From Silent Film Idol to Superman

The Life and Career of John Stuart

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About the Book

As a handsome and popular romantic actor with a fan club rivalling that of Ivor Novello, John Stuart was frequently mobbed by his adoring fans. He starred in films by Alfred Hitchcock and G.W. Pabst, played opposite British stars such as Madeleine Carroll, Fay Compton, Gracie Fields, and German actor Conrad Veidt, and was also the first actor to ever speak on screen in Britain. Yet despite a film career lasting six decades and comprising 172 films, his name and achievement are little known today.
With access to Stuart’s private archive, his surviving films, press cuttings, film reviews, interviews, profiles, features, and gossip columns, his son Jonathan Croall presents a detailed account of an actor who made a significant contribution to the British film industry of the 20th century.

About the Author(s)

Based in Putney in south-west London, Jonathan Croall is an established journalist, theatre and film historian, and author of 25 books, including acclaimed biographies of Sir John Gielgud and Dame Sybil Thorndike, and two books in the Arden Shakespeare series on Hamlet and King Lear. He was formerly an editor at Penguin and Oxford University Press, features editor of the Times Educational Supplement, editor of the National Theatre’s magazine StageWrite and program editor at the Old Vic theatre in London.

Bibliographic Details

Jonathan Croall
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8954-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4881-1
Imprint: McFarland