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Esther Howard



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own
  • Boarding House Owner
1950
No Score Yet Caged
  • Grace
1950
71% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
  • Mrs. Smidlap
1949
No Score Yet The Lady Gambles
  • Cross lady
1949
92% Champion
  • Mrs. Kelly
1949
No Score Yet Homicide
  • Mrs. Brucker
1949
No Score Yet Hellfire
  • Birdie
1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining
  • Mrs. Moffitt
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
93% Murder, My Sweet
  • Mrs. Florian
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
96% 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
89% 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 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
83% The Great Moment
  • Wells' Ugly Patient
1921

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