Mary Clare Absalom was a British actress of stage and television. Mary Clare Absalom was born in 1892, the second of five daughters, to George Alfred Absalom and Annie Louise Austin. Mary Absalom first worked in an office but a loan of £50 allowed her to train at a dramatic school and she began her thespian career as Mary Clare on the London stage at the age of 18 in 1910, she made her London West End debut in Turandot at the St James's Theatre in 1913, following which she appeared in many West End productions. In the theatre, she became one of Noël Coward's "leading ladies" appearing in several of his plays, in particular, Cavalcade in 1931. In September 1936 she played the leading role in the play Laura Garnett, by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, at the Arts Theatre Club and played the lead role of the victim in Agatha Christie's 1945 play Appointment with Death. In 1960, she appeared in Noël Coward's 50th play Waiting in the Wings with Sybil Thorndike. In films, she was a character actress, in life portraying mature ladies who had strength of character or were autocratic.
She appeared in several silent films including the film The Black Spider in 1920, thereafter divided her time between the stage and the cinema. In April 1927, she appeared in Packing Up, a short film produced in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process, her first major sound film was as Mrs Jeffcote. In 1938, she was featured opposite Rosalind Russell in The Citadel, she appeared in two of the British-made Alfred Hitchcock films and Innocent, playing a nightmare of an aunt who demands that everyone enjoy themselves at her young daughter's birthday party, The Lady Vanishes, in which she played a sinister baroness. She played the part of Linda Sanger in two different versions of The Constant Nymph and had been in the stage version. Whilst Mary Clare played many leading roles, her only "title" role was as the eccentric detective Palmyra Pym in the 1940 film Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard that featured Nigel Patrick and Irene Handl. In 1956, she was in several TV episodes in British television, she married Lionel Percival Mawhood at the District of St Martin, London in September Quarter 1915.
Mawhood died in 1935. 1901 UK Census Record - Source Citation: Class: RG13. A Historical Dictionary of British Women By Cathy Hartley - First published in 1983 as "The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women" ISBN 0-203-40390-8. England & Wales, Birth Index: 1837-1983 > 1892 > Q3-Jul-Aug-Sep > Page 319. Ashford 2a 1061" "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies" - edited by John Walker - Published by Harper-Collins - ISBN 0-06-093507-3 Media related to Mary Clare at Wikimedia Commons Mary Clare on IMDb
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans; the City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of the London Assembly. London is considered to be one of the world's most important global cities and has been termed the world's most powerful, most desirable, most influential, most visited, most expensive, sustainable, most investment friendly, most popular for work, the most vegetarian friendly city in the world. London exerts a considerable impact upon the arts, education, fashion, healthcare, professional services and development, tourism and transportation.
London ranks 26 out of 300 major cities for economic performance. It is one of the largest financial centres and has either the fifth or sixth largest metropolitan area GDP, it is the most-visited city as measured by international arrivals and has the busiest city airport system as measured by passenger traffic. It is the leading investment destination, hosting more international retailers and ultra high-net-worth individuals than any other city. London's universities form the largest concentration of higher education institutes in Europe. In 2012, London became the first city to have hosted three modern Summer Olympic Games. London has a diverse range of people and cultures, more than 300 languages are spoken in the region, its estimated mid-2016 municipal population was 8,787,892, the most populous of any city in the European Union and accounting for 13.4% of the UK population. London's urban area is the second most populous in the EU, after Paris, with 9,787,426 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
The population within the London commuter belt is the most populous in the EU with 14,040,163 inhabitants in 2016. London was the world's most populous city from c. 1831 to 1925. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and The Shard. London has numerous museums, galleries and sporting events; these include the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres. The London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. "London" is an ancient name, attested in the first century AD in the Latinised form Londinium. Over the years, the name has attracted many mythicising explanations; the earliest attested appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, written around 1136. This had it that the name originated from a supposed King Lud, who had taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.
