WorldCat Identities

Dale, Esther 1885-1961

Works: 32 works in 40 publications in 1 language and 433 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Juvenile works  Comedy films  Christmas stories 
Roles: Actor, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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posthumous Publications by Esther Dale, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Esther Dale
My reputation ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After the recent death of her husband, Jessica is lonely and out of sorts. She meets two men who are very different. As Jessica debates the merits of passion versus security, she becomes the subject of mean-spirited gossipmongers
A song is born ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This hilarious and high-spirited musical stars Danny Kaye as a professor of high-brow music who inadvertently becomes involved with a sensual saloon singer (Virginia Mayo) and a crooked criminal gang
Holiday affair by Don Hartman ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mason is helping a child who'd otherwise find disappointment under the Christmas tree. The boy's war-widowed mom notes the gesture, and she's drawn to the handsome stranger
The Oklahoman ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On their way to California, Dr. John Brighton decides to settle in the Oklahoma town, where his daughter is born, after his wife dies during childbirth. He becomes involved in a showdown with two cattlemen determined to acquire an Indian's oil-rich land. A wealthy widow falls in love with the doctor, and becomes sympathetic to his cause
Maverick ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bret Maverick is losing to a lady who plays cards badly and bad cards worse
Turner Classic Movies greatest classic legends film collection ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Monkey business by Howard Hawks ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A secretary and her boss can't stop themselves from engaging in a little monkey business after a chimpanzee accidentally concocts, then dumps, an anti-aging formula into the office water cooler
Curly top ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1935 and 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A little girl straightens out the problems created when the man who adopts her and her much older sister falls in love with the sister. Songs include Animal crackers in my soup
Crime without passion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1934 and 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The farmer in the dell ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At the urging of his ambitious, domineering wife Loudellia (Ma), Ernest Pa Boyer sells his modest Iowa farm and moves the family to Hollywood. Soon after their arrival, Ma arranges through her milkman for a pass to a prominent movie studio, hoping that her pretty daughter Adie will meet the milkman's son, an assistant film director. Although Adie wants to marry Davy Davenport, an earnest but poor young Iowian, her mother insists that she go with Pa to the studio and try to get into pictures. On the movie set, where a rural film is being shot, Pa casually advises Chester Hart, the director, about a britching strap on one of the horses and is given a bit part in the scene. Impressed by Pa's natural, unassuming acting style, Hart expands his role and offers him a $25-per-day salary. When he returns home, Pa is unable to confess his success to Ma and instead tells her that Adie was cast in the movie. The next day, Ma invites Nicky Ranovitch, a conniving Russian film extra, to dinner, believing that he is an important producer. Nicky fails to show up for the dinner, however, and Pa, frustrated by Ma's unbridled ambitions, explodes with anger and reveals the truth about his acting job. To Pa's surprise, Ma receives the news with glee, convinced that his success will mean greater success for Adie. Pa, however, announces that to save Adie from unhappiness, he is quitting the movies. Determined to keep his new find, Hart convinces the studio's business manager to offer Pa as much money as he wants. In spite of Pa's repeated refusals, the studio head insists that he sign a contract, and Pa finally agrees to a $600-per-week salary. While Pa is shooting with Hart on location, Ma buys a new house and begins a spending spree that far exceeds Pa's salary. At the same time, Adie, overwhelmed by her new, lavish trappings, shuns Davy for the fortune-hunting Nicky. When Pa finally returns to Los Angeles, he is shocked by his new house and the pretentious party that Ma is giving for Nicky and his Hollywood friends. Depressed by Adie's transformation, Pa telephones the dejected Davy and arranges to leave for Iowa with him. Pa then confronts Ma and Adie and reveals to Nicky that he is not a rich man. Apprised of Pa's true finances, Nicky reveals himself as a fortune hunter and rejects Adie. While Adie reunites with Davy, Pa accepts Ma's apologies and agrees to stay in Hollywood and continue his acting career
Plymouth playhouse ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This Charles Dickens classic tale was brought to television on ABC Album, a weekly series brought out in 1953 by the network. This story centers on two men, both in love with the same woman, during the height of the French Revolution. With the Reign of Terror swirling around them, the men come to terms with their relationship with the woman and one gentleman makes the ultimate sacrifice for the other
Wrecking crew ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1942 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outcast ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1937 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Hollywood Boulevard ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1936 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"As actress Eleanore Whitney makes footprints in the wet concrete outside [Grauman's] Chinese Theatre, washed-up star John Blakeford strolls nonchalantly down Hollywood Boulevard and enters the Cafe Trocadero. There he telephones his agent, desperate for work, then holds a loud, fake conversation to convince onlookers that he is in demand. After telling Gary Cooper and other friends that he is doing 'magnificently, ' Blakeford's account at the Trocadero is closed because of overdue bills. Publisher Jordan Winslow approaches Blakeford and offers him $25,000 for a ghostwritten, serialized autobiography to appear in his gossip magazine, Modern truth. At home, Blakeford begins to dictate his thoughts and tells Martha, his maid, that only two women have truly been important in his life: his ex-wife Carlotta, and his lover, Alice, who broke his heart. Despite the author's complaints, Winslow orders the memoirs 'spiced up' and turned into The life and loves of John Blakeford. While in New York and then Malibu, California, Winslow's wife Alice worries that her husband will learn of her affair with Blakeford twelve years earlier when he reads Blakeford's memoirs. In Santa Barbara, Blakeford's daughter Patricia, who owns a flower shop with her mother, meets a vacationing scenarist from Occidental Studios, Jay Wallace. Jay falls in love with Pat, who explains