Stanley Holloway


Actor, Singer
Stanley Holloway

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
October 01, 1890
Died
January 30, 1982

Biography

One of the great monologists of the British stage, Stanley Holloway is probably most recognizable to filmgoers as Alfred P. Doolittle, who went on at great length about shirking his responsibilities in 1964's "My Fair Lady." But Holloway's career at that point was already approaching its twilight, having been preceded by decades of work in theatre, radio, and film. He was in his early 30...

Photos & Videos

The Lavender Hill Mob - Movie Posters
Stanley Holloway - State Express Cigarette Card

Bibliography

"Wiv' a Little Bit of Luck"
Stanley Halloway (1969)

Biography

One of the great monologists of the British stage, Stanley Holloway is probably most recognizable to filmgoers as Alfred P. Doolittle, who went on at great length about shirking his responsibilities in 1964's "My Fair Lady." But Holloway's career at that point was already approaching its twilight, having been preceded by decades of work in theatre, radio, and film. He was in his early 30s when he decided to pursue show business full-time, and subsequently became part of the variety show troupe The Co-Optimists, whose act was adapted into a feature film in 1929. Steady film work followed, including jobs as narrator for a series of propaganda shorts aimed at lifting morale in Great Britain during World War II. Following the war, he landed some of his best-known film roles, including the supporting character Albert Godby in David Lean's 1945 drama, "Brief Encounter." During this time, he also began making noteworthy comedies with Charles Crichton at Ealing Studios, including 1951's "The Lavender Hill Mob," now widely-considered a classic. Just as his film output was starting to slow, in '56 Holloway made a triumphant return to the stage, originating Alfred P. Doolittle for the musical production "My Fair Lady," which led to his reprising the part for the film. Prior to the "My Fair Lady" movie, he starred in the American sitcom "Our Man Higgins," Holloway's first time headlining for television. He would try again for 1967's "Blandings Castle," but spent most of his last decade of productivity in films.

Life Events

1919

Debut as singer and actor

1921

Film acting debut in "The Rotters"

Photo Collections

The Lavender Hill Mob - Movie Posters
Here are a few original movie posters for the British comedy The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), starring Alec Guiness and Stanley Holloway.
Stanley Holloway - State Express Cigarette Card
This is a small cigarette card of actor Stanley Holloway. These trading cards were included in Cigarette packs in the 30's and 40's and were collectible items. Customers could even purchase books to organize and collect these cards. State Express was an active Cigarette Card producer, creating a wide range of cards featuring famous people of which film stars were an often popular draw.

Videos

Movie Clip

Ten Little Indians (1966) - What's He Like? Introduced in credits riding up an Alpine tramway, guests Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde White, Leo Genn, Hugh O'Brian, Dennis Price, Fabian, Shirley Eaton, Daliah Lavi, plus servants Mario Adorf and Marianne Hoppe, begin to chat, in the 1966 version of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians.
Brief Encounter (1945) - Idle Gossip Opening scenes, Godby (Stanley Holloway) working bar girl Myrtle (Joyce Carey), Dolly (Everley Gregg) intruding on Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Howard) who, director David Lean will reveal, are in a desperate private moment, from Brief Encounter, 1945.
Brief Encounter (1945) - Noel Coward's Brief Encounter Opening credit sequence for David Lean's acclaimed film from the Noel Coward original screenplay, Brief Encounter, 1945, starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.
Lavender Hill Mob, The (1951) - We're Both Honest Men Quoting Shakespeare and demonstrating both vocation and avocation, Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway) is attentive enough to catch Holland (Alec Guinness) making a larcenous suggestion, in The Lavender Hill Mob, 1951.
Lavender Hill Mob, The (1951) - Someone Far Bigger Holland (Alec Guinness) and Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway) are not so much lying-in-wait as recruiting, enticing thieves Shorty (Alfie Bass) and Lackery (Sidney James) into their band in The Lavender Hill Mob, 1951.
Ten Little Indians (1966) - Who's Got The First Line? The guests, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde White, Daliah Lavi, Dennis Price, Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian, Leo Genn, served dinner by Grohmann (Mario Adorf), finally hearing from their host (voice of Christopher Lee), in Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, 1966.
This Happy Breed - Thank Goodness We Ditched Them! Much spectacle as Ethel (Celia Johnson) and Frank (Robert Newton) conduct daughter Queenie (Kay Walsh), sailor suitor Billy (John Mills) et al to the British Empire Exhibition, 1924, in David Lean's This Happy Breed, 1944.

Bibliography

"Wiv' a Little Bit of Luck"
Stanley Halloway (1969)