Courtney White

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Courtney White

Courtney White made his Broadway debut in the 1918 revival of Experience at the Manhatten Opera House. Among his ten other Broadway credits was the title role of  in the short-lived 1931 revival of Dracula at the Royale Theatre. In addition to his roles in on the stage he appeared in silent films and radio, including a production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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1930

November 23-29, 1930

Davidson Theatre, Milwaukee

Perhaps to cut down on costs, the playbill contained photos of various actors who had donned Dracula’s cape

Dracula Davidson Theatre Milwaulke Wisconsin November 23 -28 1930 1

Dracula Davidson Theatre Milwaulke Wisconsin November 23 -28 1930 2

Dracula Davidson Theatre Milwaulke Wisconsin November 23 -28 1930 3

Dracula Davidson Theatre Milwaulke Wisconsin November 23 -28 1930 4

Dracula Davidson Theatre Milwaulke Wisconsin November 23 -28 1930 5

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Milwaukee Journal, November 22, 1930

Courtney White Milwaukee Sentinel, November 23, 1930

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Milwaukee Journal, November 23, 1930

Courtney White Milwaukee Journal, November 23, 1930

Courtney White Milwaukee Journal, November 23, 1930 (2)

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Milwaukee Sentinel, November 23, 1930

Courtney White Milwaukee Sentinel, November 23, 1930 2

Courtney White Milwaukee Sentinel, November 23, 1930 3

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Milwaukee Journal, November 25, 1930

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Milwaukee Journal, November 27, 1930

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Milwaukee Journal, November 28, 1930

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Milwaukee Journal, November 29, 1930

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November 30, 1930

Selwyn Theatre, Chicago

Rockford Morning Star, December 2, 1930

Courtney White, Rockford Morning Star, December 2, 1930***

December 21, 1930

Hanna Theatre, Cleveland

White, Plain Dealer, December 21, 1930

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1931

January 8-10, 1931

Parsons Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut

Courtney White - Parsons Theatre

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January 12-?, 1931

The Lyric Theatre, Boston

Boston Herald, January 11, 1931

Courtney White, Boston Herald, January 11, 1931 2

Openings

LYRIC

“Dracula”

“Dracula,” most sensational and most enduring of all the mystery dramas, returns to Boston Monday evening, this time being on view at the Lyric Theatre. That it always has been popular entertainment here is indicated by its various previous engagements. The story of a vampire in human form which roams the countryside from midnight to dawn, leaving terror in its wake. Hamilton Deane and John Balderstone made the now famous dramatization from the rambling narrative by Bram Stoker. The novel has thrilled book readers for two generations. The play is now in its fourth year in England. The present cast in Horace Liveright’s production includes Courtney White, Edward Forbes, Marcella Gaudel, William Melville and Alfred Sill.

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Plain Dealer, April 22, 1934

Courtney White, Plain Dealer, April 22, 1934

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April 13-18, 1931

Broadway Revival

Royale Theatre, New York

Arnold Daly – Jonathan Harker

Edward Forbes – R.M. Renfield

Marcella Gaudel – Lucy Seward

William Melville – Dr. Seward

William Olathe Miller – Butterworth

Maurice Morris – Abraham Van Helsing

Alfreda Sill – Miss Wells, a maid

Courtney White – Count Dracula

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Plain Dealer, May 24, 1931

Courtney White, Plain Dealer, May 24, 1931

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September 14-19, 1931

Broad Street Theatre, Newark

The Rahway Record, September 11, 1931

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The Westfield Leader Wednesday, September 16, 1931

With the Plays and Players

New and Old Events Now Being Presented at Various Playhouses

Broad – Newark

In presenting “Dracula” the sensational vampire mystery play at the Broad Street Theatre, Newark, this week, O.E. Wee, the producer of the play, offers the following information about it by way of explanation:

“Dracula” is based on a strange superstition that lurks in certain countries of middle Europe, relative to ghostly vampires – beings of an ether world who exist on a sanguinary diet, secured by drawing the blood from the necks of their victims. In the old legends they were supposed to prey on human kind, and to go on existing for centuries by virtue of their predatory activities. Mo vampire actually died but remained an animate corpse, taking various shapes and forms at night and returning each day to sleep within the place of internment.

With this foundation the plot of “Dracula” revolves around an English girl who has come under the sinister influence of the titles personage, “Count Volvode Dracula,” a suave Hungarian diplomat. The machinations of “Dracula,” who assumes at will the form of a were-wolf, a howling dog, a flapping vampire or a mist, and to whom walls, doors and windows form no obstacle to his entry and exit, are foiled by the Dutch scientist, “Professor Van Helsing,” versed in ways of necrology.

The cast presenting “Dracula” is headed by Courtney White as “Count Dracula” and includes Maurice Morris, Edward Forbes, William Melville, William Olathe Miller, Arnold Daly, Marcella Gaudel and Peggy Hastings.

Regular matinees today and Saturday will be given.

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