Hattie McDaniel (Actress) – Petition

1930s 

In the early ’30s when she moved to L.A., she was able to garner small roles on the radio through her brother, Sam, and sister Etta (already working in radio/film)- which turned into bit roles as extras in films. In order to get by, she took on odd jobs in domestic work while pursuing radio and film work.

Judge Priest 

In 1934, she landed her first big break on-screen role as a maid in John Ford’s Judge Priest.

Hattie has small uncredited roles as maids in films from 1932-33, but her appearance in Judge Priest in 1934 was a breakthrough role since it allowed her to demonstrate her singing talents in several numbers and perform a duet with Will Rodgers, who became a close friend. Some critics suggested that Hattie “stole” several scenes in the film from fellow comic actor Stepin Fetchit.
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Hattie McDaniel as Aunt Dilsey and Stepin Fetchit as Jeff Poindexter

1934, she landed her first big break on-screen role as a maid in John Ford's Judge Priest.

 

 

 

 

 

In the first of two films Hattie made at RKO with Ginger Rogers in 1938, VIVACIOUS LADY (right), she plays the small and rather unremarkable role of a washroom attendant. Later that year in CAREFREE (1938), Ginger's eighth musical with Fred Astaire and a decent screwball comedy, Hattie once again makes a very minor contribution, this time as an attendant (named "Hattie") at the country club where most of the plot takes place.

In the first of two films Hattie made at RKO with Ginger Rogers in 1938, VIVACIOUS LADY(right), she plays the small and rather unremarkable role of a washroom attendant. Later that year in CAREFREE(1938), Ginger’s eighth musical with Fred Astaire and a decent screwball comedy, Hattie once again makes a very minor contribution, this time as an attendant (named “Hattie”) at the country club where most of the plot takes place.

SHOW BOAT

 

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson in the musical Showboat

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson in the musical Showboat [ 1936 In a still from Show Boat, McDaniel performed with actors Irene Dunne, Paul Robeson, and Helen Morgan.]

 

Ah Still Suits Me ( Show Boat) 1936

Helen Morgan, Hattie & Irene Dunne in "Show Boat" (1936).

Helen Morgan, Hattie and Irene Dunne in Show Boat (1936).

Can’t help lovin’ dat man.

Irene Dunne, Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson, and Hattie McDaniel 

 

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson

Show Boat (1936)
Directed by James Whale
Shown from left: Hattie McDaniel, Paul Robeson

The Great Lie 1941

Bette Davis

1941

McDaniel acted alongside Bette Davis in the drama, The Great Lie.

Thank Your Lucky Stars –  1943

Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best

Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best – “Thank Your Lucky Stars,” 1943.

Hattie McDaniel & Willie Best – Ice Cold Katie | Thank Your Lucky Stars | Warner Archive

 

Hattie McDaniel, Rita Christina, Willie Best and Jesse Lee Brooks 

Bette Davis and Hattie McDaniel 

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