Mystery Of Edwin Drood

1935

John Jasper is a respectable choir master on the upper level, but beneath lurks a madman, an opium-addicted man of intrigue and deception with a deadly fascination for a young girl, Rosa Bud, who is engaged to his nephew, Edwin Drood. The marriage has been arranged from the crib, and neither Rosa nor Edwin (who is fondly called "Ned") are particularly fond of the idea, having resolved themselves to wed someday, simply because they must. Rosa is a young learner of music, and is fearful of her instructor -- John Jasper -- while her fiancé mere laughs off her uncertainty.

Cast:
Claude Rains .... John Jasper
Douglass Montgomery .... Neville Landless
Heather Angel .... Rosa Bud
Valerie Hobson .... Helena Landless
David Manners .... Edwin Drood
Francis L. Sullivan .... Mr. Crisparkle
Zeffie Tilbury .... The Opium Woman
Ethel Griffies .... Miss Twinkleton
E.E. Clive .... Thomas Sapsea
Walter Kingsford .... Hiram Grewgious
Forrester Harvey .... Durdles
Veda Buckland .... Mrs. Tope
Elsa Buchanan .... Mrs. Tisher
George Ernest .... Deputy
J.M. Kerrigan .... Chief Verger Tope
Louise Carter .... Mrs. Crisparkle
Harry Cording .... Opium addict
D'Arcy Corrigan .... Opium addict
Anne O'Neal .... Crisparkle maid
Will Geer .... Villager
Walter Brennan

Heather Angel

Heather Grace Angel was born in Oxford, England, on February 9, 1909. She dabbled on the stage for a time before coming to California to try her luck on the screen. Heather was 20 years old when she landed a bit part for the 1929 film, BULLDOG DRUMMOND. Although she didn't know it at the time, she would become a staple of that particular series eight years hence. That movie would be her only foray onto celluloid for two years. When Heather did return, she did so in 1931's NIGHT IN MONTMARTE. Not only did she land a part, but it was the leading role in the picture, starring as Annette Lefevre. Later that year she again landed the leading role in the acclaimed THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Throughout the 1930's, Heather's services were in high demand. She kept very busy in such productions as MEN OF STEEL (1932), CHARLIE CHAN'S GREATEST CASE (1933), ORIENT EXPRESS (1934), and DANIEL BOONE (1936). In 1937, she began playing Phyllis Clavering in the serial about Bulldog Drummond. Audiences delighted in catching the latest adventures of Drummond. After the last Drummond film, ARREST BULLDOG DRUMMOND in 1939, Heather went on her way in other films. Although she didn't have the leading role, she did appear in top movies such as 1940's KITTY FOYLE and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and in 1943's CRY HAVOC. After LIFEBOAT in 1944, Heather wasn't seen again on the silver screen until THE SAXON CHARM in 1948. As with other actresses, Heather's time had come and gone. Her last appearance anywhere was in 1979's television mini-series, BACKSTAIRS AT THE WHITE HOUSE when she played Harry Truman's mother-in-law. On December 13, 1986, Heather died in Santa Barbara, California of cancer. She was 77 years old.

Valerie Hobson

Valerie Babette Louise Hobson was born on 14 April 1917 in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, the daughter British Army officer. Valerie barely begun her studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts when, at 16, she was discovered an was signed to a Hollywood contract by Universal pictures, where for a frustrating 12 months she served as a Fay Wray substitute in roles calling for wide-eyed terror. From this experience, she is best known to horror fans for her roles in WereWolf of London (1935), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Rendezvous at Midnight (1935) and the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Valerie was never happy in Scream Queen parts. She soon returned to England where she was offered leading roles that displayed her many charms and talent. Returning to the British film industry in 1936, Hobson developed into one of the most popular and versatile leading ladies in the business. She was a delightful "Nora Charles" type in the 1938 murder mystery This Man is News (1938), and was both sexy and resourceful opposite Conrad Veidt in a brace of espionage thrillers, The Spy in Black (1939) and Contraband (1940). Hobson was seen at her best in her postwar films, notably as the demure lady love of homicidal Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), the selfish mother of John Howard Davies in The Rocking Horse Winner (1950), and the screwball "professional guest" in the "Ways and Means" episode of the Noel Coward omnibus Tonight at 8:30 (1952). In 1946, Hobson offered an exquisite performance as Estella in David Lean's adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations; ironically, she had played a smaller role in the 1934 Universal version of the same Dickens novel, but her part had wound up on the cutting room floor. Previously wed to producer Anthony Havelock-Allen, Hobson retired from films in 1954 to marry future British Minister of War John Profumo. She stood by her husband,, after he was involved in the Christine Keeler scandal in the 60s. He was forced to resign as Engl

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