Isobel Elsom

Picture Isabel Elsom

1893 - 1981

The actress Isobel Elsom was born as Isobel Jeannette Reed. She was the personified Grand Dame with a flair of arrogance in her later roles. 

She began her acting career in 1911 on stage, from 1915 she also appeared regular in front of the camera. to her first silent movies belong "A Prehistoric Love Story" (15), "Milestones" (16), "The Way of an Eagle" (18), "The Elder Miss Blossom" (18), "Mrs. Thompson" (19) and "Hope" (19). 
In the 20's followed other successful productions, among them Aunt Rachel" (20), "Dick Turpin's Ride to York" (22), "Broken Shadows" (22), "The Wandering Jew" (23), "The Last Witness" (25), "The Tower of London" (26) and the German production "Tragödie einer Ehe" (27). 

At the beginning of the 30's she only took part in movies sporadically, afterwards she went to the USA where she was successful both on Broadway - where she already made her debut in 1926 - and on the big screen. 

One of her greatest success on Broadway was the play "Ladies in Retirement" (39) which was filmed two years later with the same title. 
Other movies with Isobel Elsom are "Eagle Squadron" (42), "Seven Sweethearts" (42), "First Comes Courage" (43), "Between Two Worlds" (44), "Casanova Brown" (44) mit Gary Cooper, "The Unseen" (45), "Of Human Bondage" (46), "The Two Mrs. Carrolls" (47), "Monsieur Verdoux" (47) mit Charles Chaplin, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (47), "Love from a Stranger" (47), "The Paradine Case" (47) directed by Alfred Hitchcock and "The Secret Garden" (49). 

Besides movies she also took part in single episodes of well-known TV-productions. She made perfect her roles as a blue-blooded majesty in a bad mood and was put into action as a counterpart of the klutzy Jerry Lewis at the end of 50's. To her well-known productions of the 50's and 60's belong "Desirée" (54), "The King's Thief" (55), "The Young Philadelphians" (59), "The Miracle" (59), "The Bellboy" (60), "The Errand Boy" (61), "My Fair Lady" (64) and "The Pleasure Seekers" (64). 

Isobel Elsom was among others married with the director Maurice Elvey. 

Other movies with Isabel Elsom:
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor (18) Onward Christian Soldiers (18) The Man Who Won (18) God Bless Our Red, White and Blue (18) Quinneys (19) A Member of Tattersall's (19) Linked by Fate (19) Edge o' Beyond (19) Nance (20) For Her Father's Sake (21) The Game of Life (22) A Debt of Honour (22) The Sign of Four (23) The Harbour Lights (23) Who Is the Man? (24) The Love Story of Aliette Brunton (24) Le réveil (25) Glamis Castle (26) Dance Magic (27) Stranglehold (30) The Other Woman (31) The Crooked Lady (32) Illegal (32) The Thirteenth Candle (33) The Primrose Path (34) Hay Fever (39) Ladies in Retirement (41) The War Against Mrs. Hadley (42) Laugh Your Blues Away (42) You Were Never Lovelier (42) Forever and a Day (43) My Kingdom for a Cook (43) The White Cliffs of Dover (44) The Horn Blows at Midnight (45) Two Sisters from Boston (46) Addio Mimi! (47) Escape Me Never (47) Smart Woman (48) Deep in My Heart (54) Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (55) Over-Exposed (56) 23 Paces to Baker Street (56) The Guns of Fort Petticoat (57) Rock-a-Bye Baby (58) The Turn of the Screw (59) The Second Time Around (61) The Plot Thickens (63) 
Who's Minding the Store? (63) Serie "The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre: Three Smart Girls" (50) Serie "Masterpiece Playhouse: Uncle Vanya" (50) Serie "Kraft Television Theatre: Brief Candle" (51) Serie "Armstrong Circle Theatre: Last Chance" (51) Serie "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Doctor Serocold" (52) Serie "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Florence Nightingale" (52) Serie "Hallmark Hall of Fame: 21-Plus" (52) Serie "Robert Montgomery Presents: Element of Risk" (53) Serie "Kraft Television Theatre: Professor Jones and the Missing Link" (54) Serie "Lux Video Theatre: Ladies in Retirement" (54) Serie "The Ford Television Theatre: The Mumbys" (55) Serie "Robert Montgomery Presents: David Copperfield" (54) Serie "Front Row Center: Outward Bound" (55) Serie "Front Row Center: Meeting at Mayerling" (55) Serie "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Back for Christmas" (56) Serie "Front Row Center: The Human Touch" (56) Serie "Producers' Showcase: Mayerling" (57) Serie "Climax!: Night Shriek" (56) Serie "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Three Dreams of Mr. Findlater" (57) Serie "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Diplomatic Corpse" (57) Serie "Lux Playhouse: A Deadly Guest" (59) Serie "General Electric Theater: At Miss Minner's" (58) Serie "The David Niven Show: Life Line" (59) Serie "Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Night of april 14th" (59) Serie "Startime: The Turn of the Screw" (59) Serie "Bourbon Street Beat: The Taste of Ashes" (59) Serie "Bourbon Street Beat: Kill with Kindness" (60) Serie "Playhouse 90: Misalliance" (59) Serie "Letter to Loretta: Love Between the Acts" (60) Serie "Checkmate: Runaway" (60) Serie "The Gertrude Berg Show: Red, Red Rose" (61) Serie "HawaiianEye: Her Father's House" (61) Serie "Tales of Wells Fargo: New Orleans Trackdown" (61) Serie "Thriller: The Closed Cabinet" (61) Serie "Follow the Sun: Chalk One for Johnny" (62) Serie "Hawaiian Eye: V for Victim" (62) Serie "Dr. Kildare: A Trip to Niagara" (63) Serie "Dr. Kildare: A Candle in the Window" (64)