Monday, February 09, 2015

English Theatrical and Cinema Bookplates-Part 2

This is the second installment of this ongoing project. If you have any theatrical bookplates which you want included in this posting send your scans to

Prince Frank Littler (9 September 1903 – 23 January 1985) CBE, born Prince Frank Richeux, was an English theatre proprietor, impresario and television executive.His bookplate was designed by Cecil Thomas and engraved by G.T. Friend

Leon M. Lion 

Still from Number Seventeen

"Leon M. Lion was a British stage and film actor, playwright, theatrical manager and producer.Lion produced and appeared in a number of plays written by John Galsworthy and their correspondence was later published as a book.[Lion toured in J. Jefferson Farjeon's play "Number Seventeen" in the late 1920s and also starred in the 1932 film version directed by Alfred Hitchcock."

William Macready 

William Charles Macready (3 March 1793 – 27 April 1873) was an English actor.

Ivor Novello

"David Ivor Davies (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.
He was born into a musical family and his first successes were as a songwriter. His first big hit was "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which was enormously popular during the First World War. After the war, Novello contributed numbers to several successful musical comedies and was eventually commissioned to write the scores of complete shows. His 1917 show, Theodore & Co, was a wartime hit. He wrote his musicals in the style of operetta and often composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall.
In the 1920s, he turned to acting, first in British films and then on stage, with considerable success in both. He starred in two silent films directed by Alfred HitchcockThe Lodger and Downhill, both in 1927. On stage, he played the title character in the first London production of Liliom (1926). Novello briefly went to Hollywood, but he soon returned to Britain where he had more successes, especially on stage, appearing in his own lavish West End productions of musicals. The best known of these were Glamorous Night (1935) and The Dancing Years (1939). From the 1930s, he often performed with Zena Dare, writing parts for her in his works. He continued to write for film, but he had his biggest late successes with stage musicals: Perchance to Dream (1945), King's Rhapsody (1949) and Gay's the Word (1951)."
"In 1935, still in her teens, she appeared as Baroness Frankenstein in Bride of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff and Colin Clive. She played opposite Henry Hullthat same year in Werewolf of London, the first Hollywood werewolf film, predating The Wolf Man by six years. The latter half of the 1940s saw Hobson in perhaps her two most memorable roles: as the adult Estella in David Lean's 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations, and as the refined and virtuous Edith D'Ascoyne in the 1949 black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets.
In 1952 she divorced her first husband, the film producer Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan (1904–2003), and married John Profumo (1915–2006), an MP, in 1954, giving up acting shortly afterwards. Hobson's last starring role was in the original London production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical play The King and Iwhich opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 8 October 1953. She played Mrs. Anna Leonowens opposite Herbert Lom's King. The show ran for 926 performances"

Sir Terrence Mervyn Rattigan (1911-77)

Sir Terrence Rattigan was one England's most popular and Successful contemporary playwrights. He was knighted in 1971.His most famous plays were perhaps  French without Tears,The Winslow Boy, The Deep Blue Sea and Separate Tables.

His bookplate has addresses presumably of his homes or places connected with his life.He also used a simple label in a border with calligraphic flourishes on either side of his name.

Ref: London Bookplates by Brian North Lee P.145 item #294

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