Readers Write to Paul Holt
Where Are The Film Stars Of Yesterday?
OLD - TIME British film stars seem to have been completely forgotten. Can you give me any information about (or do you
member such names as) Isobel Elsom, Fred Paul, Eileen Dennes, Poppy Wyndham, Guy Newall, Ivy Duke, Harry Agar Lyons, Walter
Tennyson, Fred Groves, Violet Hopson, Cameron Carr, Mary Dibley?
I know Gregory Scott Is poultry farming in Surrey, and I heard that Florence Turner was taken
to Hollywood by Norma Talmadge. Lionel Howard is dead, Stewart Rome still does film work. But
"Lt has happened to Henry Victor and Warwick Ward, who played in "Vaudeville" ? And Jameson Thomas?
Is Eille Norwood who sets the "Daily Express" puzzles the man who once made a Sherlock Holmes film?â€”Freda Hartley
Isobel Elsom, Fred Groves, Harry Agar Lyons, acting in plays mostly in the provinces.
Walter Tennyson, directing. Guy Newall, Ivy Duke, no longer in films. Cameron Carr, Henry Victor, small part acting.
Jameson Thomas, small-part acting in Hollyieood.
Violet Hopson has run beauty parlour and hat shop. Does small parts and crowd work, Fred Pond, crowd work.
Poppy Wyndham (Hon. Elsie Mackav) perished in attempt to fly Atlantic with Captain Hinchcliffe in 1928.
Eille Norwood, Sherlock Holmes of screen and stage, compiles " Daily Express" crossword puzzles.
*A guinea goes to the writer
of this letter
~Daily Express February 1st, 1936
In the Daily Express edition of May 25th, 1921
Violet Hopson writes her own column on the failings of English actresses (excerpt):
To be perfectly frank, both Mr. Walter West - the Broadwest producerâ€”and myself have made many efforts to "discover " promising British
talent , but although we have given every possible encouragement to quite a number of English girls, the results have
been distinctly disappointing. We have found, for instance, that girls who have been only too anxious to " walk on " in
the early stages have become lazy, un-punctual, and unwilling to work at hours
that might have been inconvenient to them'
My own impression is that these girls are gcnerally inspired by sheer vanity to
seek " crowd " work, for they appear to be highly indignant if they are offered " c h a r a c t e r " parts where they do not
" s c r e e n " as beauties, while few if any of them are willing to undergo the hard drudgery that is really necessary for
them to learn their business from A to Z.