The First and the Last (play)

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The First and the Last is a 1919 play by the British writer John Galsworthy. It was based on a short story published in 1917. It was staged successfully in the early 1920s by Basil Dean featuring the actors Owen Nares and Meggie Albanesi.[1] In 1937, it was adapted by Dean for the film 21 Days, which was not released until 1940, starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.[2]

In 1933 a radio adaptation in Czech První a poslední directed by Josef Bezdíček) was broadcast on Czexh radio.[3]


  1. ^ Cody & Sprinchorn p.30
  2. ^ Sweet p.142-143
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  • Cody, Gabrielle H. & Sprinchorn, Evert. The Columbia encyclopedia of modern drama, Volume 1. Columbia University Press, 2007.
  • Sweet, Matthew. Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema. Faber and Faber, 2005.