Ivor Novello: Articles

Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'

Ivor Novello: 'Autumn Crocus' movie adaptation with Fay Compton. Ivor Novello last movie: 'Autumn Crocus' Can a naive, plain-looking, spinster school teacher ever find real love in faraway places? This was a question asked by Shirley Booth in Arthur Laurents' 1952 stage play The Time of the Cuckoo; Katharine Hepburn […]

Alfred Hitchcock Silent Movies: Unesco UK Memory of the World Register

Alfred Hitchcock silent movies added to Unesco UK Memory of the World Register (image: Ivor Novello in The Lodger) The nine Alfred Hitchcock-directed silent films recently restored by the British Film Institute have been added to the Unesco UK Memory of the World Register, “a list of documentary heritage which […]

'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Breathless' & Ivor Novello: bfi Southbank

Jack Nicholson, Five Easy Pieces (top); Ivor Novello, Mabel Poulton, The Constant Nymph (middle); Jean Seberg, Breathless (bottom) Bob Rafelson's biting social critique Five Easy Pieces (1970), starring Jack Nicholson and Karen Black; Adrian Brunel's silent romantic drama The Constant Nymph (1928), a tale of “forbidden love” starring stage and […]

Early Alfred Hitchcock Movies Need Restoration, Louise Brooks & Richard Arlen in 'Beggars of Life'

Two early Alfred Hitchcock British efforts: Ivor Novello in The Lodger (top); Anny Ondra in Blackmail (bottom) “Rescue the Hitchcock 9” is the name of a campaign by the British Film Institute to save nine Alfred Hitchcock silent films, among them Blackmail (1929), shot as both a silent and a […]

Ivor Novello: Gay Icon & Alfred Hitchcock Star Revisited

Ivor Novello ca. mid-to-late 1920s. A gay icon of the British stage, the Welsh-born playwright-composer-actor Ivor Novello was also one of the top British film performers of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Among his most notable big-screen star vehicles are Graham Cutts' box office hit The Rat (1925), with […]