Esther Dale

Esther Dale

Highest Rated: 100% On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Lowest Rated: 50% North to Alaska (1960)

Birthday: Nov 10, 1885

Birthplace: Not Available

American actress Esther Dale concentrated her cinematic efforts on portraying warm-hearted aunts, mothers, nurses, neighbors and shopkeepers--though there were a few domineering dowagers along the way. She began her career on a semi-professional basis with a New England stock troupe operated by her husband, Arthur Beckhard. Esther was the resident character actress in stage productions of the late '20s and early '30s featuring such stars-to-be as Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan. She first appeared before the cameras in 1934's Crime Without Passion, filmed in Long Island. Esther then moved to Hollywood, where she popped up with increasing frequency in such films as The Awful Truth (1937) (as Ralph Bellamy's mother), Back Street (1941), Margie (1946) and The Egg and I (1947). Her participation in the last-named film led to a semi-regular stint in Universal's Ma and Pa Kettle series as the Kettles' neighbor Birdie Hicks. Esther Dale's last film, made one year before her death, was the John Wayne vehicle North to Alaska (1960), in which she had one scene as "Woman at Picnic."

Highest Rated Movies



50% North to Alaska Woman at picnic 1960
No Score Yet The Oklahoman Mrs. Fitzgerald 1957
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Birdie Hicks 1955
88% Monkey Business Mrs. Rhinelander 1952
No Score Yet Too Young to Kiss Mrs. Boykin 1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Birdie Hicks 1952
100% On Moonlight Bay Aunt Martha 1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Josie 1950
No Score Yet Walk Softly, Stranger Thompson 1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Birdie Hicks 1950
No Score Yet Holiday Affair Mrs. Ennis 1949
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Mrs. Birdie Hicks 1949
50% A Song Is Born Miss Bragg 1948
No Score Yet The Unfinished Dance Olga 1948
No Score Yet This Time for Keeps Mrs. Fields 1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I Mrs. Hicks 1947
No Score Yet Margie Grandma McSweeney 1946
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Mrs. Johnson 1946
No Score Yet Smoky Gram 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Anna 1946
No Score Yet Her Favorite Patient Gravitt 1945
No Score Yet Old Acquaintance Harriet 1943
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack) Anna 1943
No Score Yet The Amazing Mrs. Holliday Lucy 1943
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Aunt Harriett 1943
No Score Yet Swing Your Partner Caroline Bird/Anna Robbins 1943
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Mrs. Gherkin 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Mrs. Thompson 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College Mrs. Dill 1942
No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Actor 1942
No Score Yet Wrecking Crew Mike O'Glendy 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live Dawson 1941
67% Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mrs. Krausheimer 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Aunt Matilda Collinge 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Actor 1941
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor Actor 1940
No Score Yet Arise, My Love Susie 1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble Anna Vaughn 1940
No Score Yet And One Was Beautiful Margaret 1940
100% The Mortal Storm Marta 1940
No Score Yet A Child Is Born Matron 1940
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden Mrs. McGillivray 1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other Cook 1939
92% The Women Ingrid 1939
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade Mrs. Olsen 1939
No Score Yet Six Thousand Enemies Matron 1939
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts Mrs. Cantwell 1938
93% The Awful Truth Mrs. Leeson 1937
90% Dead End Mrs. Fenner 1937
100% Easy Living Lillian 1937
No Score Yet Outcast Hattie Simmerson 1937
No Score Yet Damaged Goods Mrs. Dupont 1937
100% Fury Mrs. Whipple 1936
No Score Yet Lady of Secrets Eccles 1936
No Score Yet The Farmer in the Dell Louella 'Ma' Boyer 1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Mrs. Dilley/Tourist 1935
No Score Yet Private Worlds Matron 1935
No Score Yet The Wedding Night Kaise Nowak 1935
No Score Yet Curly Top Aunt Genevieve Graham 1935
No Score Yet I Live My Life Brumbaugh 1935
No Score Yet Mary Burns, Fugitive Kate 1935
No Score Yet Crime Without Passion Miss Keeley 1934


No Score Yet Maverick
Ma Braus 1957


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