Reginald Denham


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(1894–1983), director, playwright, and actor. The multi-talented Englishman first came to American playgoers' attention with his direction of Rope's End (1929) and Josef Suss (1930). He settled in America in 1940 and thereafter directed such plays as Ladies in Retirement (1940), which he wrote; Guest in the House (1942); The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1943); Dial M for Murder (1952); Sherlock Holmes (1953); The Bad Seed (1954); and Hostile Witness (1966). Denham's forte seemed to be plays with an element of mystery to increase dramatic suspense. With his wife, Mary Orr, he wrote several plays as well as a book of reminiscences, Footlights and Feathers (1966).

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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