Mary Kornman


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


full name: Mary Agnes Kornman
born as: Mary Agnes Evans
born Dec. 27, 1915, in Idaho Falls, ID
died June 1, 1973, in Glendale, CA, of cancer


Mary was the daughter of David Lionel Evans and Verna Comer. According to a 1940 article reporting the release of Mary's last film, she and her parents were in vaudeville for three years prior to her entry into movies. After her parents divorced, her mother married Roach still photographer Gene Kornman in 1921, and Kornman then adopted Mary.

The July 1986 issue of Classic Images states that Mary appeared in the 1920 version of "The Iron Heart" at the age of 2. This would presumably be based on the oft-published year of 1917 for her birth. There was, though, a 1917 film with the same name, but if she had appeared in that, then she wouldn't have been two years old yet. Mary herself stated that she made her film debut at the age of three, appearing as a mere extra.


1922

In May of this year, Mary first worked in an Our Gang comedy, though she was just an extra at this point. At the beginning of August, she began to work irregularly in the series, though as a featured player.

3. Young Sherlocks (extra: Freetown kid)
Nov. 26, 1922 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 3 to 8, and Apr. 24 to May 20, 1922. ©Nov. 11, 1922.

1923

After working in the Our Gang series off and on as a day player and later under a number of short-term contracts, Mary was finally signed to a long-term contract in May of this year, which seems to have taken effect on the 10th. She initially made 40 dollars a week.

9. The Champeen! (supporting role: Mary)
Jan. 28, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-9 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August/September 1922. ©Dec. 16, 1922.
8. The Cobbler (supporting role)
Feb. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed late August, and perhaps September, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
7. The Big Show! (supporting role)
Feb. 25, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 28 to Aug. 15, 1922, with added scenes Sep. 11 to 16, and Sep. 20 to 28, 1922, and retakes Jan. 10 to 11, 1923. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
Tight Shoes (unconfirmed role)
Feb. 25, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. C-78 - Hal Roach series with Paul Parrott
Filmed Dec. 2 to 9, 1922. ©Feb. 23, 1923.
11. A Pleasant Journey (supporting role)
Mar. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-11 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Mar. 25, 1923. Filmed Oct. 22 to 27, and Nov. 2 to 16, 1922. ©Feb. 26, 1923.
14. Dogs Of War! (supporting role)
July 1, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-14 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1923. Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 10, 1923, with retakes Feb. 20 to 23, and Apr. 11, 1923. ©July 19, 1923.
15. Lodge Night (supporting role: Mary)
July 29, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-15 - Our Gang series
Filmed Feb. 12 to Mar. 3, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923.
18. July Days (featured role: Mary)
Aug. 26, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-18 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 11, Apr. 12 to May 2, and May 31, 1923. ©Aug. 2, 1923.
20. No Noise (small part: Mary)
Sep. 23, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 1 to 20, 1923. ©Sep. 24, 1923.
17. Stage Fright (supporting role)
Oct. 21, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-17 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 17 to Apr. 11, 1923, with retakes June 21 to July 2, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.
21. Derby Day (supporting role: Mary)
Nov. 18, 1923 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-21 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 18 to Aug. 13, 1923. ©Nov. 9, 1923.

1924

For the week ending Feb. 2nd of this year, Mary's salary was increased to 50 dollars a week.

