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Elsa Lanchester

Elsa Lanchester


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Also Known As: Died: December 26, 1986
Born: October 28, 1902 Cause of Death: bronchial pneumonia following a stroke
Birth Place: Lewisham, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Die Laughing (1980) as Sophie
A cab drive is wrongly accused of assassinating a world famous nuclear scientist. Soon after this accusation, he finds that the late scientist's chimpanzee has been hiding in his taxi. The chimp is the sole being who knows the secret formula that could end the world, and the cab driver is plunged in
Murder By Death (1976) as Jessica Marbles
A criminal madman invites the world''''s greatest detectives for a night of dinner and murder.
Terror In The Wax Museum (1974) as Julia
Arnold (1974) as Hester
Arnold is dead. But his gold-digging mistress Karen is determined to marry him anyway because Arnold was a millionaire, so they are wed at his funeral. Karen keeps getting his money as long as she stays by his coffin. Arnold is active in death in another order to get even with his greedy relatives, he arranged various deathtraps for them before his passing, and now they are being killed off one by one.
Willard (1971) as Henrietta Stiles
A social misfit uses his only friends, pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.
Rascal (1969) as Mrs. Satterfield
A lonely boy adopts a baby raccoon.
Me, Natalie (1969) as Miss Dennison
A plain girl, living in New York, tries to come to terms with the fact that she'll never be beautiful.
In Name Only (1969) as Mrs Caruso
In this romantic comedy, a carbon copy of "We're Not Married" (1952), several couples discover they were joined in illegal wedlock by a pair of marriage consultants who set about to rectify the situation.
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) as Emily Stowecroft
The ghost of the famous pirate must break the curse put on him by a witch.
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) as Madame Neherina
When frogman Ted Jackson discovers a sunken treasure on his last day of Navy life, he decides to go back as a civilian and make himself rich. Unfortunately, there are others after the booty, and the man with the swiveling hips has a fight on his hands.
That Darn Cat (1965) as Mrs. MacDougall
A woman is kidnapped. While in captivity, she manages to send a message out with a wandering cat. The cat's owner calls the FBI. The FBI tries to follow the cat. Jealous boyfriends and nosy neighbours also get in the act.
Honeymoon Hotel (1964) as Chambermaid
Two bachelors on the prowl accidentally book a vacation at a resort for newlyweds.
Mary Poppins (1964) as Katie Nanna
Two banker's children lose their nanny due to her frustration with them. A change in the wind blows in an assertive nanny who matches the qualifications of the children and not the father. As she helps them magically explore the world around them the father grows increasingly disapproving of her methods, and must eventually deal with his own distance from his children.
Pajama Party (1964) as Aunt Wendy
A Martian teenager sent to prepare for an invasion falls in love with an Earth girl.
Bell, Book and Candle (1959) as Queenie Holroyd
A beautiful witch puts a love spell on an unknowing publisher.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) as Miss Plimsoll
A British lawyer gets caught up in a couple's tangled marital affairs when he defends the husband for murder.
3 Ring Circus (1955) as The bearded lady
A pair of war veterans wreak havoc when they join the circus.
The Glass Slipper (1955) as Widow Sonder
Musical adaptation of the story of Cinderella and her magical trip to the prince's ball.
Hell's Half Acre (1954) as Lida O'Reilly
The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953) as Thelma
In the spring of 1945, World War II is coming to a close. Roger Halyard (Leo Genn), a dignified, strait-laced Englishmen, lives on a South Sea atoll with his three daughters, Gloria (Dorothy Bromley), Hester (Audrey Dalton) and Violet (Joan Elan), along with the housekeeper, Thelma (Elsa Lancaster), who has raised the girls since childhood. Other than their father, the girls have never seen another man. Halyard is informed that 1500 U.S. Marines will soon arrive to establish an air base on the island. Halyard is rather apprehensive over the prospect of his daughters, who have never met another man, being thrown together with 1500 Marines who haven't seen a woman in months.
