George R. Sims

Picture George R. Sims

1847 - 1922

The writer George R. Sims began his literary activity as the theater critic for the journals "Dark Blue" and "Woman". In the next years followed other magazines in which he published articles.

Beside it George R. Sims soon became established as a dramatist whose plays were performed on stages and later produces for the big screen. His first success was "The Lights of London", it followed "Romany Rye", "The Member for Slocum" and "The Harbour Lights".

In 1889 he wrote a number of articles abut the life of the poor in London after he took note deeply moving of their living conditions. The articles were published in the Daily News under the title "Horrible London" and they also came out as a book in the same year with the title "How the Poor Live".
His trips to the poverty quarters were risky now and then. In 1888 he was suspected to be Jack the Ripper by mistake - a circumstance whiche was already enough to create a riotous mob by the inhabitants of East End.

George R. Sims experienced an other push of popularity when some of his dramas were adapted for the cinema. The first filming came in 1912 into being called "Ostler Joe" (12). It followed the productions "Two Little Vagabonds" (14), "The Romany Rye" (15), "Master and Man" (15), "A Murder in Limehouse" (19), "The Blackmailer" (19), "The English Rose" (20), "The Great Day" (21) and "Billy's Rose" (22).

Other filmed books by George R. Sims:
A Well-Planned West End Jewel Robbery (19) An Insurance Fraud (19) The Life Line (19) The Lights of Home (20) The Ever-open  Door (20) His Other Wife (21) Lights of London (23) The Harbour Lights (23)