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no. 366

Saturday, 25 September 2004

Feldman's 25th Song Annual
featuring a photograph of Dorothy Ward (1890-1987),
English actress and singer

 Feldman's 25th Song Annual

Feldman's 25th Song Annual with Dorothy Ward

(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, circa 1919)

Feldman's 25th Song Annual, published in London about 1920, features on its cover a photograph of the popular actress and singer, Dorothy Ward. The songs in this inexpensive edition include a number of popular successes, the majority of which were copyrighted in 1918 or 1919, such as 'If You're Irish, Come into the Parlour', written by Miss Ward's actor husband, Shaun Glenville (1884-1968) and Frank Miller; 'What are Little Girls Made Of?' sung by the music hall comedian and actor, Jay Laurier; and 'Don't Dilly Dally on the Way', otherwise known as 'The "Cock Linnet" Song', famously sung by Marie Lloyd at the close of her extraordinary career.

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Dorothy Ward and Shaun Glenville, having appeared in many musical plays and on the variety theatre stage, will always be remembered for their work in pantomime. Both starred in many of these productions, often together, she as principal boy, he as the dame. Their only son was the actor and film director, Peter Glenville (1913-1996). For further information and photographs, see Nigel Ellacott and Peter Robbins's biography, part of their splendid, a Web site devoted to English pantomime.

Dorothy Ward and Shaun Glenville

Two snapshots of Dorothy Ward, left, taken in 1924 and,
right, about 1950 with her husband, Shaun Glenville.

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