" Smith
Penny Serenade (1941)
Criminals Within (1941)
Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day (1941)
Sing Another Chorus (1941)
Bronx dame
Untamed (1940)
First nurse
Glamour for Sale (1940)
Manhattan Heartbeat (1940)
Shop girl's friend
Girls of the Road (1940)
Five Little Peppers at Home (1940)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Paine's secretary
Let Us Live (1939)
Secretary juror
Coast Guard (1939)
Blind Alley (1939)
The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
Betty Crawford
A Woman Is the Judge (1939)
Romance of the Redwoods (1939)
Flying G-Men (1939)
Girls' School (1938)
Miss Smith
Little Miss Roughneck (1938)
City Streets (1938)
Start Cheering (1938)
Penitentiary (1938)
Blanche Williams
The Lady Objects (1938)
Miss Hollins
Blondie (1938)
Elsie Hazlip
Highway Patrol (1938)
Extortion (1938)
Margie Blake
Smashing the Spy Ring (1938)
Madelon Martin
Women in Prison (1938)
Rio Grande (1938)
Jean Andrews
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
Maggie O'Neill
The Main Event (1938)
Telegraph clerk
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Telephone girl
When You're in Love (1937)
I'll Take Romance (1937)
The Devil's Playground (1937)
It's All Yours (1937)
The Shadow (1937)
Miss Shaw
Paid to Dance (1937)
Rose Tervor
She Married an Artist (1937)
Dangerous Intrigue (1936)
Floor nurse
Alibi for Murder (1936)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
The Man Who Lived Twice (1936)
Miss Cameron
Let's Sing Again (1936)
Alice Alba
Red Lights Ahead (1936)
Missing Girls (1936)
Ann Jason
Ring Around the Moon (1936)
Kay Duncan
The Little Red Schoolhouse (1936)
Mary Burke
Palm Springs (1936)
School girl
Lady of Secrets (1936)
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
Woman reporter
Bad Boy (1935)
Telegraph clerk
Night Life of the Gods (1935)
Girl in swimming pool
The Case of the Missing Man (1935)
Way Down East (1935)
Hired girl
Servants' Entrance (1934)
One Exciting Adventure (1934)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Pursued (1934)
Stand in
Handy Andy (1934)
Double for Peggy Wood
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Stand in

Cast (Special)

All the Way Home (1981)
Aunt Sadie

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Backstairs at the White House (1979)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Never a Dull Moment - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from RKO's Never a Dull Moment (1950), starring Irene Dunne and Fred MacMurray.


Movie Clip

Arrangement, The (1969) -- (Movie Clip) The Countdown Continues A couple of minutes into writer, producer and director Elia Kazan's stylized opening, advertising executive Eddie (Kirk Douglas) becomes irrational on an L-A freeway, his wife Florence (Deborah Kerr) in the aftermath, in The Arrangement, 1969, also starring Faye Dunaway.
Gildersleeve On Broadway (1943) -- (Movie Clip) Take The Hand Of Your Beloved Opening (Frank Dawson as the preacher in idyllic Summerfield) with Uncle Throckmorton (Harold Peary, title character and also star of the NBC radio sitcom) with nephew Leroy (Freddie Mercer), ogling Ann Doran as Matlida, annoying teenage niece Marjie (Margaret Landry, replacing Nancy Gates), in the third feature in the RKO series, Gildersleeve On Broadway, 1943.
Violent Road (1958) -- (Movie Clip) You Get Nervous And Jumpy We infer here that Dick Foran as military veteran Frank (a.k.a. Sarge) works at the nearby rocket company that has to move in a hurry due to a series of accidents, and he has problems at home, implied by his troubled wife Edith (Ann Doran), the first scene for both, in Warner Bros.’ Violent Road, 1958, starring Brian Keith.
High And The Mighty, The (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Cocktails With The Chipmunks Laraine Day as heiress Lydia is tearing into her husband Howard (John Howard) over his latest business fumbling, in their first extended conversation, overheard across the aisle by Phil Harris as gregarious Ed, Ann Doran his wife, novelist and screenwriter Ernest Gann committing to the melodrama, in The High And The Mighty, 1954.
Brass Bottle, The (1964) -- (Movie Clip) You're Beginning To Twitch Leading man Tony Randall as architect Harold brings home the ancient bottle he's been warned is probably a fake, as a gift for his Egyptologist presumptive father-in-law (Edward Andrews) and wife (Ann Doran), who came home from Europe after hearing that he was engaged to their daughter (Barbara Eden), early in The Brass Bottle, 1964.
Brass Bottle, The (1964) -- (Movie Clip) Also From The Caterer? In total panic because his unwanted genie (Burl Ives) turned his house into an Arabian pleasure palace before the dinner he planned with his fianceè (Barbara Eden) and his skeptical in-laws (Edward Andrews, Ann Doran), things get even worse for architect Harold (Tony Randall) when a dancing “houri” (Kamala Devi) appears, in The Brass Bottle, 1964.
Clay Pigeon, The (1949) -- (Movie Clip) They Should've Let Him Die That’s the old Long Beach Naval Hospital at East 7th St. and Bellflower (site of the VA Hospital now), as we meet Bill Williams as hospitalized Seaman Jim Fletcher, Harold Landon a blind comrade, Ann Doran the nurse and Frank Wilcox the doctor, opening The Clay Pigeon, 1949, from director Richard Fleischer and writer Carl Foreman.
Penny Serenade (1941) -- (Movie Clip) Hello, Mrs. Adams Newsman Roger (Cary Grant) and Julie (Irene Dunne) leave a San Francisco New Year's party in a hurry to get married before he leaves town for his new assignment, then fail at their first attempt at parting in George Stevens' Penny Serenade, 1941.
Penny Serenade (1941) -- (Movie Clip) You Were Meant For Me Continuing from the opening, a skipping recording of Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed's "You Were Meant for Me" by Johnny Johnston reminds Julie (Irene Dunne) of meeting Roger (Cary Grant) for the first time, in George Stevens' Penny Serenade, 1941.
Pitfall (1948) -- (Movie Clip) She Probably Doesn't Appeal To You Ending their day-long first encounter, including boating, married insurance man John (Dick Powell) leaves model Mona (Lizabeth Scott), from whom he was collecting ill-gotten gains, sneaks home late, then handles creepy P-I Mac (Raymond Burr), in Pitfall, 1948, directed by Andre De Toth.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Tearing Me Apart! New in town, Intoxicated teen Jim (James Dean) with his parents (Jim Backus, Ann Doran), summoned to the jail from a party, juvenile counselor Framek (Edward Platt) and a hard wooden desk, early in Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without A Cause, 1955.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) -- (Movie Clip) I Go With The Kids Jim (James Dean) conning his parents (Ann Doran, Jim Backus) then off for the first day of school in their new town, meeting Judy (Natalie Wood) whom he's seen at the police station, in Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without A Cause, 1955.


Rose Allen