Stanley Holloway

Stanley Augustus Holloway, OBE (1 October 1890 – 30 January 1982) was an English stage and film actor, comedian, singer, poet and monologist. He was famous for his comic and character roles on stage and screen, especially that of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He was also renowned for his recordings of comic monologues and songs, which he performed throughout most of his 70-year career. Born in London, in his early years Holloway pursued a career as a clerk. He made early stage appearances before infantry service in the First World War. After the war he joined a concert party, "The Co-Optimists", and his career began to flourish. At first he was chiefly employed as a singer, but his skills as an actor and reciter of comic monologues were soon recognised. Characters from his monologues such as Sam Small, invented by Holloway, and Albert Ramsbottom, created for him by Marriott Edgar, were absorbed into popular British culture. By the 1930s, he was in demand to star in music hall, pantomime and musical comedy. In the 1940s and early 1950s, Holloway moved from the musical stage to acting in plays and films. He made well-received stage and film appearances in Shakespeare, and in a series of films for Ealing Studios. In 1956 he was cast as the irresponsible Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, a role that he played on Broadway, in the West End and later on film, which brought him international fame. In his later years, Holloway appeared in television series in the U.S. ...

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Brief Encounter (1945)

Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Celia Johnson  •  Trevor Howard  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Joyce Carey

Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Celia Johnson  •  Trevor Howard  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Joyce Carey

Hamlet (1948)

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  John Laurie  •  Esmond Knight

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Jean Simmons  •  John Laurie  •  Esmond Knight

In Harm's Way (1965)

A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Tom Tryon

A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Patricia Neal  •  Tom Tryon

Major Barbara (1941)

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Wendy Hiller  •  Rex Harrison  •  Robert Morley  •  Robert Newton

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Wendy Hiller  •  Rex Harrison  •  Robert Morley  •  Robert Newton

My Fair Lady (1964)

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A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Rex Harrison  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Rex Harrison  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

Passport to Pimlico (1949)

When an unexploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, it reveals a treasure trove and documents proving that the region is in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. The British government attempts to regain control by setting up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Cornelius
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Betty Warren  •  Hermione Baddeley  •  Barbara Murray

When an unexploded WWII bomb is accidentally detonated in Pimlico, it reveals a treasure trove and documents proving that the region is in fact part of Burgundy, France and thus foreign territory. The British government attempts to regain control by setting up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Cornelius
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Betty Warren  •  Hermione Baddeley  •  Barbara Murray

The Beggar's Opera (1953)

Adaptation of John Gay's 18th century opera, featuring Laurence Olivier as MacHeath and Hugh Griffith as the Beggar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Brook
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Hugh Griffith  •  George Rose  •  Stuart Burge

Adaptation of John Gay's 18th century opera, featuring Laurence Olivier as MacHeath and Hugh Griffith as the Beggar.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Brook
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Hugh Griffith  •  George Rose  •  Stuart Burge

The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipments of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Sid James  •  Alfie Bass

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipments of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Sid James  •  Alfie Bass

The Magic Box (1951)

Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boulting
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Margaret Johnston  •  Maria Schell  •  Richard Attenborough

Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boulting
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Margaret Johnston  •  Maria Schell  •  Richard Attenborough

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line a group of local residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the complete lack of licensing hours on trains. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  George Relph  •  Naunton Wayne  •  John Gregson

When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line a group of local residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the complete lack of licensing hours on trains. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  George Relph  •  Naunton Wayne  •  John Gregson

Champagne Charlie (1944)

A man from the countryside becomes London’s newest music hall sensation, and competes with a rival music hall performer for the audience’s attention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alberto Cavalcanti
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Betty Warren  •  Tommy Trinder  •  Jean Kent

A man from the countryside becomes London’s newest music hall sensation, and competes with a rival music hall performer for the audience’s attention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alberto Cavalcanti
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Betty Warren  •  Tommy Trinder  •  Jean Kent

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

The aging Caesar finds himself intrigued by the young Egyptian queen. Adapted by George Bernard Shaw from his own play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Vivien Leigh  •  Stewart Granger  •  Flora Robson

