Vera Lewis

Vera Lewis

Highest Rated: 100% The Killers (1946)

Lowest Rated: 57% Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

Affectionately described by film historian William K. Everson as "That lovable old wreck of a busybody," actress Vera Lewis was indeed quite lovable in person, even though most of her screen characters were sharp-tongued and spiteful in the extreme. Lewis first appeared in films in 1915, playing bits in such historical spectacles as D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916) and the privately-funded Argonauts of California. By the 1920s, she was well-established in such venomous characterizations as the remonstrative stepmother in the 1926 Colleen Moore starrer Ella Cinders. She continued playing small-town snoops, gimlet-eyed landladies, irksome relatives and snobbish society doyennes well into the talkie era. Even when unbilled, Lewis was unforgettable: in 1933's King Kong, she's the outraged theater patron who mercilessly browbeats an usher upon finding out that the mighty Kong will be appearing in person instead of on film. When all is said and done, Vera Lewis was never better than when she was playing a gorgon-like mother-in-law, as witness her work as Mrs. Nesselrode in W.C. Fields' Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) and as Andy Clyde's vituperative mom-by-marriage in the 1947 2-reeler Wife to Spare.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet It Had to Be You Mrs. Brown 1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road Guest 1947
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son! Hortense 1947
100% The Killers Mrs. Hirsch 1946
No Score Yet Spook Busters Mrs. Grimm 1946
No Score Yet Hollywood and Vine Fanny 1945
57% Mr. Skeffington Justice's Wife 1944
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke Couple 1943
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness Woman 1943
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters Woman #1 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Woman 1942
No Score Yet Lady Gangster Ma Silsby 1942
83% The Man Who Came to Dinner Woman 1942
No Score Yet Moontide Mrs. Simpson 1942
No Score Yet Remember the Day Teacher 1941
100% One Foot in Heaven Mrs. Simpson 1941
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Clubwoman 1941
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough Mrs. Slocum 1941
No Score Yet Here Comes Happiness Mrs. James 1941
No Score Yet Four Mothers Mrs. Ridgefield 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Wife 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Head Nurse 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Mrs. Turner 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears Mrs. Moggs 1941
No Score Yet Uncle Joe Actor 1941
No Score Yet A Night at Earl Carroll's Maidy 1940
96% They Drive by Night Landlady 1940
No Score Yet The Courageous Dr. Christian Mrs. Stewart 1940
No Score Yet Four Wives Mrs. Ridgefield 1939
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Miss Sweetman 1939
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Mrs. Edwards 1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Militant woman 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Floretta Turnbull 1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die Jury woman 1939
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen Sarah Crispin 1939
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Aunt Annabella 1939
No Score Yet Women in the Wind Farmer's Wife 1939
100% Dodge City Woman 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties Mrs. Gray 1939
No Score Yet King of the Underworld Woman 1939
No Score Yet The Sisters Woman 1938
70% Boy Meets Girl Nurse 1938
100% Four Daughters Mrs. Ridgefield 1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Woman Juror 1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Soapy's Mother 1938
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Detective Miss Van Deering 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Mrs. Petewyle 1938
100% Nothing Sacred Miss Sedgewick 1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem Bit part 1937
73% In Old Chicago Witness 1937
No Score Yet Dancing Pirate Orville's mother 1936
No Score Yet Paddy O'Day Aunt Flora Ford 1935
No Score Yet Way Down East Mrs. Poole 1935
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze Mrs. Cordelia Neselrode 1935
No Score Yet After Tonight Anna Huber, Cleaner 1933
98% King Kong Theater Patron 1933
No Score Yet The Monster Walks Actor 1932
86% Night Nurse Miss Dillon 1931
No Score Yet Wide Open Agatha's Mother 1930
100% The Iron Mask Mme. Peronee 1929
No Score Yet Ramona Senora Moreno 1928
No Score Yet Stella Dallas Miss Tibbets 1925
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart Mrs. Chichester 1922
No Score Yet Nurse Marjorie Duchess of Donegal 1920
No Score Yet The Blooming Angel Actor 1920
97% Intolerance Mary Jenkins 1916
No Score Yet The Mother and the Law Miss Mary Jenkins 1914


Theater Patron says: Hey, what's this show about, anyway?

Theater Patron says: I don't know - they say it's some big gorilla.

Theater Patron says: Oh, geez - ain't we got enough of them in New York?