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List of Elsa Lanchester Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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Witness for the Prosecution
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Barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts has decided to defend Leonard Vole, accused of murdering his benefactor, believing him to be innocent although strong circumstantial evidences point towards his client. He is surprised when Leonard’s wife, who has earlier provided an alibi, testifies against him. Robarts does not know that this is the first in the series of many surprises that is awaiting him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Plimsoll
Director:
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, John Williams, Tyrone Power
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
2. Day-Dreams (1928)
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2
Day-Dreams
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elsa / Heroine in Dream Sequence
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Harold Warrender, Dorice Fordred, Marie Wright
3. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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Bride of Frankenstein
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The first sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein, the story follows Henry Frankenstein, who is thought to have died, but is actually alive and reunited with his fiancée. Although he decides to abandon his attempt to create life, his old mentor soon coerce him into creating a mate for the Monster and he succumbs to it, initially unwilling. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Mate (as ?)
Director:
James Whale
Genres:
Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
John Carradine, Walter Brennan, Ernest Thesiger, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson
4. Mary Poppins (1964)
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2
Mary Poppins
G
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2

Uptight banker, George Banks, is tired of his children’s shenanigans and wants to hire a strict nanny. The children, Jane and Michael are pleasantly surprised when the magical nanny Mary Poppins arrives instead. With the help of a little magic, she turns all of their lives around for the better.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Stevenson
Genres:
Musical, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Reta Shaw, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley
5. The Big Clock (1948)
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2
The Big Clock
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Film-Noir, Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Sullivan, Rita Johnson
6. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
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2
The Bishop's Wife
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2

After all his efforts to raise money for a cathedral fails, a Bishop Henry Brougham finds himself quite depressed. However, his life takes an interesting turn, after he is visited by Dudley, who claims to be an angel. Henry is a bit annoyed, but his wife takes kindly to Dudley.

As:
Cast
Director:
Henry Koster
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, David Niven, Loretta Young, Monty Woolley, James Gleason
7. The Spiral Staircase (1946)
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2
The Spiral Staircase
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2

The Spiral Staircase is an American psychological horror film which revolves around a mute young woman named Helen living in 1906 Vermont, who is employed as a live-in companion for a bedridden woman named Mrs Warren. Her life turns upside down when she finds herself terrorized by a serial killer who has been targeting disabled women.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Siodmak
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Star Cast:
Ethel Barrymore, Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Rhonda Fleming
8. The Razor's Edge (1946)
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2
The Razor's Edge
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Edmund Goulding
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Anne Baxter, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, Tyrone Power, John Payne
9. David Copperfield (1935)
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2
David Copperfield
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Romance
Star Cast:
W. C. Fields, Lionel Barrymore, W.C. Fields, Harry Beresford, Edna May Oliver, Elizabeth Allan
10. The Secret Garden (1949)
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2
The Secret Garden
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Martha
Director:
Fred M. Wilcox
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Gladys Cooper, Herbert Marshall, Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell
11. Murder by Death (1976)
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2
Murder by Death
PG
12
2

Eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain invites five renowned private detectives to his castle for a ‘dinner and murder,’ and after sealing off his house, he challenges them to find the killer of a murder that will occur at midnight. He announces 1million for solving the case. Long before midnight, Twain’s blind butler, Bensonmum, is found dead. What is the mystery behind the tricky set-up?

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Moore
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Comedy, Mystery
13. Come to the Stable (1949)
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2
Come to the Stable
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2

Sister Margaret and Sister Scholastica come to the small New England town of Bethlehem to build a children’s hospital. They want to fulfill a promise they made to God. But they not only meet opposition from local composer Bob Masen, arranging the required funds proves to be an even bigger challenge. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Amelia Potts
Director:
Henry Koster
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, Hugh Marlowe, Celeste Holm, Thomas Gomez
14. Forever and a Day (1943)
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2
Forever and a Day
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2

During the Second World War, an American travels all the way to Britain, to sell an old house near London, belonging to his family. However, he gets involved in much more than a simple real estate transaction. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Edmund Goulding, Cedric Hardwicke, Frank Lloyd, Victor Saville, Robert Stevenson
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Merle Oberon, Buster Keaton, Ray Milland, Charles Laughton, George Kirby, Doreen Munroe, May Beatty
15. Lassie Come Home (1943)
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2
Lassie Come Home
TV-G
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2

Lassie Come Home is an adventure film which tells the story of a boy Joe and his dog Lassie. However, when Joe’s family is hit by hard times, they are forced to sell Lassie to a wealthy man, the Duke of Rudling. Without his closest friend, Joe becomes quite depressed, but he is unaware that Lassie has started a cross-country trip back home to return to her former owners.

