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News and updates for the Patrick Wymark Boardroom - a website about the Power Game actor.

Maintained by Harry Dobermann. Email me at harry@wymark.org.uk

Elizabeth Dawson: Grimsby’s forgotten writer

Uncategorised Posted on Wed, November 03, 2021 07:25:24
Anthony Booth & Patrick Wymark in The Seventh Wave

Recently re-reading the section in Getting Carter by Nick Triplow, where managers ordered staff of Barton-on-Humber library to trash their collection of Ted Lewis books, (“out of date novels by a local author no-one had ever heard of”) I reflected that at least he had some books to throw away.

While researching the career of Patrick Wymark, I came across Elizabeth Dawson, writer of the TV play The Seventh Wave in which Wymark starred as a Grimsby trawler skipper. I learned that Dawson herself came from Grimsby and had written countless TV and radio plays – all while holding down a full-time job as secretary to a bank manager.

But, I found it difficult to find any further information about Elizabeth Dawson. I’m willing to bet that no-one in her home town of Grimsby has heard of her. Certainly the recent belated recognition of Freddie Frinton and Rod Temperton shows that there is always time for rediscovery. But in the case of Elizabeth Dawson even her work appears inaccessible. Her TV plays were made for Rediffusion – a company whose archive appears to have been largely junked. If the BBC still retains any recordings of her radio plays, who knows where they are. Obscurity breeds obscurity.

However, I’m sure this isn’t the end of the story, and perhaps someone with more energy and determination will pick it up. However, here is Elizabeth Dawson, the story so far wymark.org.uk/dawson.html



The Psychopath

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, October 29, 2021 15:46:23

For Halloween – I talk once again to Doctor Terror about the horror movie The Psychopath, starring Patrick Wymark and Margaret Johnston. Not being blessed with patience, neither the Doctor or I feel a podcast should last more than 30 minutes. But if you’re ultra impatient, you can read about The Psychopath here.

Patrick Wymark in The Psychopath by Harry Dobermann (soundcloud.com)



Clifford Rose

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, September 13, 2021 16:52:09

Appeal to help family of actor Clifford Rose with care home fees. In 1960 the 32 year old actor Clifford Rose joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing opposite Patrick Wymark in The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. The photo, by Zoe Dominic, shows him as Verges in Much Ado About Nothing.
Clifford Rose, who appeared in Callan and Secret Army, continued to act until 2020, appearing as the Dean of Windsor in ‘The Crown’. Due to ill health, he was forced to move into a nursing home earlier this year. His family have found him a place in Denville Hall, the nursing home for those in the entertainment industry, which he loves. However, he is only funded for a month. So his family have launched an appeal. “If you have ever enjoyed my father’s work, ” his son Duncan said, “or appreciate the value of veteran actors in our cultural life, please consider supporting him in his time of need.”

The appeal can be found at www.cliffordrose.com https://gofund.me/2e25399e



The Cherry Orchard

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, August 26, 2021 18:27:18

26 August 1967 – Patrick Wymark and Lila Kedrova gave their last performance in Newcastle before moving on to the Edinburgh Festival with the Prospect Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard. Translated by Richard Cottrell from Anton Chekov’s orginal, the production had already toured several cities. John Peter in The Times wrote: “This moving and versatile production….is based on two superlative performances by Lila Kedrova and Patrick Wymark. ( as Ranyevskaya and Lopakhin) Mme.Kedrova’s portrayal here is a sustained masterpiece of bewildered but proud nobility…Mr.Wymark, too long absent from roles of such complexity , gives a virtuoso account of Lopakhin….the production as a whole is a remarkable attempt to relate the play to Chekhov’s work as a whole…accordingly Mr Cottrell exploits the sheer comic richness of the play and some of its best moments are when inspired idiocy modulates swiftly to poignant pathos.”
Patrick Wymark had last appeared in The Cherry Orchard in 1962, playing the bumbling clerk Epihodov – John Gielgud has played Lopakhin



The Devil’s Wymark updated

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, August 12, 2021 09:59:19
Tell Me Lies (1968) and The Devil’s Bait (1959)

Following the spotting (post below) of a possible early appearance by Patrick Wymark in The Devil’s Bait (1959), Philly supplied the sideview screenshot (above right). With what might be the most contentious ear since Robert Jenkins in 1739, I’ve still not been able to find a better side view that the slightly blurry shot from Tell Me Lies (1968). Although the photo’s are at different angles, there does seem to be similarity between the shape of the ears. The photo’s also show a similar hairline. Any contribution from retired identikit operators would be welcome.

