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Sutton Vane

SUTTON VANE  (1888 - 1963)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Film Rights Ltd  

Sutton Vane was born Vane Sutton Vane in England on 09 November 1888, the son of an author and playwright of the same name. Vane started his career as an actor, but, with the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the Army and served until he was invalided out, due to shell-shock. Vane was haunted by guilt over this event, and he subsequently returned to the combat area as a civilian, appearing for the entertainment of troops near the front lines during the later phase of the war, making a particular impression in performances of Bayward Veiller's 1916 hit the Thirteenth Chair, which he performed on many stages with artillery bursting close by. After the Armistice, Vane turned to writing plays. His works included Time Gentlemen, Please!, Marine Parade, Falling Leaves, Overture and Man Overboard. Outward Bound was his third play and the work for which he is now remembered. Vane's usual producers refused to stage it, so Vane produced the play himself at a London Off West End Theatre - the Everyman Theatre, Hampstead (now the Everyman Cinema). the play instantly became the biggest hit of the 1923 season, going on to play for many years in the West End and appearing at the Garrick, Royalty, Ade1phi, Criterion, Comedy, Fortune and Prince of Wales Theatres. the play was also a huge hit on Broadway in 1924, where it was a similarly huge success in a production starring Alfred Lunt and Leslie Howard. the play was made into a 1930 film in Hollywood by Warner Bros. starring Leslie Howard and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and was filmed again as Between Two Worlds in 1944 with John Garfield and Sydney Greenstreet. Sutton Vane died in Hastings on 15 June 1963.

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below is a list of Sutton Vane's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Falling Leaves         Man Overboard         Marine Parade         Outward Bound         Overture         Regatta         Time Gentlemen, Please!



Falling Leaves

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theatre Record Vol XVII (1997) Page 0829

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Man Overboard

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Marine Parade

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Outward Bound

Outward Bound
Seven passengers meet in the saloon bar of a ship as it sets sail from an unidentified English port. Socialite Mrs Cliveden-Banks is on her way to join her husband, a Colonel in the army; Mr Lingley has important businessin Marseilles; charlady Mrs Midget is making her first passage by sea; Reverend William Duke is looking forward to a holiday, while Tom Prior intends to spend the journey in the ship's saloon bar. Also on board are Henry and Ann, a young couple who seem anxious for the ship to leave port. But the travellers have more incommon than they dare suspect. Out at sea, an eerie calm settles over the ship as Tom is the first to discover the fate which awaits his fellow passengers. . .Outward Bound was one of the biggest West End and Broadway hits of the 1920s and was twice filmed. Its production at the Finborough theatre in 2012 marks its first London run in more than fifty years.

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film by Warner Bros 1930. Amateur Rights with Samuel French Ltd

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Everyman Theatre, Hampstead, London    17 Sep 1923

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Keen Company in association with Joseph Harrow

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Samuel French Ltd, London (acting edition 1934)
Oberon Books (2012) >>>    978-1849432498

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Overture

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Regatta

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Time Gentlemen, Please!

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