Claudette Colbert chronology of performances

Claudette Colbert chronology of performances
Claudette Colbert in I Cover the Waterfront (1933).

The following provides a list of the film, television, Lux Radio Theater, Broadway stage performances, etc. of the US actress, Claudette Colbert.



Feature films

Year # Title Role Leading Man Director Other cast members / Notes
1927 1 For the Love of Mike Mary Ben Lyon Frank Capra Colbert's film debut and her only silent. Now believed lost.[1]
1929 2 The Hole in the Wall Jean Oliver Edward G. Robinson Robert Florey
3 The Lady Lies Joyce Roamer Walter Huston Hobart Henley
1930 4 Young Man of Manhattan Ann Vaughn Norman Foster Monta Bell w/ Ginger Rogers
5 The Big Pond Barbara Billings Maurice Chevalier Hobart Henley
6 Manslaughter Lydia Thorne Fredric March George Abbott The first of four films that Colbert made with March.
7 Mysterious Mr. Parkes Lucy Stavrin Adolphe Menjou Louis J. Gasnier French language version of the 1930 film Slightly Scarlet
1931 8 Honor Among Lovers Julia Traynor Fredric March Dorothy Arzner
9 The Smiling Lieutenant Franzi Maurice Chevalier Ernst Lubitsch w/ Miriam Hopkins. a French language version was also filmed with the same cast.[2]
10 Secrets of a Secretary Helen Blake Herbert Marshall George Abbott
11 His Woman Sally Clark Gary Cooper Edward Sloman
1932 12 The Wiser Sex Margaret Hughes Melvyn Douglas Berthold Viertel w/ Lilyan Tashman.
Victor Viertel
13 Misleading Lady Helen Steele Edmund Lowe Stuart Walker
14 The Man from Yesterday Sylvia Suffolk Clive Brook Berthold Viertel
Charles Boyer
15 The Phantom President Felicia Hammond George M. Cohan Norman Taurog
16 The Sign of the Cross Empress Poppaea Fredric March Cecil B. DeMille
Charles Laughton
1933 17 Tonight Is Ours Princess Nadya Fredric March Stuart Walker Based on a play by Noel Coward.
18 I Cover the Waterfront Julie Kirk Ben Lyon James Cruze
19 Three-Cornered Moon Elizabeth Rimplegar Richard Arlen Elliott Nugent w/ Mary Boland.
20 Torch Singer Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton Ricardo Cortez Alexander Hall w/ Lyda Roberti.
David Manners George Somnes
1934 21 Four Frightened People Judy Jones Herbert Marshall Cecil B. DeMille w/ Mary Boland. Filmed on location in Hawaii.
22 It Happened One Night Ellie Andrews Clark Gable Frank Capra Academy Award winner for Best Actress (Colbert), Best Picture, etc.
23 Cleopatra Cleopatra Henry Wilcoxon Cecil B. DeMille
Warren William
24 Imitation of Life Beatrice 'Bea' Pullman Warren William John M. Stahl w/ Rochelle Hudson. Remade in 1959 with Lana Turner in Colbert's role.
Ned Sparks
1935 25 The Gilded Lily Marilyn David Fred MacMurray Wesley Ruggles The first of seven films that Colbert made with MacMurray.
Ray Milland
26 Private Worlds Dr. Jane Everest Charles Boyer Gregory La Cava w/ Joan Bennett.
Joel McCrea
27 She Married Her Boss Julia Scott Melvyn Douglas Gregory La Cava
28 The Bride Comes Home Jeannette Desmereau Fred MacMurray Wesley Ruggles
Robert Young
1936 29 Under Two Flags Cigarette Ronald Colman Frank Lloyd w/ Rosalind Russell. Previously filmed in 1917 with Theda Bara in Colbert's role.
Victor McLaglen
1937 30 Maid of Salem Barbara Clarke Fred MacMurray Frank Lloyd w/ Gale Sondergaard
31 I Met Him in Paris Kay Denham Melvyn Douglas Wesley Ruggles
Robert Young
32 Tovarich Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna Romanov Charles Boyer Anatole Litvak w/ Anita Louise.
Basil Rathbone
1938 33 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Nicole de Loiselle Gary Cooper Ernst Lubitsch
1939 34 Zaza Zaza Herbert Marshall George Cukor
35 Midnight Eve Peabody Don Ameche Mitchell Leisen w/ Mary Astor.
John Barrymore
36 It's a Wonderful World Edwina Corday James Stewart W.S. Van Dyke
37 Drums Along the Mohawk Lana Martin Henry Fonda John Ford w/ John Carradine. Colbert's first film in Technicolor.
1940 38 Boom Town Elizabeth Bartlett McMasters Clark Gable Jack Conway w/ Hedy Lamarr.
Spencer Tracy
39 Arise, My Love Augusta Ray Milland Mitchell Leisen Colbert once said that this was her favorite film of her own.[3][4]
Dennis O'Keefe
1941 40 Skylark Lydia Kenyon Ray Milland Mark Sandrich
Brian Aherne
41 Remember the Day Nora Trinell John Payne Henry King
1942 42 The Palm Beach Story Geraldine 'Gerry' Jeffers Joel McCrea Preston Sturges w/ Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee.
1943 43 No Time for Love Katherine Grant Fred MacMurray Mitchell Leisen
44 So Proudly We Hail! Lt. Janet Davy Davidson George Reeves Mark Sandrich w/ Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Sonny Tufts.
1944 45 Since You Went Away Mrs. Anne Hilton Joseph Cotten John Cromwell w/ Jennifer Jones, Shirley Temple, Robert Walker.
46 Practically Yours Peggy Martin Fred MacMurray Mitchell Leisen
1945 47 Guest Wife Mary Price Don Ameche Sam Wood
1946 48 Tomorrow Is Forever Elizabeth Hamilton Orson Welles Irving Pichel
George Brent
49 Without Reservations Christopher Kit Madden John Wayne Mervyn LeRoy Features unbilled cameo appearances by Cary Grant, Jack Benny, and the film's director, LeRoy.
50 The Secret Heart Leola 'Lee' Addams Walter Pidgeon Robert Z. Leonard w/ June Allyson.
1947 51 The Egg and I Betty MacDonald Fred MacMurray Chester Erskine
1948 52 Sleep, My Love Alison Courtland Robert Cummings Douglas Sirk
Don Ameche
1949 53 Family Honeymoon Katie Armstrong Jordan Fred MacMurray Claude Binyon w/ Rita Johnson.
54 Bride for Sale Nora Shelley Robert Young William D. Russell
George Brent
1950 55 Three Came Home Agnes Newton Keith Patric Knowles Jean Negulesco w/ Florence Desmond.
Sessue Hayakawa
56 The Secret Fury Ellen R. Ewing Robert Ryan Mel Ferrer Director Ferrer appears in a small uncredited role.
1951 57 Thunder on the Hill Sister Mary Robert Douglas Douglas Sirk w/ Ann Blyth.
58 Let's Make It Legal Miriam Halsworth MacDonald Carey Richard Sale Also featuring Marilyn Monroe.
Zachary Scott
Robert Wagner
1952 59 The Planter's Wife Liz Frazer Jack Hawkins Ken Annakin A British film. Released in the U.S. as Outpost in Malaya.
1954 60 Destinées Elizabeth Whitefield - Marcello Pagliero (segment Elisabeth)[5] w/ Eleonora Rossi Drago. A French language film. Released in the US as Daughters of Destiny, and in the UK as Love, Soldiers, and Women. Colbert appears in the Elizabeth segment.
61 Royal Affairs in Versailles Madame de Montespan - Sacha Guitry French language film.
1955 62 Texas Lady Prudence Webb Barry Sullivan Tim Whelan Filmed in Technicolor.
1961 63 Parrish Ellen McLean Troy Donahue Delmer Daves Filmed in Technicolor. Colbert's last theatrically released film.

