Stanley Lupino

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Stanley Lupino
Born Stanley Richard Lupino Hook
(1893-06-15)15 June 1893[1]
Southwark, London, England
Died 10 June 1942(1942-06-10) (aged 48)[2]
Wandsworth, London, England
Occupation Actor, dancer, singer, librettist, director and short story writer
Spouse(s) Constance Gladys O'Shea aka Connie Emerald[3]
Children Ida Lupino
Rita Lupino

Stanley Lupino (15 May 1893 – 10 June 1942) was an English actor, dancer, singer, librettist, director and short story writer, who began life as Stanley R. Lupino Hook. During the 1930s, Lupino appeared in a successful series of musical comedy films, often based on his already popular stage shows.

Early career[edit]

Lupino began his career as an acrobat. He made his first stage appearance at the age of 6 as a monkey in King Klondyke. After prize fighting for a while, he toured with the Albert and Edmunds troupe of acrobats, the Brother Luck and other vaude units.[4] In 1910 he appeared in Dick Whittington, and 4 years later was signed by his brother, Barry, for a role in Sleeping Beauty. He first became known as a music hall performer and played in pantomimes at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. In 1920 and 1921 he appeared in Wylie & Tate pantomimes at Sheffield and Cardiff with Daisy Burrell.[5] He appeared with Elsie Janis in Hello, America and wrote the words for Hold My Hand.

Lupino wrote and performed in several shows, including Phi-Phi (1922) and From Dover Street to Dixie (1923) at the London Pavilion. In 1926-'27 he appeared on Broadway in Naughty Riquette and The Nightingale, returning to England to play at the Gaiety Theatre in London, including Love Lies (1929), Hold My Hand (1932), and Sporting Love (1934), which ran for 302 performances. He also wrote and starred in So this is Love (1929) at Drury Lane and The Love Race. He also performed extensively for BBC Radio. Later, he turned to screenwriting and films, although he also continued on stage in works like Lady Behave (1941).

Lupino was a member of the celebrated theatrical Lupino family which has been connected with the English state since the 17th century. His father was the actor George Lupino. He was the brother of actor Barry Lupino (1882–1962) and the father of Ida Lupino.

Lupino wrote a short novel Crazy Days which was published by Herbert Jenkins Ltd in 1932 and his autobiography From the Stocks to the Stars: An Unconventional Autobiography which was published in 1934.

He is buried in Lambeth Cemetery, London.

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Writer[edit]

  • Love Lies (1931)
  • You Made Me Love You (1933)
  • Facing the Music (1933)
  • Happy (1933)
  • From the Stocks to the Stars (1934)
  • Honeymoon for Three (1935)
  • Sporting Love (1937)
  • Hold My Hand (1938)
  • Over She Goes (1938)
  • Lucky to Me (1939)
  • Tappa inte sugen (1947)

Producer[edit]

  • Love Lies (1931)
  • The Love Race (1931)
  • Honeymoon for Three (1935)
  • Cheer Up (1936)

References[edit]

  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: JUN 1893 1d 176 ST SAVIOUR - Stanley Richard L(=Lupino) Hook
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: JUN 1942 1d 506 WANDSWORTH - Stanley R Lupino or Lupino-Hook, aged 48
  3. ^ GRO Register of Marriages: SEP 1915 10b 245 NEWCASTLE T. - LUPINA (=Lupino) = O'SHEA or EMERALD
  4. ^ Billboard 6/20/1942
  5. ^ THE IMPRESARIOS: WYLIE - TATE at its-behind-you.com, accessed 15 January 2012

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