Modern scientific analyses of the name must account for the origins of the different forms found in early sources Latin, Old English, Welsh, with reference to the known developments over time of sounds in those different languages. It is agreed; this was adapted into Latin as Londinium and borrowed into Old English, the ancestor-language of English. The toponymy of the Common Brythonic form is much debated. A prominent explanation was Richard Coates's 1998 argument that the name derived from pre-Celtic Old European *lowonida, meaning "river too wide to ford". Coates suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London. However, most work has accepted a Celtic origin for the name, recent studies have favoured an explanation along the lines of a Celtic derivative of a proto-Indo-European root *lendh-, combined with the Celtic suffix *-injo- or *-onjo-. Peter Schrijver has suggested, on these grounds, that the name meant'place that floods'; until 1889, the name "London" applied to the City of London, but since it has referred to the County of London and Greater London.
"London" is sometimes written informally as "LDN". In 1993, the remains of a Bronze Age bridge were found on the south foreshore, upstream of Vauxhall Bridge; this bridge either reached a now lost island in it. Two of those timbers were radiocarbon dated to between 1750 BC and 1285 BC. In 2010 the foundations of a large timber structure, dated to between 4800 BC and 4500 BC, were found on the Thames's south foreshore, downstream of Vauxhall Bridge; the function of the mesolithic structure is not known. Both structures are on the south bank. Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans about four years after the invasion
77 Park Lane
77 Park Lane is a 1931 British thriller film directed by Albert de Courville and starring Dennis Neilson-Terry, Betty Stockfeld and Malcolm Keen. It was shot at Walton Studios. A French-language version 77 Rue Chalgrin and a Spanish-language version Between Night and Day were made at the same time. At an upmarket gambling house in Park Lane, a woman tries to save her brother from ruin. Dennis Neilson-Terry... Lord Brent Betty Stockfeld... Mary Connor Malcolm Keen... Sherringham Ben Welden... Sinclair Cecil Humphreys... Paul Esmond Knight... Philip Connor Molly Johnson... Eve Grayson Roland Culver... Sir Richard Carrington Molesworth Blow... George Malton John Turnbull... Superintendent Percival Coyte... Donovan 77 Park Lane on IMDb
Lorna Doone (1951 film)
Lorna Doone is a 1951 American Technicolor adventure film directed by Phil Karlson and starring Barbara Hale and Richard Greene. It is an adaptation of the novel Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore, set in the English West Country during the 17th century. Lorna Doone falls for John Ridd, but is betrothed to one Carver Doone; as the English Civil War looms, John is determined to defeat the vicious Doone family and win Lorna over. Barbara Hale as Lorna Doone Richard Greene as John Ridd Carl Benton Reid as Sir Ensor Doone William Bishop as Carver Doone Ron Randell as Tom Faggus Sean McClory as Charleworth Doone Onslow Stevens as Counsellor Doone Lester Matthews as King Charles II John Dehner as Baron de Wichehalse Gloria Petroff as Lorna Doone as a Child Edward Small first announced plans to film the novel in 1944 and hired George Bruce to write a screenplay in 1946, he sent representatives to England to scout locations that year and there was talk of a co-production with J Arthur Rank starring Louis Hayward with filming in Scotland.
Charles Bennett and Leonore Coffee worked on the early drafts of the script. In 1948 Alfred Hitchcock announced plans to film the novel for Transatlantic Pictures. Small claimed he had registered the title in the US; this prompted Small to announce he would start filming in England in association with Rank and producer John Beck on 1 March 1949. This was postponed due to the US–English film trade war of 1948–19 and in August 1949 filming was put back indefinitely; the project was reactivated in 1949 when Small signed a two-picture deal with Columbia Pictures, for Lorna Doone and The Brigand. It was decided instead to make the movie in Hollywood, with locations shot at Yosemite National Park. Richard Greene and Barbara Hale were cast in the leads and Jesse Lasky Jr did the final draft of the script; the final script was influenced by Westerns. Reviews were mixed. Lorna Doone on IMDb' film clip on YouTube
James Elroy Flecker
James Elroy Flecker was a British novelist and playwright. As a poet he was most influenced by the Parnassian poets. Herman Elroy Flecker was born on 5 November 1884 in Lewisham, London, to Dr William Herman Flecker, headmaster of Dean Close School and his wife Sarah, his much younger brother was the educationalist Henry Lael Oswald Flecker, who became Headmaster of Christ's Hospital. Flecker chose to use the first name "James", either because he disliked the name "Herman" or to avoid confusion with his father. "Roy", as his family called him, was educated at Dean Close School at Uppingham School. He subsequently studied at Trinity College, at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. While at Oxford he was influenced by the last flowering of the Aesthetic movement there under John Addington Symonds, became a close friend of the classicist and art historian John Beazley. From 1910 Flecker worked in the consular service in the Eastern Mediterranean. On a ship to Athens he met Helle Skiadaressi, in 1911 he married her.