22. Tire Trouble (supporting role: Mary)
Jan. 13, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-22 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 14 to Sep. 4, 1923. ©Dec. 24, 1923.
23. Big Business (supporting role: Mary)
Feb. 10, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-23 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 11 to 21, 1923. ©Jan. 26, 1924.
24. The Buccaneers (featured role: Mary)
Mar. 9, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-24 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 28 to Oct. 24, and Oct. 28, 1923. ©Feb. 20, 1924.
25. Seein' Things (small part: Mary)
Apr. 6, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-25 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 25 to Nov. 7, and Dec. 19, 1923, and Jan. 7, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
26. Commencement Day (featured role: Mary)
May 4, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-26 - Our Gang series
Filmed Nov. 9 to Dec. 6, 1923, Jan. 7 to 11, and Jan. 26, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
28. Cradle Robbers (supporting role)
June 1, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-28 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 28 to Feb. 9, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
Rupert Of Hee Haw (small part: one of the great throng)
June 8, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-11 - Stan Laurel series
Also listed for June 24, 1924. Filmed Dec. 20 to 26, 1923, and Jan. 2 to 12, 1924. ©May 12, 1924.
Fast Black (unconfirmed role)
June 15, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-57 - Fite series with Earl Mohan
Filmed Mar. 18 to 25, and Apr. 8, 1924. ©May 28, 1924. Also featuring Billy Engle.
29. Jubilo, Jr. (supporting role)
June 29, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-29 - Our Gang series
Also listed for July 29, 1924. Filmed Feb. 25 to Mar. 8, 1924. ©June 5, 1924.
27. It's A Bear (supporting role: Mary)
July 27, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-27 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 10 to 26, 1923, Jan. 2 to 7, Jan. 12, and Mar. 7 to 12, 1924. ©June 30, 1924.
Short Kilts (small part: the McGregor kid)
Aug. 3, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. L-12 - Stan Laurel series
Also listed for Aug. 11, 1924. Filmed Jan. 16 to 24, 1924. ©Aug. 2, 1924.
30. High Society (featured role: Mary)
Aug. 24, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-30 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 24 to Apr. 5, 1924. ©May 29, 1924.
31. The Sun Down Limited (supporting role: Mary)
Sep. 21, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-31 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 21 to May 1, 1924. ©Aug. 2, 1924.
32. Every Man For Himself (supporting role: Mary)
Oct. 19, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-32 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 2 to 12, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924.
16. Fast Company (small part: Mary)
Nov. 16, 1924 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-16 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 5 to 15, 1923, with retakes June 13 to 21, 1924. ©Oct. 2, 1924.

1925

For the week ending Jan. 3rd of this year, Mary's salary was increased to 60 dollars a week. A new contract was signed on July 27th, and Mary's salary was increased to 75 dollars a week starting the week ending Aug. 8th.

34. The Big Town (supporting role: Mary)
Jan. 11, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-34 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 22 to Oct. 2, 1924. ©Dec. 9, 1924.
35. Circus Fever (small part: Mary)
Feb. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-35 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 20 to 25, and Nov. 1 to 4, 1924. ©Jan. 19, 1925.
36. Dog Days (featured role: Mary)
Mar. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-36 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, and Nov. 17 to 24, 1924. ©Mar. 5, 1925.
Excuse My Glove (unconfirmed role)
Mar. 22, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. F-21 - The Spat Family series
Filmed Nov. 3 to 12, 1924. ©Feb. 9, 1925.
37. The Love Bug (supporting role)
Apr. 5, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-37 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 15 to 31, 1924, and possibly early Jan. 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
39. Shootin' Injuns (supporting role: Mary)
May 3, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-39 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 19 to Feb. 5, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
38. Ask Grandma (featured role: Mary)
May 31, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-38 - Our Gang series
Probably filmed in early Jan. 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
Riders Of The Kitchen Range (unconfirmed role)
June 7, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1 reel - prod. D-59 - "Hunky" Dory series
Also listed for June 13, 1925. Filmed Apr. 2 to 5, 1924. ©May 29, 1925. Featuring Earl Mohan and Billy Engle.
Twinkle, Twinkle (appearance)
June 14, 1925 - Pathé - 1 reel - Grantland Rice Sportlight
© May 8, 1925. Featuring the Our Gang kids.
40. Official Officers (supporting role)
June 28, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-40 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1925. Filmed Feb. 16 to 27, 1925. ©May 18, 1925.
42. Boys Will Be Joys (supporting role)
July 26, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-42 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 13 to 24, 1925. ©July 6, 1925.
41. Mary, Queen of Tots (lead role: Mary)
Aug. 23, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-41 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 16 to Apr. 1, 1925. ©June 11, 1925.
44. Your Own Back Yard (supporting role)
Sep. 27, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-2 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 30 to July 16, and July 20 to 29, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925.
43. Better Movies (supporting role)
Nov. 1, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-1 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 27 to June 16, 1925. Originally production A-43. ©Aug. 20, 1925.
'Our Gang' At Home (appearance)
Nov. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1/3 reel - Pathé Review series
Our Gang segment filmed Mar. 1 to 14, 1925. ©Oct. 8, 1925. This short film was included in the Pathé Review, a weekly release typically consisting of three segments. This particular release was no. 45 for the year 1925, and Our Gang are featured in the middle segment. The other two segments have no relation to the Roach studios. The first is an episode of "American Wild Flowers" called "The Thistle," and is in color. The final segment is called "Forest Food Supplies."
45. One Wild Ride (featured role: Mary)
Dec. 6, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 30 to Aug. 4, 1925. ©Nov. 6, 1925.

