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1893 - 1951
The actor Ivor Novello was born as David Ivor Davies in Cardiff. Because his mother was a singer he came into contact with the musical side of life at an early age.
Still a pupil he wrote his first composition and was able to achieve a considerable success. It followed singing lessons in London.
He earned first public attention with his song "Keep The Home Fires Burning", which was especially popular among the servicemen. This led to several musical commissions for the West End plays. At the end of Ivor Novello's career he left more than 250 songs.
Ivor Novello made his film debut with the French production "L'appel
du sang - The Call of the Blood" and he became a demanded screen idol in
His first own play was banned on the screen in 1924 called "The Rat" (25), Ivor Novello impersonated the leading in this one as well as in the sequels "The Triumph of the Rat" (26) and "The Return of the Rat" (28).
There were only few more movies in the 30's in which Ivor Novello appeared as an actor. To these movies belong "Symphony in Two Flats" (30), "Sleeping Car" (33) and "I Lived with You" (33).
After that he concentrated to writing plays and music, especially melodramatic musicals (8 musicals in total), as an actor he was only active on stage.
To Ivor Novello's honour they award the Ivor Novello Award annual to
british producers, composers and arrangeurs.
Other movies with Ivor Novello (Actor):