Androcles and the Lion (1953) as Megaera
Androcles is a Christian who follows that religion's teachings even as they apply to the treatment of animals. Seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are evenutally arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions. Is it too much to hope that one of the lions may have a paw that has healed recently and might remember who helped heal it?
Dreamboat (1952) as Dr. Mathilda May Coffey
A college professor faces embarrassment when his past as a silent screen heartthrob is revealed.
Les Miserables (1952) as Madame Magloire
An obsessive policeman relentlessly hunts a man who escaped prison after stealing bread.
Frenchie (1951) as Countess Marie Duvarre
A woman sells her successful business in New Orleans to find the men who killed her father.
Buccaneer's Girl (1950) as Mme. Brizar
Robin Hood-like pirate Baptiste takes only the ships of rich but wicked trader Narbonne. Fun loving Debbie, a passenger from his latest prize, stows away on the pirate ship and falls for the pirate; later, having become a New Orleans entertainer, she meets his alter ego, who's engaged to the governor's daughter. Sea battles and land rescues follow in lighthearted style.
The Petty Girl (1950) as Dr. Crutcher
A cheesecake artist tries to get a college professor to pose for him.
Mystery Street (1950) as Mrs. Smerrling
Criminal pathologists try to crack a case with nothing but the victim's bones to go on.
Come to the Stable (1949) as Miss Amelia Potts
Two nuns set up a children''''s hospital in the New England countryside.
The Inspector General (1949) as Maria
A perpetual student is mistaken for a government official in a small Eastern European village.
The Secret Garden (1949) as Martha
An orphaned girl changes the lives of those she encounters at a remote estate.
The Bishop's Wife (1948) as Matilda
An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track.
The Big Clock (1948) as Louise Patterson
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
Northwest Outpost (1947) as Princess Tanya
The Razor's Edge (1946) as Miss Keith
A young man's quest for spiritual peace threatens his position in society.
The Spiral Staircase (1946) as Mrs. Oates
A serial killer stalks a mute servant girl in a remote mansion.
Passport to Destiny (1944) as Ella Muggins
A British war widow travels to Berlin to assassinate Hitler.
Lassie Come Home (1943) as Mrs. [Helen] Carraclough
A faithful collie undertakes an arduous journey to return to her lost family.
Thumbs Up (1943) as Emmy Finch
Forever and a Day (1943) as Mamie
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from it's construction in 1804 until present day.
Tales of Manhattan (1942) as Mrs. Smith
A formal black coat that gets passed from one New Yorker to another affects each person's life in a significant way.
Son of Fury (1942) as Bristol Isabel
A young adventurer seeks his fortune in the South Seas so he can return to England and reclaim his birthright.
Ladies in Retirement (1941) as Emily Creed
A housekeeper tries to manage her actress employer and her own emotionally disturbed sisters.
The Beachcomber (1939) as Martha Jones
Rembrandt (1936) as Hendrickje [Stoffels]
The respected painter takes to drink and faces down scandal after his wife dies.
The Ghost Goes West (1936) as Miss Shepperton
An American millionaire moves a Scottish castle to Florida, not realizing it''''s haunted.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley/[The Monster's Mate]
To save his wife, Baron Frankenstein must build a mate for his monster.
Naughty Marietta (1935) as Madame d'Annard
A French princess in Colonial America gets involved with an Indian scout.
David Copperfield (1935) as Clickett
Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1934) as Anne of Cleves
The famed English monarch suffers through five of his six disastrous marriages.
Bluebottles (1928)
Day-Dreams (1928)
Tonic, The (1928)

Music (feature film)

Rembrandt (1936) as Composer
The respected painter takes to drink and faces down scandal after his wife dies.

Cast (special)

Heidi (1955) as Frau Rottenmeier
A musical version of Johanna Spyri's classic story of a lovable Swiss orphan named Heidi, and her eccentric grandfather's efforts to protect her from the evils of civilization.

Cast (short)

Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
This short film presents the awards ceremony for the 1939 Academy Awards. Vitaphone Release 9780-9783.

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