Raymond Huntley

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Raymond Huntley

April 23, 1904–October 19, 1990

Raymond Huntly

Raymond Huntley portrayed Dracula in its West End debut. He reprised the role on the American stage. He enjoyed a long career on stage, screen and TV. His film career stretched from 1934-1974, and included Rembrandt (1937), with Charles Laughton, The Ghost Train (1941), Passport To Pimlico (1949), The Green Man (1956), The Mummy (1959), and Young Winston (1972).

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On the English Stage

1927

February 14-July 23, 1927

The Little Theatre, West End

The Times February 7, 1927

A dramatic version of Mr. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, by Mr. Hamilton Deane, is to be presented at the Little Theatre next Monday.

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The Times February 10, 1927

Dracula, The Times February 10, 1927*

The Daily Mirror, February 11, 1927

Herewith, one of the very few photographs of the late Bram Stoker, who, besides being Sir Henry Irving’s manager for years, was an industrious novelist. As I have already said, a dramatic version of his most famous book, ‘Dracula,’ is to be done at he Little on Monday, and the scene of the Grand Guignol plays is appropriate, for the new piece, I hear, is so full of gruesome thrills that, in the provinces women having been carried fainting from the auditorium. Truly we take our pleasure sadly.

The dramatic adaptation is by Hamilton Deane, whose grandfather, Colonel Deane, and the Rev. Abraham Stoker, Bram’s father, lived on adjoining estates in County Dublin. Young Bram and Hamilton Deane’s mother, then a young girl, were great friends. Stoker had the book ‘Dracula’ in his mind, and the young people used to discuss its possibilities. Strange that it should be young Hamilton Deane who has dramatized the book and brought the play to London.

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Programme for February 14, 1927

February 14, 1927

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The Times, February 15, 1927

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Programme for Thursday, February 24, 1927

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Programme for Wednesday, March 2, 1927

2nd March 1927

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The Argus (Melbourne), March 19, 1927

In relation to modern plays, “vampire” usually means a woman suffering from acute Hollywood fever. A Vampire of the earlier supernatural kind was the chief character in Bram Stoker’s sensational novel “Dracula.” A play founded on the book has been successful on tour for some time in Great Britain, and it is now being brought to London. For Many years Stoker was Sir Henry Irving’s business manager. He wrote several novels, none quite as enthralling as “Dracula,” and a breezy book of memories.

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Western Mail (Perth), March 24, 1927

A dramatic version of Bram Stoker’s famous novel of the weird and terrifying, “Dracula,” has been produced with success in London.

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Singleton Argus (NSW), March 25, 1927

TOO REALISTIC

A London message states that the hysterics of a woman in the stalls at the conclusion of the first act, held up the vampire play “Dracula,” at the Little Theatre for half-an-hour. Four other women fainted.

A doctor and a trained nurse attend all performances owing to the frequency of patrons’ prostration.

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Programme from June, 1927

June 1927

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The Times, June 2, 1927

Dracula, which is still running at the Little Theatre, will be produced in New York on September 7 with Mr. Bernard Jukes in the part he is now playing in London.

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The Times July 18, 1927

Other productions soon to be withdrawn are Dracula, which ends a very successful run at the Little on Saturday; ….

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The Times July 21, 1927

THE THEATRES

The Man Responsible, now running at the Royalty, will be transferred to the Little Theatre.

To make way for it, Dracula will leave the Little Theatre on Saturday and next Monday will be transferred to the Duke of York’s, where the farce, Newly Divorced, was withdrawn last Saturday after a run.

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July 25-August 27, 1927

The Duke of York Theatre, West End

The Times July 27, 1927

Dracula, July 27, 1927 a

“DRACULA” TRANSFERRED.

After having run at the Little Theatre for some months, Dracula, Mr. Hamiton Deane’s version of Mr. Bram Stoker’s novel, was transferred on Monday night to the Duke of York’s Theatre, where a larger audience can watch the blood-curdlings adventures if this rather old-fashioned vampire. Mr. Sam Liversey is now playing the part of van Helsing, first taken by Mr. Deane, and makes him an interesting figure.

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The Times August 4, 1927

Dracula, The Times August 4, 1927 a

Dracula at the Duke of York’s Theatre will reach its 200th performance on Saturday. Mr. Raymond Huntley has rejoined the cast to play his original part of Count Dracula.

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The Times, August 22, 1927

THE THEATRES.

