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Esther Dale

Highest Rated:   100% On Moonlight Bay (1951)
Lowest Rated:   43% North to Alaska (1960)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
43% 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 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 Wrecking Crew
  • Mike O'Glendy
1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live
  • Dawson
1941
63% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Mrs. Krausheimer
1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed
  • Aunt Matilda Collinge
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 Sergeant Madden
  • Mrs. McGillivray
1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other
  • Cook
1939
91% 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
91% The Awful Truth
  • Mrs. Leeson
1937
89% Dead End
  • Mrs. Fenner
1937
100% Easy Living
  • Lillian
1937
No Score Yet Damaged Goods
  • Mrs. Dupont
1937
100% Fury
  • Mrs. Whipple
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 Crime Without Passion
  • Miss Keeley
1934

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