My Baker's Dozen of Edward Everett Horton Movies

Born on the 18th March 1886 in Brooklyn, New York, USA, Edward Everett Horton Jr. was a character, even at school.
Continuing my tributes to excellent actors who supported some of the finest movies ever made, this first class Thespian had worked in everything from Vaudeville to Animation. It does great credit to the city of Los Angeles that they named a Lane after him.
Apparently Maurice Cole was such a fan that he became Kenny Everett as an inspiration to his showbusiness career.
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Reaching for the Moon (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Wall Street wizard, Larry Day, new to the ways of love, is coached by his valet. He follows Vivian Benton on an ocean liner... (91 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
“ Not a Blockbuster perhaps, but it is one of Douglas Fairbanks' few speaking parts, it features the gorgeous Bebe Daniels and Edward as Valet and confidant to the millionaire playboy in training, Larry Day (Fairbanks) is outstanding. - "I beg pardon, sir. Do you ever dream of girls?" ” - brickley220
The Merry Widow (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who... (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ A lovely confection of a costume love story that has it all, singing, dancing, a fantastic plot and Jeanette McDonald. Edward is in mentor mode again as the Ambassador trying to save his country. This was only one of the eleven movies he was in during 1934. - "Go to my bedroom. In the cabinet, behind his majesty's picture, is a little brown bottle of poison... Throw it away. It's a protective measure." ” - brickley220
The Gay Divorcee (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer. (107 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
“ Who needs reality when you have Ginger and Fred with 'The Continental' in the plot. As English solicitor Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald our Edward provides the light relief between scenes. - "But, don't you think that a correspondent ought to come to work quieter? Let's have more repose and less Rigoletto." ” - brickley220
The Devil Is a Woman (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Film told in flashbacks of an older man's obsession for a woman who can belong to no-one but can frustrate everyone... (79 mins.)
“ Spanish Governor Don Paquito (Edward Everett Horton) just wants a quiet life and orders his policemen to come down hard on any revellers during the Annual Carnaval. However his plans are spoilt by the love triangle between Concha (Dietrich), Captain Costelar (Atwill) and the handsome Antonio Galvan (Romero). - "If you catch a man stealing, shoot him. Less trouble afterwards!" ” - brickley220
Top Hat (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. (101 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
“ Back with Fred and Ginger for another round of jollity, this time as London Producer Horace Hardwicke. Who cares about the plot just enjoy the music by Berlin, the choreography by Pan and the direction by Sandrich. - "You mean to sit there and tell me that that girl slapped your face in front of all those people for nothing?" ” - brickley220
Lost Horizon (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La -- but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be? (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ In Frank Capra's masterpiece about 'Shangri La', Alexander P. 'Lovey' Lovett (Edward) and his pal Barnard (Thomas Mitchell) provide the light relief in this grand tale of peace and tranquility for all. - "Conway, I don't like this place! It's too mysterious!" ” - brickley220
Shall We Dance (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A budding romance between a ballet master and a tapdancer becomes complicated when rumours surface that they're already married. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
“ For the third and final time Edward supplies the comic relief as impressario Jeffrey Baird to the Rogers and Astaire fun factory. With music and lyrics supplied by the Gershwin Brothers and the usual deft Sandrich hand on the tiller, the liner of love 'Queen Anne' sails across the Atlantic to America. - The "Get me out of Jail" sketch has to be seen to be appreciated. ” - brickley220
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The daughter of a penniless marquis teaches her multi-millionaire fiancé a lesson, after learning he has had 7 previous wives. (85 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
“ After ten releases in 1937 this was Edward's first of four movies for 1938. As the poor but titled father of Nicolle De Loiselle (Claudette Colbert) Edward forms a great double act with his 'daughter' in this enchanting tale about a showdown for a serial bridegroom.
David Niven has some 'knock out' moments as well. - "Take your time my boy!" ” - brickley220
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
“ One of his seven movies from 1941 this tale of post death exchange of souls has been remade at least three times. Edward is Messenger 7013 who assists Mr Jordan (Claude Rains) with his administration of human fate in this charming, celestial concourse. "I have an idea, Mr. Jordan, couldn't we have him reborn?" ” - brickley220
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ In a small but brilliant role as Mr Witherspoon, the bureaucratic administrator of the Happy Dale Sanatorium, Edward's comedic beat is faultless in this tale of murder, marriage and mayhem. - "We like to think of it as a rest home!" ” - brickley220
San Diego I Love You (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A harried daughter tries to keep her wacky family together while trying to sell her eccentric father's latest invention, a collapsible life raft. (83 mins.)
“ Nothing is simple in this endearing story about a daughter trying to get backing for her father's self-inflating life raft. I have only seen this movie on the television but Edward's performance as the inventive father Philip McCooley is very good and enhanced by faithful retainer Nelson (Eric Blore) and a cameo bus driver (Buster Keaton). - "This Bus don't go along the beach!" ” - brickley220
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty. (136 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ This is Capra's remake of his 1933 movie 'Lady for a Day' which starred May Robson as 'Apple Annie' the street vendor with a problem. 'Pocketful of Miracles' had a cast to die for with Bette Davis as Annie and Glenn Ford as her saviour, Dave the Dude. Edward as ever was perfect in his mentoring role as Hudgins, the Butler and comrade to Judge Blake (Thomas Mitchell). - "Nobody arrives first, sir. They all arrive last." ” - brickley220
F Troop (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The misadventures of the staff and neighbors of a remote US Army outpost in the Wild West. (30 mins.)
“ What 'F Troop' lacked in historical accuracy they made up for in humourous portrayal of the most infamous US Army unit since Bilko's Motor Pool. As Roaring Chicken, the Medicine Man of the Hekawi Tribe and adviser to Chief Wild Eagle, Edward made a sophisticated American aboriginal and a memorable character. - "Oh I see war dance many moons ago, many many many moons." ” - brickley220