GOOD TIME GIRL, and another perfect spinster in HOLIDAY CAMP in 1947. SARABAND FOR DEAD LOVERS was another, where her malevolent Countess Von Platen (bottom, right) steals scenes as she tries to hold on to her lover Stewart Granger. She also excelled in MALTA STORY, and Losey's baroque THE GYPSY AND THE GENTLEMAN in 1958.
She continued as Betsy Trotwood in a TV DAVID COPPERFIELD and roles in films as diverse as THE SHUTTERED ROOM, EYE OF THE DEVIL, THE BEAST IN THE CELLAR and Miss Pross in a TV A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and Miss Prism in a IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, as well as the Queen of Hearts in a ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND in 1972. Her last cinema role was as one of the witches in CLASH OF THE TITANS in 1981. These are just highlights of a long career, where she played her roles with passion and conviction as well as grace and integrity.
She is certainly one of the People We Like. As that great site Poseidon's Underworld says about her: "A revered performer of immense commitment and skill, she could say more with a dour glance than some folks could with a page of lines. With so many actresses now opting to stay forever “young” through surgery and whatever else, we're in short supply of these stern, aged, expressive types of character actresses. With Robson in a film, we know we're in for a treat". Today, Dames Maggie and Judi continue the great tradition.
The biography on her by Kenneth Barrow (I got a second hand copy on Amazon signed by Dame Flora and the author) refers to her as "The Avant-garde actress of her generation, she worked in Hollywood during the golden years, won respect for playing Shakespeare and the classics, was a successful star in the commercial theatre, as well as being the first of her great contemporaries to comes to terms with radio and television,and she has worked with the most notable names in theatre and cinema."
Above left: Robson with John Ford.