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Lonsdale, Frederick Biography




biography of Lonsdale, Frederick

Leonard, Lionel Frederick
5 February 1881, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
4 April 1954, London, England, UK


-   'Leslie Brooke Hoggan' (? - ?)


-   Father of writer 'Frances Donaldson (I)' (qv) and 'Angela Fox (I)' (qv).

-   Grandfather of 'Edward Fox (I)' (qv), 'James Fox (I)' (qv) and 'Robert Fox (II)' (qv).

-   Enjoyed a 40-year career as a Broadway playwright and director; active there from 1910-1950. A 1985 revival of his 1923 romantic comedy, Aren't We All? marked 'Claudette Colbert' (qv)'s final stage appearance.

-   He is the great-grandfather of 'Emilia Fox' (qv), 'Laurence Fox (I)' (qv) and 'Freddie Fox (IV)' (qv).


-   (1926) Stage: Wrote source material for "Katia", produced on Broadway. Musical/operetta. Directed by 'James C. Huffman' (qv). 44th Street Theatre: 18 Oct 1926-22 Jan 1927 (112 performances). Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert.

-   (1926) Stage: Wrote "On Approval", produced on Broadway. Directed by 'Athole Stewart' (qv). Gaiety Theatre: 18 Oct 1926-Jan 1927 (closing date unknown/96 performances). Cast: 'Wallace Eddinger' (qv), Violet Kemble-Cooper, Kathlene MacDonald, Hugh Wakefield. Produced by 'Charles B. Dillingham' (qv).

-   (1925) Stage: Wrote "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney", produced on Broadway. Comedy. Note: Filmed as _The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)_ (qv)

-   (1924). Stage Play. The Fake. Drama. Written by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). Directed by 'Frank Reicher' (qv). Hudson Theatre: 6 Oct 1924- Dec 1924 (closing date unknown/88 performances). Cast: Marion Allen (as "A Parlormaid"), Frank Conroy (as "The Hon. Gerrard Pillick"), 'Orlando Daly' (qv) (as "Ernest Stanton, M.P."), 'Boyd Davis' (qv) (as "Watkins") [Broadway debut], 'Reynolds Denniston' (qv) (as "Sir Thomas Moorgate, M.D.") [Broadway debut], Evelyn Walsh Hall (as "Mrs. Stanton"), 'Frieda Inescort' (qv) (as "Mavis Stanton"), Harry Neville (as "Dr. Hesketh Pointer, M.P."), 'Una O'Connor (I)' (qv) (as "A Waitress"), 'Godfrey Tearle' (qv) (as "Geoffrey Sands"), Pauline Whitson, 'John Williams (II)' (qv) [Broadway debut]. Produced by 'A.H. Woods' (qv).

-   (1923). Stage Play: Spring Cleaning. Comedy. Written by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre: 9 Nov 1923- Jun 1924 (closing date unknown/251 performances). Cast: 'Gordon Ash (I)' (qv) (as "Archie Wells"), 'Lewis Broughton' (qv) (as "Walters"), 'Arthur Byron' (qv) (as "Richard Sones"), C. Haviland Chappelle (as "Billy Sommers"), 'Blythe Daly' (qv) (as "Fay Collen"), Violet Heming (as "Margaret Sones"), 'A.E. Matthews' (qv) (as "Ernest Steele"), Maxine McDonald (as "Connie Gillies"), 'Robert Noble (II)' (qv) (as "Bobbie Williams"), Pauline Whitson (as "Lady Jane Walton"), 'Estelle Winwood' (qv) (as "Mona"). Produced by The Selwyns.

-   (1923). Stage Play: Aren't We All? Romantic comedy. Written by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). Directed by Hugh Ford. Gaiety Theatre: 21 May 1923- Jun 1923 (closing date unknown/32 performances). Cast: Harry Ashford (as "Reverend Ernest Lynton"), Roberta Beatty (as "Kitty Lake"), F. Gatenby Bell (as "Roberts"), Denis Gurney (as "Arthur Wells"), 'Leslie Howard (I)' (qv) (as "Hon. William Tatham"), 'Cyril Maude' (qv) (as "Lord Grenham"), Geoffrey Millar (as "John Willocks"), Marguerite St. John (as "Hon. Mrs. Ernest Lynton"), 'George Tawde' (qv) (as "Morton"), 'Alma Tell' (qv) (as "Margot Tatham"), Mabel Terry-Lewis (as "Lady Frinton"), Jack Whiting (as "Martin Steele"). Produced by 'Charles B. Dillingham' (qv). Note: Filmed by Paramount British Studios as _Aren't We All? (1932)_ (qv) [UK production].

