Maude T. Howell

Maude T. Howell was an American screenwriter, producer, and assistant director active primarily during the 1930s. She was one of few women to hold an assistant directing position at the time.

Maude T. Howell
Maude Theresa Howell

July 26, 1887
Los Angeles, California, USA
DiedOctober 24, 1964 (aged 77)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
EducationStanford University
OccupationScreenwriter, assistant director, producer


Maude was a Los Angeles native born to John Howell and Mary Tappanier. She attended Stanford University, where she studied theater and acted in plays, graduating in 1911.[1][2]

After graduation, she worked as the drama teacher at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles before becoming a stage manager at a stock company in Detroit.[3][4] She became stage manager at George Arliss's company in 1923, and had ambitions of becoming a producer (another position women weren't represented in at the time). She worked with Arliss in the U.S. and in London for five years.[3]

During her association with Arliss, who had gotten involved in the motion picture industry, she began writing scripts for the screen.[5] One of her first credited efforts was on the 1930 adaptation of The Green Goddess. She'd also take on work as an assistant director and producer at the company as the decade wore on, due to her longstanding association with Arliss, not always receiving credit for these roles.[6][7]

They both retired by the end of the 1940s, and Howell died in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1964.[8]

Selected filmography

As screenwriter:

As assistant director:


  1. "19 Aug 1928, Page 81 - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  2. "The Stanford Daily 30 January 1922 — The Stanford Daily". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. "8 Mar 1926, Page 7 - The Cincinnati Enquirer at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. "22 Mar 1917, 15 - The Los Angeles Times at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  5. "10 Apr 1936, 25 - The Windsor Star at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  6. "21 Feb 1935, Page 12 - Detroit Free Press at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  7. "5 Jul 1925, 54 - The San Francisco Examiner at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  8. Welch, David (2013-11-27). Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War I to Wikileaks. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9780857737373.
  9. "26 Apr 1934, Page 15 - Reading Times at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  10. "30 Nov 1934, 15 - The Montclair Times at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  11. "9 Oct 1930, 11 - Hartford Courant at". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
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