|Two programmes from the |
production of The Improper
Duchess in Liverpool
and London performed
of each other in early 1932.
Production: The Improper Duchess by James B Fagan
Venues: The Globe Theatre, The Liverpool Empire
Date: Jan - Feb 1932
Starring: Yvonne Arnaud, Harold Thorley, Maxwell Lowe, John M Moore, Torin Thatcher, Zena Howard, Sam Livesey, Annie Esmond, Peggy Livesy, John Laurie, Hartley Power, Annie Esmond, Winifred Oughton.
By the time John Laurie joined Dad's Army in 1968, he already had a spectacular CV behind him on stage and screen. John's career on stage went right back to the early years of the 20th Century where he had played many strong support roles to great actors of the day.
One major success was James B Fagan's modern comedy The Improper Duchess of which John toured extensively during 1931 and 1932.
The Improper Duchess starred French actress Yvonne Arnaud and Hartley Power (who would later go on to feature in many movies). John Laurie played the role of the Rev. Adam P. McAdam.
|A page from the Liverpool Empire programme|
for The Improper Duchess
|Yvonne Arnaud pictured in The Globe Theatre|
programme for The Improper Duchess
|The cast for The Improper Duchess|
as featured in the Liverpool Empire programme
Yvonne Arnaud later starred in a 1936 film adaptation, although John did not appear in this. John himself was already in demand featuring in films like The Edge Of The World and The Lady Vanishes.