~Alice Howell~

Born: May 5, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 12, 1961 (age 72) in Los Angeles, California, USA
The Junior Year (Short) (1928)
Society Architect (Short) (1927)
Madame Dynamite (Short) (1926) ... Eddie's Mother-in-Law
The Pride of the Force (1925) ... The Girl
A Nice Pickle (Short) (1925)
Sleeping Sickness (Short) (1925) ... The Wife
Tenting Out (Short) (1925) ... Alice - the Wife
Black Gold Bricks (Short) (1925) ... Alice - the Wife
Papa's Pet (Short) (1925)
The Lost Cord (Short) (1925) ... Alice - the Wife
Under a Spell (Short) (1925) ... The Wife
Horse Play (Short) (1924)
Green Tees (Short) (1924) ... The Wife
Mind Your Doctor (Short) (1924)
Butterfly (1924) ... Eccentric Dancer at Party (uncredited)
The Game Hunter (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
That's the Spirit (Short) (1924) ... Mrs. Green
Way Up North (Short) (1924)
Fair and Windy (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
Women's Rights (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
Bluffing Bluffers (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
Patching Things Up (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
Why Be Jealous? (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
Rest in Pieces (Short) (1924) ... Billy's Wife
Why Pay Your Rent? (Short) (1924) ... Alice - the Wife
One Wet Night (Short) (1924) ... Nervy Ned's Wife
Spring of 1964 (Short) (1924) ... Oscar's Wife
Marry When Young (Short) (1924) ... Ned's Bride
Should Poker Players Marry? (Short) (1924) ... Nervy Ned's Wife
The Bishop of Hollywood (Short) (1924)
The Cream of Hollywood (Short) (1924)
The Elite of Hollywood (Short) (1923)
Wandering Daughters (1923) ... Bowden Servant
Love Is an Awful Thing (1922) ... Superintendent's wife
Boulevard Profiteers (Short) (1921)
Who Chose Your Wife? (Short) (1921)
Squirrel Time (Short) (1920)
A Convict's Happy Bride (Short) (1920)
Lunatics in Politics (Short) (1920) ... Candidate for Chief of Police
Good Night, Nurse (Short) (1920)
Rubes and Romance (Short) (1920)
Cinderella Cinders (Short) (1920) ... Cinderella
Her Bargain Day (Short) (1920)
Her Lucky Day (Short) (1920)
A Wooden Legacy (Short) (1920)
Distilled Love (Short) (1920) ... The Milkmaid

Beauty and the Boob (Short) (1919)
Society Stuff (Short)
Behind the Front (Short) (1919)
The Cabbage Queen (Short) (1918)
Untamed Ladies (Short) (1918)
Cupid vs. Art (Short) (1918)
Hoot Toot (Short) (1918) ... Magnolia Milkshake
Bawled Out (Short) (1918)
Hey, Doctor! (Short) (1918) ... Rosie Rattle
Choo Choo Love (Short) (1918) ... Babbling Bessie
In Dutch (Short) (1918) ... Hulda from Holland
Her Unmarried Life (Short) (1918) ... Pansy Pickles
What's the Matter with Father? (Short) (1918)
Oh, Baby! (Short) (1918)
She Did Her Bit (Short) (1917)
Her Bareback Career (Short) (1917)
Neptune's Naughty Daughter (Short) (1917)
Automaniacs (Short) (1917)
Balloonatics (Short) (1917)
Tattle-Tale Alice (Short) (1916)
Alice in Society (Short) (1916) ... Alice
Tillie's Terrible Tumbles (Short) (1916) ... Tillie
Unhand Me, Villain! (Short) (1916) ... Alice
Lizzie's Lingering Love (Short) (1916) ... Lizzie - the Jailbird
Pirates of the Air (Short) (1916) ... The Head Waitress
How Stars Are Made (Short) (1916) ... Lillian Russell
A Busted Honeymoon (Short) (1916) ... The Bride
The Great Smash (Short) (1916) ... Little Nell
The Bankruptcy of Boggs and Schultz (Short) (1916) ... The New Stenographer
The Double's Troubles (Short) (1916) ... Countess Troubleskoy / The Chambermaid (dual role)
Dad's Dollars and Dirty Doings (Short) (1916) ... Lonesome Lizzie - the Country Girl
Her Naughty Eyes (Short) (1916) ... Alice
Flirtation a la Carte (Short) (1916) ... Alice - the Wife
From Beanery to Billions (Short) (1915) ... Alice - the Waitress
Lizzie's Shattered Dreams (Short) (1915) ... Lizzie - the Country Girl
Sin on the Sabbath (Short) (1915) ... Louise's Mother
Cupid and the Scrub Lady (Short) (1915) ... Gwendoline - the Scrub Lady
