biographyBorn Mary Anderson in Chicago on May 22, 1932, beautiful Merry Anders aspired to be an actress, even as a child. By the late 1940s, she and her mother made their way to California, where Anders soon began acting and modeling lessons. While appearing in a small play in the early 1950s, Merry Anders was spotted by a 20th Century-Fox talent scout. After a screen test, she was put under contract by 20th Century-Fox in 1951.
Without a studio contract, Anders began freelancing at other studios. She used this newfound freedom to her advantage, chalking up an amazing eight film releases in 1957 alone. Also, she began making numerous guest appearances on popular TV programs, including Cheyenne, Bronco, Perry Mason, and The Addams Family.
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The Stu Erwin Show (1950-1955 ABC TV Series)
Government agent Peter Graves shakes down Merry Anders in a scene from the Allied Artists release Death in Small Doses
Hear Me Good (1957)
How to Marry a Millionaire (1957-1959 Syndicated TV Series)
The Walking Target (1960)
Young Jesse James (1960)
20,000 Eyes (1961)
When the Clock Strikes (1961)
Beauty and the Beast (1962)
Police Nurse (1963)
The Time Travelers (1964)
From American International's The Time Travelers with John Hoyt, Dennis Patrick, and Philip Carey
Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)
With Kam Tong and Wendell Corey in the low-budget sci-fi flick Women of the Prehistoric Planet
later yearsBy the mid 1960s, film roles began to dry up for Merry Anders. After a stint on Dragnet 1967, a few more films, and a few guest shots on other TV programs, she retired from the screen. She went to work for Litton Data Systems in 1969 but on occasion tackled roles in films such as Blood Legacy (1971; with Faith Domergue and Jeff Morrow). Anders remarried in the 1970s and retired from Litton in the 1990s. Her second husband left her a widow in 1999. Sadly, Merry Anders passed away on October, 28, 2012, at the age of 80. She was survived by her daughter.
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Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.
Dragnet 1967: Season 1 [DVD](1967) DVD
All 17 episodes from the debut season--including "The LSD Story," "The Masked Bandits," "The Hit and Run Driver," "The Gun," and "The Bullet"--are featured in a two-disc set. 7 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish. **17 episodes on 2 discs. 7 1/4 hrs.**
Les Miserables (1935)/Les Miserables (1952) [DVD] DVD
Two film versions of Victor Hugo's classic novel are featured. First, Fredric March stars as Jean Valjean, the petty thief in 18th-century France who escapes jail and begins a new life, and Charles Laughton is the unfeeling and unceasing Inspector Javert. Also stars Cedric Hardwicke, Rochelle Hudson. Then, Michael Rennie takes over the role of Valjean, with Robert Newton as his implacable pursuer and Debra Paget as Valjean's ward Cosette, in director Lewis Milestone's 1952 production. Edmund Gwenn, Sylvia Sidney also star. 3 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; featurette; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.
Belles On Their Toes [DVD](1952) DVD
Heartfelt and funny sequel to 1950's "Cheaper by the Dozen" finds the widowed Myrna Loy trying to fend for herself and her 12 kids. After receiving rejections from potential employers because of her gender, Loy takes a job training engineers for Edward Arnold's company. Meanwhile, eldest daughter Jeanne Crain finds romance with young physician Jeffrey Hunter. With Debra Paget, Hoagy Carmichael. 89 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.
How To Marry A Millionaire [DVD](1953) DVD
Delicious comedy about three man-crazed models out for eligible (and wealthy) bachelors who rent a posh Manhattan apartment and pose as rich gals in order to get their guys. Marilyn Monroe is wooed by a playboy, but is snagged by tax-dodging crook David Wayne; Betty Grable hooks on to well-off Fred Clark, but falls for forest ranger Rory Calhoun; and Lauren Bacall attracts aging, affluent William Powell, but opts for the seemingly poor Cameron Mitchell--who turns out to be a millionaire! Based on 1933's "The Greeks Had a Word for Them." 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby 4.0 and stereo, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Movietone newsreel; theatrical trailers; scene access.
