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Bess Flowers: Queen of the Hollywood Extras (Locked)
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m.cellophane
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Registered: February 9, 2002
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Using Mithirandir's skin, I stumbled across an odd statistic. The actor who appears in the most DVDs in my collection is...uh...Bess Flowers.

I had no clue who this person was and looking in my collection, I could see she was always in the uncredited cast. Having spent some time around our dear friend Skip, I thought perhaps Bess Flowers was a "marker" inserted by twsnbn.com to trace the use of their data. [I know Skip will be proud of me for having that thought.  ]

But then I found out that she was indeed a real person...sort of a professional (uncredited) actor. Link

If you have films in your collection from before 1964, you might be surprised to discover the extent of your own 'Bess Flowers film collection'.

My collection has 48!

How about you?
...James

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hal9g
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Yikes.

61 times in my collection!

Fascinating little piece of trivia!!   

Here they are:

1) All About Eve
2) Around the World in 80 Days
3) The Awful Truth
4) The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
5) The Bad and the Beautiful
6) The Barkleys of Broadway
7) The Best of Everything
8) The Big Sleep
9) Calamity Jane
10) Conflict
11) Dead Reckoning
12) Designing Woman
13) Dial M for Murder
14) Dodsworth
15) Every Girl Should be Married
16) Father of the Bride (1950)
17) The Fly (1958)
18) Funny Face
19) Gilda
20) The Greatest Show on Earth
21) Holiday
22) Houseboat
23) Imitation of Life
24) Immortal Sergeant
25) In Old Chicago
26) It Happened One Night
27) Judgment at Nuremberg
28) The Lady Eve
29) Love Affair
30) Lullaby of Broadway
31) The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
32) The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
33) Mildred Pierce
34) Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
35) Mr. Deeds goes to Town
36) The Mummy’s Ghost
37) My Man Godfrey
38) Now, Voyager
39) Operation Pacific
40) Pal Joey
41) The Palm Beach Story
42) Penny Serenade
43) People Will Talk
44) Pin Up Girl
45) A Place in the Sun
46) Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
47) Pocketful of Miracles
48) The Razor’s Edge
49) Rear Window
50) Return to Peyton Place
51) Royal Weeding
52) Singin’ In the Rain
53) A Star is Born (1954)
54) State Fair
55) Swing Time
56) Vertigo
57) When You’re in Love
58) White Christmas
59) Witness for the Prosecution
60) You Can’t Take it With You
61) Young Man with a Horn
Hal

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Lithurge
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I was surprised to find 0 
Nick

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only 1 for me!
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Pistol Pete
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She's 11 times in my collection. All but 2 uncredited: Mrs. Laurel in Sons of the Desert (1933) and Nurse in Way Out West (1937).
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ya_shin
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5 times in my collection...

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Hmm, that is kind of odd... Re-read the post above mine.

I have two discs with Laurel & Hardy films, which also include Sons of the Desert and Way Out West, but she doesn't show up in those cast lists. If I interpret those mixed cast lists correctly, I'd say Dorothy Christy is Mrs. Laurel in Sons of the Desert and I couldn't find a Nurse in Way Out West. 
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Draxen
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Interesting!

She is in 3rd place in my actor statistics with 27 DVDs, just below Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe, and just above Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Mika
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FredLooks
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Hmmm ... 11 entries (10 uncredited 1 scenes deleted) from 1937-1962 ... 5 from the Fox Studio Classics (including the scenes deleted: "The Best of Everything")
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I'm stunned... she's in my coll. Nineteen times!

Witness for the Prosecution (Twice, R4 & R1)
The Roaring Twenties
You Can't Take It With You
Notorious
Dial M for Murder
The Manchurian Candidate
They Drive by Night
Vertigo
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Holiday
Dead Reckoning
The Awful Truth
Judgment at Nuremberg
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
It Happened One Night
The Phantom of Crestwood
The Big Sleep
My Man Godfrey
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VibroCount
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She's in 24 DVDs in my collection, from 1931's "Monkey Business" through 1964's "7 Faces of Dr. Lao".

Only 23 films, though -- I have two DVDs which include the film "The Chase".


