Esther Howard

Esther Howard

  • Highest Rated: 100% Detour (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 63% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend (1949)
  • Birthday: Apr 4, 1892
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Switching from Broadway to Hollywood in 1931, actress Esther Howard was an expert at portraying blowsy old crones, man-hungry spinsters and oversexed dowagers. Utilizing her wide, expressive eyes and versatile voice for both broad comedy and tense drama, Howard was equally at home portraying slatternly tosspot Mrs. Florian in Murder My Sweet (1944) as she was in the role of genteelly homicidal Aunt Sophie in Laurel and Hardy's The Big Noise (1944). She was a regular participant in the films of writer/director Preston Sturges, playing everything from an addled farm woman in Sullivan's Travels (1942) to the bejeweled wife of "The Wienie King" in The Palm Beach Story (1942). From 1935 to 1952, Esther Howard was a fixture of Columbia's short-subject unit, usually cast as the wife or sweetheart of comedian Andy Clyde.

Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Boarding House Owner 1950
No Score Yet Caged Grace 1950
63% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend Mrs. Smidlap 1949
No Score Yet The Lady Gambles Cross lady 1949
93% Champion Mrs. Kelly 1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining Mrs. Moffitt 1949
No Score Yet Hellfire Birdie 1949
No Score Yet Homicide Mrs. Brucker 1949
No Score Yet June Bride Mrs. Mitchell 1948
No Score Yet The Velvet Touch Pansy Dupont 1948
80% Born to Kill Mrs. Kraft 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Counterwoman 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Sarah 1946
No Score Yet Dick Tracy vs. Cueball Filthy Flora 1946
No Score Yet A Letter for Evie Mrs. Edgewaters 1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Alibi Gloria Peabody 1946
No Score Yet Adventure Blister 1945
100% Detour Hedy 1945
No Score Yet The Falcon in San Francisco Mrs. Peabody 1945
No Score Yet The Great Flamarion Cleo 1945
94% Murder, My Sweet Mrs. Florian 1944
No Score Yet San Diego, I Love You Mother 1944
No Score Yet The Big Noise Aunt Sophie 1944
95% Hail the Conquering Hero Mrs. Noble 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Clerk 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Sally 1944
97% The Palm Beach Story Wife of Wienie King 1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Woman 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Mrs. Topley 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Miz Zeffie 1941
100% The Great McGinty Madame La Jolla 1940
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade Mrs. Fellowes 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette Streetwalker 1938
No Score Yet The Texans Madame 1938
No Score Yet Meet the Mayor Mrs. Prescott 1938
90% Dead End Woman with coarse voice 1937
No Score Yet Rhythm in the Clouds Mrs. Madigan 1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low Customer 1937
No Score Yet Klondike Annie Fanny Radler 1936
No Score Yet Stars over Broadway Amateur Singer 1935
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Cook 1935
No Score Yet Mary Burns, Fugitive Landlady 1935
No Score Yet Below the Sea Lily 1933
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell Vi 1932
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Mrs. Kelly 1932
No Score Yet Meet the Mayor Actor 1932
No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House Clara Newman 1931
No Score Yet The Vice Squad Josie 1931
83% The Great Moment Wells' Ugly Patient 1921


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