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Symona Boniface

Highest Rated:   97% Ninotchka (1939)
Lowest Rated:   97% Ninotchka (1939)
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Her pompous Grande Dame ego constantly deflated by having a pie hurled in her face, brunette American comedy actress Symona Boniface became for the Three Stooges what Margaret Dumont was for the Marx Brothers. Surprisingly, Boniface had been a noted stage actress and playwright before the 1929 stock market crash wiped her out financially. Moving to Hollywood, she toiled in anonymity doing bit parts and extra work until signing a stock contract with Columbia Pictures in 1935. A major addition to the studio's thriving short subject department, Boniface popped up in two-reelers all over the place but is today mostly associated with the Stooges, who regularly flattened her haughty demeanor. The quintessential Boniface characters were the snobbish Mrs. Van Bustle of Crash Goes the Hash (1944) and the conceited dowager Mrs. Smythe-Smythe in 1947's Half-Wits Holiday, the latter featuring her being furiously pelted with pies dropped from the ceiling. A talented but much overlooked part of the Stooges legacy, Symona Boniface died less than three years later at the Motion Picture Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA, but continued, eerily, to figure prominently in Stooges shorts through the middle of the decade due to the generous doses of stock footage added to keep mounting costs down.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger
  • Woman
1951
No Score Yet Between Midnight and Dawn
  • Woman
1950
No Score Yet Rogues Of Sherwood Forest
  • Charcoal Burner's Wife
1950
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado
  • Matron
1949
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Peasant (uncredited)
1948
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem
  • Slave Girl
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Fitter
1944
No Score Yet The Fallen Sparrow
  • Guest
1943
No Score Yet All the World's a Stooge
  • Actor
1941
97% Ninotchka
  • Gossip
1939
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory
  • Prof. Clotilde Federa
1936
No Score Yet Murder in the Museum
  • Fortune Teller
1934
No Score Yet Tarzan the Fearless
  • Arab Woman
1933
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol
  • Ethel
1932

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