All That Heaven Allows [DVD](1955) DVD
Producer Ross Hunter reunited "Magnificent Obsession" stars Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman and director Douglas Sirk for this lush romance in which small-town widow Wyman is drawn to handsome gardener Hudson, a man 15 years her junior, and faces scandal and scorn from her friends and family. With Agnes Moorehead, Gloria Talbot, Conrad Nagel. 89 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: English; documentary; featurette; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.
Escape From San Quentin [DVD](1957) DVD
Loosely based on a true story, this crime drama stars singing sensation Johnny Desmond as a convict who goes on the lam with some fellow prisoners and promptly discovers that his wife is divorcing him. While hiding out from the cops, he falls for his spouse's sister and decides to go straight--much to the dismay of his crook pals. With Richard Devon, Merry Anders, Roy Engel. 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Dalton Girls [DVD](1957) DVD
After the men of the notorious Dalton gang are killed off, the four surviving Dalton girls take up their mantle of lawlessness. While two of the siblings thrive on the excitement of criminality, the other sisters grow to despise living as outlaws--but do they come to their senses too late? Exciting and comic western outing stars Merry Anders, Lisa Davis, Penny Edwards, and Sue George. 71 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
No Time To Be Young [DVD](1957) DVD
Juvenile delinquents run amok in this heated drama exposing the tragedies of troubled youths. Robert Vaughn stars as the wayward young man whose scrapes with family members and members of the establishment eventually lead him to embark on a robbery he will later regret. Dorothy Green, Tom Pittman co-star. 81 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Death In Small Doses [DVD](1957) DVD
Peter Graves shines as a government agent who goes undercover to investigate the use of illegal amphetamines by long-haul truck drivers in this classic crime drama based on a "Saturday Evening Post" expose. Will he find drugs in the big rigs? Or will his true identity be discovered first? Mala Powers, Chuck Connors, and Robert Williams co-star. 79 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Desk Set [DVD](1957) DVD
Spry romantic comedy with an office setting, as research department leader Katharine Hepburn pits her workers' wits against the electronic brain being brought in by efficiency expert Spencer Tracy. With Joan Blondell, Gig Young. 103 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; newsreel footage.
The Hypnotic Eye (Remastered Edition) [DVD](1960) DVD
When apparently unrelated beautiful women suffer horrific self-inflicted injuries, the police begin an investigation that leads them to a stage hypnotist. Is the mesmerist responsible for this insidious campaign of mind control, or is he simply a charlatan in a fancy tux? Chills and thrills galore mark this B-movie delight starring Jacques Bergerac, Allison Hayes, and Lawrence Lipton as "King of the Beatniks." 78 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Shame Of Patty Smith (1962)/You've Ruined Me, Eddie [DVD](1959) DVD
Campy exploitation double feature opens with "The Shame of Patty Smith," in which the title teenager is gang raped and, upon learning she is pregnant, must decide whether to have an illegal abortion. Tabloid drama that remains timely today features Dani Lynn, Merry Anders and Bruno Ve Sota. Then, the well-to-do daughter of a small town's leading doctor discovers she, too, is "in the family way" and battles tooth and nail over having the child with her lover, a poor orphan lad, in "You've Ruined Me, Eddie," starring Jeanne Rainer and Ted Marshall. AKA: "The Touch of Flesh." 163 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; bonus short; art gallery; more.
House Of The Damned [DVD](1963) DVD
An isolated hillside castle in California gives two vacationing couples the shivers and shakes when weird sights and sounds begin to disrupt their peace and quiet. Creepy circus performers, a headless woman, and a half-man, half-monster join in the frightful fun. Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Erika Peters, and Richard Kiel star. 63 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Raiders From Beneath The Sea [DVD](1964) DVD
A cash-strapped apartment manager/scuba enthusiast (Ken Scott) makes the fateful decision to turn his avocation into a vocation, as he leads a pack of crooks on a mission to knock over a Catalina Island bank and make a sub-sea escape. Will they get away with it, or wind up all wet? Merry Anders, Russ Bender, Booth Colman co-star. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Quick Gun [DVD](1964) DVD
After two years away, gunslinger Clint Cooper (Audie Murphy) returns to his hometown to find he's none too popular with the locals. He soon helps fight off a band of outlaws led by an old buddy, but will it be enough to get back in the good graces of the townsfolk--and the pretty school marm (Merry Anders) he's always loved? James Best, Ted de Corsia, Walter Sande co-star in this thrilling western. 88 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Elvis: The Hollywood Collection [DVD] DVD
Six-disc set includes "Kissin' Cousins," "Tickle Me," "Girl Happy," "Stay Way, Joe," "Live a Little, Love a Little," and "Charro!"
