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Dora Clement

Highest Rated:   100% The Lady Eve (1941)
Lowest Rated:   91% The Women (1939)
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Dora Clement (sometimes credited as Dora Clemant) spent most of her professional acting career in the far west of the United States, where she was born, in Spokane, WA, in 1891. The tall, elegant actress -- who made one think of Frieda Inescourt -- was in almost 700 plays before making her Broadway debut in November 1944 in the original cast of Harvey as Betty Chumley (the role played by Nana Bryant in the 1950 movie). By that time, she was no longer doing movies, having been in some 73 of them (usually in uncredited roles) between 1934 and 1942. Most of her movie work involved small roles with no more than a day -- or, at most, a few days' -- shooting at a time, and Clement was able to squeeze them in around acting in the theater and also lecturing and teaching about theater. She usually played smaller roles that required dignity and distinctly middle-aged beauty -- mothers, society matrons, middle-level female executives, and secretaries -- in bigger movies, such as a saleslady in Mitchell Leisen's Easy Living (1937) or the woman under the sunlamp in George Cukor's The Women (1939). She was called by all of the major studios at one time or another, including Fox, MGM, Paramount, and Columbia, but she seemed to get some of her best roles at Universal, most notably in Buck Privates (1941), Abbott & Costello's debut starring vehicle. She actually had three major scenes in that picture (one of them excellent) as Miss Durling, the woman in charge of the camp hostesses (which include co-stars Jane Frazee and the Andrews Sisters). And Clement's most important movie role in terms of plot -- also at Univeral -- was in one of the lowest budgeted vehicles in which she ever appeared, as Ann Zorka, the beloved wife of Bela Lugosi's mad scientist Alex Zorka, in the serial The Phantom Creeps (1939). Her character's death, caused accidentally by her husband in the second chapter -- when he disables a plane carrying the government agents pursuing him (on which his wife, unbeknownst to him, also happens to be traveling) -- pushes Zorka over the edge, to seek revenge on the entire world for the next 10 chapters. In the early '50s, she made a few appearances in various early television dramas and on anthology shows such as Philco Television Playhouse and Goodyear Television Playhouse, but she had retired from that medium, as well, by the middle of the decade. She reportedly passed away a quarter century later in Washington, D.C.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade
  • Wife
1941
No Score Yet Whistling in the Dark
  • Mrs. Upshaw
1941
100% The Lady Eve
  • Gertrude
1941
No Score Yet Buck Privates
  • Miss Durling
1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette
  • Woman at Smith Home
1940
100% Destry Rides Again
  • Woman
1939
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Mrs. McGann
1939
No Score Yet Golden Boy
  • Ill Ringsider
1939
No Score Yet You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
  • Woman
1939
91% The Women
  • Woman Under Sunlamps
1939
No Score Yet Under Western Stars
  • Mrs. Marlowe
1938
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed
  • Miss Weatherby
1938
No Score Yet Hawaii Calls
  • Mrs. Harlow
1938
No Score Yet My Lucky Star
  • Secretary
1938
100% Easy Living
  • Saleslady
1937
No Score Yet Nobody's Baby
  • Miss McKenzie
1937
No Score Yet Private Worlds
  • Bertha Hirst
1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss
  • Department Head
1935
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer
  • Female Secretary
1934

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