Why wasn't Kathleen Howard a bigger star? This weekend I watched both "It's a Gift" and "The Man on the Flying Trapeze" and she not only holds her own with W.C. Fields (nearly impossible), she gives it right back. As the put-upon, snobbish wife (one wonders why they ever chose each other in the first place), she huffs and puffs and operatically trills her way, hankie in hand, eyebrow raised, peering thru Fields' soul.
It makes sense that she was an opera singer-she even wrote a book, Confessions of an Opera Singer-because her voice is so grandly operatic and wonderful. Did Margaret Dumont just get all of her roles?