Tickle Me [DVD](1965) DVD
A light-hearted Elvis romp, with the handsome crooner playing a former rodeo star who signs on to work at a health ranch whose clientele includes bevies of beautiful girls. With Julie Adams, Jocelyn Lane. Songs include "If It Feels So Right" and "I'm Yours."
Airport Terminal Pack [DVD] DVD
All four entries in the action-packed disaster film series are available in a two-disc set. First, "Airport" (1970) mixes a blizzard, a bomb and a plane filled with passengers into a thrilling drama. Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Jacqueline Bisset, and George Kennedy star. A 747 and a small private plane collide in mid-air and now the pilotless jumbo jet is on a collision course with destruction in "Airport 1975" (1974), with Charlton Heston, Karen Black and Kennedy. "Airport '77" (1977) stars Jack Lemmon, James Stewart and Olivia de Havilland as passengers trapped in a jetliner that crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. And a ruthless businessman tries to blow up a goodwill U.S.-Soviet flight in "The Concorde: Airport '79" (1979).
Legacy Of Blood [DVD](1971) DVD
The children of a deceased millionaire are summoned to his estate, where they must stay the night in order in gain their inheritance. It soon becomes obvious that someone wants more than their fair share, as the heirs are murdered one by one. John Carradine, Faith Domergue, John Russell star. AKA: "Blood Legacy." 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Legacy Of Blood (1971)/The Devil's Wedding Night [DVD](1973) DVD
First, four greedy heirs must live for a week in the family home in order to gain their late father's fortune, but find instead a "Legacy of Blood" when they begin to get picked off one by one. Gory great stars Rodolfo Acosta, Merry Anders, Norman Bartold, and John Carradine. AKA: "Blood Legacy." Next, Mark Damon stars in the erotically charged Italian horror opus "The Devil's Wedding Night," playing twin archeologists in search of the legendary ring of the Nibelungen in Transylvania. One of the siblings becomes a bloodsucker after coming under the spell of a beautiful female vampire, and the secrets to her bloody rituals are soon revealed. Sara Bey (Rosalba Neri) also stars. 170 min. total. Soundtrack: English.
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Legacy of Blood (1971) with Faith Domergue, John Russell, Jeff Morrow, John Smith, Richard Davalos, and John Carradine
Airport (1970) with Dean Martin, Barbara Hale, Burt Lancaster, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, and Helen Hayes
Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966) with John Agar, Keith Larsen, Wendell Corey, and Suzie Kaye
Young Fury (1965) with Rory Calhoun, John Agar, Lon Chaney Jr., Jody McCrea, William Wellman Jr., and Virginia Mayo
Tickle Me (1965) with Elvis Presley, Julie Adams, Bill Williams, Allison Hayes, and Francine York
Raiders from Beneath the Sea (1964) with Ken Scott and Russ Bender
The Quick Gun (1964) with Audie Murphy and James Best
A Tiger Walks (1964) with Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Sabu, and Peter Brown
The Time Travelers (1964) with Philip Carey, John Hoyt, Joan Woodbury, Dennis Patrick, and Preston Foster
FBI Code 98 (1963) with Ray Danton, Jack Kelly, William Reynolds, Philip Carey, Andrew Duggan, and Jack Cassidy
House of the Damned (1963) with Ron Foster, Richard Crane, and Richard Kiel
Police Nurse (1963) with Ken Scott
Beauty and the Beast (1962) with Mark Damon
Air Patrol (1962) with Robert Dix, Lee Patterson, Willard Parker, and Russ Bender
The Shame of Patty Smith (1962) with Bruno VeSota
20,000 Eyes (1961) with Gene Nelson, Bruno VeSota, James Brown, and Barbara Parkins
The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961) with Jim Davis
The Police Dog Story (1961) with James Brown and Barry Kelley
Secret of Deep Harbor (1961) with Barry Kelley and Billie Bird
When the Clock Strikes (1961) with James Brown
The Hypnotic Eye (1960) with Allison Hayes, Marcia Henderson, and Jacques Bergerac
Spring Affair (1960) with Coleman Francis
The Walking Target (1960) with Joan Evans
