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Vera Lewis

Highest Rated:   100% The Killers (1946)
Lowest Rated:   50% Mr. Skeffington (1944)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
50% 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
No Score Yet Moontide
  • Mrs. Simpson
1942
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Woman
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 Knockout
  • Mrs. Turner
1941
No Score Yet Here Comes Happiness
  • Mrs. James
1941
No Score Yet Four Mothers
  • Mrs. Ridgefield
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Wife
1941
No Score Yet Uncle Joe
  • Actor
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 A Night at Earl Carroll's
  • Maidy
1940
95% 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
94% 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 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
67% 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
67% 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
98% King Kong
  • Theater Patron
1933
No Score Yet After Tonight
  • Anna Huber Cleaner
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
  • Actor
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
97% Intolerance
  • Mary Jenkins
1916

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