As:
Cast
Director:
Fred M. Wilcox
Genres:
Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, May Whitty, Edmund Gwenn, Nigel Bruce
16. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
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The Private Life of Henry VIII.
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Romance, Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
Star Cast:
Robert Donat, Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Miles Mander, Franklin Dyall
17. Rembrandt (1936)
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Rembrandt
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Hendrickje
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Edward Chapman, Gertrude Lawrence, Walter Hudd
18. Potiphar's Wife (1931)
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2
Potiphar's Wife
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Maurice Elvey
Genres:
Romance
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Donald Calthrop, Norman McKinnel, Nora Swinburne, Guy Newall
19. Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
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2
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Cromwell
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Adventure
Star Cast:
Frances Farmer, John Carradine, Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power, George Sanders
20. Ladies in Retirement (1941)
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2
Ladies in Retirement
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Emily Creed
Director:
Charles Vidor
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Louis Hayward, Ida Lupino, Evelyn Keyes, Edith Barrett
21. Mystery Street (1950)
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2
Mystery Street
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Smerrling
Director:
John Sturges
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir, Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
John Garfield, Bruce Bennett, Ricardo Montalban, Marshall Thompson, Sally Forrest
22. Naughty Marietta (1935)
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2
Naughty Marietta
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Madame d'Annard
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Frank Morgan, Jeanette MacDonald, Douglass Dumbrille, Nelson Eddy, Adriana Caselotti
23. Blue Bottles (1928)
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2
Blue Bottles
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elsa
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Short, Comedy, Crime
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Joe Beckett, Dorice Fordred, Marie Wright
24. Me, Natalie (1969)
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Me, Natalie
PG
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2

Brooklyn teenager Natalie has always had confidence issues for not being good looking as per society norms. Frustrated with her parents, she moves to Manhattan and finds true love in aspiring artist David Harris. As their romance blooms, complications from David’s previous marriage forces Natalie to truly take control of her own life. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Dennison
Director:
Fred Coe
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Al Pacino, Martin Balsam, Nancy Marchand, James Farentino
25. The Beachcomber (1938)
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The Beachcomber
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2

Ginger Ted leads a dissolute life on a Dutch colonial island.  However, the sister of a pious missionary tries to reform him and bring stability to his life.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Martha Jones
Director:
Erich Pommer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Tyrone Guthrie, Robert Newton, Eliot Makeham
26. Bell Book and Candle (1958)
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Bell Book and Candle
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2

Bell Book and Candle is a romantic fantasy comedy film which tells the story of Gillian, a modern-day-witch who takes a liking to a good-looking man named Henderson. Since she dislikes his fiancée, she casts a spell on him, so that he would fall in love with her instead. Soon, her infatuation for Henderson turns into love, and she feels guilty for her actions.

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Quine
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Kim Novak, Hermione Gingold
27. Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
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2
Blackbeard's Ghost
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Emily Stowecroft
Director:
Robert Stevenson
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Star Cast:
Peter Ustinov, Suzanne Pleshette, Dean Jones, Joby Baker
28. The Ghost Goes West (1935)
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2
The Ghost Goes West
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Miss Shepperton
Director:
René Clair
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Donat, Eugene Pallette, Jean Parker, Ralph Bunker
29. The Inspector General (1949)
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2
The Inspector General
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Maria
Director:
Henry Koster
Genres:
Comedy, Musical, Romance
Star Cast:
Danny Kaye, Gene Lockhart, Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates
30. Les Miserables (1952)
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3
Les Miserables
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3
As:
Cast
Director:
Lewis Milestone
Genres:
Adventure, Romance, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Edmund Gwenn, Sylvia Sidney, Robert Newton, Michael Rennie
31. Dreamboat (1952)
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2
Dreamboat
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2

