10 Favourite Esther Howard Performances

1892 - 1965

Broadway actress and singer who appeared in movie character roles from 1930. Often uncredited as "landladies" or "counter help", when given the opportunity Esther created memorable characters and made them her own.

Between 1936 - 1953 she starred in a series of Columbia shorts (domestic comedies) opposite Andy Clyde as his wife.
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1.
Born to Kill (1947)
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A calculating divorce risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer romancing her foster sister. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Mrs. Kraft ” - misspaddylee
 
2.
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
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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
“ Miz Zeffie Kornheiser ” - misspaddylee
 
3.
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
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After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Jessie Florian ” - misspaddylee
 
4.
Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)
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Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball... (62 mins.)
“ Filfthy Flora ” - misspaddylee
 
5.
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving an heroic honorable discharge before returning home. (101 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
“ Mrs. Noble ” - misspaddylee
 
6.
The Velvet Touch (1948)
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Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him... (100 mins.)
Director: John Gage
“ Pansy Dupont ” - misspaddylee
 
7.
The Great Flamarion (1945)
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Flamarion, expert marksman, is entertaining people in a show which features Connie, beautiful woman and her husband Al... (78 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ Cleo ” - misspaddylee
 
8.
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
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A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania. (78 mins.)
Director: Dorothy Arzner
“ Vi ” - misspaddylee
 
9.
Ladies of the Big House (1931)
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Married couple is imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit. (77 mins.)
Director: Marion Gering
“ Cleo Newman ” - misspaddylee
 
10.
Stars Over Broadway (1935)
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Al is a down on his luck promoter who is thinking of taking the final bow when he meets Jan, the singing porter... (89 mins.)
“ Mary Sporesgate ” - misspaddylee