Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

An extremely fatuous melodrama; the villain, a German spy, secretly marries the farmer's daughter, having previously murdered the farmer's son when he was wounded in battle. He forbids her to tell, so she is supposed to have sinned when the child is born; the child dies at one. The local parson detects the spy but does nothing. The heroine goes to the Front as a nurse and nurses the parson who has become a soldier, and they love one another. The villain, disguised as a medical officer, tries vainly to murder the parson and is then supposed to have been killed and so parson and heroine marry and of course the villain turns up again, but it is provided by the usual female accomplice that he had married her first. Finally he is shot by the villainess who commits suicide. There is no harm in the rubbish, but I have marked a passage in part II, p22, about God being 'too busy helping the Kaiser' as irreverent. It is hardly worth excising however. Recommended for licence. G. S. Street. Written understanding given that the line objected to will be deleted

Licensed On: 11 Jun 1918

License Number: 1614

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British Library Reference: LCP1918/10

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66192 AA

Performances

DateTheatreType
17 Jun 1918 Theatre Royal, GlossopUnknown Licensed Performance
4 Nov 1918 Her Majesty's Theatre, WalsallProfessional
9 Dec 1918 Metropole, GlasgowProfessional
6 Jan 1919 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
24 Mar 1919 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
23 Apr 1919 King's Theatre, ColneProfessional
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Performed by Fred Osmond and company to full houses. Cast include Harold B. Lyndon, John A. Beckette, Fred Osmond and Alice Buckland.
16 Jun 1919 Gaiety Theatre, Houghton-Le-SpringProfessional