Esther Howard (I) (1892–1965)

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Switching from Broadway to Hollywood in 1931, actress Esther Howard was an expert at portraying frumpy 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 toss-pot Mrs. Florian in Murder, My Sweet (... See full bio »

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Known For

Born to Kill Mrs. Kraft
Sullivan's Travels Miz Zeffie
Murder, My Sweet Jessie Florian


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 1952 Caught on the Bounce (Short)
Aunt Tildy
 1952 Lady in the Iron Mask
Madame Duprez (uncredited)
 1952 A Blissful Blunder (Short)
Mrs. Clyde
 1952 Rose of Cimarron
Ma Bruce (uncredited)
 1952 Mark Saber (TV Series)
Lorna Manning
- The Case of the Locked Room (1952) ... Lorna Manning
 1951 All That I Have
Mrs. Dalton
 1950 Caged
Grace (uncredited)
 1950 No Man of Her Own
Boarding House Owner (uncredited)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
Mrs. Moffitt (uncredited)
 1949 Hellfire
 1949 The Lady Gambles
Gross Lady
 1949 The Crooked Way
Hotel Proprietess (uncredited)
 1949 Champion
Mrs. Kelly
 1949 Homicide
Mrs. Brucker -Landlady
 1948 June Bride
Mrs. Mitchell (uncredited)
 1948 The Velvet Touch
Pansy Dupont
 1947 Wedlock Deadlock (Short)
Lydia - Betty's Mother
 1947 Song of the Thin Man
Counterwoman (uncredited)
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Mrs. Fogarty (uncredited)
 1947 Born to Kill
Mrs. Kraft
 1947 Mr. District Attorney
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1946 Dick Tracy vs. Cueball
Filthy Flora
 1946 You Can't Fool a Fool (Short)
Mrs. Ivy Clyde
 1946 Without Reservations
Sarah (uncredited)
 1946 The Virginian
Mother of Student (uncredited)
 1946 The Falcon's Alibi
Gloria Peabody
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Elderly Spectator (uncredited)
 1946 A Letter for Evie
Mrs. Edgewaters
 1945 Adventure
Blister (uncredited)
 1945 Detour
Diner Waitress
 1945 Two Local Yokels (Short)
 1945 The Great Flamarion
 1944 Murder, My Sweet
Jessie Florian
 1944 San Diego I Love You
Mother (uncredited)
 1944 The Big Noise
Aunt Sophie (uncredited)
 1944 The Great Moment
Dr. Wells' Patient (uncredited)
 1944 Idle Roomers (Short)
Hazel's Roommate (uncredited)
 1944 Hail the Conquering Hero
Mrs. Everett J. Noble (uncredited)
 1944 You Were Never Uglier (Short)
 1944 Once Upon a Time
Clerk (uncredited)
 1944 Crazy Like a Fox (Short)
 1944 Oh, Baby! (Short)
Mrs. Elmer (Mary) Burns
 1943 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Sally (uncredited)
 1943 True to Life
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1943 Wolf in Thief's Clothing (Short)
Widder Ivy Brown
 1942 I Married a Witch
Extra (uncredited)
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
Wife of Wienie King
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Woman Bumming Cigarette from Joe (Robinson sequence) (uncredited)
 1942 Jackass Mail
Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
 1942 My Favorite Blonde
Mrs. Topley
 1942 Sappy Birthday (Short)
Mrs. Andy 'Martha' Clyde
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Miz Zeffie
 1941 Lovable Trouble (Short)
Mrs. Clyde
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Landlady (uncredited)
 1940 San Francisco Docks
Jean (uncredited)
 1940 A Bundle of Bliss (Short)
Vivian Clyde
 1940 Fireman, Save My Choo Choo (Short)
Mrs. Clyde
 1940 Social Sea Lions (Short)
Singer at Party (uncredited)
 1940 The Great McGinty
Madame Juliette La Jolla
 1940 Boobs in the Woods (Short)
Mrs. Clyde
 1940 Alex in Wonderland (Short)
Blanche - Fred's Wife
 1939 Ride, Cowboy, Ride (Short)
Cactus Kate Ramsey
 1939 The Gracie Allen Murder Case
Florist (uncredited)
 1939 Missing Daughters
Mother Hawks (uncredited)
 1939 Broadway Serenade
Mrs. Fellows
 1938 Swing, Sister, Swing
Miss Fredericks
 1938 Five of a Kind
Thelma - Mother in Hoax (uncredited)
 1938 The Texans
Madame (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Streetwalker (uncredited)
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Stage Mother (uncredited)
 1938 Scandal Street
Birdie Brown
 1937 Stand-In
Mrs. Mack (uncredited)
 1937 Partners in Crime
Mrs. Wagon
 1937 Dead End
Neighbor with Coarse Voice (uncredited)
 1937 Rhythm in the Clouds
Mrs. Madigan
 1937 Stuck in the Sticks (Short)
Ivy Flowers
 1937 Swing High, Swing Low
Beauty Salon Customer (uncredited)
 1936 Love Comes to Mooneyville (Short)
Ivy Flowers
 1936 M'Liss
 1936 Florida Special
Flirtatious Dowager (uncredited)
 1936 Klondike Annie
Fanny Radler
 1935 Stars Over Broadway
Mary Sporesgate (uncredited)
 1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive
Landlady (as Frances Howard)
 1935 It Always Happens (Short)
Mrs. Clyde
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Klore's New Cook (uncredited)
 1935 The Misses Stooge (Short)
The Hostess
 1935 Straight from the Heart
Tired Mother (uncredited)
 1935 Death Flies East
Mitzi (uncredited)
 1935 The Best Man Wins
Mamie (uncredited)
 1934 Ready for Love
Aunt Ida
 1934 Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round
Passenger Needing 'Hooking' (uncredited)
 1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers
Robert's Serving Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Fishing for Trouble (Short)
 1933 A Quiet Night (Short)
 1933 Room Mates (Short)
Cheating Girlfriend
 1933 Below the Sea
 1933 Sweepings
Violet's Madame (uncredited)
 1933 Grand Slam
Mary (uncredited)
 1933 The Iron Master
Mrs. Stillman
 1933 Second Hand Wife
Mrs. Trumbull (uncredited)
 1932 Rackety Rax
'Sister' Carrie
 1932 Tee for Two (Short)
 1932 Life Begins
Mrs. Tubby's Friend (uncredited)
 1932 Winner Take All
Ann - Joan's Friend
 1932 The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood
Mrs. Maggie Kelly
 1932 A Fool's Advice
Mrs. Prescott
 1931 Ladies of the Big House
Clara Newman
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1931 Wicked
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1931 The Vice Squad
 1931 Ship Ahoy (Short)
The Mother
 1930 The Victim (Short)
The Wife
 1930 Who's the Boss (Short)
The Domineering Wife
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Stage Play: The Indestructible Wife. Written by Frederic Hatton and Fanny Hatton. Hudson Theatre: 30 Jan 1918- Feb 1918 (closing date unknown/22 performances). Cast: Lionel Atwill, Roland Byram, Clay Clement, John Cromwell, Fred Esmelton, Minna Gombell, Jane Houston, Esther Howard, Howard Kyle, Edward Le Duc, Mrs. Jacques Martin, Irene ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Frances Howard


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She appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) and Detour (1945). See more »

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