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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


Spring ByingtonSPRING BYINGTON (1886-1971) became a professional actress at the age of fourteen with the Elitch Garden stock company. Her first Broadway success was in the role of Louella Parsons clone Helen Hobart in Kaufman and Hart's Once in a Lifetime (1930). Three years later, she made her film debut as Marmee in Little Women. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Penny Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You (1938). She appeared in many television shows such as, "December Bride", "The Flying Nun", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Batman", "Dr. Kildare", "Mister Ed", "Laramie", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" and "Make Room for Daddy". Spring Byington, even at an early age, specialized in middle-aged dowagers, fussbudgets, flibbertigibbets and small-town gossips. Seeing her in Meet John Doe (1941) coming on to Gary Cooper never fails to make me laugh.

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)
Haven't you seen In the Good Old Summertime (1949)? She played Nellie Burke.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) She plays Suzie Robinson.
Angels in the Outfield (1951) [aka: Angels and the Pirates (UK)] She plays Sister Edwitha.
The Rocket Man (1954) She plays Justice Amelia Brown. I like most of all her interactions with the orphan boy Timmy that she brings into her home.
Little Women (1933) She played Marmee March.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Thurs, Aug 24 2005 / 13:05:28 PST

Academy Awards®
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1939 Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938)