-   The Lady in Ermine (1922). Musical. Book by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv) and Cyrus Wood. Music by 'Jean Gilbert (I)' (qv) and Alfred Goodman. Lyrics by Harry Graham and 'Cyrus Wood' (qv). Based on the operette by 'Rudolph Schanzer' (qv) and Ernest Welisch. Musical Director: Oscar Bradley. Choreographed by Jack Mason and 'Allan K. Foster' (qv). Production Supervised by J.J. Shubert. Scenic Design by Watson Barratt. Costume Design by Mme. Routon. Directed by Charles Sinclair. Ambassador Theatre (moved to The Century Theatre from 29 Jan 1923- close): 2 Oct 1922- 21 Apr 1923 (238 performances). Cast: Wilma Ansell (as "Ballet Girl"), Leon Bartels (as "Ensemble"), 'Wilda Bennett (I)' (qv) (as "Mariana"), William Birdie (as "Ensemble"), Gladys Bryant (as "Ballet Girl"), Arthur C. Budd (as "Ensemble"), Marie Burke (as "Sophia Lavalle"), Robert Calley (as "Count Isolani"), Virginia Calmer (as "Ensemble"), Irene Comer (as "Ballet Girl"), Timothy Daley (as "Major Stogan"), Lenora D'Arcy (as "Ensemble"), Frank DeNoble (as "Ensemble"), George Elliott (as "Ensemble"), Neil Evans (as "Count Busoni"), Donald Failes (as "Ensemble"), Lola Fellegi (as "Ballet Girl"), Tara Fellegi (as "Ensemble"), Henry Fender (as "Count Adrian Beltrami"), Viola Ford (as "Show Girl"), Jean Gibson (as "Ensemble"), Anna Gordon (as "Ballet Girl"), Clair Hart (as "Ensemble"), Charles Hartvary (as "Ensemble"), Virginia Ice (as "Ballet Girl"), Marty Jacobs (as "Ensemble"), Marie Joyce (as "Ballet Girl"), Jeanne Jurad (as "Ballet Girl"), Richard Kimball (as "Ensemble"), Louise Lancaster (as "Ensemble"), Elmira Lane (as "Ensemble"), Marjorie Lane (as "Ballet Girl"), Zella Lenney (as "Show Girl"), Sabina Loeb (as "Ballet Girl"), Dorothy Lubow (as "Ballet Girl"), Alice Mack (as "Ballet Girl"), Larry Mack (as "Ensemble"), Ignacio Martinetti (as "Baron Sprotti-Sprotti"), Estelle Mason (as "Ballet Girl"), Wayne Mattson (as "Ensemble"), Margaret McKay (as "Ensemble"), Ruth Mills (as "Ensemble"), Murray Minehart (as "Mirko/Ensemble"), Anita Miramar (as "Ensemble"), Gladys Montgomery (as "Show Girl"), John Myrtle (as "Ensemble"), George O'Donnell (as "Ensemble"), William O'Neal (as "Ensemble"), Teddy Piper (as "Ensemble"), Ruby Poe (as "Ballet Girl"), 'Detmar Poppen' (qv) (as "Dostal"), Peggy Radford (as "Show Girl"), Nan Rainsford Show Girl"), 'Helen Shipman' (qv) (as "Rosina"), Emily Slater (as "Ballet Girl"), June Stone (as "Ballet Girl"), Paula Tully (as "Show Girl"), Irene Vernon (as "Ensemble"), Barbara Walton (as "Ensemble"), Gladys Walton (as "Angelina"), 'Walter Woolf King' (qv) [credited as Walter Woolf] (as "Colonel Belovar"), 'Robert Woolsey' (qv) (as "Suitangi"). Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert.

-   (1919) Stage: Wrote "Monsieur Beaucaire", produced on Broadway. Musical.

