WorldCat Identities

Dale, Esther 1885-1961

Works: 40 works in 52 publications in 1 language and 1,735 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Screwball comedy films  Musical films  Children's films  Romantic comedy films  Romance films  Christmas films  Gangster films 
Roles: Actor, Author, Performer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Esther Dale
The awful truth by Leo McCarey( Visual )

3 editions published between 1937 and 2015 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sophisticated New Yorkers Jerry and Lucy Warriner both have cause to suspect the other of having an affair, so they decide to divorce. Although Lucy wins custody of their dog, Mr. Smith, the lack of a suitable male escort keeps her at home every night. Happily, Lucy's Aunt Patsy meets their neighbor, Oklahoma oil man Daniel Leeson, who is presentable and eligible, and introduces him to Lucy. While they are all getting acquainted, Jerry arrives for his custody visit with Mr. Smith, and his rowdy antics with the dog drive the others out of the apartment. By the end of the evening, Lucy and Daniel are infatuated. During the next few months, Jerry does everything he can to break up their engagement, but when Daniel's mother, who is adamantly against the engagement, spreads gossip about Lucy, Jerry leaps to her defense. Finally, because of a comedy of errors, Lucy and Daniel do separate, but in the meantime, Jerry has gotten involved with madcap heiress Barbara Vance. On the night before the final divorce decree, Lucy, posing as Jerry's sister, visits the Vance home, pretends to get drunk, parodies the ridiculous cabarat act of one of Jerry's former girlfriends, and behaves so obnoxiously that Jerry is forced to drive her home. Determined not to lose Jerry, Lucy tricks him up to Patsy's cabin, where they are reconciled just before the clock strikes midnight"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Holiday affair by Don Hartman( Visual )

2 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A recently-unemployed man 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--but could she possibly choose a man without a job to the moneyed attorney she's been seeing?
My reputation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 208 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 )

4 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 150 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
The Claudette Colbert collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

(Three-cornered moon, 1933) Laughter is the best medicine in tough times, and that is certainly the case for Elizabeth and her three brothers who are forced to find work after their eccentric family's fortune is lost. (Maid of Salem, 1937) Inspired by the true-life Salem witch trials, an independent young woman is accused of casting evil spells by the Puritan townsfolk during one of the most notorious periods in American history. (I met him in Paris, 1937) All is fair in love and fashion as a successful designer must choose between three suitors: a creative playwright, a dashing playboy, and a hometown boy. (Bluebeard's eight wife, 1938) The daughter of a destitute aristocrat is determined to teach her millionaire groom a lesson when she learns that their wedding day is not his first trip down the aisle. (No time for love, 1943) A working class man falls for a sophisticated fashion photographer, but the picture is not pretty when he loses his job and she hires him to be her assistant. (The egg and I, 1947) A new bride reluctantly says "I do" to her husband's plan to leave their life in the city and raise chickens on a dilapidated farm located miles from civilization
Turner Classic Movies greatest classic legends film collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman uses her body and sexuality to climb the social ladder; biography of the famous sharpshooter, Annie Oakley; a recent widow begins a relationship with an army major; a man strains his marriage by beginning a relationship with an old girlfriend
The Oklahoman( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 26 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
Danny Kaye : the Goldwyn years( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wonder man: Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson's thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Buzzy comes back as a ghost and summons his bookworm twin, Edwin Dingle, to Prospect Park so that he can help the police nail Jackson
Howard Hawks' Monkey business by Howard Hawks( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chemist discovers a potent rejuvenation drug that restores youth but with some hilarious results
Maverick( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bret Maverick is losing to a lady who plays cards badly and bad cards worse
A letter from Bataan( Visual )

2 editions published between 1942 and 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Hollywood short aiding the war effort, emphasizing the need for preparedness and conservation of materials, i.e. rubber, metal, shellac. An American soldier writes home from Bataan, and while his family reads the letter, the soldier's ghostly apparition interjects statistics about food and equipment shortages. Cast includes Richard Arlen, Susan Hayward, and Jimmy Lydon
Curly top( Visual )

2 editions published between 1935 and 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Separated, Edward arranges for both of them, along with Spunky and Betsy, to move into his summer beach house at Southampton on Long Island, where his Aunt Genevieve lives. As Elizabeth learns proper etiquette from Reynolds, the butler, to whom she endears herself, Edward, who has been unable to find real happiness, begins to fall for Mary, although he does not tell her. Mary, who likewise has become enamored of Edward, is courted by Jimmie Rogers, a wealthy youth who takes her flying and dancing. After Elizabeth and Mary give a charity bazaar for the orphanage, Mary refuses Jimmie's proposal. However, when she overhears Edward, annoyed at Genevieve's suggestion that he is jealous of Jimmie, emphatically deny that he is interested in Mary, she agrees to marry Jimmie. Without revealing his true feelings, Edward congratulates Mary and prepares to sail for Europe, but Mary breaks the engagement after she realizes that she does not really love Jimmie. She and Edward then make plans to marry, and he reveals that there really is no Hiram Jones"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
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
Genetics problem solving and worldview by Esther Dale( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Claudette Colbert collection( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall-through chaos and catastrophe-this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor
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
Wrecking crew( Visual )

1 edition published in 1942 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opened by mistake( Visual )

1 edition published in 1940 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
On such a night( Visual )

1 edition published in 1937 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The awful truth
Alternative Names
Esther Dale actrice américaine

Esther Dale Amerikaans actrice (1885-1961)

Esther Dale amerikansk skådespelare

Esther Dale amerikansk skodespelar

Esther Dale amerikansk skuespiller

Esther Dale attrice statunitense

Esther Dale US-amerikanische Schauspielerin

Έστερ Ντέιλ

Эстер Дэйл

استر داله بازیگر آمریکایی

English (31)

Holiday affairMaverick