Short Films

Year # Title Role Leading Man Director Notes
1932 1 Hollywood on Parade Herself - Louis Lewyn Promotional shorts.
1933 2 Hollywood on Parade No. 9 Herself - Louis Lewyn
1934 3 The Hollywood You Never See Herself Henry Wilcoxon Herbert Moulton A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Cleopatra (1934).
Cleopatra Warren William
4 The Fashion Side of Hollywood Herself - Josef von Sternberg A behind-the-scenes short.
1938 5 Breakdowns of 1938 Herself - - Outtakes from several films, including Colbert in Tovarich 1938.
Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna Romanov
1942 6 Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 6 Herself - Herbert Moulton Short subject of columnist Hopper covering two war benefit affairs.
1944 7 Garabatos Claudette Colbert Herself - Enrique Diban An Animated short subject from Spain.
1948 8 Screen Snapshots: Photoplay Gold Medal Awards Herself - Ralph Staub

Cameo appearance

  • Make Me a Star (1932)




Lux Radio Theater

NBC radio show



  • The Wild Westcotts (Dec 24, 1923 - Jan 1924)
  • A Kiss in a Taxi (Aug 25, 1925 - Oct 1925)
  • The Ghost Train (Aug 25, 1926 - Oct 1926)
  • The Pearl of Great Price (Nov 1, 1926 - Nov 1926)
  • The Barker (Jan 18, 1927 - Jul 1927)
  • The Mulberry Bush (Oct 26, 1927 - Nov 1927)
  • La Gringa (Feb 1, 1928 - Feb 1928)
  • Within the Law (Mar 5, 1928 - Mar 1928)
  • Fast Life (Sep 26, 1928 - Oct 1928)
  • Tin Pan Alley (Nov 1, 1928 - Dec 1928)
  • Dynamo (Feb 11, 1929 - Mar 1929)
  • See Naples and Die (Sep 24, 1929 - Nov 1929)
  • Janus (1956 during the spring and summer[3] - Jun 30, 1956)
  • The Marriage-Go-Round (Oct 29, 1958 - Feb 13, 1960)
  • Julia, Jake and Uncle Joe (Jan 28, 1961)
  • The Irregular Verb to Love (Sep 17, 1963 - Dec 28, 1963)
  • The Kingfisher (Dec 6, 1978 - May 13, 1979)
  • A Talent for Murder (Oct 1, 1981 - Dec 6, 1981)
  • Aren't We All? (Apr 29, 1985 - Jul 21, 1985)

Other stage

Audio cassette

  • Gift from the Sea (1986)[9]


  1. ^ Classic Film Guide
  2. ^ Bradley, Edwin M. The First Hollywood Musicals. Jefferson, NC, and London. McFarland Press, 1996.
  3. ^ a b "Claudette Colbert - Pure Panache - Biography". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Claudette Colbert Biography (1903-1996) - Lenin Imports". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Radio Shows - The Ultimate Cary Grant Pages". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  7. ^ "Premier Collections: The Old Gold Comedy Theatre, Volume 1". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  8. ^ "Downloadable Online Audio Books available at". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  9. ^ " Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition". Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

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