A Jobbing Actor by John Le Mesurier soon to be presented for sale on the fabulous BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Elm Tree Books, 1984, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Filmography;
From the cover: Single-handed, John le Mesurier has made more films watchable, even absorbing, than anyone else around, writes Philip Oakes in the Sunday Times. John le Mesuriers acting career spanned fifty years, from the days of Fay Comptons Studio of Dramatic Art to his phenomenal success as the ineffectual Sergeant Wilson in Dads Army and beyond.
After a time in rep he started making films with his second wife, Hattie Jacques, and with Kenneth More, Peter Sellers, Tony Hancock, lan Carmichael and virtually every other British comedy actor of the period.
He talks affectionately about Dads Army and the delightful characters it brought together; also of his pleasure at receiving the award for Best TV Actor of 1971 for his unusually dramatic role in Traitor; and the violent reaction he provoked when he discarded his Dads Army persona to play the lustful vicar in Flint.
He also talks openly about his relationship with Hattie Jacques and the pressures on a marriage between two successful and busy actors, and about his third wife, Joan, her doomed relationship with Tony Hancock, and of their continuing happiness together nearly twenty years later.
John le Mesuriers reminiscences are by turns touching and hilarious, and the vague and gentle warmth which endeared him to film and television audiences all over the world is a constant source of delight.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 159 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.
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