1926

On Jan. 27th of this year, Mary's salary was increased to 100 dollars a week, as per the contract signed the previous July. Mary's last day of filming with the Our Gang series was on June 15th. With Mickey Daniels' departure just a couple of months earlier, it was decided that the two of them would be teamed up in a vaudeville act. Blanche Merrill wrote a skit for them called A Day Off. A short film preceded their actual stage performance, with the rest of the act consisting of the two kids imitating popular film stars. They toured the Orpheum circuit into the following year.

46. Good Cheer (supporting role)
Jan. 10, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-4 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 3 to 18, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926.
47. Buried Treasure (supporting role)
Feb. 14, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 1 to 19, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926.
48. Monkey Business (supporting role)
Mar. 21, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 18, 1925. ©Feb. 6, 1926.
49. Baby Clothes (supporting role)
Apr. 25, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 7 to 20, 1925, with retakes Jan. 11, 1926. ©Mar. 15, 1926.
50. Uncle Tom's Uncle (supporting role: Mary)
May 30, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 3, 1926. ©Apr. 28, 1926.
51. Thundering Fleas (supporting role: Mary)
July 4, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-9 - Our Gang series
Also listed for July 28, 1926. Filmed Mar. 8 to 25, 1926. ©May 26, 1926.
52. Shivering Spooks (supporting role)
Aug. 8, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-10 - Our Gang series
Premiered July 4, 1926. Filmed Apr. 7 to 28, 1926. ©July 26, 1926.
untitled film (featured role)
1926
A film of Mary with Mickey Daniels riding a goat cart from a movie studio to a vaudeville theater was shown as part of their vaudeville act.
53. The Fourth Alarm! (supporting role)
Sep. 12, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-11 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 24 to June 14, 1926. ©Sep. 17, 1926.

1927

In February of this year, Mary became ill while the act was playing the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. On Feb. 19th, her tonsils and adenoids were removed, leading to the cancellation of several of the act's bookings. She left the tour on Feb. 26th to recuperate at home in Los Angeles. After briefly returning to the road, she left the act for good, replaced within a few weeks by Peggy Eames. After this, Mary started appearing in casting directories, but it doesn't appear that she had any luck getting film roles.


1928

By this time, Johnny Downs and Scooter Lowry had both departed the Our Gang series, and it was decided that they would team up with Mary in a new vaudeville act which would tour the Keith-Albee circuit. The Motion Picture News from Feb. 18th of this year reports that Mary and Johnny were currently vacationing in New York, and would be shortly returning to vaudeville on an upcoming tour. The act was called In And Out Of The Movies and was written by Herman Timberg.


1929

The vaudeville tour continued into this year, with a visit to Hal Roach's hometown of Elmira, NY, in January. In November, she visited the Roach studios and noted how much the place had changed. In December, she enrolled in Beverly Hills High School, the first time she had ever gone to a regular school.


