John Longden

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John Longden
Born (1900-11-11)11 November 1900
West Indies
Died 26 May 1971(1971-05-26) (aged 70)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1926–1964

John Longden (11 November 1900 – 26 May 1971) was a West Indian-born English film actor. He appeared in 84 films between 1926 and 1964, including five films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

Biography[edit]

Longden was born in the West Indies, being the son of a Wesleyan missionary, and was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, Somerset. Originally intending to be a mining engineer, he worked for two years in a coal mine in Yorkshire, where he started acting in amateur theatrical companies. An introduction to Seymour Hicks saw him start acting on the legitimate stage, beginning with a walk-on park in Old Bill, MP. He played in My Old Dutch with Albert Chevalier, then spent time with the Liverpool and Birmingham repertory theatres. He also appeared in The Farmer's Wife, produced by Barry Jackson at the Court Theatre in London for two years.[1]

About this time Longden began to appear in silent films. He signed contract with Gaumont British Pictures to write and act, earning a notable success with Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929).[2]

Australian interlude[edit]

Longden went out to Australia in 1933 to perform in several plays.[3] While there he appeared in the film The Silence of Dean Maitland (1934) for Cinesound Productions. The performance was so well received Longden made two more films for the same company, Thoroughbred (1936) and It Isn't Done (1937).

In 1934 it was announced that he was going to play the lead in an adaptation of Robbery Under Arms, but this film was never made.[4] The same year Longden also announced he was going to act in and direct an Australian film called Highway Romance, about an English man and Australian girl travelling from Sydney to Brisbane. A company called Highway Productions was formed with a capital of £10,000 but no film resulted.[5]

Later career[edit]

Longden returned to Britain where he continued to work steadily in theatre and film. He died in London, 26 May 1971.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'JOHN LONGDEN To Act for Australian Film', The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 26 June 1933 p14
  2. ^ 'JOHN LONGDEN'S CAREER' The Brisbane Courier (Qld) Wednesday 19 July 1933 p14
  3. ^ John Longden's Australian theatre credits
  4. ^ '"The Silence of Dean Maitlan" Filmed in Record Time in Sydney.' The West Australian (Perth) 16 Mar 1934: 3
  5. ^ "ENGLISH ACTOR.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 16 November 1934. p. 5. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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