Her Ups and Downs (Short) (1915)
Tears and Sunshine (Short) (1915) ... Mrs. Whosis - the Mother
Room and Board: A Dollar and a Half (Short) (1915) ... The Wife
Under New Management (Short) (1915) ... The Boss's Wife
Silk Hose and High Pressure (Short) (1915) ... Alice - the Police Captain's Wife
In the Claw of the Law (Short) (1915) ... Mrs. Rawsberry
Life and Moving Pictures (Short) (1915) ... The Maid
The Curse of a Name (Short) (1915) ... The Stenographer
Blue Blood and Yellow Backs (Short) (1915)
Rough But Romantic (Short) (1915) ... Father's Sweetheart
Their Last Haul (Short) (1915)
Mabel and Fatty's Married Life (Short) (1915) ... Woman (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Father Was a Loafer (Short) (1915) ... The Deserted Wife
Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) ... Back Room Diner / Party Guest (uncredited)
Cursed by His Beauty (Short) (1914) ... The Iceman's Wife
Shot in the Excitement (Short) (1914) ... The Daughter
Stout Hearts But Weak Knees (Short) (1914) ... Minor Role (uncredited)
The High Spots on Broadway (Short) (1914)
Hello, Mabel (Short) (1914) ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
He Loved the Ladies (Short) (1914) ... The Diner
Lover's Luck (Short) (1914) ... Leader of Snoopy Neighbors
Bombs and Bangs (Short) (1914)
A Coat's Tale (Short) (1914)
The Great Toe Mystery (Short) (1914) ... The Wife (uncredited)
Laughing Gas (Short) (1914) ... Mrs. Pain - the Dentist's Wife
Fatty's Finish (Short) (1914)
Mabel's Married Life (Short) (1914) ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Mabel's Busy Day (Short) (1914) ... Spectator (uncredited)
The Knockout (Short) (1914) ... Spectator / Party Guest (uncredited)
Caught in the Rain (Short) (1914) ... Hotel Guest
Caught in a Cabaret (Short) (1914) ... Garden Party Guest (uncredited)
With her fuzzy hairdo piled atop her dizzy head, a vacant stare, and a shuffling penguin walk as the
finishing touch, Alice Howell is arguably the most unfairly neglected of the silent era's few female comedy
stars. Howell, who plowed both vaudeville and burlesque with her husband as Howell & Howell, entered
films with Mack Sennett's Keystone comedy factory in 1914. She was there during the time of Chaplin,
which is the only reason her name has survived at all (they appeared together in Caught in a Cabaret and
Laughing Gas, both 1914). But Mabel Normand received almost all the plum female roles at Keystone, and
when the self-important Henry "Pathé" Lehrman left Sennett and failed to persuade Normand to come
along, Howell joined the exodus. She became the Queen of the Lot at Lehrman's L-KO
("Lehrman-Knockout"), but was still considered a pale imitation of Normand. Still, Howell remained with
L-KO for the duration of the company's existence before moving to the Stern brothers' Century comedies.
Century released through Universal, and Howell saw her star rise dramatically. When Century suddenly
changed gears towards child stars and performing animals, Howell left and signed with a new company,
Reelcraft. It was a step down, and although frequently described as hilarious (if somewhat low-class), the
Howell comedies played mainly the hinterlands. But Universal had never forgotten the dizzy dame with
the hairdo, and Irving Thalberg, in one of his final decisions before moving over to MGM, teamed her with
the debonair Neely Edwards and the rotund Bert Roach in an extremely successful series in which she
and Edwards played a married couple, with Roach as their inept butler. Existing series' entries such as
One Wet Night, in which the Edwards-Howell household is burglarized by a transvestite (leading Alice to
suspect Neely of infidelity), are still mirth-provoking and do much to corroborate Stan Laurel's oft-quoted
ranking of Howell as one of the screen's ten best "comediennes" of all time. Belonging thoroughly to the
silent era, Howell retired with the advent of sound.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com