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MAE CLARKE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Mae Clarke was born on August 16th, 1910 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the birth name Violet Mary Klotz.  Being born into a family already involved in the entertainment industry opened the doors for Clarke.  She was raised in Atlantic City and took up dancing as a young girl.
 
As a teenager she began performing live and in 1924 became one of, "May Dawson's Dancing Girls" which was a cabaret show in New York City.  It was this experience that helped her career when she was discovered by producer, Earl Lindsay and he chose to cast her in her first professional stage production at the Strand Theatre.
 
Soon she was performing in various night clubs and then in 1926 she added the production, "The Noose" to her resume.  Hollywood began to take notice of her and Fox studios took her on for her first film role in 1929 in, "Big Time" starring with Lee Tracy, Daphne Pollard, John Ford, Stepin Fetchit and Josephine Dunn, followed by small roles "in, "The Fall Guy" (1930) with Jack Mulhall and Ned Sparks and "The Dancers" (1930) with Lois Moran and Phillips Holmes.

After choosing to leave Fox more prominent roles began to come her way appearing in such films as, "The Front Page" (1931) starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, George E. Stone, Matt Moore and Edward Everett Horton, "Waterloo Bridge" (1931) co-starring Kent Douglass, Bette Davis, Enid Bennett, Frederick Kerr, Douglass Montgomery and Doris Lloyd, "Frankenstein" (1931) also starring Colin Clive, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Dwight Frye and Edward van Sloan, "The Public Enemy" (1931) starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Beryl Mercer and Donald Cook, "Three Wise Girls" (1932) featuring Jean Harlow in her first starring role along with Marie Provost, Andy Devine, Lucy Beaumont, Jameson Thomas, Robert Dudley, Marcia Harris, Walter Miller and Armand Kaliz, "Night World" (1932) co-starring Lew Ayres, Boris Karloff, Hedda Hopper, Dorothy Revier, Louise Beavers and George Raft, "Lady Killer" (1933) starring James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Leslie Fenton, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry O'Neill, Russell Hopton, Marjorie Gateson, Willard Robertson, William Davidson and Raymond Hatton, "Parole Girl" (1933) with Ralph Bellamy and Marie Prevost and "Great Guy" (1936) starring James Cagney, Joe Sullivan, Henry Kolker, James Burke and Edward Brophy.
 
Although her career was heading in the right direction her personal life was suffering.  A failed marriage and being over worked caused her career to take a turn south.  She was losing her level of popularity and was not as desired as an actress as her early years, nevertheless, she remained appearing in films.
 
Other roles she added to her resume included, "Hearts in Bondage" (1936) starring with James Dunn, Charlotte Henry, Henry B. Walthall, Ben Alexander, David Manners, Edward Gargan, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hicks, Oscar Apfel, Irving Pichel, Warner Richmond and George Irving, "King of the Rocket Men" (1949) starring with Tristram Coffin, Don Haggerty, James Craven, Stanley Price, House Peters Jr. and I. Stanford Jolley and her final film role in 1970 on, "Watermelon Man" starring Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons, Howard Caine, D'Urville Martin, Erin Moran and Mantan Moreland .

In addition to working as a film actress she later also appeared in a number of television series such as, "The Loretta Young Show", "Cowboy G-Men", "Perry Mason", "General Hospital", "The Deputy", "The Public Defender", "The Lineup" and "Code 3".
 
Mae Clarke had three failed marriages.  First to Lew Brice briefly in 1928.  When this marriage came to an end she married Stevens Bancroft in 1937.  That marriage came to an end too and her third husband was Herbert Langdon in 1946, however another marriage also ended in divorce.  She never had any biological children and passed away on April 29th, 1992 in Woodland Hills, California after suffering from cancer.  Her remains are interred at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California.
 