Flecker was buried in Cheltenham. His death at the age of thirty was described at the time as "unquestionably the greatest premature loss that English literature has suffered since the death of Keats"; the excerpt from Flecker's verse drama Hassan... The Golden Journey to Samarkand inscribed on the clock tower of the barracks of the British Army's 22 Special Air Service regiment in Hereford provides an enduring testimony to Flecker's work: We are the Pilgrims, master; the same inscription appears on the NZSAS monument at Rennie Lines in the Papakura Military Camp in New Zealand, at the Indian Army's Special Forces Training School in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh, India. A character in the second volume of Anthony Powell's novel sequence, A Dance to the Music of Time, is said to be "fond of intoning" the lines For lust of knowing what we should not know / We take the Golden Road to Samarkand, without an attribution to Flecker. Saki's short story "A Defensive Diamond" references "The Golden Journey to Samarkand".
Agatha Christie quotes Flecker several times in her final novel, Postern of Fate. Jorge Luis Borges quotes a quatrain from Flecker's poem "To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence" in his essay "Note on Walt Whitman": O friend unseen, unknown,Student of our sweet English tongue,Read out my words at night, alone:I was a poet, I was young. Nevil Shute quotes from Hassan in Marazan, his first published novel, in the headings of many of the chapters in his 1951 novel Round the Bend; the Pilgrims' Song from Hassan and its setting by Delius play a pivotal role at the beginning of Elizabeth Goudge's novel The Castle on the Hill. Diana Rigg quotes an amended stanza from Hassan in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service as she looks out of the window of Piz Gloria at the sun rising over the Swiss alps: Thy dawn, O Master of the World, thy dawn; the original in Flecker's play is more romantic, makes clear that the Caliph is being addressed, not the Almighty: Thy dawn O Master of the world, thy dawn. That hour, O Master, shall be bright for thee:Thy merchants chase the morning down the sea,The braves who fight thy war unsheathe the sabre,The slaves who work thy mines are lashed to labour,For thee the waggons of the world are drawn - The ebony of night, the red of dawn!
In Flashman at the Charge author George MacDonald Fraser concludes a final scene with a decasyllable quatrain pastiche in Flecker’s style. Following many misadventures suffered by the book’s picaresque hero Harry Flashman, brother-in-arms rebel leader Yakub Beg waxes poetic and evokes the mystique of middle Asia with its concomitant voyage of self-discovery and friendships hard won by reciting: To learn the age-old lesson day by day:It is not in the bright arrival planned,But in the dreams men dream along the way,They find the Golden Road to Samarkand. Flecker's poem "The Bridge of Fire" features in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, in the volume The Wake, The Golden Journey to Samarkand is quoted in the volume World's End; the Bridge of Fire Thirty-Six Poems Forty-Two Poems The Golden Journey to Samarkand The Old Ships Collected Poems The Last Generation: A Story of the Future The King of Alsander Hassan Incidental music to the play was written by Frederick Delius in 1920, before the play's publication, first performed in September 1923.
Don Juan The Grecians The Scholars' Italian Book Collected Prose The Letters of J. E. Flecker to Frank Savery Some Letters from Abroad of James Elroy Flecker James Elroy Flecker by Douglas Goldring An Essay on Flecker by T. E. Lawrence No Golden Journey: A Biography of James Elroy Flecker by John Sherwood James Elroy Flecker by John M. Munro "Hassan" by James Elroy Flecker
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a 1927 British silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June Tripp, Malcolm Keen, Ivor Novello. Hitchcock's third feature film, it was released on 14 February 1927 in London and on 10 June 1928 in New York City. Based on the novel The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes and the play Who Is He? co-written by Belloc Lowndes, the film is about the hunt for a "Jack the Ripper"-like serial killer in London. A young blonde woman, her golden hair illuminated, screams, she is the seventh victim of a serial killer known as "The Avenger", who targets young blonde women on Tuesday evenings. That night, Daisy Bunting, a blonde model, is at a fashion show when she and the other showgirls hear the news; the blonde girls are horrified. Daisy laughs at their fears, returns home to her parents, Mr and Mrs Bunting, her policeman sweetheart, Joe. A handsome young man, bearing a strong resemblance to the description of the murderer, arrives at the house and asks about the room for rent.