-   (1918). Stage Play: The Maid of the Mountains. Musical. Book by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). Music by Harold Fraser-Simpson. Lyrics by Harry Graham. Musical Director: John McGhie. Additional music by James W. Tate and Gitz Rice. Additional lyrics by Clifford Harris, Arthur Valentine and 'Marc Connelly (I)' (qv). Choreographed by Bert French. Directed by Capt. J.A.E. Malone. Casino Theatre: 11 Sep 1918- 12 Oct 1918 (37 performances). Cast: Regina Ahlstrom (as "Ensemble"), William Altwell (as "Ensemble"), Bess Arlington (as "Ensemble"), Jeanne Bayne (as "Ensemble"), Annette Besuden (as "Ensemble"), May Borden (as "Ensemble"), M. Boris (as "Ensemble"), Dolores Brune (as "Ensemble"), Bert Clark (as "Tonio"), Harry Clark (as "Ensemble"), 'William Courtenay' (qv) (as "Baldassare"), Elsie Craig (as "Ensemble"), William Danforth (as "General Malona"), Mina Davis (as "Maria"), Miriam Doyle (as "Vittoria"), Evelyn Egerton (as "Angela"), Eugene Elliott (as "Ensemble"), Sidonie Espero (as "Teresa"), Patricia Frewen (as "Pepita"), 'Carl Gantvoort' (qv) (as "Beppo"), Alex Gibson (as "Ensemble"), Gertrude Hamilton (as "Gianetta"), Peggy Hansel (as "Ensemble"), James Harley (as "Ensemble"), Jackson Hines (as "Carlo"), Gertrude Hogan (as "Ensemble"), William Hovel (as "Ensemble"), Antone Ingrao (as "Ensemble"), Olive Kingston (as "Ensemble"), M. La Prade (as "Andrea"), Victor Le Roy (as "Pietro"), Louis Le Vie (as "Zacchi"), Charlotte Lennox (as "Ensemble"), Shirley Love (as "Ensemble"), Marguerite May (as "Marietta"), Helen Mayo (as "Ensemble"), Margaret Morris (as "Ensemble"), Eva Newton (as "Beppira"), Yetla Nicol (as "Ensemble"), Gabrielle Pitcher (as "Ensemble"), Jean Rebera (as "Ensemble"), William Reid (as "Mayor of Santo"), Al Roberts (as "Crumpet"), M. Robinson (as "Ensemble"), Ben Rogers (as "Ensemble"), Gladys Slater (as "Ensemble"), Merle Smither (as "Ensemble"), Basil Spirdelli (as "Ensemble"), Mr. St. John (as "Ensemble"), John Steele (as "Lieutenant Rugini"), Erna Steinway (as "Ensemble"), Mary Lee Stevens (as "Ensemble"), Bernard Tieman (as "Ensemble"), Ralph Walker (as "Ensemble"). Produced by William Elliott, 'F. Ray Comstock' (qv) and 'Morris Gest' (qv).

-   (1916). Stage Play: Betty. Musical. Book by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv) and 'Gladys Unger' (qv). Lyrics by 'Adrian Ross (II)' (qv) and Paul A. Rubens. Musical Director: William Daly. Additional numbers by Ernest Steffan and Merlin Morgan. Featuring songs by 'Harry Tierney (I)' (qv), 'Jean Schwartz (I)' (qv), 'Silvio Hein' (qv) and Benjamin Hapgood Burt. Featuring songs with lyrics by Benjamin Hapgood Burt, Percy Greenbank, Edgar Leslie and 'William Jerome (II)' (qv). Directed by 'Edward Royce' (qv). Globe Theatre: 3 Oct 1916- 25 Nov 1916 (63 performances). Cast: Isabel Adams (as "Ensemble"), Edna Bates (as "Lady Charlotte Knowles"), Marie Baxter (as "Ensemble"), Marie Benedict (as "Lily/Ensemble"), James Black (as "Ensemble"), Marna Blanchard (as "Lady Violet Chichester/Ensemble"), J. Brush (as "Ensemble"), Sam Burbank (as "Hillier"), Ethel Burke (as "Ensemble"), Cecile Conway (as "Ensemble"), Florence Cripps (as "Lady Majoribanks"), Master Crumpton (as "Alf"), Peggy Dana (as "Ensemble"), 'Marion Davies' (qv) (as "Jane"), Eileen Dennes (as "Estelle"), Doc Donnelly (as "Ensemble"), Dorothy Duncan (as "Ensemble"), Opal Essent (as "Ensemble"), Allen Fagan (as "Cedric"), Isabel Falconer (as "Ensemble"), Grace Ford (as "Ensemble"), Dorothy Germaine (as "Hon. Patience Pemberton/Ensemble"), Herbert Goff (as "Ensemble"), Dorothy Harrigan (as "Ensemble"), Annette Herbert (as "Ensemble"), Joseph Herbert (as "Duke of Crowborough"), 'Raymond Hitchcock (I)' (qv) (as "Lord D'Arcy Playne"), William Holbrook (as "Ensemble"), A. Homme (as "Ensemble"), Ida Howe (as "Ensemble"), Jessie Howe (as "Ensemble"), Ron Hoyer (as "Ensemble"), Rokey Johnson (as "Ensemble"), Justine Johnstone (as "Chicquette"), Frank Keller (as "Ensemble"), Esther Lee (as "Ensemble"), Kitty Lindley (as "Ensemble"), Master Lowrie (as "David Playne"), Lotta Morse (as "Ensemble"), Walter Mozee (as "Ensemble"), Prudence O'Shea (as "Lady Paula Colquhuoun/Ensemble"), Peter Page (as "Achille Jotte"), Eugene Revere (as "Lathers/Tregellan"), Lillian Rice (as "Pansy/Ensemble"), Alice Roberts (as "Ensemble"), Fred Rockwell (as "Ensemble"), A. Roland (as "Ensemble"), Gertrude Roland (as "Ensemble"), 'Joseph Santley' (qv) (as "Gerard"), Mona Sartoris (as "Ensemble"), 'Ivy Sawyer' (qv) (as "Betty"), Lydia Scott (as "Lady Mary Manzies/Ensemble"), Verda Shelberg (as "Mrs. Rawlins"), Eleanor St. Clair (as "Hon. Mrs. Partarlington"), Mildred St. Clair (as "Ensemble"), 'Katherine Stewart (I)' (qv) (as "Dora"), Anna Stone (as "Daisy/Ensemble"), Virginia Taylor (as "Ensemble"), Joseph Tierney (as "Ensemble"), Henry Vincent (as "The Hon. Victor Halifax"), Bunny Wendell (as "Lady Cholmondley"), Jean White (as "Ensemble"), Peggy Williamson (as "Ensemble"), Jacquelin Woods (as "Ensemble"), Louise Worthington (as "Ensemble"). Produced by 'Charles B. Dillingham' (qv).

