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Amateur Theatre in the 1960’s

I was fortunate to find an album of photographs kept by Peter Hibbitt, an amateur actor as a record of his stage performances.  These provide a great insight into stage production during the 1960’s.

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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the role of ‘The Tramp’.







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Peter Hibbitt (above) playing the part of Frank Gibbons.







A tribute to all actors past and present who give of their time to entertain us.


‘B’ Western Movies of 1950’s

Last week I passed by the window of John Tolley Antiques on the way home from King’s Church in Catford Hill London and there was a group of photographs on display. I like collecting old photographs so when the shop opened again I purchased them. It was only a group of four 8″ x 10″ prints from the USA published by the 20th Century Fox Studio, two depicted scenes from Western Movies, a third image was of the movie star Kathleen Crowley. On the reverse  of these three prints was the name of the film ‘The Quiet Gun’, which I found came out in 1957. The fourth print had no details so dear reader if you recognize the film or the actors I would welcome the information. My friend Angela told me that theses publicity photographs were issued alongside the posters to accompany the film when it was issued to the Cinema.                                                                                                     the-quiet-gun-1957-a

Kathleen Crowley who was one of the actors in The Quiet Gun.


Kathleen Crowley, interesting to note that this scene does not appear in the film, nor the cowboy !!! This role is played by Forrest Tucker and the characters do not kiss on screen. The only conclusion is that this image came from an early screen test.


Here is another scene that does not appear on screen, the film cast the actor Lee Van Cleef as the bad guy and has no ‘gang’ with him. So another mystery ! The director moves to a distant view of the main street and the shooting is not shown in any detail.


Here is the last photograph, this image is from a film but no details are shown on this image. I would imagine this still dates from the late 1950’s but will require a bit of detective work to find out which one. So dear reader if you recognize the female actor  or the film please let me know.




Tribute to Variety Acts in the 1950’s

When a house is cleared the furniture sometimes ends up in a second hand shop. All that remains of a past life are a few photographs tossed in a drawer. I was able a purchase those few discarded photographs from such a shop. The former house owner was a lady by the name of Ann Boon. She had a few photographs of stage acts of the 1950’s and my guess is that she also performed on the stage but I have been unable to trace any information about her on the internet.                                                                                                 Ann Boon                                                                                                      Here is a photograph of her from the 1950’s, the other photographs are the act’s she probably performed with, three have been autographed.                                                                       Freddie Sales (Comedian)                                                                                                      Freddie Sales was born on 27th November 1920 in Hull, Humberside. He was an actor and writer who appeared in Variety Bandbox, also The Top Hat (1950). Known for Educating Archie (1958), and Dick Emery’s Comedy Hour (1979). He died on 15th November 1994.           Larry Jay (Comedian)

Larry was in the Comedy Band, Dr Crock & His Crackpots. He was the Main Comedian in the Band for over 20 years.                                                                                                                              Walthon & Dorraine (Comedy & Balancing Act)                                                                                                         Walthon & Dorraine (Comedy & Balancing Act).  After working in Australia they came to Britain in 1950 and signed up with Lew and Leslie Grade appearing with such stars as Laurel & Hardy, Max Miller, Kay Star, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. They also appeared with Billy Cotton, Dickie Valentine, Norman Vaughan and many others.                                       Pharos and Marina (Eddie Pharos & Enid Phillips) (Thought reading act 1950's)

Pharos and Marina (Eddie Pharos & Enid Phillips),a thought reading act in the 1950’s.           Magician (unknown)                                                                                                           And finally a Magician, have no name or information. That completes my photograph’s. I would welcome any additional information you could provide. I have no doubt that these performers inspired many during their time on the stage and this is now my tribute to them.