American silent-screen actress Elsa Benham was very busy in low-budget Westerns in the mid- to late 1920s, often working for shoestring producers such as Lester F. Scott Jr. and Ben Wilson. A former dancer with Hollywood's Russian ballet coach Theodore Kosloff, Benham showed some of her terpsichorean prowess performing what looked like an impromptu Charleston with the smooth-looking but nefarious Robert Walker in Western Courage (1927), a minor oater starring Dick Hatton. Unfortunately the film went downhill from there. Like most silent-screen action heroines, Benham retired at the advent of sound.
by Hans J. Wollstein biography