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Jack Popplewell

JACK POPPLEWELL

  (1911 - 1996)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Eric Glass Ltd  

Jack Popplewell, born 22 March 1911, who wrote a string of successful plays as well as the hit songs ''If I Should Fall in Love Again'' and ''my Girl's an Irish Girl,'' died on 16 Nov 1996 in Bath, England, Mr. Popplewell had his first success in pop music when a friend secretly entered ''If I Should Fall in Love Again'' in a competition. It won first prize and was recorded by Gracie Fields and others. Bing Crosby recorded ''my Girl's an Irish Girl.'' Mr. Popplewell's first play to reach the stage was ''Blind Alley,'' in 1953, which became the film ''Tread Softly, Stranger'' in 1958. He also wrote ''Dead on Nine,'' ''Dear Delinquent,'' ''Hocus-Pocus,'' ''High Infidelity'' ''the Queen's Favorites.'' amogst other plays.

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        And Suddenly It's Spring         Blind Alley         Boomerang         Breakfast In Bed         Busybody         Careful Rapture         Darling, I'm Home         Day In the Life Of. . . , A         Dead Easy         Dead On Nine         Dear Children         Dear Delinquent         Every Other Evening         High Infidelity         Hocus Pocus         Last Word, The         Mother's Day Out         Policy For Murder         Someone To Kill         Tale From the Vienna Wood         Vanity Case, The



And Suddenly It's Spring

Synopsis:
Ford Baxter of the American Navy had been given two addresses in London - one a boutique run by Sally where he is to make an order for blouses. the other is the address of a good time girl also called Sally. And Ford gets them mixed up!

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1960   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 59.240

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Blind Alley

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Q Theatre, Kew Bridge, London    1953

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1956   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Boomerang

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1st Produced:
Sheffield    1964

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Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Breakfast In Bed

Synopsis:
Joe Henderson, a hard-working but rather tight-fisted widower, lives with his daughter, Mary, in the grimy, English mill town of Brimley. Joe's two married sisters, Alice and Jane, also reside in Brimley, as have all of their family - with the exception of three black sheep uncles who were asked to leave town some fifty years earlier. But now one of the uncles, Robert Oldfreld, has written to announce his intention of coming back to Brimley to end his days and Joe, learning that the old man has amassed a fortune, decides to offer him a home. His sisters are easily hoodwinked into letting Joe take over the "family obligation," until they, too, find out about Uncle Robert's money - at which point the bickering begins. When the old gentleman arrives he finds that he is to be shuttled back and forth from home to home, but the mood of energetic cordiality rapidly dissipates when it is discovered that their guest is not Uncle Robert at all, but his ne'er-do-well brother, Emmanuel. A promise being a promise Joe take

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1st Published:
Evans, London, 1966   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Busybody

Synopsis:
Policeman plagued by two busybodies - corpse which keeps vanishing and office cleaner who finds it

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Hull    1964

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1965   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Careful Rapture

Synopsis:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1961   -

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Darling, I'm Home

Synopsis:
man becomes house husband to his capable and experienced wife, however jealousy ensues and the daughter arrives with two babies and no husband

Notes:
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1st Produced:
AmatEur    1976

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1976   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Day In the Life Of. . . , A

Synopsis:
Well that's the end of a day in the life of John Mallorie, ladies and gentlemen. Tomorrow he will be a little older though not necessarily wiser. I hope you found it interesting. I did.'

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Nottingham: Theatre Royal    08 Sep 1958

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Evans Bros, London, 1959   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 58.261

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Dead Easy

Synopsis:
police superintendent has his hands full with a series of murders fortunately Lily Piper discovers how it was all done

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Richmond Theatre, Richmond    1973

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1975   -

Music:
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Genre:
Murder Mystery

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Dead On Nine

Synopsis:
man reliant on wife's money asks for divorce after ten years of marriage, on refUSAl attempts to kill her, other murders ensue

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1956   -

Music:
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Genre:
Sensational Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 55.166

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Dear Children

Synopsis:
if his son's future is non of his business then running a canteen is

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury    1966

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1967   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Dear Delinquent

Synopsis:
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1st Published:
in "Plays Of the Year Vol.16", Elek, London, 1958   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 57.127

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Every Other Evening

Synopsis:
wife and mistress discover old friendship as son makes effort to supplant his father

Notes:
Original Playwright - Francois Campaux

1st Produced:
Phoenix Theatre, London    1964

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1965   -

Music:
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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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High Infidelity

Synopsis:
a millionaire at thirty nine with the help of a philandering wife who then attempts to seduce the President of the USA, 'Ronnie'

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Malcomn Knight on tour    1981

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1982   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Hocus Pocus

Synopsis:
Peter and Simon Ross are identical twins. Peter a rector with a crumbling church has got into debt with expensive repairs it needed. Simon is a City whiz kid also in debt a being persuade by creditors. the brothers agree to impersonate each other and sort out each other's problems.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne    1961

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1961   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Last Word, The

Synopsis:
When Sally married Jim things seemed to be well. But Jim's drinking and womanising drove them apart. Sally now lives with Jim's mother Mrs Logan. She has become very friendly with the local doctor, Stephen and he would like to marry her but Mrs Logan is against divorce. To spare her feelings Sally decides not to ask for a divorce. Jim gets very drunk one night and breaks into his mother's home. He is incensed when he finds Sally and Stephen in bed. He has a knife in a struggle with Sally he is stabbed. the couple panic and try to get rid of the body - but the police are suspicious.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1960   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Mother's Day Out

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1967   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Policy For Murder

Synopsis:
Ray is in debt. He devises a plan to defraud his insurance company by faking his own death. He makes friends with Stuart. He plans to lure Stuart into his studio, murder him and set it on fire - then his wife Lee will identify the charred remains. She will after a time come to where he is hiding out and they will live happily ever after on the insurance money. Stuart is lured into the studio and it burns down. Several days later a young woman turns up saying she is Stuart's girl friend and is worried that she has not seen him for some time. then Stuart turns up - he says that when he went into the studio it was all in darkness and that he tripped over a dead body - he ran away and found that he had blood on his hands. But was the body that of Ray?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
London    1962

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1963   -

Music:
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Genre:
Murder Play

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Someone To Kill

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Richmond, Surrey    1962

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Tale From the Vienna Wood

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Ltd, London 1961   -

Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Vanity Case, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Coliseum Theatre, Oldham    1957

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Evans Bros, London, 1957   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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