1930

Mary's enrollment in high school only lasted about a month, so she must have left by the end of January of this year. On Mar. 26th, she was again signed to a longterm contract (to take effect on Apr. 1st) at Hal Roach Studios, this time to appear in The Boy Friends series of comedies. She made a hundred dollars a week while making this series.

The Voice Of Hollywood Series 1, No. 2 (appearance)
Jan. 4, 1930 - Tiffany - 1 reel - Voice of Hollywood series
Also listed for 1929. ©Jan. 8, 1930. Also featuring Mickey Daniels.
Doctor's Orders (featured role: Mary)
Sep. 13, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-32 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Apr. 15 to May 2, May 11 and 12, and June 28, 1930. ©July 7, 1930. Also made as Spanish version entitled Lo ordeno el doctor, which used the English original with full-frame cut-in titles, but wasn't accepted by MGM for release in this format. Mary takes part in singing "Smile When The Raindrops Fall" at the end of this short.
Bigger And Better (supporting role: Mary)
Oct. 25, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-33 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed June 2 to 16, 1930, with retakes June 29 to 30, 1930. ©Nov. 24, 1930.
Ladies Last (featured role: Mary)
Dec. 6, 1930 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-34 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed July 7 to 25, 1930. ©Oct. 1, 1930.

1931

Mary signed a new contract with Hal Roach Studios on May 2nd of this year, to take effect on June 1st.

Blood And Thunder (supporting role: Mary)
Jan. 17, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-35 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Aug. 23 to Sep. 4, 1930, with retakes Sep. 27, 1930, and added scenes Oct. 4 to 7, 1930. ©Nov. 28, 1930.
High Gear (featured role: Mary)
Feb. 28, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 3 reels - prod. S-37 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Nov. 7 to 22, 1930. ©Feb. 2, 1931.
Love Fever (featured role: Mary)
Apr. 11, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-36 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Oct. 6 to 14, 1930, with retakes Oct. 30, 1930. ©Jan. 7, 1931.
Air-Tight (supporting role: Mary)
May 9, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-38 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Dec. 22, 1930, to Jan. 13, 1931. ©Mar. 19, 1931.
Let's Do Things (bit part: cigarette girl)
June 6, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 3 reels - prod. S-39 - All Star series with ZaSu Pitts & Thelma Todd
Filmed Mar. 4 to 12, 1931. ©May 7, 1931. Also featuring The Boy Friends, for whose series this film was originally made.
Call A Cop! (featured role: Mary)
Sep. 12, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-1 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Also listed for Aug. 29, 1931. Filmed June 1 to 8, and 15 to 20, 1931, with added scenes June 27,1931. ©Aug. 26, 1931. Also released with Spanish subtitles as Llama a un policia.
Mama Loves Papa (featured role: Mary)
Oct. 24, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-2 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed July 9 to 18, 1931. ©Oct. 1, 1931.
Are These Our Children? (supporting role: Agnes aka Dumbbell)
Nov. 14, 1931 - RKO - 10 reels - Eric Linden feature
Filmed July and August 1931. ©Nov. 2, 1931. Mary was loaned out to RKO during the weeks ending July 11th, 18th, 25th, Aug. 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, and for one day during the week ending Aug. 29th.
The Kickoff (supporting role: Mary)
Dec. 5, 1931 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-3 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Sep. 8 to 19, 1931. ©Nov. 19, 1931. Also released with Spanish subtitles as Futbol extraordinario.

1932

The Boy Friends series finished filming in March of this year, after a duration of two years. Mary went on to find roles in various films, mostly feature-length. In October, she was back at the Roach studio, working in an Our Gang film for the first time in six years.

