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Walter Brennan and Margaret Wycherly in a screencap from Sergeant York (1941)

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Ma York with her two other children, George and Rosie, in a screencap from Sergeant York (1941)

 

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Ma does some mending with her three children in a scene from Sergeant York (1941)

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Sergeant York (1941) and his ma give thanks.

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Dickie Moore as the brother of Sergeant York (1941), standing in front of Alvin York’s wife, sister and mother.

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Margaret Wycherly as Mother York in a screencap from Sergeant York (1941).  Margaret was a stage actress who felt like she was slumming in Hollywood.  She was also James Cagney’s Ma in White Heat (1949). as he famously shouted “Look, ma, I’m on the top of the world” shortly before his demise.

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Pastor Pyle and the York family in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941)

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Gary Cooper goes to church with his wife, ma, and two siblings in a re-release publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).

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Gary Cooper and Margaret Wycherly as Sergeant York (1941) and his ma.

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The York family in a publicity still for Sergeant York (1941) with Margaret Wycherly as Alvin York’s mother, June Lockhart as his sister and Dickie Moore as his brother.

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The York family with Walter Brennan as Pastor Pyle in a rerelease publicity still for Sergeant York (1941).  June Lockhart was sister Rosie, Dickie Moore was brother George, Gary Cooper was Alvin York, Joan Leslie was wife Gracie, and Margaret Wycherly was Mother York.

Margaret’s work was primarily on the stage so she had the attitude on the set that she was slumming in Hollywood.  She was a memorable screen mother again in 1949 for James Cagney in White Heat…  “I made it, ma.  Top of the world.”