It’s hard not to know Edward Everett Horton once you’ve seen him, and, considering the number of classics he practiced his scene-stealing mastery in, I’d be surprised if you haven’t caught him at least once. Of his nearly 200 screen performances, more than 30 of them came during the pre-Code era, and they include bits in classic Lubitsch films like Trouble in Paradise and Design for Living, as well as pre-Code classics like Smarty and The Front Page. He was ubiquitous, the perfect stuffy foe or friend for a handsome leading man, and, on occasion, he played a fussy leading man himself.

Edward Everett Horton’s Pre-Code Filmography


  • Pathe
  • Paramount
  • Warner Brothers

Videos of Edward Everett Horton

An interview with Horton from 1977:

Horton and a young Bette Grable share a number in The Gay Divorcee:

Edward Everett Horton Sites and Links

Other Famous Pre-Code Actors