18 Naughty Marietta
In the movie 'Naughty Marietta', Elsa Lanchester played the character of Madame d'Annard.
In the movie 'Dreamboat', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Dr. Matilda Coffey.
16 That Darn Cat!
In the 1965 film 'That Darn Cat!', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Mrs. MacDougall, a nosy and eccentric neighbor of the film's central characters, the Randall family.
15 The Beachcomber
In the 1934 film 'The Beachcomber', Elsa Lanchester played the character of Martha Jones.
14 Blackbeard's Ghost
In the film 'Blackbeard's Ghost', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Mrs. Stowecroft, a charming and eccentric innkeeper in the coastal town of Godolphin. Her role was instrumental in the film's comedic elements as she becomes embroiled in the supernatural antics of the titular ghost, Blackbeard, played by Peter Ustinov.
13 Les Miserables
Elsa Lanchester appeared in the 1952 film adaptation of Les Misérables as Madame Magloire.
12 Bell Book and Candle
In the movie 'Bell, Book and Candle', Elsa Lanchester played the character Aunt Queenie, the eccentric and whimsical aunt of the film's protagonist, Gillian Holroyd, played by Kim Novak.
11 The Private Life of Henry VIII.
In the movie 'The Private Life of Henry VIII', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character Anne of Cleves, a pivotal role in the historical drama. Lanchester's performance as Anne, the fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was notable for its comedic elements, as she depicted Anne as a plain and unattractive woman who ultimately wins the favor of Henry VIII but falls out of his affections after their marriage.
10 Lassie Come Home
In the movie 'Lassie Come Home', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Mrs. Carraclough, the mother of the lead character Joe Carraclough (played by Roddy McDowall ).
9 Ladies in Retirement
In the 1941 film 'Ladies in Retirement', Elsa Lanchester played the central role of Ellen Creed, a housekeeper who becomes entangled in a web of dark secrets and murder. Ellen, a complex character, is simultaneously devoted to her employer and driven by her own desires.
8 Come to the Stable
In the movie 'Come to the Stable', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Amelia Potts. Her character was based on artist Lauren Ford.
7 The Spiral Staircase
In the 1946 psychological thriller 'The Spiral Staircase', Elsa Lanchester played the character of Mrs. Oates, the opinionated and acerbic housekeeper of a wealthy, reclusive family.
6 Murder by Death
In the 1976 comedy film 'Murder by Death', Elsa Lanchester plays the role of the blind butler, James. She is a supporting character who serves as comic relief throughout the film.
5 David Copperfield
In the 1935 film adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Clickett, the loyal and devoted maid to the Micawber family.
4 The Bishop's Wife
In the 1947 film 'The Bishop's Wife', Elsa Lanchester portrayed Matilda, the quirky, warm-hearted housekeeper of the Bishop, Henry Brougham, played by David Niven. Matilda is known for her fondness for spirits, her eccentric personality, and her fascination with creating exotic recipes.
3 The Big Clock
In the 1948 film 'The Big Clock', Elsa Lanchester played the role of Louise Patterson, the quirky and vivacious artist girlfriend of George Stroud, portrayed by Ray Milland. Louise is an eccentric and somewhat scatterbrained character, providing comic relief in the otherwise tense and suspenseful noir thriller.
2 Bride of Frankenstein
In the classic 1935 horror film 'Bride of Frankenstein', Elsa Lanchester played a dual role. She portrayed Mary Shelley, the author of the original Frankenstein novel, in the film's prologue. However, her more iconic and memorable role was that of the film's titular character, the Bride of Frankenstein.
1 Witness for the Prosecution
In the movie 'Witness for the Prosecution', Elsa Lanchester portrayed the character of Miss Plimsoll, Sir Wilfrid's private nurse.