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Stanley Holloway (1890 - 1982)

Stanley Holloway was an entertainment institution for the best part of forty years. He succeeded in concert parties, variety, Music Hall, films, plays and even conquered Broadway. 

He started his stage career as a boy soprano. When his voice broke he drifted into concert party work which kept him busy until the war when he joined the Connaught Rangers. After the war he resumed his career and got his first big break in the long-running show The Co-optimists in 1921.

He made one silent film in 1921, but it took the talkie version of the Co-optimists to properly introduce him to cinema audiences. His cinema career continued through the thirties playing the lead in quota films. In the forties his roles got smaller, but the films got better and he appeared in several classics of the period.

His career got its biggest boost in the fifties when he originated the part of Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway.

His son is the actor Julian Holloway. 

Stanley Holloway in The Girl from Maxim'sStanley Holloway on the pressbook for SnowboundStanley Holloway in Passport to PimlicoStanley Holloway on the set of The Lavender Hill Mob

Filmography (as actor)

1921 The Rotters
1929 The Co-optimists
1933 Sleeping Car
1933 The Girl from Maxim's
1934 Sing as we Go
1934 Road House
1934 Love at Second Sight
1934 Lily of Killarney
1934 D'Ye Ken John Peel?
1935 Squibs
1935 Play Up the Band
1935 In Town Tonight
1937 The Vicar of Bray
1937 Song of the Forge
1937 Sam Small Leaves Town
1937 Cotton Queen
1939 Sam Goes Shopping
1941 Major Barbara
1942 Salute John Citizen
1944 This Happy Breed
1944 The Way Ahead
1944 Champagne Charlie
1945 The Way to the Stars
1945 Brief Encounter
1945 Caesar and Cleopatra
1946 Wanted for Murder
1946 Carnival
1947 Meet Me at Dawn
1947 Nicholas Nickleby
1948 The Noose
1948 One Night With You
1948 Snowbound
1948 The Winslow Boy
1948 Hamlet
1948 Another Shore
1949 Passport to Pimlico
1949 The Perfect Woman
1950 Midnight Episode
1951 The Magic Box
1951 One Wild Oat
1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again
1952 The Happy Family
1952 Meet Me Tonight
1953 Fast and Loose
1953 A Day to Remember
1953 The Titfield Thunderbolt
1953 The Beggar's Opera
1953 Meet Mr Lucifer
1955 Jumping for Joy
1955 An Alligator named Daisy
1958 No Trees in the Street
1959 Alive and Kicking
1960 The Mikado
1961 On the Fiddle
1961 No Love for Johnny
1964 My Fair Lady (US)
1965 In Harm's Way
1965 Ten Little Indians
1966 The Sandwich Man
1968 Mrs Brown, You're Got a Lovely Daughter
1969 Target: Harry
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
1971 Flight of the Doves
1972 Up the Front
1975 Journey into Fear

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