Elsie Randolph

Elsie Randolph

This photograph shows Elsie Randolph, one of the brightest British musical comedy stars of the 1920s and 1930s. What is obvious, is that she is no traditional glamour girl, but a quirky, zany and natural comedienne. She became a perfect foil to the great Jack Buchanan, her quirky humour set against his casual elegance. However, in 1923 when she appeared in Buchanan’s Battling Butler he was not impressed and tried to persuade her not to be in the show. Five years later, she was his leading lady in That’s a Good Girl and they became the most popular team in British musicals. In their first hit together, That’s a Good Girl in 1928, she played Wilhelmina the Swiss post girl wearing horn rimmed glasses and constantly sniffing. Elsie could sing and dance and her great comic timing made her a huge success in revue and pantomime as well as in musical comedy and in later years she became a straight actress in plays like The Lost Generation and Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime.