LAURI

['The same procedure, Miss Sophie?' Lauri Wylie, actor and author of the play ‘Dinner for One’.] Typed Letter Signed (‘Lauri.’) to theatre historian W. J. Macqueen-Pope, within weeks of his death, regarding the formiing of a limited company.

Author: 
Lauri Wylie [Maurice Laurence Samuelson Metzenberg] (1880-1951), British actor and author, whose 1934 play ‘Dinner for One’ has had a significant cultural impact in Germany [W. J. Macqueen-Pope]
Publication details: 
12 April 1951. 8 Grand Avenue, West Worthing [Sussex].
£80.00

A poignant document, showing Wylie, within weeks of his death on 29 June 1951, full of energy regarding a (possibly fraudulent) scheme. The comedian Freddie Frinton had acquired the rights to Wylie’s two-hander ‘Dinner for One’ after the second world war, and Frinton was seen performing it with May Warden in Blackpool in 1962 by a German television compere and his director.

[ Printed cinema programme, illustrated with photographs. ] G. B. Samuelson's Dramatic Spectacle | The Game of Life By Lauri Wylie & G. B. Samuelson.

Author: 
The Samuelson Film Manufacturing Co., Ltd., London [ Lauri Wylie (1880-1951) and G. B. Samuelson (1889-1947); Isleworth Studios; West End Cinema, Coventry Street, London ]
Publication details: 
World's Rights Owned and Controlled by The Samuelson Film Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 28 Denmark Street, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C.2. [ 1922 ]
£28.00

8pp., 4to. Stapled in coloured wraps. A frail survival, aged and worn with closed tears. The front cover has the words 'The Game of Life' printed in large gothic type over an illustration of a tapestry. The title page carries the motto: 'The Picture that makes the Dimples to catch the Tears'. There is a long poem of the same title on the second page, and the third page carries the 'Argument' of the film by Walter G. Summers. There is a cast list on the fourth page, and pages five to eight tell 'The Story. There are nine black and white illustrations.

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