Young Jesse James (1960) with Robert Dix and Willard Parker
Five Bold Women (1960) with Jeff Morrow and Irish McCalla
Violent Road (1958) with Brian Keith, Dick Foran, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Ann Doran
Calypso Heat Wave (1957) with Joel Grey, Johnny Desmond, and Darla Hood
The Night Runner (1957) with Ray Danton and Colleen Miller
Desk Set (1957) with Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell, and Dina Merrill
The Dalton Girls (1957) with John Russell, Penny Edwards, and Lisa Davis
Death in Small Doses (1957) with Peter Graves, Mala Powers, and Chuck Connors
Escape from San Quentin (1957) with Johnny Desmond
Hear Me Good (1957) with Hal March and Joe E. Ross
No Time to Be Young (1957) with Robert Vaughn, Roger Smith, and Tom Pittman
All That Heaven Allows (1955) with Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Gloria Talbott, Virginia Grey, William Reynolds, Charles Drake, and Leigh Snowden
Princess of the Nile (1954) with Jeffrey Hunter, Debra Paget, Michael Rennie, Lee Van Cleef, and Jack Elam
Phffft! (1954) with Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak, and Jack Carson
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, William Powell, and David Wayne
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953) with Betty Grable and Dale Robertson
Les Miserables (1952) with Debra Paget, Michael Rennie, Edmund Gwenn, Sylvia Sidney, Cameron Mitchell, and Elsa Lanchester
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1952) with Jean Peters, Hugh Marlowe, Albert Dekker, and David Wayne
Belles on Their Toes (1952) with Jeffrey Hunter, Debra Paget, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Martin Milner, and Barbara Bates
Dragnet '67, 1967-1970 NBC TV series. Anders had a recurring role as policewoman Dorothy Miller.
How to Marry a Millionaire, 1957-1959 syndicated TV series. Anders portrayed Mike McCall. Also in the cast were Barbara Eden, Lori Nelson, and Lisa Gaye. 64 episodes.
It's Always Jan, 1955-1956 CBS TV series. Also in the cast were Janis Paige and Arte Johnson
The Stu Erwin Show , 1950-1955. Anders replaced Ann Todd for the show's final season. The cast included Stu Erwin, June Collyer, Martin Milner, and Sheila James.
TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Gunsmoke, episode Waste: Parts One and Two, originally aired September 27 and October 4, 1971
The Addams Family, episode Fester's Punctured Romance, originally aired October 2, 1964
The Virginian, episode A Man Called Kane, originally aired May 6, 1964
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Garrulous Go-Between, originally aired March 12, 1964
The Jack Benny Show, episode Jack Is Kidnapped, originally aired March 12, 1963
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Glamorous Ghost, originally aired February 3, 1962
Maverick, episode Three Queens Full, originally aired November 12, 1961
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, episode Maria, originally aired October 24, 1961
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff, originally aired March 11, 1961
Surfside 6, episode Yesterday's Hero, originally aired January 23, 1961
Letter to Loretta, episode Enter at Your Own Risk, originally aired January 8, 1961
Bronco, episode Ordeal at Dead Tree, originally aired January 2, 1961
Maverick, episode Destination: Devil's Flat, originally aired December 25, 1960
Cheyenne, episode The Long Rope, originally aired October 3, 1960
Maverick, episode The Town that Wasn't There, originally aired October 2, 1960
Bronco, episode Winter Kill, originally aired May 31, 1960
Bonanza, episode Bitter Water, originally aired April 9, 1960
Maverick, episode The People's Friend, originally aired February 7, 1960
Richard Diamond, Private Detective, episode Bookie, originally aired October 19, 1959
Broken Arrow, episode Smoke Signal, originally aired December 10, 1957
Cheyenne, episode Big Ghost Basin, originally aired March 12, 1957
Letter to Loretta, episode He Always Comes Home, originally aired April 10, 1955
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