The aging Caesar finds himself intrigued by the young Egyptian queen. Adapted by George Bernard Shaw from his own play.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Claude Rains  •  Vivien Leigh  •  Stewart Granger  •  Flora Robson

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Robert Stephens  •  Colin Blakely  •  Geneviève Page  •  Christopher Lee

Director Billy Wilder adds a new and intriguing twist to the personality of intrepid detective Sherlock Holmes. One thing hasn't changed however: Holmes' crime-solving talents. Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Robert Stephens  •  Colin Blakely  •  Geneviève Page  •  Christopher Lee

The Way to the Stars (1945)

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  John Mills  •  Rosamund John  •  Stanley Holloway

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  John Mills  •  Rosamund John  •  Stanley Holloway

Ten Little Indians (1965)

Ten strangers are invited as weekend guests to a remote mountain mansion. When the host doesn't show up, the guests start dying, one by one, in uniquely macabre Agatha Christie-style. It is based on Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Pollock
CAST:  Hugh O'Brian  •  Shirley Eaton  •  Fabian  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

Ten strangers are invited as weekend guests to a remote mountain mansion. When the host doesn't show up, the guests start dying, one by one, in uniquely macabre Agatha Christie-style. It is based on Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Pollock
CAST:  Hugh O'Brian  •  Shirley Eaton  •  Fabian  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

The Way Ahead (1944)

A mismatched collection of conscripted civilians find training tough under Lieutenant Jim Perry and Sergeant Ned Fletcher when they are called up to replace an infantry battalion that had suffered casualties at Dunkirk.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  David Niven  •  Stanley Holloway  •  James Donald  •  John Laurie

A mismatched collection of conscripted civilians find training tough under Lieutenant Jim Perry and Sergeant Ned Fletcher when they are called up to replace an infantry battalion that had suffered casualties at Dunkirk.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  David Niven  •  Stanley Holloway  •  James Donald  •  John Laurie

Lady Godiva Rides Again (1951)

Marjory Clark wins a competition in her Midland town and finds herself in a Festival of Britain procession as Lady Godiva - though not in the buff. This leads by way of a suspect beauty competition to the show-business world of London. But it could be a slippery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Launder
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  John McCallum  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Pauline Stroud

Marjory Clark wins a competition in her Midland town and finds herself in a Festival of Britain procession as Lady Godiva - though not in the buff. This leads by way of a suspect beauty competition to the show-business world of London. But it could be a slippery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Launder
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  John McCallum  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Pauline Stroud

Carnival (1946)

Story of a ballet dancer of the Edwardian era. From the novel by Compton Mackenzie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Haynes
CAST:  Sally Gray  •  Michael Wilding  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Bernard Miles

Story of a ballet dancer of the Edwardian era. From the novel by Compton Mackenzie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Haynes
CAST:  Sally Gray  •  Michael Wilding  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Bernard Miles

The Girl from Maxim's (1933)

A Doctor tries to pass off a singer as his wife in Paris in 1904.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Korda
CAST:  Frances Day  •  Leslie Henson  •  George Grossmith  •  Lady Tree

A Doctor tries to pass off a singer as his wife in Paris in 1904.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Korda
CAST:  Frances Day  •  Leslie Henson  •  George Grossmith  •  Lady Tree

The Vicar of Bray (1937)

The Vicar of Bray is a satirical description of an individual fundamentally changing his principles to remain in ecclesiastical office as external requirements change around him. The religious upheavals in England from 1533 to 1559 and from 1633 to 1715 made it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Edwards
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Hugh Miller  •  K. Hamilton Price  •  Felix Aylmer

The Vicar of Bray is a satirical description of an individual fundamentally changing his principles to remain in ecclesiastical office as external requirements change around him. The religious upheavals in England from 1533 to 1559 and from 1633 to 1715 made it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Edwards
CAST:  Stanley Holloway  •  Hugh Miller  •  K. Hamilton Price  •  Felix Aylmer
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