Mrs. Bunting shows him the room, decorated with portraits of beautiful young blond women; the man is rather secretive. However he willingly pays her a month's rent in advance, asks only for a little to eat. Mrs. Bunting is surprised to see that the lodger is turning all the portraits around to face the wall – he politely requests that they be removed. Daisy comes in to remove the portraits, an attraction begins to form between Daisy and the lodger; the women return downstairs. The relationship between Daisy and the reclusive lodger becomes serious, Joe, newly assigned to the Avenger case, begins to resent this; the following Tuesday, Mrs. Bunting is awoken late at night by the lodger leaving the house, she attempts to search his room. In the morning, another blonde girl is found dead, just around the corner; the police observe. Mrs. Bunting tells her husband that she believes the lodger is the Avenger, the two try to prevent Daisy spending time with him; the next Tuesday night and the lodger sneak away for a late-night date.
Joe confronts them. Joe begins to piece together the events of the previous weeks, convinces himself that the lodger is indeed the murdering Avenger. With a warrant in hand, two fellow officers in tow, Joe returns to search the lodger's room, they find a leather bag containing a gun, a map plotting the location of the Avenger's murders, newspaper clippings about the attacks, a photograph of a beautiful blonde woman. Joe recognizes this woman as the Avenger's first victim; the lodger is arrested, despite Daisy's protests. Daisy goes out and finds him, handcuffed and shivering, he explains that the woman in the photograph was his sister, a beautiful debutante murdered by the Avenger at a dance she had attended. Daisy gives him brandy to warm him, hiding his handcuffs with a cloak; the locals, suspicious of the pair, pursue them gathering numbers until they are a veritable lynch mob. The lodger is surrounded and beaten, while Daisy and Joe, who have just heard the news from headquarters that the real Avenger has been caught, try in vain to defend him.
When all seems lost, a paperboy interrupts with the news. The mob releases the lodger; some time the lodger is shown to have recovered from his injuries and he and Daisy are living together as a couple. Marie Ault as The Landlady Arthur Chesney as Her Husband June Tripp as Daisy Bunting, a Model Malcolm Keen as Joe Chandler Ivor Novello as Jonathan Drew Eve Gray as Showgirl Victim Alfred Hitchcock as Extra in newspaper office Reginald Gardiner as Dancer at Ball Alma Reville as Woman Listening to Wireless Alfred Hitchcock cameos: Alfred Hitchcock appears sitting at a desk in the newsroom with his back to the camera and while operating a telephone; this is Alfred Hitchcock's first recognisable film cameo and was to become a standard practice for the remainder of his films. Hitchcock's cameo happened because the actor, supposed to play the part of the telephone operator failed to show up, Hitchcock filled the breach, he appeared toward the end of the film in the mob scene after the lodger is saved from the crowd.
The Lodger is based on a novel of the same name by Marie Belloc Lowndes, about the Jack the Ripper murders, on the play Who Is He?, a comic stage adaptation of the novel by the playwright Horace Annesley Vachell that Hitchcock saw in 1915. The film was intended to end with ambiguity as to whether or not the lodger was innocent. However, when Ivor Novello was cast in the role, the studio demanded alterations to the script. Hitchcock recalled: They wouldn't let Novello be considered as a villain; the publicity angle carried the day, we had to change the script to show that without a doubt he was innocent. Hitchcock followed these instructions, but avoided showing the true villain onscreen. Upon seeing Hitchcock's finished film, producer Michael Balcon was furious, nearly shelved it. After considerable bickering, a compromise was reached and film c
Cymbeline known as Cymbeline, King of Britain, is a play by William Shakespeare set in Ancient Britain and based on legends that formed part of the Matter of Britain concerning the early Celtic British King Cunobeline. Although listed as a tragedy in the First Folio, modern critics classify Cymbeline as a romance or a comedy. Like Othello and The Winter's Tale, it deals with the themes of jealousy. While the precise date of composition remains unknown, the play was produced as early as 1611. Cymbeline, the Roman Empire's vassal king of Britain, once had two sons and Arvirargus, but they were stolen twenty years earlier as infants by an exiled traitor named Belarius. Cymbeline now discovers that his only child left, his daughter Imogen, has secretly married her lover Posthumus Leonatus, an otherwise honourable man of Cymbeline's court; the lovers have exchanged jewellery as tokens: Imogen with a bracelet, Posthumus with a ring. Cymbeline dismisses the marriage and banishes Posthumus since Imogen -- as Cymbeline's only child -- must produce a royal-blooded heir to succeed to the British throne.