that she hates Hollywood, having lived there with her estranged father until she was twelve. Although he claims to live a monk's life, Jay fails to convince Pat that their romance could work despite Hollywood. Winslow's venture with Blakeford, meanwhile, has been so successful that he is financing a new film vehicle for him at Occidental. During a visit to the Mission in Santa Barbara, Pat finally decides to accept Jay's proposal. To distract temperamental Occidental actress Flora Moore, Jay, the most junior author at the studio, is sent to rewrite her latest part. Later, at a loud nightclub, Hollywood couples, including the slightly intoxicated Jay and Flora, are photographed by reporters. Intending to punch the nightclub's bouncer, Jay unintentionally slugs Blakeford, and the incident appears in the newspaper. Pat and Jay end their engagement, and she asks her father to cancel the publication of his memoirs before exposing his family. Blakeford begins to realize the hurt he has caused, but Winslow refuses to terminate their contract. Alice asks Blakeford to spare her and shoots him when he insists he has no choice but to write of their relationship. After Winslow takes his wife away, Pat tells him that she and Jay still plan to marry. No one is aware of how badly Blakeford has been hurt. Later, when the police find Blakeford, Pat is arrested. Jay discovers that a dictaphone recorded the confrontation between Alice and Blakeford and blackmails Winslow into ending the memoirs. The recovering Blakeford then claims the gunshot wound was a self-inflicted accident, thereby exonerating both Pat and Alice"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
A stolen life ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"When painter Kate Bosworth, who is on her way to visit her cousin Freddie, misses the steamer boat traveling to an island off the coast of Massachusetts, she hitches a ride on a launch driven by handsome Bill Emerson. The launch stops briefly on the island to pick up crotchety Eben Folger, the keeper of the lighthouse on nearby Dragon Head. Determined to see Bill again, Kate talks the reluctant Eben into posing for her by offering him a ship in a bottle that he covets. One day, a heavy fog prevents Kate from leaving, and she stays a while to talk to Bill. Soon the two have fallen in love. Although Bill is leaving the vicinity temporarily for a new job, he promises to return. Kate's twin sister Pat, who is also visiting the island, meets Bill on the dock and he mistakes her for Kate. Pat pretends to be her sister and has lunch with Bill, who is totally charmed by her vivacious nature. Pat's ruse is revealed when Kate arrives, but later, learning that Bill is going to Boston, Pat takes the same train and continues her acquaintance with him. By the time Bill returns to the island, he and Pat are in love and a short time later, they marry. After her return to New York, Kate meets unsuccessful artist Karnock, who attacks her work for being stiff and repressed. One day Bill comes to town to tell Kate that he is taking a new job in Chile. Later, Karn, who has been working with Kate, makes a pass at her. Kate realizes that she is is still in love with Bill and decides to return to the island and reflect on her life. When Kate arrives on the island, she finds that Pat is also there, escaping from her bad marriage to Bill. The twins go sailing and, during a storm, their boat crashes on a reef. Kate tries to rescue her drowning sister, but Pat's hands slip away leaving behind her wedding ring. Kate is rescued and the ring convinces everyone that she is Pat. Even after Bill returns from Chile, Kate maintains the pretense, and when she learns that Bill plans to leave her, she begs him for another chance to make the marriage work. Bill insists that Kate, whom he believes to be Pat, end her affair with Jack Talbot who divorced his wife for Pat. When Kate learns that Pat had many affairs, she is unable to face Bill and leaves for the island. There, she starts to confess her deception to Freddie, who has already guessed the truth and suggests that Kate tell Bill her real identity. She does not have to do this, however, because Bill, who has followed her to the island finally realizes that she is Kate and that he loves her"--AFI catalog, 1941-1950
Opened by mistake ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1940 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
In old Kentucky ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Rogers, with help from tap-dancing Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, carries this story of two opposing clans residing in the hills
Stolen heaven ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1938 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"The infamous jewel thief 'Will O'the Wisp, ' works with her partner Carl at a beer garden in Austria under the name of Steffi. They are nearly arrested while they are singing onstage at the beer garden after cleverly robbing a jewelry store during intermission, but escape with their partners Von, Rita and Bako. They split up in the woods after arranging to meet in a nearby town. Carl and Steffi follow the sound of classical piano music to a remote cottage. There they meet elderly Langauer, a famous concert pianist who retired from playing when he began to lose his memory and faltered during performances. Steffi is a great admirer of Langauer, and with her help, he is able to play complete concertos on the piano. Unaware that Steffi and Carl are fugitives, Langauer, who is normally a hermit, graciously accepts them into his home as guests, with the assistance of his maid Lieschen. After the police come and Carl and Steffi successfully avoid recognition, they leave Langauer's home and meet up with their partners, whereupon they decide to return to Langauer, because their way across the border is barred by electrified fences. Von poses as a manager and promises Langauer to help him back onto the concert circuit, but when the news is leaked to the press, the imposters are inundated with reporters and friends of Langauer. One friend, Polesie, becomes suspicious of Von and investigates. Steffi is [heartbroken], however, because she realizes that her cohorts have no intention of going through with the concert plans, and that Langauer will be hurt. The local burgomaster organizes a festival in Langauer's honor, and there the pianist gives his premiere performance. Von, Bako and Rita escape during the rush of the crowd and the festivities, but Steffi stays behind, insisting that she help Langauer through the performance. Carl also stays behind, and when Steffi is arrested and Langauer falters, Carl accompanies him on the violin to lead him back to the music score. Carl then gives himself up, and the town officials hint they may go easier on Carl and Steffi because of their self-sacrifice. His confidence restored, Langauer successfully completes his concert"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Timothy's quest ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1936 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
On such a night ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1937 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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