-   (1912). Stage Play: The Woman of It. Written by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). 39th Street Theatre: 14 Jan 1912- Jan 1912 (closing date unknown/15 performances). Cast: 'Dallas Anderson (I)' (qv) (as "Lord Emsworth"), 'Janet Beecher' (qv) (as "Mrs. Bayle"), Josephine Brown (as "Lady Emsworth"), Cyril Scott (as "Mr. Bayle"), John P. Campbell, 'Wallace Erskine' (qv), Louis Golden, Jack Gordon, George Putnam. Produced by 'William A. Brady' (qv).

-   The Balkan Princess (1911). Musical. Music by Paul A. Rubens. Book by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv) and Frank Curzon. Lyrics by Paul A. Rubens and 'Arthur Wimperis' (qv). Directed by W.J. Wilson. Herald Square Theatre (moved to The Casino Theatre from 27 Feb 1911 - close): 9 Feb 1911 - 13 Mar 1911 (108 performances).

-   The King of Cadonia (1910). Musical comedy. Music by Sidney Jones and 'Jerome Kern' (qv). Book by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). Lyrics by 'Adrian Ross (II)' (qv) and M.E. Rourke. Musical Director: Hugo Byrk. Directed by 'Joseph Herbert (I)' (qv). Fifth Avenue Theatre: 10 Jan 1910- 22 Jan 1910 (16 performances).

-   (1950) Stage: Wrote / directed "The Day After Tomorrow" on Broadway. Comedy. Booth Theatre: 26 Oct 1950-11 Nov 1950 (12 performances). Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert.

-   (1943) Stage: Wrote/directed "Another Love Story" on Broadway. Comedy. Fulton Theatre: 12 Oct 1943-8 Jan 1944 (104 performances).

-   Stage: Wrote "Foreigners", produced on Broadway in 1939. Comedy. Belasco Theatre: 5 Dec 1939-9 Dec 1939 (7 performances).

-   Once is Enough (1938). Comedy. Written by 'Frederick Lonsdale' (qv). Scenic Design by Raymond Sovey. Directed by 'Gilbert Miller (I)' (qv). Henry Miller's Theatre: 15 Feb 1938- May 1938 (closing date unknown/105 performances). Cast: Archibald Batty (as "Lord Rayne/Reggie"), 'Ina Claire (I)' (qv) (as "Duchess of Hampshire/Nancy"), Eric Cowley (as "Charles Pleydell"), Lewis Dayton (as "Morton"), Rosalind Ivan (as "Lady Bletchley/Emily"), 'Viola Keats' (qv) (as "Liz Pleydell"), Guy Kingsford (as "A Footman"), Walter Piers (as "Lord Whitehall/Hugo"), Nancy Ryan (as "Lady Whitehall/Molly"), Wilfrid Seagram (as "Lord Plynne/Archie"), 'Austin Trevor' (qv) (as "Paul"), Margaret Vyner (as "Lady Plynne/Dorothy'), Hugh Williams (I)' (as "Duke of Hampshire/Johnny'), John Williams (II)' (as "Eric Lindon"). Produced by Gilbert Miller.

