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Ronald Gow

RONALD GOW  (1897 - 1993)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Film Rights Ltd  & The Society of authors


Born in Heaton Moor, Manchester, the son of a bank manager, Gow trained as a chemist and for many years taught at altrincham Grammar School. Writing occupied his spare time: he wrote plays for the BBC, and with his pupils made several popular educational silent films. at the age of 35 he found success in London with Gallow's Glorious (1933), a play about the american slavery abolitionist John Brown.

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Affair At Kirklees, The     All On A Summer's Day     Ann Veronica     Ann Veronica     Boston Story, A     Breakfast At Eight     Compromise     Edwardians, The     Friendship Of Mrs Eckley, The     Full Treatment     Gallows Glorious     Golden West, The     Grannie's A Hundred     Henry     Higgins The Highwayman Of Cranford     Jassy     Jimmy Jones     Kings Warrant, The     Lawyer Of Springfield, The     Love On The Dole     Marrying Sort, The     Ma's Bit O'Brass     Men Are Unwise     Miracle On Watling Street     Mr Rhodes     My Lady Wears A White Cockade     Ohms     Old Jest, The     Robin Goes To Sea     Sausage, The     Scuttleboom's Treasure     Sheriff's Kitchen, The     Tess Of The D'Urbervilles     This Stratford Business     Under The Skull And Bones     Vengence Of The Gang, The     Watch And Ward



Affair At Kirklees, The

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All On A Summer's Day

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Ann Veronica

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1909. ann Veronica Stanley is one of a rare breed - a female student. She is studying biology. Her father disapproves. Her friends Hetty and Connie are suffragettes and their group leader is the militant Miss Miniver. at the church picnic Hubert declares his love - but ann Veronica is more interested in businessman Mr Ramage. Her father insists that she give up college - so she runs away. But she has no money to support herself whilst she carries on her college course. Mr Ramage lends her money. at college ann Veronica realises that she is in love with her tutor Mr Capes. She is shocked to discover that he is married but separated from his wife. Mr Ramage takes her to a disreputable restaurant that has private rooms. He wants payment for his loan. ann Veronica escapes. Disillusioned with men she goes to Miss Miniver and says that she wants to strike a blow for women. She takes part in an outrage in Downing Street and is arrested. Hubert offers to bail her out but she refuses. after the tribulations of being in prison she returns home. Her father tells she must give up her college course and that she should marry Hubert. She returns to college to collect her microscope and books. Mr Capes is packing for a holiday in Switzerland. She tells him that she loves him. They go off to Switzerland together

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Based on the book by H G Wells

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-    1949

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Samuel French Ltd, London 1951   -

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Ann Veronica

Ronald Gow
1909. ann Veronica Stanley is one of a rare breed - a female student. She is studying biology. Her father disapproves. Her friends Hetty and Connie are suffragettes and their group leader is the militant Miss Miniver. at the church picnic Hubert declares his love - but ann Veronica is more interested in businessman Mr Ramage. Her father insists that she give up college - so she runs away. But she has no money to support herself whilst she carries on her college course. Mr Ramage lends her money. at college ann Veronica realises that she is in love with her tutor Mr Capes. She is shocked to discover that he is married but separated from his wife. Mr Ramage takes her to a disreputable restaurant that has private rooms. He wants payment for his loan. ann Veronica escapes. Disillusioned with men she goes to Miss Miniver and says that she wants to strike a blow for women. She takes part in an outrage in Downing Street and is arrested. Hubert offers to bail her out but she refuses. after the tribulations of being in prison she returns home. Her father tells she must give up her college course and that she should marry Hubert. She returns to college to collect her microscope and books. Mr Capes is packing for a holiday in Switzerland. She tells him that she loves him. They go off to Switzerland together

Notes:
Written by Ronald Gow And Frank Wells; music by Cyril Ornadel; lyrics by David Croft. Based on the book by H G Wells

1st Produced:
Cambridge Theatre, London    1969

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Original cast recording: CBS (70052) 1969

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Boston Story, A

Synopsis:
Roger has an extraordinary theory that it should be possible to teach a young woman to fall in love with him. Having failed with Isabel, he decides to try the experiment with Nora, his ward. He enlists the help of his cousin, Herbert and also Isabel, but unfortunately, the arrival of George, a handsome scoundrel and a distant cousin of Nora, upsets matters. Nora is sent away to Europe and when she returns as a beautiful young woman, we are kept in hilarious doubt until the final curtain as to who will win her in the end.

