CaveGirl

Best Old Biddies

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Marion Davies and Emily Fitzroy in Zander the Great (1925)

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and Alison Skipworth, Almira Sessions, Zasu Pitts, Bertha Belmore, Helen Broderick, Esther Dale, Janet Beecher.....

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I'm not sure sure what an old biddy is (are there young biddies?, but I couldn't help thinking of Estelle Winwood:

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"Hold me! Touch me!"

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How's this for an old biddie...Gladys Cooper in NOW, VOYAGER.

The way she treats and browbeats poor Charlotte is really deplorable.

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CaveGirl, you might want to check out a late but indelible addition to the old biddy genre, 1994's Widows Peak, a film set in a small town in Ireland where the majority of the population are middle-aged to older biddys and gossips headed up by Joan Plowright as their queen bee.

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There is Spring Byington in any role she played. Although she was sweet, she had a strong busybody streak in her.

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2 hours ago, arpirose said:

There is Spring Byington in any role she played. Although she was sweet, she had a strong busybody streak in her.

Yes,  the characters Spring portrayed often had a strong a busybody streak,  but I can't recall a film where the character's intentions were NOT all for the good.   I.e. a busybody with a heart of gold.

 

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On 7/7/2018 at 1:38 PM, drednm said:

I love old biddies in movies and thought of writing a book entitled Biddies, Frumps, and Hags, but haven't gotten to it yet. Old biddies are a dying breed!

Josephine Hull in Harvey and Arsenic and Old Lace

Margaret Hamilton in Nothing Sacred

Emily Fitzroy in Zander the Great and Show Boat

Agnes Moorehead in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Marjorie Main in The Egg and I

Mary Boland in The Women

Jane Darwell in The Grapes of Wrath

Patsy Kelly in Going Hollywood

Polly Moran in Hollywood Party

May Robson in Lady for a Day, Lady by Choice and Bringing Up Baby

Thelma Ritter in The Mating Season, All About Eve and The Misfits

Jan Duggan in The Old Fashioned Way and A Damsel in Distress

Ellen Corby in I Remember Mama

Hope Emerson in Caged

Lee Patrick in Auntie Mame

Esma Cannon in Jassy and Holiday Camp

Judith Anderson in Rebecca

and of course Marie Dressler in any film she ever made!

May I add.... Margaret Rutherford in Blithe Spirit and as Miss Marple

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OOPS! Sorry, wrong thread.

(...moved to the "What they looked like at the end..." thread)

 

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On 7/8/2018 at 9:41 PM, sewhite2000 said:

Henry Jones in The Bad Seed.

Martin Eric in a small part as the handyman in A Summer Place.

In fact, gardeners and handymen in lots of old movies seem to be a lot more snoopy than humanity in general!

Also, I would say every male Mongtomery Cliff talks to in the middle third of A Place in the Sun. People asking him all sorts of weirdly specific questions, eavesdropping, and making mental notes of everything he says and does as if they were already rehearsing their testimony for Raymond Burr even before a murder has been committed!

Good call on that "handyman" and "gardener" theory, SE!

I will have to rewatch ASP cuz I only remember numerous scenes with Troy and Sandy romancing and Egan fighting with the ex. Love, love, love Henry Jones in anything and his constant taunting of Rhoda Penmark was kind of "biddy" behaviour. Thanks.

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On 7/8/2018 at 8:32 AM, rayban said:

How about Clifton Webb as a harried father in "Holiday For Lovers"?

Webb is pretty much always "biddyish" and I love him for it. They say he haunts a certain place in California. Can you imagine seeing him as Mr. Belvedere at the foot of your bed? Thanks, Rayban!

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27 minutes ago, CaveGirl said:

Webb is pretty much always "biddyish" and I love him for it. They say he haunts a certain place in California. Can you imagine seeing him as Mr. Belvedere at the foot of your bed? Thanks, Rayban!

Yes, supposedly, he haunts the residence that he once lived in.

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5 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

How about Helen Hayes' Oscar winning role in "Airport"? I think the character played by Jean Seberg even refers to her as an "old biddy"

Well if Jean says so,  who am I to argue;   but yea, that is a good one. 

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