Dreamboat is a 1952 American comedy film which tells the story of a college professor named Thornton Sayre, who is also a former actor. His life gets disrupted when his former co-star Gloria Marlowe, starts to air his old films on television. To put an end to this, he sets out with his daughter to stop it. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Mathilda Coffey
Director:
Claude Binyon
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, Clifton Webb, Anne Francis, Jeffrey Hunter
32. The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953)
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2
The Girls of Pleasure Island
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thelma
Director:
F. Hugh Herbert, Alvin Ganzer
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Leo Genn, Don Taylor, Gene Barry, Dorothy Bromiley
33. Northwest Outpost (1947)
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2
Northwest Outpost
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana
Director:
Allan Dwan
Genres:
Action, Western, Romance, Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Joseph Schildkraut, Nelson Eddy, Ilona Massey, Hugo Haas
34. That Darn Cat! (1965)
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2
That Darn Cat!
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Stevenson
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Hayley Mills, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Dean Jones
35. Rascal (1969)
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2
Rascal
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mrs. Satterfield
Director:
Norman Tokar
Genres:
Drama, Family
Star Cast:
Walter Pidgeon, Steve Forrest, Henry Jones, John Fiedler
36. Thumbs Up (1943)
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2
Thumbs Up
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Emma Finch
Director:
Joseph Santley
Genres:
Musical
Star Cast:
Arthur Margetson, Brenda Joyce, Richard Fraser, J. Pat O'Malley
37. Frenchie (1950)
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2
Frenchie
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2

Orphaned girl Frenchie Fontaine becomes successful owner of New Orleans casino. She returns to hometown to find her father Frank Dawson’s killers, and buys a casino with the help of sheriff Tom Banning. Soon she falls for Tom, turning his ex-girlfriend Diane jealous. The maneuverings of Diane and Frank’s killers land Tom in jail, making him wonder whether Frenchie will desert him now.

As:
Cast
Role:
Countess
Director:
Louis King
Genres:
Romance, Western
Star Cast:
Shelley Winters, John Russell, Paul Kelly, Joel McCrea
38. The Glass Slipper (1955)
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2
The Glass Slipper
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Widow Sonder
Director:
Charles Walters
Genres:
Romance, Musical
Star Cast:
Amanda Blake, Leslie Caron, Keenan Wynn, Walter Pidgeon, Michael Wilding
39. The Private Life of Don Juan (1934)
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2
The Private Life of Don Juan
10
2

As the news spreads about Don Juan’s arrival in Seville, Spain, husbands lock up their wives, unaware of the fact that Don Juan is now in quite poor health. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Alexander Korda
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Merle Oberon, Douglas Fairbanks, Gina Malo, Benita Hume, Merle Oberon
40. Hell's Half Acre (1954)
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2
Hell's Half Acre
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lida O'Reilly
Director:
John H. Auer
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Film-Noir, Mystery, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Evelyn Keyes, Nancy Gates, Wendell Corey, Marie Windsor
41. The Petty Girl (1950)
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2
The Petty Girl
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2

George Petty is an artist who is well-known for his calendar portraits of pretty women. When he meets a young professor named Victoria, he finds himself drawn to her, and tries to get her to pose for his art. Although she declines his offer, he continues to persist.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Crutcher
Director:
Henry Levin
Genres:
Comedy, Biography
Star Cast:
Tippi Hedren, Mary Wickes, Robert Cummings, Melville Cooper, Audrey Long
42. Passport to Destiny (1944)
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2
Passport to Destiny
9
2

This comedy drama film tells the story of a cleaning lady, who travels from London to Berlin and start working in Hitler’s headquarters, planning to assassinate him. However, her plan fails, and she has no option but to escape back to London.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ella Muggins
Director:
Ray McCarey
Genres:
War, Comedy
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Fritz Feld, Lionel Royce, Lenore Aubert
43. Willard (1971)
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2
Willard
PG
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Henrietta Stiles
Director:
Daniel Mann
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror
Star Cast:
Ernest Borgnine, Sondra Locke, Bruce Davison, Michael Dante
44. Androcles and the Lion (1952)
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2
Androcles and the Lion
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2