In the meantime, Cymbeline's Queen is conspiring to have Cloten married to Imogen to secure her bloodline. The Queen is plotting to murder both Imogen and Cymbeline, procuring what she believes to be deadly poison from the court doctor; the doctor, switches the poison with a harmless sleeping potion. The Queen passes the "poison" along to Pisanio and Imogen's loving servant -- the latter is led to believe it is a medicinal drug. No longer able to be with her banished Posthumus, Imogen secludes herself in her chambers, away from Cloten's aggressive advances. Posthumus must now live in Italy, where he meets Iachimo, who challenges the prideful Posthumus to a bet that he, can seduce Imogen, who Posthumus has praised for her chastity, bring Posthumus proof of Imogen's adultery. If Iachimo wins, he will get Posthumus's token ring. If Posthumus wins, not only must Iachimo pay him but fight Posthumus in a duel with swords. Iachimo heads to Britain where he aggressively attempts to seduce the faithful Imogen, who sends him packing.
Iachimo hides in a chest in Imogen's bedchamber and, when the princess falls asleep, emerges to steal from her Posthumus's bracelet. He takes note of the room and Imogen's naked body to be able to present false evidence to Posthumus that he has seduced his bride. Returning to Italy, Iachimo convinces Posthumus that he has seduced Imogen. In his wrath, Posthumus sends two letters to Britain: one to Imogen, telling her to meet him at Milford Haven, on the Welsh coast. However, Pisanio reveals to her Posthumus's plot, he has Imogen continue to Milford Haven to seek employment. He gives her the Queen's "poison," believing it will alleviate her psychological distress. In the guise of a boy, Imogen adopts the name "Fidele," meaning "faithful." Back at Cymbeline's court, Cymbeline refuses to pay his British tribute to the Roman ambassador Caius Lucius, Lucius warns Cymbeline of the Roman Emperor's forthcoming wrath, which will amount to an invasion of Britain by Roman troops. Meanwhile, Cloten learns of the "meeting" between Posthumus at Milford Haven.
Dressing himself enviously in Posthumus's clothes, he decides to go to Wales to kill Posthumus, rape and marry Imogen. Imogen has now been travelling as "Fidele" through the Welsh mountains, her health in decline as she comes to a cave: the home of Belarius, along with his "sons" Polydore and Cadwal, whom he raised into great hunters; these two young men are in fact the British princes Guiderius and Arviragus, who themselves do not realise their own origin. The men discover "Fidele," and captivated by a strange affinity for "him", become fast friends. Outside the cave, Guiderius is met by Cloten, who throws insults, leading to a sword fight during which Guiderius beheads Cloten. Meanwhile, Imogen's fragile state worsens and she takes the "poison" as a hopeful medicine, they mourn and, after placing Cloten's body beside hers depart to prepare for the double burial. Imogen awakes to find the headless body, believes it to be Posthumus due to the fact the body is wearing Posthumus' clothes. Lucius' Roman soldiers have just arrived in Britain and, as the army moves through Wales, Lucius discovers the devastated "Fidele", who pretends to be a loyal servant grieving for his killed master.
The treacherous Queen is now wasting away due to the disappearance of her son Cloten. Meanwhile, despairing of his life, a guilt-ridden Posthumus enlists in the Roman forces as they begin their invasion of Britain. Belarius, Guiderius and Posthumus all help rescue Cymbeline from the Roman onslaught. Posthumus, allowing himself to be captured, as well as "Fidele", are imprisoned alongside the true Romans, all of whom await execution. In jail, Posthumus sleeps, while the ghosts of his dead family appear to complain to Jupiter of his grim fate. Jupiter himself appears in thunder and glory to assure the others that destiny will grant happiness to Posthumus and Britain. Cornelius arrives in the court to announce that the Queen has died and that on her deathbed she unrepentantly confessed to villainous sche