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List of Margaret Sullavan Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
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The Shop Around the Corner
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Alfred Kralik and Klara Novak, the employees of a Budapest leather-goods store, can hardly tolerate each other and are always arguing. Kralik confides in a co-worker that he has entered into a secret correspondence with an anonymous girl, while Klara, too, is taken in by her unnamed letter-writing friend. Unbeknownst to both, they are the pen pals who have unknowingly fallen for each other.

 

Role:
Klara Novak
Starring:
James Stewart, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden
Directed By:
Ernst Lubitsch
2. The Mortal Storm (1940)
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The Mortal Storm
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Role:
Freya Roth
Starring:
James Stewart, Robert Stack, Frank Morgan, Robert Young
Directed By:
Frank Borzage
3. The Good Fairy (1935)
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The Good Fairy
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The Good Fairy is a romantic comedy film which tells the story of Luisa Ginglebuscher, who grows up in the Municipal Orphanage. From an early age, she used to entertain the other girls with her fairy tales. She later begins working in a movie palace in Budapest, and she tries to be friendly towards others and help them in every way. She soon befriends a millionaire named Konrad. She is not interested in his rich gifts, but she schemes to be a ‘good fairy’ and try to divert some of his wealth to the poor Dr Sporum instead.  

Role:
Luisa 'Lu' Ginglebuscher
Starring:
Frank Morgan, Reginald Owen, Herbert Marshall, Eric Blore,
Directed By:
4. Only Yesterday (1933)
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Only Yesterday
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Role:
Mary Lane
Starring:
Billie Burke, John Boles, Edna May Oliver, Benita Hume,
Directed By:
John M. Stahl
5. Little Man, What Now? (1934)
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Little Man, What Now?
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Role:
Emma 'Lammchen' Pinneberg
Starring:
Alan Hale, Douglass Montgomery, Catherine Doucet, DeWitt Jennings
Directed By:
Frank Borzage
6. Three Comrades (1938)
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Three Comrades
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Three Comrades is a romantic drama film which takes us to the time after the First World War, and revolves around three German soldiers Erich Lohkamp, Otto Koster and Gottfried Lenz. They share a close friendship which is strengthened by the fact that they all share love for the same woman, who is unfortunately dying due to tuberculosis.

Role:
Patricia Hollmann
Starring:
Guy Kibbee, Robert Young, Franchot Tone, Robert Taylor,
Directed By:
Frank Borzage
7. The Shopworn Angel (1938)
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The Shopworn Angel
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During WWI, a youthful Texan soldier Bill Pettigrew gets knocked down by Broadway revue star Daisy Heath’s car. As he boasts to his friends about Daisy being his date, she agrees to play along. But her rich boyfriend and show’s financier Sam Baily doesn’t approve. When Bill’s unit is being sent to France, he decides to propose to Daisy. Will she accept?

Role:
Daisy Heath
Starring:
Hattie McDaniel, James Stewart, Walter Pidgeon, Nat Pendleton
Directed By:
H.C. Potter
8. Back Street (1941)
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Back Street
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Five years after meeting and falling in love with a banker, a girl decides to become his mistress, after she learns that he has got married, and has also had a son. As a price for this affair, she accepts a life in the shadows. 

Role:
Ray Smith
Starring:
Charles Boyer, Richard Carlson, Frank McHugh, Tim Holt
Directed By:
Robert Stevenson
9. Cry 'Havoc' (1943)
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Cry 'Havoc'
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Set during the Second World War, the film focuses on thirteen American women serving at a field hospital in war torn Philippine. Out of the thirteen, only two are trained nurses, the rest being lay volunteers from different backgrounds. The story chronicles how they battle constant Japanese air raids, short medical supplies and bouts of malaria before they evolve into a cohesive team. 

Role:
Lt. Smith
Starring:
Robert Mitchum, Ann Sothern, Fay Bainter, Joan Blondell, Robert Mitchum
Directed By:
Richard Thorpe
10. So Ends Our Night (1941)
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So Ends Our Night
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After being discovered as half-Jew, Ludwig Kern is jailed and his passport is seized. Later, he travels to Czechoslovakia with anti-Nazi Josef Steiner, and meets Jew refugee Ruth Holland. Ludwig and Ruth fall in love, while Josef tries to see his ailing wife in Germany. With commencement of WWII, as Nazis invade European countries, the three refugees try to evade the advancing army. 