Love Pains (spporting role: Mary)
Feb. 13, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-4 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Sep. 23 to Oct. 1, 1931. ©Mar. 1, 1932.
The Knockout (featured role: Mary)
Mar. 5, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-5 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Nov. 16 to 22, 1931. ©Mar. 28, 1932.
Too Many Women (featured role: Mary)
May 14, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-7 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Feb. 1 to 6, and Mar. 1 to 8, 1932. ©Oct. 3, 1932.
Wild Babies! (small part: Mary)
June 18, 1932 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. S-8 - All Star series with The Boy Friends
Filmed Mar. 22 to 25, 1932. ©June 28, 1932. This film included footage from the unreleased Boy Friends film Hopping Off.
The Hollywood Handicap (appearance)
Aug. 10, 1932 - Thailans Club/Universal - 2 reels
©July 21, 1932. Featuring an all-star cast, including Dickie Moore.
Exposure (role: Eileen Foster)
Aug. 20, 1932 - Tower/Capitol - 71 min - Lila Lee feature

1933

On the event of the premiere of "College Humor" on June 16th, Mary, along with her co-stars, appeared in a half-hour radio broadcast preceding the screening. The Hollywood Reporter from Aug. 21st reported that Mary had been signed to play the title role in the Dumb Dora series of comedies produced by Magna Pictures in New York. All indications are that this series never came to fruition.

120. Fish Hooky (supporting role: Miss Kornman aka Mary)
Jan. 28, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. G-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 17 to 22, 1932. ©Jan. 16, 1933.
Maids A La Mode (bit part: model)
Mar. 4, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. A-14 - ZaSu Pitts & Thelma Todd series
©Apr. 24, 1933.
Bondage (bit part: girl in record shop)
Apr. 22, 1933 - Fox - 67 min. - feature
©Mar. 18, 1933. Starring Dorothy Jordan and Alexander Kirkland
Me And My Pal (bit part: bridesmaid)
Apr. 22, 1933 - Roach/MGM - 2 reels - prod. L-13 - Laurel & Hardy series
Filmed mid to late March 1933. ©May 10, 1933.
College Humor (supporting role: Amber Davis)
Jul. 5, 1933 - Paramount - 9 reels - feature
Premiered June 16, 1933. ©June 23, 1933. Starring Bing Crosby, Richard Arlen, Mary Carlisle, Jack Oakie, and Burns & Allen. This was photographed by Mary's first husband, Leo Tover. Mary takes part in singing "Down The Old Ox Road."
Neighbors' Wives (supporting role: Mary McGrath)
Sep. 20, 1933 - Fanchon Royer - 7 reels - feature
©July 26, 1933. Starring Dorothy Mackaill, Tom Moore and Vivian Oakland.
Please (supporting role: Beth Sawyer)
Dec. 15, 1933 - Sennett/Paramount - 2 reels - Bing Crosby series.
©Dec. 12, 1933.
Flying Down To Rio (bit part: Belinha's friend)
Dec. 29, 1933 - RKO - 10 reels - Dolores del Rio feature
©Dec. 29, 1933. Also starring Gene Raymond, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.

1934

A publicity photo dated Feb. 15th of this year reveals that Mary was buying a beauty parlor, the operation of which she would carry out between film roles. On Mar. 14th of this year, Mary eloped with cinematograher Leo Tover, who she had worked with the previous year. It was reported that the 18-year-old Mary got married in order to gain more mature roles in movies, a plan that didn't work out for her.

Just An Echo (supporting role)
Jan. 19, 1934 - Sennett/Paramount - 2 reels - Bing Crosby series
©Jan. 17, 1934.
The Quitter (supporting role: Annabelle Hibbs)
Feb. 5, 1934 - Chesterfield/First Division - 7 reels - feature
©Feb. 14, 1934. Starring Charlie Grapewin and Emma Dunn.
Up And Down (undetermined role)
Mar. 2, 1934 - Paramount - 2 reels - feature
©Feb. 28, 1934. Starring Franklin Pangborn.
Picture Brides (supporting role: Mataeo Rogers)
Apr. 24, 1934 - Hoffman/Allied Pictures - 56 min.
©Sep. 19, 1933. Starring Dorothy Mackrail and Regis Toomey.
Strictly Dynamite (bit part: party girl)
May 11, 1934 - RKO - 8 reels - Jimmy Durante & Lupe Velez feature
©May 11, 1934. Starring Jimmy Durante and Lupe Velez.
Financial Jitters (supporting role: Mary)
Jul. 3, 1934 - Universal - 2 reels
©June 19, 1934. Starring Edward J. Nugent, Grady Sutton, and Franklin Pangborn.
Madame Du Barry (bit part: Felice aka Sweet Pea)
Oct. 13, 1934 - Warner Bros. - 9 reels - Dolores del Rio feature
©Oct. 6, 1934.