August 13: University College London recently posted a photo of Wymark in his early 20’s from his national service – could he morph into the smooth spiv of THE DEVIL’S BAIT 10 years later?

And here are a variety of side shots show the ear of Patrick Wymark in 1968, The Devil’s Bait in 1959, Patrick Wymark in 1964 and Patrick Wymark in 1970.



The Devil’s Wymark?

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, August 09, 2021 09:56:13

A possible unknown film appearance by Patrick Wymark was uncovered earlier this month. A member of the Britmovie Forum called Philly posted that, “I spotted an early uncredited appearance of Patrick Wymark …as one of a smooching couple in a car.

The movie was The Devil’s Bait (1959) screened most recently on Talking Pictures TV on Thursday August 5th. The film stars Geoffrey Keen and Jane Hylton as bakers who accidentally prepare some poisoned bread when a drunken rat catcher leaves traces of poison in one of their tins.

Thanks to Marcus Heslop who brought this to my slumbering attention, I was able to pull the screenshot above from the IMDB listing for the movie (thanks to whoever put them up – presumably Philly).

As to whether this is actually Patrick Wymark, I don’t think I’ve seen many photos taken from this angle, but there are obvious similarities around the eyes and mouth. It has to be said that this character looks slimmer than the usual image we have of Wymark, but the first thought that came into my mind was that he looked like Orson Welles in The Stranger.

For comparison, here is Patrick Wymark in the August 1959 TV version of Brand. And below, Patrick Wymark in the 1960 Danger Man episode An Affair of State.

Any opinions would be welcome. For now, I think we’ll all be scanning the Talking Pictures TV schedule for the next transmission of The Devil’s Bait

UPDATE 10 August: Philly, via Marcus, has provided this side view from the movie:

Was it Sir Hillary Bray who said to Bond the one thing you can’t change is the shape of your ears? I’ve been looking for some side views of Patrick Wymark and the closest I’ve found so far is this shot from Danton’s Death (1959). Will keep looking for something clearer.



The Merry Wives of Windsor

Uncategorised Posted on Mon, July 12, 2021 08:39:11
Patrick Wymark, Geoffrey Sasse & Anthony Quayle (RSC photo)

On 12 July 1955, the day after his 29th birthday, Patrick Wymark appeared in the first performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor as the jovial Host of the Garter Inn.

Glen Byam Shaw’s production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford starred Anthony Quayle as Falstaff. Wymark had been performing at Stratford since 1955, mainly in comic roles. The Times noted Wymark, “particularly good as the jovial Windsor innkeeper who devises and sets afoot the duel between Caius (Michael Denison) and Evans (William Devlin).” William Devlin would, of course, become Sir Gerald Merle, the antagonist of Wymark’s John Wilder in The Plane Makers.

In his Old Vic Prefaces, Hugh Hunt noted that the Host of the Garter was proprietor of a focal point in Windsor society which accommodated the overflow of foreign visitors to Windsor Castle. “These visitations from foreigners, not only taught the host much about life as a whole, giving him an easy tolerant view of the ways of human beings, they also brought him riches and a reputation for astuteness in business matter. The foreigners and courtiers who frequent his inn have, moreover, had a marked influence on his manner of speaking.”

On 2nd October 1955, the BBC screened a telerecording of the Stratford production as part of the Stratford festival. Although the whole performance was recorded, only the second half was screened. This would be Patrick Wymark’s TV debut. By a strange twist of fate, Barbara Murray, who would later play Pamela Wilder , appeared in the play preceding the adaptation as Shakespeare’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets. Even more ironically, Ann Firbank, who would cover the role of Pamela Wilder in the third series of The Plane Makers, also appeared in the Stratford production.



Patrick Wymark – 95 years today

Uncategorised Posted on Sun, July 11, 2021 07:47:16

Patrick Wymark, born in Cleethorpes, 95 years ago today, 11 July 1926. Stage, radio, TV and film actor. “His friends are to be found in every walk of life and to all of them he was passionately loyal.” wymark.org.uk/life.html



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