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I looked her up at the All Movie Guide; her bio, written by Hal Erickson, reads:

"The faces of most movie extras are unmemorable blurs in the public's memory. Not so the elegant, statuesque Bess Flowers, who was crowned by appreciative film buffs as "Queen of the Hollywood Dress Extras." After studying drama (against her father's wishes) at the Carnegie Inst of Technology, Flowers intended to head to New York, but at the last moment opted for Hollywood. She made her first film in 1922, subsequently appearing prominently in such productions as Hollywood (1922) and Chaplin's Woman of Paris (1923). Too tall for most leading men, Flowers found her true niche as a supporting actress. By the time talkies came around, Flowers was mostly playing bits in features, though her roles were more sizeable in two-reel comedies; she was a special favorite of popular short-subject star Charley Chase. Major directors like Frank Lloyd always found work for Flowers because of her elegant bearing and her luminescent gift for making the people around her look good. While generally an extra, Flowers enjoyed substantial roles in such films as Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934), Gregory La Cava's Private Worlds and Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937). In 1947's Song of the Thin Man, the usually unheralded Flowers was afforded screen billing. Her fans particularly cherish Flowers' bit as a well-wisher in All About Eve (1950), in which she breaks her customary screen silence to utter "I'm so happy for you, Eve." Flowers was married twice, first to Cecil B. DeMille's legendary "right hand man" Cullen Tate, then to Columbia studio manager William S. Holman. After her retirement, Bess Flowers made one last on-camera appearance in 1974 when she was interviewed by NBC's Tom Snyder."


They list more than 100 films that she's been in, 35 of which are currently available on DVD.
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Cliff


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Draxen
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Thanks for the info, Cliff.

Apparently the 100+ listed are only the films where she is credited, as IMDb lists over 700 films in her "back catalogue", including uncredited entries ( ).
Mika
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Draxen
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Just for the heck of it... My collection consists of about 1160 titles, and here's my top 25 list of actors with most titles (number of them in brackets). You can pretty much see what kind of taste I have in movies - and in certain actresses  I have bolded three names about which, besides Bess Flowers, I was surprised to find out they were in so well represented... My local database has IMDb credits for most of the movies, and that includes uncredited cast in most cases, but still to find someone like Gino Corrado in 15 of my DVDs was a real surprise.

01. (32 DVDs) Alfred Hitchcock
02. (28 DVDs) Marilyn Monroe
03. (27 DVDs) Bess Flowers
04. (26 DVDs) Humphrey Bogart
05. (24 DVDs) Ingrid Bergman
06. (22 DVDs) Robert De Niro
07. (20 DVDs) Cary Grant
08. (18 DVDs) Jennifer Connelly
09. (17 DVDs) James Stewart
10. (16 DVDs) John Malkovich
11. (16 DVDs) Tom Hanks
12. (15 DVDs) Audrey Tautou
13. (15 DVDs) Bette Davis
14. (15 DVDs) Gino Corrado
15. (15 DVDs) Winona Ryder
16. (14 DVDs) Gwyneth Paltrow
17. (14 DVDs) Jack Lemmon
18. (14 DVDs) Lee Phelps
19. (14 DVDs) Nicole Kidman
20. (13 DVDs) Hank Azaria
21. (13 DVDs) Johnny Depp
22. (13 DVDs) Matt Damon
23. (12 DVDs) Dustin Hoffman
24. (12 DVDs) Irène Jacob
25. (12 DVDs) James Flavin
Mika
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TomGaines
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Even in my collection where the number of films before 1980 is relative small she appears 5 times:
- A Star is Born
- Singin' in the Rain
- Meet John Doe
- It Happened One Night
- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town


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Pistol Pete
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Quoting ya_shin:
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5 times in my collection...

EDIT:
Hmm, that is kind of odd... Re-read the post above mine.

I have two discs with Laurel & Hardy films, which also include Sons of the Desert and Way Out West, but she doesn't show up in those cast lists. If I interpret those mixed cast lists correctly, I'd say Dorothy Christy is Mrs. Laurel in Sons of the Desert and I couldn't find a Nurse in Way Out West. 


You are right, my mistake. I have Sons of the Desert / Related Shorts where Bess Flowers shows up as Mrs. Laurel but that is for the "We Faw Down (1928)". Dorothy Christy is Mrs. Laurel in Sons of the desert.

As for the Way Out West I have Way Out West / Shorts Featuring James Finlayson where Bess Flowers shows up as Nurse but that is not for Way Out West but for "Thicker Than Water (1935)".

Sorry for mixing these.
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