1935

During this year, Mary was involved in the Young Friends series of features, reuniting her with Mickey Daniels. Following this, she landed the title role in a low-budget serial called "Queen Of The Jungle."

Smokey Smith (featured role: Bess Bart)
Apr. 2, 1935 - Supreme Pictures - 6 reels - Bob Steele feature
Roaring Roads (supporting role: Mary McDowell)
Apr. 13, 1935 - William Berke/Commodore - 6 reels - Young Friends feature
Featuring David Sharpe, Gertrude Messinger, and Mickey Daniels.
The Desert Trail (featured role: Anne)
Apr. 22, 1935 - Malvern/Monogram - 5 reels - John Wayne feature
Adventurous Knights (supporting role: Annette)
June 7, 1935 - William Berke/Commodore - 6 reels - Young Friends feature
Featuring David Sharpe, Gertrude Messinger, and Mickey Daniels.
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 1: Lost In The Clouds (supporting role: Mary Lawrence)
July 7, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 2: Radium Rays (featured role: Joan Lawrence/ small part: Mary Lawrence)
July 14, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 3: The Hand Of Death (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
July 21, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Mary's alternate role of Mary Lawrence is shown in a photo.
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 4: The Natives Revenge (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Jul. 28, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 5: Black Magic (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Aug. 4, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 6: The Death Vine (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Aug. 11, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 7: The Leopard Leaps (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Aug. 18, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 8: The Doom Ship (supporting role: Joan Lawrence)
Aug. 25, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 9: Death Rides The Waves (supporting role: Joan Lawrence)
Sep. 1, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 10: The Temple Of Mu (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Sep. 8, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 11: Fangs In The Dark (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Sep. 15, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
Queen Of The Jungle chapter 12: The Pit Of Lions (featured role: Joan Lawrence)
Sep. 22, 1935 - Wohl/Screen Attractions - 2 reels - serial
The Calling Of Dan Matthews (supporting role: Kitty Marley)
Dec. 10, 1935 - Lesser/Columbia - 7 reels - Richard Arlen feature
©Dec. 9,1935.

1936

Early this year, or perhaps late in the previous year, Mary, along with Joe Cobb and Johnny Downs, visited Bob McGowan while the latter was directing "Too Many Parents." On July 18th of this year, Mary was present at Hal Roach Studios for the 15th anniversary celebration of Our Gang, posing for several photos with her fellow Gangsters. In December, she worked in the Our Gang series for one last time.

Fox Movietone News (appearance)
1936 - Fox - 1 reel - newsreel
Our Gang's fifteenth anniversary is featured in a Hollywood Spotlight segment with Jimmie Fidler.

1937

151. Reunion in Rhythm (small part)
Jan. 9, 1937 - Roach/MGM - 1 reel - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 9 to 14, 1936. ©Jan. 14, 1937.
Swing It Professor (supporting role: Joan Dennis)
May 13, 1937 - Conn/Ambassador - 6 reels - Pinky Tomlin feature
©Nov. 8, 1937.
Youth On Parole (supporting role: Mae Blair)
Oct. 4, 1937 - Republic - 6 reels
Starring Marian Marsh, Gordon Oliver, Margaret Dumont and Peggy Shannon.

1938

Mary was divorced from Leo Tover on Oct. 7th of this year.

King Of The Newsboys (supporting role: Peggy)
May 18, 1938 - Republic - 8 reels - feature
©Mar. 18, 1938. Starring Lew Ayres, Helen Mack and Alison Skipworth.
That Certain Age (bit role2 friend)
Oct. 7, 1938 - Universal - 11 reels - Deanna Durbin feature
©Oct. 13, 1938. Also starring Jackie Cooper.
I Am A Criminal (supporting role: Alice Martin)
Dec. 7, 1938 - Crescent/Monogram - 8 reels - John Carroll feature
©Dec. 1, 1938.

