Movies Where a Butler is an Important or Memorable Character

As Marilyn Monroe says in "All About Eve" (1950), I can't call for the butler -- maybe someone's name is Butler. Yes, butler is a recurrent character in classic Hollywood movies, and very often quite a memorable character or even a significant one. Here is a lost of such films -- those that I watched and recalled.

It's a funny thing -- I watched an old movie the other day, a "whodunit," and there the butler was the killer -- for real! I used to think this is just a recurrent joke... (I won't name the movie, though.)
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1.
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. (110 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ “Oh, that butler,” Erich von Stroheim used to say when somebody brought up the unforgettable character he played in this film. ” - lora-31
 
2.
My Man Godfrey (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. (94 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
3.
Topper (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs. (97 mins.)
 
4.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. (115 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
5.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A director of escapist films goes on the road as a hobo to learn about life, which gives him a rude awakening. (90 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
6.
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Charlie visits a wealthy country home in England. Suspects in the murder range from a housekeepe to a stableman to a lawyer. (79 mins.)
Director: Eugene Forde
 
7.
Four's a Crowd (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels... (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
8.
If You Could Only Cook (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler. (72 mins.)
 
9.
Irene (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob... (101 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wilcox
 
10.
Private Number (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman searching for work takes a job as a maid for a rich family. Intrigue follows as a butler schemes to make the attractive newcomer his own... (80 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
11.
The Lady Eve (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A trio of classy card sharps targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, till one of them falls in love with him. (94 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
 
12.
Easy Living (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought... (88 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
 
13.
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A formal tailcoat that gets passed from one owner to another affects each life in a significant way. (118 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
14.
Unfinished Business (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Small town girl meets and falls for a playboy type on a train to New York. For him, the fling is over when they arrive... (96 mins.)
Director: Gregory La Cava
 
15.
The Rules of the Game (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
16.
Too Many Husbands (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky re-married... and in no hurry to settle for just one husband. (81 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
17.
Rebecca (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife. (130 mins.)
 
18.
His Butler's Sister (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young girl visits New York for two reasons: to see her half-brother, and to try to start a musical career. (87 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
 
19.
The Big Sleep (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a rich family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
20.
The Paradine Case (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A happily married London barrister falls in love with the accused poisoner he is defending. (125 mins.)
 
21.
Personal Property (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Raymond Dabney returns to his family after trouble with the law. He convinces the sheriff to give him... (84 mins.)
 
22.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy. (94 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
23.
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Screwball comedy has wealthy mystery writer Paula Bradford using her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation. (82 mins.)
Director: Stephen Roberts
 
24.
The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Katie Holstrom leaves the farm to become a nurse, but is sidetracked into domestic service, romance, and politics. (97 mins.)
Director: H.C. Potter
 
25.
Merrily We Live (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest... (95 mins.)
 
26.
The Grass Is Greener (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle... (104 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
27.
The Baroness and the Butler (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Butler (Powell) gets elected to the Hungarian parliament where he opposes his master's government. (80 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
28.
How to Murder Your Wife (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man who has set up the perfect lifestyle for himself makes the mistake of marrying while drunk... and his fantasies of murder are used against him. (118 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
29.
Paradise Lagoon (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lord Loam has modern ideas about his household; he believes in treating his servants as his equals - at least sometimes... (94 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
30.
Her Man Gilbey (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
While Lady Christabel Beauclark, a bird fancier, is scurrying about demanding certain territorial rights for British birds from other countries... (89 mins.)
Director: Harold French