- Frank Vosper
Frank Vosper (born
London, December 15 1899- March 6 1937) was a British actorand playwright.
Vosper made his stage debut in 1919 and was best known for playing urbane villains.
His extensive stage experience included appearing in his own play Love from a Stranger (1936), adapted from the short story "Philomel Cottage" by
His other plays included co-writing the comedy "No Funny Business".
He also wrote "People Like Us", based on the case of
Edith Thompsonand Frederick Bywaters. Originally banned by the Lord Chamberlain, it remained unperformed until 1948 when it premiered at the Wyndhams Theatre, London, with Miles Malleson, George Rose, Robert Flemyngand Kathleen Michael.
His films as an actor included
* Blinkeyes - 1926
* Rome Express - 1932
* Strange Evidence -1932
* Murder on the Second Floor - 1932
* Dick Turpin - 1933
* No Funny Business - 1933
Waltzes from Vienna- 1933
Jew Suss- 1934
* The Man Who Knew Too Much, directed by
Alfred Hitchcock, 1934
* Hearts Desire - 1935
* The Secret of Stromboul - 1936
* Spy for Napoleon - 1936
Films as a writer included
* Shadows on the Stairs - 1941 (adapted from Murder on the Second Floor)
He died on
March 6 1937when he was drowned after falling from the transatlantic liner SS Paris. The death was eventually ruled as accidentalafter considerable media speculation as to the cause of the death.
[http://www.cyranos.ch/spvosp-e.htm Portrait of the actor Frank Vosper by Thomas Staedeli ] at www.cyranos.ch Short biography and photograph of Vosper.
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