Bess Flowers - Queen of the Hollywood Extras (Part 1)

A Listmania! list by Byron Kolln (the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood)
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The list author says: "For classic movie fans, there's one face in the proverbial crowd we end up seeing and trying to find over and over again. She's unmistakable. That grey, elegantly-coiffed hair (irrespective of a film's particular period or era), delicately-featured face, and warm, sympathetic eyes. Her name is Bess Flowers, and she appeared in well over 800 separate films as an extra or "bit player". Once seen, never forgotten, however! Even though she was a mere extra, Ms Flowers has nevertheless secured her own fame as one of the most-credited actors in Hollywood history. She must have been the first name on the books at Central Casting. Crucially, she did have her own hefty connections in the business - her first husband was DeMille's assistant director Cullen Tate; and her second husband was William S. Holman, a manager at Columbia Studios.

This series of lists is merely a spotlight of films from her resume. Many of the films in which she appeared haven't yet been released on home video, so they aren't featured here (neither are her appearances on TV - yes she did a fair few television shows too, including several episodes of "I Love Lucy"!). You may be surprised at the number of "Hollywood greats" to which she is attached..."
A King in New York / A Woman of Paris (2 Disc Special Edition)
1.  A King in New York / A Woman of Paris (2 Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Dawn Addams
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Show People [VHS]
2.  Show People [VHS] VHS George K. Arthur
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The Single Standard
3.  The Single Standard DVD ~ Nils Asther, Johnny Mack Brown Greta Garbo
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A Free Soul [VHS]
4.  A Free Soul [VHS] VHS Norma Shearer
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Possessed (1931)
5.  Possessed (1931) DVD ~ Clark Gable, Wallace Ford Joan Crawford
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Blonde Venus
6.  Blonde Venus DVD ~ Marlene Dietrich
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It Happened One Night
7.  It Happened One Night DVD ~ Clark Gable
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Stand Up and Cheer!
8.  Stand Up and Cheer! DVD ~ Warner Baxter
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Hollywood Party [VHS]
9.  Hollywood Party [VHS] VHS Stan Laurel
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Kid Millions [VHS]
10.  Kid Millions [VHS] VHS Eddie Cantor
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Broadway Bill
11.  Broadway Bill DVD ~ Warner Baxter
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Goin to Town [VHS]
12.  Goin to Town [VHS] VHS Mae West
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Curly Top
13.  Curly Top DVD ~ Shirley Temple
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Hands Across the Table [VHS]
14.  Hands Across the Table [VHS] VHS Carole Lombard
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A Night at the Opera
15.  A Night at the Opera DVD ~ Groucho Marx
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Anything Goes (1936)
16.  Anything Goes (1936) 
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Prisoner of Shark Island (The Ford at Fox Collection)
17.  Prisoner of Shark Island (The Ford at Fox Collection) DVD ~ Warner Baxter
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Wife Versus Secretary
18.  Wife Versus Secretary DVD ~ Clark Gable
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Carole Lombard - The Glamour Collection (Hands Across the Table/ Love Before Breakfast/ Man of the World/ The Princess Comes Across/ True Confession/ We're Not Dressing)
19.  Carole Lombard - The Glamour Collection (Hands Across the Table/ Love Before Breakfast/ Man of the World/ The Princess Comes Across/ True Confession/ We're Not Dressing) DVD ~ Carole Lombard
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  "LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST"
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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remastered)
20.  Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Remastered) DVD ~ Gary Cooper
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The Golden Arrow
21.  The Golden Arrow DVD ~ Bette Davis
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Anthony Adverse [VHS]
22.  Anthony Adverse [VHS] VHS Fredric March
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Swing Time
23.  Swing Time DVD ~ Fred Astaire
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The Gorgeous Hussy
24.  The Gorgeous Hussy DVD ~ Robert Taylor
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My Man Godfrey (Color/Black and White)
25.  My Man Godfrey (Color/Black and White) DVD ~ William Powell
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Dodsworth
26.  Dodsworth DVD ~ Walter Huston
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Theodora Goes Wild [VHS]
27.  Theodora Goes Wild [VHS] VHS Irene Dunne
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One in a Million [VHS]
28.  One in a Million [VHS] VHS Sonja Henie
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In Old Chicago
29.  In Old Chicago DVD ~ Tyrone Power
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On the Avenue
30.  On the Avenue DVD ~ Dick Powell
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Stolen Holiday
31.  Stolen Holiday DVD ~ Kay Francis
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The Green Light
32.  The Green Light DVD ~ Errol Flynn
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Nobody's Baby
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Kid Galahad [DVD]
34.  Kid Galahad [DVD] 
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A Day at the Races
35.  A Day at the Races DVD ~ Groucho Marx
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Topper / Topper Returns
36.  Topper / Topper Returns DVD ~ Cary Grant
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100 Men and A Girl [VHS]
37.  100 Men and A Girl [VHS] VHS Deanna Durbin
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It's Love I'm After
38.  It's Love I'm After DVD ~ Bette Davis, Olivia De Havilland, Eric Blore Leslie Howard
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The Awful Truth
39.  The Awful Truth DVD ~ Irene Dunne
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Nothing Sacred
40.  Nothing Sacred DVD ~ Carole Lombard
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