Role:
Ruth Holland
Starring:
Glenn Ford, Fredric March, Erich von Stroheim, Anna Sten, Frances Dee
Directed By:
John Cromwell
11. No Sad Songs for Me (1950)
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No Sad Songs for Me
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No Sad Songs For Me tells the story of a housewife who is dying from cancer, but has chosen not to tell her family about it. She even encourages her husband to have an affair with his colleague. However, the situation worsens as her illness continues to grow.  

Role:
Mary Scott
Starring:
Natalie Wood, Viveca Lindfors, John McIntire, Wendell Corey
Directed By:
Rudolph Maté
12. Next Time We Love (1936)
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Next Time We Love
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Next Time we Love is a romantic comedy film, which tells the story of a young married couple Christopher and Cicely. Their relationship is affected when Christopher is assigned overseas as a foreign correspondent and Cicely achieves stardom. Meanwhile, their friend Tommy, who secretly loves Cicely, tries to get close to her. 

Role:
Cicely Hunt Tyler
Starring:
Ray Milland, Hattie McDaniel, James Stewart, Grant Mitchell, Robert McWade
Directed By:
Edward H. Griffith
13. The Moon's Our Home (1936)
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The Moon's Our Home
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The Moon’s Our Home is a comedy film which tells the story of a novelist Henry who starts dating an actress named Margaret. They eventually get married, but neither of them has much idea of the other’s career.  

Role:
Cherry Chester / Sarah Brown
Starring:
Walter Brennan, Henry Fonda, Beulah Bondi, Charles Butterworth, Henrietta Crosman
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
14. So Red the Rose (1935)
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So Red the Rose
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It is a story of an anxious, distressed wife who bravely waits and prays for her husband to return safely during the Civil War.

Role:
Valette Bedford
Starring:
Elizabeth Patterson, Randolph Scott, Walter Connolly, Janet Beecher,
Directed By:
15. I Loved a Soldier (1936)
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I Loved a Soldier
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Starring:
Marlene Dietrich, Charles Boyer, Lionel Stander, Walter Catlett, Marlene Dietrich
Directed By:
Henry Hathaway
16. Appointment for Love (1941)
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Appointment for Love
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Andre Cassil is a charming playwright who falls for a physician named Jane Alexander, and the two decide to get married impulsively. However, their honeymoon ends quickly, when it turns out that Jane’s views on marriage are quite progressive, and the two end up having separate apartments. In order to lure his wife into his bedroom, Andre tries to make her jealous.

Role:
Dr. Jane Alexander
Starring:
Charles Boyer, Eugene Pallette, Cecil Kellaway, Rita Johnson
Directed By:
William A. Seiter
17. The Shining Hour (1938)
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The Shining Hour
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Tired of her fast life, Olivia Ridley, a New York night club dancer, agrees to marry Harry Linden, a wealthy farmer from Wisconsin, a match not at all approved by Henry’s dominating sister, Hannah. Nonetheless, they get married and move to the farm, where Olivia faces opposition from Hannah. To make matter worse, her brother-in-law falls in love with her, while his wife becomes her ally. 

Role:
Judy Linden
Starring:
Joan Crawford, Hattie McDaniel, Fay Bainter, Robert Young, Melvyn Douglas
Directed By:
Frank Borzage

TV Shows and Videos

The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948)
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre
Starring:
Nanette Fabray, John Carradine, Mary Wickes, Eddie Albert, Paul Muni, Buddy Ebsen, Hume Cronyn
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Starring:
Tony Curtis, Burt Reynolds, Janet Leigh, Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore, Vincent Price, Bette Davis
Directed By:
Roy Kellino, Jus Addiss, Robert Florey, John Brahm, Ted Post
Producers' Showcase (1954)
Producers' Showcase
Starring:
Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, Buster Keaton, Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Newman
Directed By:
Clark Jones, Kirk Browning, Delbert Mann, Vincent J. Donehue, Alex Segal
The Ford Theatre Hour (1948)
The Ford Theatre Hour
Starring:
Cloris Leachman, Judy Holliday, Anne Bancroft, Lillian Gish, Jack Lemmon, John Forsythe, Fredric March
Directed By:
Marc Daniels, Franklin J. Schaffner, Carl Beier