-   Stage: Wrote "Canaries Sometimes Sing", produced on Broadway in 1930. Comedy. Directed by 'Athole Stewart' (qv) (also starring as "Ernest Melton"). Fulton Theatre: 20 Oct 1930-Nov 1930 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: 'Yvonne Arnaud' (qv), Robert Loraine, Mary Merrall.

-   (1928) Stage: Wrote "The High Road", produced on Broadway. Comedy. Fulton Theatre: 10 Sep 1928-Jan 1929 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Note: Filmed as _The Lady of Scandal (1930)_ (qv).

-   (1976) His play, "On Approval," was performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Edward Woodward OBE, Geraldine McEwan, Jennie Linden, and Edward Hardwicke. Frank Hauser was director.

-   (1950) His play, "The Way Things Go," was performed at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Ronald Squre, Glynis Johns, Michael Gough, and Kenneth More in the cast.

-   (1953) His play, "Aren't We All?," was performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Ronald Squire, Marie Lohr, George Baker, Jane Baxter, Edward Jewesbury, Marjorie Fielding, and George Howe in the cast. Roland Culver was director.

-   (1967) His play, "On Approval," was performed at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Robert Flemyng, and Polly Adams in the cast.

-   (1984) His play, "Aren't We All?," was performed at Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, Nicola Pagett, and Francis Matthews in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.

-   (June 27,1924-October 1924) Frederick Lonsdale and Harold Fraser-Simpson's play, "The Street Singer," was performed at the Lyric Theatre in London, England with Phyllis Dare, Harry Welchman, Franklyn Ives, Phoebe Hodgson, Alfred Beers, Henry Caine, Sylvia Leslie, Julie Hartley-Milburn, and A.W. Baskcomb in the cast.

-   (September 22,1925-December 1925) His play, "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney," was performed at the St. James's Theatre in London, England.

-   (1980) His play, "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney," was performed at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with Joan Collins, Simon Williams, James Villiers, Elspeth March, Michael Aldridge, David Killick, and Moyra Fraser in the cast. Nigel Patrick was director.

-   (1987) His play, "Canaries Sometimes Sing," was performed at the Albery Theatre in London, England with Peter Bowles, Sylvia Syms, Liz Robertson, and Neil Stacy in the cast.


-   'Frances Donaldson (I)' (qv). _Freddy Lonsdale._ London: Heinemann, 1957.

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  1. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {On Approval (#15.2)} (play)
  2. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {On Approval (#1.17)} (writer)
  3. Mrs. Cheney's Ende (1965) (TV) (play "The Last of Mrs. Cheney") <2,1,1>
  4. Frau Cheneys Ende (1961) (play)
  5. "Matinee Theatre" (1955) {On Approval (#3.110)} (story)
  6. Mrs. Cheneys Ende (1957) (TV) (play "The Last of Mrs. Cheney")
  7. "The Alcoa Hour" (1955) {The Original Miss Chase (#2.13)} (play "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney")
  8. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (#2.3)} (play)
  9. "Broadway Television Theatre" (1952) {The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (#3.10)} (play)
  10. The Law and the Lady (1951) (play "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney")
  11. On Approval (1944) (play) <1,1,1>
  12. Forever and a Day (1943) (writer)
  13. The Cowboy and the Lady (1938) (contributing writer) (uncredited)
  14. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) (from the play by) <2,1,1>
  15. Angel (1937) (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited) <4,1,1>
  16. The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) (dialogue) <3,1,1>
  17. The Private Life of Don Juan (1934) (story) <2,1,1>
  18. Un cattivo soggetto (1933) (play)
  19. Just Smith (1933) (play "Never Come Back")
  20. The Maid of the Mountains (1932) (play)
  21. The Passionate Plumber (1932) (play "Her Cardboard Lover") (uncredited)
  22. Women Who Play (1932) (play "Spring Cleaning")
  23. Lovers Courageous (1932) <1,1,1>
  24. On Approval (1930) (play)
  25. The Devil to Pay! (1930) (story and dialogue) <1,1,1>
  26. The Lady of Scandal (1930) (from the play by) <1,1,1>
  27. Canaries Sometimes Sing (1930) (play)
  28. The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) (from the play by) <1,1,1>
  29. The Fake (1927) (play)
  30. A Kiss in the Dark (1925) (play "Aren't We All")
  31. The Fast Set (1924) (play "Spring Cleaning")
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