Walls, Tom 1883-1949 signed sepia matt postcard SOLD

Walls, Tom 1883-1949 signed sepia matt postcard SOLD

Tom Walls 1883-1949 signed sepia matt postcard
Size: 5.5in x 3.5in
UK - c.1900

Signed: 'Best Wishes, Tom Walls'

Sepia photo postcard ( J.Beagle & Co 27D), signed by this great British comedian, Tom Walls, 1883-1949. Glue residue to reverse.


Walls also established a horse racing stable at Epsom, where he trained his own horse, April the Fifth to win the 1932 Epsom Derby

Tom Kirby Walls (18 February 1883 - 27 November 1949) was a popular English stage and motion-pictures character actor, and film director. He has claim to be one of the most influential figures in British comedy.

Comedy farceur Tom Walls is indelibly associated with the popular Aldwych Theatre farces of the 1920s and 1930s. Born in 1883, this English gent was a former constable and jockey before making his stage debut in 1905. As the star and producer of a succession of witty spoofs typically denigrating society's uppercrust, he often played the slick cad. Written expertly by Ben Travers and in tandem with fellow comic extraordinaires Ralph Lynn and Robertson Hare, the shows were chock full of sight gags, puns, double entendres and slapstick.

With Walls at the helm as director, a number of their successes were transferred to the 30s silver screen, beginning with Rookery Nook (1930). The madcap nonsense seemed to be just what the doctor ordered, so an assembly-line of their classic stage shows were filmed, including Plunder (1931), A Night Like This (1931), Thark (1932), Turkey Time (1933), A Cuckoo in the Nest (1933), Dirty Work (1934) (directed only), and A Cup of Kindness (1934), more or less all of them presented as photographed plays. His career waned following the decade, but he was still seen in a number of films, both comedic and touchingly dramatic, until his death in 1949.

Source: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0909398/bio



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