Filmography

1970         Watermelon Man
1967         Thoroughly Modern Millie
1966         Batman
1966         A Big Hand for the Little Lady
1965         F Troop 
1963         General Hospital 
1962         Perry Mason
1960         The Deputy
1959         Ask Any Girl
1959         The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp 
1958         The Texan
1954-1958     The Loretta Young Show 
1958         Voice in the Mirror
1957         Undercurrent
1957         Code 3
1957         The George Sanders Mystery Theater 
1957         Broken Arrow 
1954-1957     Lux Video Theatre 
1957         Crossroads
1957         Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 
1956         Ride the High Iron 
1953-1956     The Ford Television Theatre 
1956         The Desperados Are in Town
1956         The Catered Affair
1956         Matinee Theatre 
1956         Mohawk
1956         Come Next Spring
1956         Engagement Party
1955         I Died a Thousand Time
1955         Medic
1955         Wichita
1955         Not as a Stranger
1955         Women's Prison
1955         The Adventures of Falcon 
1954-1955     The Public Defender 
1954         Your Favorite Story 
1954         The Lineup
1954         Four Star Playhouse
1954         Magnificent Obsession
1954         Dragnet
1954         Waterfront
1953         Confidentially Connie
1953         Cowboy G-Men
1952         Because of You
1952         Thunderbirds
1952         Horizons West
1952         The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima
1952         Fearless Fagan
1952         Holiday for Sinners
1952         Pat and Mike
1952         Skirts Ahoy!
1952         Singin' in the Rain
1952         Love Is Better Than Ever
1951         Family Theatre
1951         The Unknown Man
1951         Callaway Went Thataway
1951         The People Against O'Hara
1951         The Great Caruso
1951         Royal Wedding
1951         Mr. Imperium
1951         Inside Straight
1951         Three Guys Named Mike
1950         Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone
1950         Duchess of Idaho
1950         The Skipper Surprised His Wife
1950         Annie Get Your Gun
1950         The Reformer and the Redhead
1950         The Yellow Cab Man
1949         King of the Rocket Men
1949         Streets of San Francisco
1949         Gun Runner
1948         Daredevils of the Clouds
1948         Reaching from Heaven
1945         Kitty
1944         Here Come the Waves
1944         And Now Tomorrow
1942         Lady from Chungking
1942         Flying Tigers
1941         Sailors on Leave
1940         Women in War
1937         Outlaws of the Orient
1937         Trouble in Morocco
1936         Great Guy
1936         Hats Off
1936         Wild Brian Kent
1936         Hearts in Bondage
1936         The House of a Thousand Candles
1935         Hitch Hike Lady
1935         The Daring Young Man
1935         Silk Hat Kid
1934         The Man with Two Faces
1934         Let's Talk It Over
1934         This Side of Heaven
1934         Nana
1933         Lady Killer
1933         Flaming Gold
1933         Penthouse
1933         As the Devil Commands
1933         Turn Back the Clock
1933         Fast Workers
1933         Parole Girl
1932         Penguin Pool Murder
1932         Breach of Promise
1932         Night World
1932         The Impatient Maiden
1932         The Final Edition
1932         Three Wise Girls
1931         Frankenstein
1931         Reckless Living
1931         Waterloo Bridge
1931         The Good Bad Girl
1931         The Public Enemy
1931         The Front Page
1930         Men on Call
1930         The Dancers
1930         The Fall Guy
1929         Nix on Dames
1929         Big Time





Matinee Classics - The Public Enemy starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Beryl Mercer, Donald Cook, Mae Clarke, Leslie Fenton, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Murray Kinnell, Frank Coghlan Jr., Frankie Darro, Snitx Edwards, Douglas Gerrard, Robert Homans, Eddie Kane, Mia Marvin, Sam McDaniel, Helen Parrish, Lee Phelps, Russ Powell, Purnell Pratt, Lucille Ward, Nanci Price, Landers Stevens, Charles Sullivan, William H. Strauss, Adele Watson, Clark Burroughs, George Daly, Rita
Matinee Classics - The Public Enemy starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell, Beryl Mercer, Donald Cook, Mae Clarke, Leslie Fenton, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Murray Kinnell, Frank Coghlan Jr., Frankie Darro, Snitx Edwards, Douglas Gerrard, Robert Homans, Eddie Kane, Mia Marvin, Sam McDaniel, Helen Parrish, Lee Phelps, Russ Powell, Purnell Pratt, Lucille Ward, Nanci Price, Landers Stevens, Charles Sullivan, William H. Strauss, Adele Watson, Clark Burroughs, George Daly, Rita
Matinee Classics - Mae Clark
Matinee Classics - Mohawk starring Scott Brady, Rita Gam, Neville Brand, Lori Nelson, Allison Hayes, John Hoyt, Rhys Williams, Vera VAgue, Mae Clarke, Tommy Cook and Ted de Corsia
Matinee Classics - Sailors on Leave starring William Lundigan, Shirley Ross, Chick Chandler, Ruth Donnelly, Mae Clarke, Cliff Nazarro, Tom Kennedy, Mary Ainslee, Bill Shirley, Garry Owen, William Haade and Jane Kean
Matinee Classics - The Front Page starring Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Catlett, George E. Stone, Mae Clarke, Slim Summerville, Matt Moore, Frank McHugh, Clarence Wilson, Fred Howard, Phil Tead, Eugene Strong, Spencer Charters, Maurice Black, Effie Ellsler, Dorothea Wolbert and James Gordon


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