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the novel by Henry James

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English Theatre Guild, London, 1969   -

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adaptation

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Breakfast At Eight

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Samuel French Ltd, London 1921   -

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Compromise

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Deane 1935   -

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Edwardians, The

Synopsis:
1910. Sebastian a young Duke feeels that his life is too conscripted. He is supposed to marry

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novel by V Sackville, Aka Weekend in May

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Samuel French, London, 1960   -

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Friendship Of Mrs Eckley, The

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Cheltenham    1975

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Full Treatment

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Written by Ronald Gow And Robert Morley

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Gallows Glorious

Ronald Gow
The action of the play takes place in america in 1859, prior to the election of Lincoln and the outbreak of the Civil War. The scenes are laid in the adirondack Mountains of New York State in the North, and in Maryland and Virginia in the South.

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Performed under the title "John Brown" in New York 1934

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Victor Gollancz, London, 1933.
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Play/Drama

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Golden West, The

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Gowans and Gray 1932   -

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Grannie's A Hundred

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-    1939

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Deane's Series of Plays, Kenyon-Deane, London, 1939   978-0715500941

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Comedy for Women in 1 act Comedy

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Henry

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Gowans and Gray, London 1931   -

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Higgins The Highwayman Of Cranford

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Gowans and Gray, London 1930   -

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Jassy

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Based on the novel by Norah Lofts

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Jimmy Jones

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Based on the stories of Rhys Davies

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Kings Warrant, The

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Contained in: "Five Robin Hood Plays" published by Nelson, London 1932   -

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Lawyer Of Springfield, The

Synopsis:
abraham Lincoln

Notes:
Originally A radio play broadcast in 1940

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-    1949

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Bakers Plays 1949   -

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Love On The Dole

Ronald Gow
Period 1934 a vivid depiction of unemployment in a northern manufacturing town

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written with Walter Greenwood

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Heinemann   978-0435223601

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Male:  7    Female:  7    Other:  -

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Marrying Sort, The

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Ma's Bit O'Brass

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Based on the film "Lancashire Luck" screenplay by A R Rawlinson. Original play title: "Lovejoy's Millions"

1st Produced:
-    1938

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Deane's Series of Plays, Kenyon-Deane, London, 1944   978-0715502839

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Genre:
Three act Comedy

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Men Are Unwise

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Based on the novel by Ethel Mannin

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-    1937

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Miracle On Watling Street

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Dickinson and Thompson, London 1935   -

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Mr Rhodes

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Genre:
drama

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Male:  5    Female:  3    Other:  -

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National Library of Scotland ref: Traverse - Dep.256/Box 24/13

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My Lady Wears A White Cockade

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Garamond Press, London 1935   -

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Genre:
comedy

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Ohms

Ronald Gow
all female comedy set in a village post office

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1st Produced:
-    1934

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Deane 1933   -

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Old Jest, The

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novel by Jennifer Johnston

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Brighton    1980

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Genre:
adaptation

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Robin Goes To Sea

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Sausage, The

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Samuel French Ltd, London 1924   -

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Scuttleboom's Treasure

Synopsis:
school expedition finds the pirates treasure

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1st Produced:
-    1938

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Samuel French Ltd, London 1938   -

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Sheriff's Kitchen, The

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Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

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Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy

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This Stratford Business

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stories by Henry James

1st Produced:
Cheltenham    1971

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Under The Skull And Bones

Synopsis:
pirate fantasy

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1st Produced:
-    1933

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Gowans and Gray, London 1930   -

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Vengence Of The Gang, The

Synopsis:
Scouts and Rovers

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Gowans and Gray, London, 1933   -

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Watch And Ward

Synopsis:
It should be possible to teach a young woman to fall in love with you ..

Notes:
from novel by Henry James, Aka A Boston Story

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Theatre Guild, London, 1969   -

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If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3    Female:  3    Other:  -

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