NEW PRODUCTIONS TO-NIGHT

Dracula, which is at present running at the Duke of York’s Theatre, will be transferred next Monday to the Prince of Wales Theatre, where it will succeed the musical comedy The Blue Train. Its place at the Duke of York’s will be taken on September 1 by The Beloved Vagabond, the musical version of Mr. W.J. Locke’s novel, in which Miss Lillian Davies, Mr. Frederick Ranalow, and Miss Mabel Russell will appear.

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Raymond Huntley & Dora Mary Patrick

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Date Unknown 

The Grand Theatre, Leeds

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On The American Stage

1928

When a revised version of Dracula  by John L. Balderstone was produced for the American stage, Raymond Huntley was producer Horace Liveright’s first choice for the role of Dracula. Dissatisfied with the $150 per week offered by Liveright, Huntley turned down the role, paving the way for Bela Lugosi’s casting. Huntley was later persuaded to appear in touring productions of Dracula covering the East Coast and the Midwest from 1928-1930.

 

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October 1-20, 1928

Hollis Theatre, Boston

Hollis Street Theatre

(Cutting courtesy of Dracula researcher Andy Struthers)

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Raymond Huntley autograph signed during Dracula’s run at the Hollis Theatre.

Raymond Huntley, October 15, 1928

(Cutting courtesy of Dracula researcher Andy Struthers)

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October 22-27, 1928

Werba’s Brooklyn Theatre, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Life, October 20, 1928

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, October 20, 1928

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, October 20, 1928 2

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November 12 – ?, 1928

Broad Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Plays and Players, December 3, 1928

Raymond Huntley as Dracula, Broad Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Playa & Players, December 3rd, 1928

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1929

January 28-February 2, 1929

Werba’s Brooklyn Theatre, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Life, January 26, 1929

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, January 26, 1929 2

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, January 26, 1929

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Standard Union, January 29, 1929

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Standard Union, January 29, 1929

 

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Standard Union, January 29, 1929 2

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February 25-30, 1929

Werba’s Flatbush Theatre, Brooklyn, New York

 Brooklyn Life, February 23, 1929

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, February 23, 1929 2

 

Dracula, Brooklyn Life, February 23, 1929***

March 4-9, 1929

Boulevard Theatre, Queens, New York

 Brooklyn Life, February 23, 1929

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, February 23, 1929 3***

March 31-?, 1929

Blackstone Theatre, Chicago

Raymund Huntley Dracula Blackstone Theatre, Chicago. Week beginning May 5, 1929

Huntley Dracula, Blackstone Theatre, May 5th, 1929 2

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March 11-?, 1929

Nixon Theatre, Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Press March 10, 1929

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The Pittsburgh Press March 10, 1929

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The Pittsburgh Press March 12, 1929

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The Pittsburgh Press March 16, 1929

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The Pittsburgh Press March 17, 1929

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May 5-?, 1929

Blackstone Theatre, Chicago

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October 28-November 2, 1929

Werber’s Brooklyn Theatre, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Life, October 26, 1929

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, October 26, 1929

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, October 26, 1929 2

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, October 26, 1929 1

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1930

 

January 13-18, 1930

Lyceum, Rochester

Rochester Evening Journal and the Post Express, January 11, 1930

Although the photo caption states  “The cruel gentleman is George Hasely in “Dracula,” opening Monday at the Temple,” Dracula was in fact portrayed by Raymond Huntley at the Lyceum

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Rochester Evening Journal and Post Express, January 11, 1930

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Rochester Evening Journal and Post Express, January 13, 1930

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Rochester Evening Journal and Post Express, January 14, 1930

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Rochester Evening Journal and Post Express, January 18, 1930

 

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January 20-25, 1930

Werba’s Jamaica Theatre, Long Island, New York

Long Island Daily Press, January 11, 1930

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Long Island Daily Press, January 11, 1930*

 Long Island Daily Press, January 18, 1930

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Long Island Daily Press, January 18, 1930

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Long Island Daily Press, January 21, 1930

Dracula, Long Island Daily Press, January 21, 1930

 

Dracula, Long Island Daily Press, January 21, 1930 1***

February 10-22, 1930

Broad Street Theatre

Dracula 1930 Programme 1

Dracula 1930 Programme 2

Dracula 1930 Programme 3

Dracula 1930 Programme 4

Dracula 1930 Programme 5

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February 24-29, 1930

Werba’s Flatbush Theatre

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, February 22, 1930 2

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Brooklyn Life, February 22, 1930

Raymond Huntley, Dracula, Brooklyn Life, February 22, 1930

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Boulevard Theatre

The Daily Star, Queens Borough, March 4, 1930

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