Helen Broderick (August 11, 1891 – September 25, 1959) was an American film and stage actress known for her comic roles, especially as a wisecracking sidekick.
Broderick began on Broadway as a chorus girl in the Follies of 1907, the first of Florenz Ziegfeld's annual revues. She went on to perform in the vaudeville duo "Broderick & Crawford" (with her husband) until the entertainment form went out of style, moving to a solo career in her first play Nifties of 23. By the late 1920s, she was playing leads and featured roles, most notably in Fifty Million Frenchmen. In the early 1930s, she starred in the revues The Band Wagon and As Thousands Cheer. Her move to Hollywood came when her stage successes such as Fifty Million Frenchmen were made into movies, and an image as the quick-quipping friend soon followed in support roles for the Astaire-Rogers movies Top Hat and Swing Time. She had leading roles in a few B movies, such as amateur sleuth Hildy Withers in Murder on a Bridle Path. The wife of actor Lester (Pendergast) Crawford (they appear together in the 1930 eight-minute Nile Green, and two 1931 seven-minute comedy shorts: The Spirits of 76th Street and Court Plastered), they were the parents of Academy Award-winning actor Broderick Crawford (1911–1986). Broderick's last appearance on film was with Deanna Durbin in the comedy Because of Him (1946).
Movies & TV shows
Chip Off the Old Block
The son of a strict Navy officer falls for the daughter of a musical-comedy star.
Her Primitive Man
An anthropologist unwittingly takes a man disguised as a "primitive man" back to New York as a specimen.
Three Is a Family
Based on a play by Phoebe and Henry Ephron, Three Is a Family is a 1940s farce that frequently substitutes noise for humor. Charlie Ruggles plays a hubby whose bungled business schemes force his wife ...
Stage Door Canteen
The Stage Door Canteen is where famous stars of the theater and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war, and it is visited by a young soldier on a pass in New York Ci...
Father Takes a Wife
A famous actress has to win over her ready-made family when she weds a shipping magnate.
Post-Civil War romantic drama about defeated Southerners, starring Madeleine Carroll and Fred MacMurray.
Jane is a nice girl and has had her eyes on a young man who seems more interested in his hand-built car than in Jane. She decides to shed her "nice girl" image when an associate of her father comes to...
No, No, Nanette
Perky young Nanette attempts to save the marriage of her uncle and aunt by untangling Uncle Jimmy from several innocent but ensnaring flirtations. Attempting one such unentanglement, Nanette enlists t...
The Captain Is a Lady
Because of a bad investment, Captain and Mrs. Peabody are evicted from their home. Mrs. Peabody finds lodging at a retirement home, but as only single women are allowed, the Captain has to make other ...
Honeymoon in Bali
Bill Burnett, a resident of Bali, visits New York City, meets and falls in love with Gail Allen, the successful manager of a Fifth Avenue shop, who is determined to remain free and independent. Bill p...
Stand Up and Fight
A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.
Naughty But Nice
Donald Hardwick (Dick Powell) is a stuffed-shirt, classical music professor. His family and small-town music college that he works are of equal mindset. When Don visits his black-sheep aunt in New Yor...
Radio City Revels
A down-on-his-luck songwriter attempts to peddle musical compositions of a naive Arkansas hillbilly under his own name. Comedy.
The Rage of Paris
Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problems is to try and snare a rich husband. Enlisting the help of her friend Gloria and the maitre'd at a ritzy New Yo...
The Road to Reno
An opera singer travels to Reno to divorce her rancher husband.
Service de Luxe
Glamorous and efficient Helen Murphy runs a service that will provide any type of assistance to wealthy customers, but what she's really looking for is a man who can take care of himself.
She's Got Everything
The day after Carol returns from a European trip, she wakes up to find her dead father's creditors hauling everything away. Her aunt wants her to marry a millionaire, but Carol insists on getting a jo...
We're on the Jury
A juror at a murder trial is convinced the defendant is innocent.
Meet the Missus
A small town Ohio barber accompanies his ditzy wife to Atlantic City, where she competes in the Happy Noodle Company's Mrs. America Contest.
The Life of the Party
A singer finds another heir (Gene Raymond) to marry, to avoid the one (Joe Penner) her mother found.
Smartest Girl in Town
A girl in search of a rich husband mistakes a millionaire for a male model.
Murder on a Bridle Path
When the body of Violet Feverel is discovered on the Central Park bridle path, Inspector Oscar Piper is about to declare her death accidental from a thrown horse, until his friend and amateur detectiv...
Love on a Bet
Aspiring Producer Michael McCreigh convinces Uncle Carlton to finance a play on the condition that he lives the play's ridiculous plot. If Michael fails, he must work in Carlton's meat packing plant.
The Bride Walks Out
Carolyn Martin, a fashion model, hastily married her boyfriend, an engineer. Carolyn and Michael will live on Michael's $35-per-week job instead of Carolyn quitting her $50-per-week modeling job in or...
Lucky was tricked into missing his own wedding again and had to make 25k so his father would allow him to marry Margaret. He and Pop are in New York where they run into a dancing instructor. She and L...
To Beat the Band
An eccentric heir must marry a widow in order to collect the millions left to him in his aunt's will, so a suicidal neighbor agrees to marry the man's young fiancée before offing himself.
Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel room, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont be...
50 Million Frenchmen
In this comedy, two men make an extravagant $50,000 dollar bet that one of them will be able to successfully court a lovely woman with out spending any money. To foil his scheme, the other bettor hire...
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