Based on the well-known play of the same name by George Bernard Shaw, this film tells the story of a slave in Ancient Rome who escapes his bonds and flees to the wilderness. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Chester Erskine, Nicholas Ray
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure
Star Cast:
Victor Mature, Alan Young, Jean Simmons, Maurice Evans, Robert Newton
45. Buccaneer's Girl (1950)
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2
Buccaneer's Girl
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mme. Brizar
Director:
Frederick De Cordova
Genres:
Musical, Comedy, Adventure, Action, Romance
Star Cast:
Robert Douglas, Philip Friend, Andrea King, Yvonne De Carlo
46. 3 Ring Circus (1954)
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2
3 Ring Circus
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2

Penniless ex-soldiers and friends Jerry and Pete, who are in search of work, join a circus owned by a woman. They work as assistants to trapeze artist and lion tamer. As if the trouble the two create is not enough, Jerry aspires to be a clown and he’ll do anything – wash an elephant, tame a lion, just anything, to become a clown. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Joseph Pevney
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Joanne Dru, Wallace Ford
47. Arnold (1973)
8
2
Arnold
PG
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Hester
Director:
Georg Fenady
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Star Cast:
Roddy McDowall, Farley Granger, Stella Stevens, Shani Wallis
48. Honeymoon Hotel (1964)
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2
Honeymoon Hotel
8
2

Jay is left at the altar by his bride Cynthia. Since he has already paid for his honeymoon, he decides to take his friend Ross to the hotel. However, it soon seems that Ross is having an affair with a hotel employee Lynn.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Henry Levin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Keenan Wynn, Robert Morse, Nancy Kwan, Jill St. John
49. Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
8
2
Easy Come, Easy Go
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Rich
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Music
Star Cast:
Elvis Presley, Pat Harrington Jr., Pat Priest, Skip Ward
50. Die Laughing (1980)
8
2
Die Laughing
PG
8
2

A San Francisco cab driver finds a monkey carrying a formula for turning atomic waste into a plutonium bomb. However, he soon finds himself framed for the murder of a scientist. Meanwhile, he is also chased all over the city by people who want the formula for themselves.

As:
Cast
Role:
Sophie
Director:
Jeff Werner
Genres:
Comedy, Adventure, Crime, Music, Romance
Star Cast:
Charles Durning, Bud Cort, Robby Benson, Carel Struycken
51. Pajama Party (1964)
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1
Pajama Party
7
1

Go-Go is an intelligence officer and Martian scout sent to Earth to pave the way for a full-fledged invasion. But when his power pack malfunctions he is rescued by Earthling and kindly widow, Aunt Wendy. On Earth, Go-Go falls in love with Connie and ultimately saves Earth from his fellow Martians. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Aunt Wendy
Director:
Don Weis
Genres:
Romance, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Musical
52. Terror in the Wax Museum (1973)
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1
Terror in the Wax Museum
PG
7
1

This horror mystery film takes us to the late 19th century. Someone has been killing the guests in the London wax museum of Claude Dupree, which is known for its collection of famous figures.  When the owner of the museum is killed, his niece decides to continue their family business, and the museum also attracts a police investigator soon. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Julia Hawthorn
Director:
Georg Fenady
Genres:
Mystery, Horror
Star Cast:
Broderick Crawford, John Carradine, Ray Milland, Maurice Evans, Mark Edwards
53. The Stronger Sex (1931)
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2
The Stronger Sex
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Gareth Gundrey
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gordon Harker, Adrianne Allen, Colin Clive, Martin Lewis
54. The Tonic (1928)
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2
The Tonic
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Elsa
Director:
Ivor Montagu
Genres:
Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Charles Laughton, Renee De Vaux

TV Movie(s)

1. Alice in Wonderland (1955)
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2
Alice in Wonderland
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Fantasy, Family
Star Cast:
Tom Bosley, Sarah Churchill, Marc Breaux, Gillian Barber
2. In Name Only (1969)
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2
In Name Only
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
E.W. Swackhamer
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Elinor Donahue, Eve Arden, Michael Callan, Ruth Buzzi

Animation(s)

TV Shows and Videos

The John Forsythe Show (1965)
The John Forsythe Show
As:
Cast
Role:
Margaret Culver / ... (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Director:
Earl Bellamy
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Peggy Lipton, John Forsythe, Guy Marks, Ann B. Davis

Elsa Lanchester Awards

Golden Globe Awards
Witness for the Prosecution Best Supporting Actress 1958