BASIL RATHBONE - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1933 CO-SIGNED BY: GORDON HARKER, VICTOR SAVILLE, ETHEL G. HUDSON, VICTOR C. HUDSON, ANNE GREY, MURIEL ANGELUS, JOAN WYNDHAM, LESLIE MATTHEWS, DOROTHY "CHILI" BOUCHIER, MADELEINE CARROLL - HFSID 112573
Sale Price $680.00
BASIL RATHBONE, MADELEINE CARROLL, VICTOR HUDSON, ETHEL HUDSON, ANNE GREY,
LESTER MATTHEWS, MURIEL ANGELUS, VICTOR SAVILLE, DOROTHY BOUCHIER, GORDON HARKER
and JOAN WYNDHAM
Celebrities and local dignitaries sign a program for "The Lido Birthday Celebrations" at The Lido Cinema & Cafe in Hove, England.
Program signed: "Victor C. Hudson/(Mayor of Hove.)", "Ethel G. Hudson/Mayoress of Hove", "Anne Grey", "Lester Matthews", "Muriel Angelus", "Victor Saville", "Dorothy Bouchier", "Gordon Harker", "Joan Wyndham", "Madeleine Carroll" and "Basil Rathbone" on front cover and signed "Victor C. Hudson." as Mayor on third page, 8p, 7¼x9½. Hove, England, circa May 1933. Program for "The Lido Birthday Celebrations" at The Lido Cinema & Cafe in Hove, England. The event, which ran from Monday, May 8, 1933-Friday, May 12, 1933, was a benefit "In aid of the Mayoress of Hove's 'Miles of Pennies' Fund for the Hove Hospital". Two films, For the Love of Mike, and Hounds of Zaroff, were featured on the screen, and there were several events held on stage. On May 9, British actress and actor ANNE GREY and LESTER MATTHEWS, who were married from 1931-1938, crowned the Lido Birthday Queen in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Hove. On May 9th, there were personal appearances by British leading lady MURIEL ANGELUS and London-born actor GORDON HARKER in the afternoon and by British star MADELEINE CARROLL and director VICTOR SAVILLE in the evening. On Wednesday evening, May 10, actress DOROTHY BOUCHIER, who is best known as Chili Bouchier, appeared with Garry Marsh, while British actress JOAN WYNDHAM and popular film star BASIL RATHBONE rounded out the program on Friday evening, May 12th. Rathbone was to auction a cricket bat autographed by the Sussez County Cricket team. British actor BASIL RATHBONE (1892-1967), who appeared on Broadway 23 times and won the 1948 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (The Heiress), is also known for his film work in period costume dramas. Rathbone, who appeared in One Precious Year and Loyalties in 1933, was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1936) and King Louis XVI in If I Were King (1938). He also appeared as Murdstone in David Copperfield (1934), Evremonde in Tale of Two Cities (1935), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Pompeii (1936), Karenin in Anna Karenina (1936) and Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). In 1939, Rathbone was cast as Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the first of his 14 screen appearances as Conan Doyle's master detective. He also played Holmes on radio from 1939-1946. British actress MADELEINE CARROLL (1906-1987), born Edith Madeleine Carroll, made her film debut in 1928, and she would go on to appear on the big screen until 1949 (in 1933, she was seen on the big screen in Sleeping Car and I Was a Spy). Her other film credits include School for Scandal (1930), The 39 Steps (1935), The Dictator (1935), Lloyd's of London (1936), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Blockade (1938), North West Mounted Police (1940) and The Fan (1949). Carroll, who also appeared on several early TV anthologies from 1950-1955, was also known to American audiences for performing on such radio shows as The Chase and Sanborn Hour (1938). In 1933, British actress ANNE GREY (1907-1987) was seen on the big screen in eight films: The Wandering Jew, She Was Only a Village Maiden, The Lure, Leave it to Smith, The Golden Cage, One Precious Year, The Blarney Stone and The House of Trent. Grey, who made her film debut in 1928's What Money Can Buy, made her last film appearance in A People Eternal in 1939, but she resurfaced on television in the 1978 made-for-TV movie, No Room to Run. In 1933, British actor LESTER MATTHEWS (1900-1975) appeared in She Was Only a Village Maiden with his wife, Anne Grey, and he was also seen on the big screen in The Song You Gave Me, Called Back, House of Dreams, The Stolen Necklace, Out of the Past, Facing the Music, The Melody-Maker and On Secret Service. Matthews, who moved to Hollywood, later appeared in a number of television shows in addition to feature films. London-born leading lady MURIEL ANGELUS (1909-2004), who had begun her career in show business as a singer at the age of 12, appeared on stage as well as in feature films, introducing the song, "Falling in Love with Love" in the 1938 Broadway show, The Boys From Syracuse. Angelus, who appeared in films from 1928-1940, was married to Scottish actor John Stuart from 1928 until their divorce in 1938 and to Radio City Music Hall orchestra conductor Paul Lavalle from 1946 until his death in 1997. British director and producer VICTOR SAVILLE (1895-1979) was nominated for Academy Awards for The Citadel (1938) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). He directed his first film, The Arcadians, in 1927, and Saville would go on to direct over three dozen features, including The Dictator (1935), Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951) and The Silver Chalice (1954). London-born actress DOROTHY BOUCHIER (1909-1999), who is best known as CHILI BOUCHIER, appeared in three feature films in 1933: Summer Lightning, The King's Cup and Purse Strings. She was seen on the big screen from 1927 (Shooting Stars) to 1960 (Dead Lucky). In 1933, British actor GORDON HARKER (1885-1967) appeared three films, This is the Life, Britannia of Billingsgate and Friday the Thirteenth. Harker made over five dozen films from 1921 (General John Regan) to 1959 (Left Right and Centre), including several films in the Inspector Hornleigh series (1939, 1941). In 1933, British actress JOAN WYNDHAM (born in 1911) was seen on the big screen in Love's Old Sweet Song, The Fortunate Fool and Loyalties. Wyndham, who had made her debut in 1930's Call of the Circus, would make only two more films (Gay Old Dog, 1935, and Juggernaut, 1936) before retiring from the screen. Creased with folds, vertical fold at the "E" of Ethel and the "s" of Angelus. Pages have separated at mid-vertical folds, the "Celebration" schedule and the back cover are intact. 1¼-inch tear at upper margin at mid-vertical fold of front cover touches the "E" of Ethel, 1½-inch tear at that fold at lower blank margin. ¼-inch tear at lower right blank margin of cover, which has nicks from binding at left edge. Minor tears at blank margins of four additional pages. Lightly soiled, transference of type at lower margin of one page. Overall, fair condition.
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