Walking Gentleman, Walking Lady


Walking Gentleman, Walking Lady
   These 19th-century lines of business were considered a step above supernumerary in that the characters that fell to these actors might occasionally speak lines. In his 1880 memoir The Stage, James E. Murdoch notes that a walking gentleman would play a character who is "essential to the progress and development of the plot," but who has "a merely mechanical part in the dialogue" (204-5). These parts, like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Hamlet, were useful for giving young actors the opportunity to observe the techniques of their betters at close range.

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  • Walking gentleman — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • walking gentleman — noun : an actor engaged for parts of little importance where impressive appearance is desired * * * walking gentleman or walking lady noun An actor or actress playing very small non speaking parts for which a good appearance is required • • •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • walking lady — noun : the female counterpart of a walking gentleman * * * walking gentleman or walking lady noun An actor or actress playing very small non speaking parts for which a good appearance is required • • • Main Entry: ↑walk …   Useful english dictionary

  • walking — n. & adj. in senses of WALK n. Phrases and idioms: walking delegate a trade union official who visits members and their employers for discussions. walking dictionary (or encyclopaedia) colloq. a person having a wide general knowledge. walking… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Walking lady — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking — Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of numerous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking beam — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking crane — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking fern — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Walking fish — Walking Walk ing, a. & n. from {Walk}, v. [1913 Webster] {Walking beam}. See {Beam}, 10. {Walking crane}, a kind of traveling crane. See under {Crane}. {Walking fern}. (Bot.) See {Walking leaf}, below. {Walking fish} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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