Smith, Winchell


Smith, Winchell
(1872-1933)
   Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Winchell Smith inauspiciously commenced his theatrical career as an usher at the Herald Square Theatre where Richard Mansfield encouraged him to try acting. He debuted in a secondary role in William Gillette's Secret Service (1896) and acted for several years in such plays as The New Clown (1902), The Two Schools (1902), The Girl from Kay's (1903), The Man of Destiny (1905), and John Bull's Other Island (1905), but within a decade became a highly successful playwright and director. He won popularity with the farce Brewster's Millions (1906), followed by Polly of the Circus (1907; coauthored by Margaret Mayo), Via Wireless (1908), The Fortune Hunter (1909), Love among the Lions (1910), Bobby Burnit (1910), The Only Son (1911), The Boomerang (1915; with Victor Mapes), Turn to the Right! (1916; with John E. Hazzard), and the highly successful Lightnin' (1918; with Frank Bacon). He directed productions of his own plays, and works by others, including The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1925), The Wisdom Tooth (1926), and The Vinegar Tree (1930).

The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lightnin' —    Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon collaborated on this remarkably long running hit, which opened on 26 August 1918 for a phenomenal 1,291 performances at the Gaiety Theatre, produced by John Golden. Bacon played Lightnin Bill Jones, a bragging… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • List of Power Rangers episodes — This is a list of Power Rangers episodes. Power Rangers is adapted from the thirty five year long line of Japanese special effects television series known as Super Sentai. Over 700 episodes have aired since it premiered in 1993, with the 701st… …   Wikipedia

  • Chronology of Mormonism — This article is part of a series on Joseph Smith …   Wikipedia

  • List of Disney animated characters — For Pixar characters, see List of Pixar characters. For The Nightmare Before Christmas characters, see List of The Nightmare Before Christmas characters. The following is an alphabetic list of major and recurring animated characters in the Walt… …   Wikipedia

  • New Israelites — The New Israelites were a radical sect founded by Nathaniel Wood in Vermont in the 1790s. Wood declared his followers modern Israelites, and the group practiced a strict dietary code as they understood to be instructed in the Law of Moses. Like… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Ace double novels — Ace Books began publishing genre fiction starting in 1952. Initially these were mostly in the attractive dos à dosfact|date=July 2008 | dos à dos or tête bêche? format, but they also published a few single volumes, in the early years, and that… …   Wikipedia

  • The Saphead — Données clés Réalisation Herbert Blaché Winchell Smith Scénario Bronson Howard Victor Mapes June Mathis Winchell Smith Acteurs principaux Buster Keaton Beulah Booker Pays d’origine États Unis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • List of Ace titles in first DGS series — Ace Books first series of paperbacks, the D/G/S series, began in 1952 and ran until 1965, by which time other series from Ace had begun. The D/G/S series used a serial number from 1 599, and a letter code to indicate price. D series books cost 35 …   Wikipedia

  • Timeline 191's Common Characters — Timeline 191 is a fan name given to the history described in Harry Turtledove s alternate history novels. TL 191 includes the novel How Few Remain , and the Great War, American Empire, and Settling Accounts series. It runs from 1862 to 1944.A… …   Wikipedia

  • Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore — VHS cover Directed by Rick Reinert Produced by Rick Reinert …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.