1939

Zenobia (extra: townswoman)
Apr. 21, 1939 - Roach/UA - 8 reels - prod. F-23 - feature
Also listed for May 1939. ©Apr. 11, 1939. Starring Oliver Hardy, Harry Langdon, Billie Burke and Alice Brady. Previewed as It's Spring Again. UK title: Elephants Never Forget.

1940

At some point, Mary purchased a horse and contacted Ralph B. McCutcheon to teach the horse some tricks. They were subsequently married on May 6th of this year and Mary retired from the film business, content to devote her life to the training and care of horses, along with her husband. They lived on a ranch in Sand Canyon called "Rancho Maria." McCutcheon's horses appeared in many movies and TV programs. The couple would remain together for the rest of Mary's life.

On The Spot (featured role: Ruth Hunter)
June 11, 1940 - Monogram - 6 reels - Frankie Darro feature
Also starring Mantan Moreland.

1953

During this year, Mary coached Johnny Downs on horseriding, in preparation for his role in the film "Column South."


1955

Mary took part in an Our Gang reunion for TV Guide, which was the subject of an article in the May 14th to 20th issue, complete with photos.


1980

Rascal Dazzle (archival)
1980 - King World/Picture Scores - documentary feature
Includes footage from "Fish Hooky" and "Reunion In Rhythm."

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (archival)
1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "The Champeen!" "The Big Show," "The Sun Down Limited," "Thundering Fleas," "Fish Hooky" and "Reunion In Rhythm."

1994

The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "The Champeen!" "Dogs Of War!" "The Sun Down Limited," "Monkey Business," "Shivering Spooks" and "Reunion In Rhythm."

2002

E! True Hollywood Story episode: Curse Of The Little Rascals (archival)
Nov. 24, 2002 - E! Entertainment Television - 60 min. - TV documentary

Mary Kornman's payroll history

The following is a list of most of Mary's history at the Roach studio, with the amounts she was making from week to week. The dates given are Saturdays, the last day of each week at the studio. The only exceptions would be Saturdays that were also holidays, in which case the Friday date is used for those weeks.

Special note: Production A9 (The Champeen!), Production A38 (Ask Grandma), and Production K3 (One Wild Ride) are missing from this list. It appears that in each case, they started off as the previous production, which then got divided into two films.

It was in May 1922 that we first encounter Mary in the payroll ledgers.

It would be about two and a half months before Mary worked with Our Gang again.

Mary went one week without work before retakes began on "The Big Show."

After this, it would be about a month and a half before Mary worked with Our Gang again.

It would be two months before Mary worked with Our Gang again, but in the meantime, she did put in one day of extra work at the studio.

After this, it would be about a month and a half before Mary worked at the studio again.

Mary went two weeks without pay prior to the start of the next production.

For the week ending May 12th, Mary doesn't appear in the payroll ledger, though the payroll summary includes her. The ledger is more likely to be accurate, since the Our Gang unit was still working on "Sunday Calm."

For the weeks ending Aug. 16th, 23rd and 30th, the studio was closed and Mary didn't receive any pay.

For the weeks ending Aug. 22nd and 29th, the payroll ledger doesn't list Mary, no doubt due to the studio's annual summer closure. The payroll summary includes her, though it's likely that the ledger is more accurate.

There were no ledger sheets for the week ending Jan. 2nd, due to the studio being closed, but Mary was still paid her $75.

.It would be over six years before Mary worked in another Our Gang film, but only about four years before she worked at the Roach studio again. From 1930 to 1932, she was a regular member of The Boy Friends, and made 100.00 per week.

After this, it would be another four years before Mary worked at the Roach studio again, this time coming back for her last Our Gang appearance.


© Robert Demoss and Matthew Lydick.


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