Bundle of photographs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/10/2/6
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 85.
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      23 pieces.

Scope and Content

Bundle of photographs from an original envelope labelled "Miscellaneous autobiographical photos". This is a mixed bag of photographs of RD which span a long period of his career, from some of his earliest stage roles to his final film. They are as follows: /1 Head and shoulders photograph of RD taken during his first tour with the Benson company at a seaside resort; with caption (1924). /2 Full length photograph of RD as a marshal at the Scottish Historical Pageant at Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh, organised by Frank Benson (Jul 1927). /3 Mounted photograph, apparently of RD in costume as Straker in Man and Superman; inscribed to Robin (Sep 1929). /4 Still from the film The Private Life of Henry VIII, showing RD as Thomas Culpeper [1933]. /5 Head and shoulders publicity photograph of RD, taken during his first visit to New York; taken by Vandamm of New York; with caption (1934). /6-8 Publicity photograph of RD and two stills from film The Ghost Goes West; /8 also includes actress Jean Parker [1935]. /9 Still from The Thirty-Nine Steps showing RD with Madeleine Carroll seated in concert hall [1935]. /10-11 Two photographs from the film The Citadel: /10 is a behind-the-scenes shot of filming at Denham Studios. /11 is a still from the film showing RD with Rosalind Russell and Rex Harrison [1938]. /12 Publicity shot of RD in soldier's uniform. Wrongly identified on the reverse as RD in Red Night in 1936, it is in fact a publicity shot for the stage version of The Cure for Love in 1945. Taken by Swarbrick Studios, 67 George Street, Portman Square, London. There is a duplicate at FRD1/10/2/18/30. /13 Stage still of RD as Croaker in Goldsmith's The Good Natured Man with another actor, from an Old Vic production. Taken by Angus McBean of 29B Belgrave Road, London (1939). /14 Undated head and shoulders publicity photograph of RD, with original typescript caption pasted on the reverse advertising his production of Much Ado About Nothing and The Man Behind the Statue at the Opera House, Manchester, in 1946. /15 Photograph of a scene from The Man Behind the Statue taken from the front of the house in Manchester Opera House. By Bert Wilson of 11 Peter Street, Manchester (1946). /16-18 Three stage stills of RD and other actors in A Sleeping Clergyman at the Criterion Theatre. By Swarbrick Studios, 87 George Street, Portman Square, London [1947]. /19 Undated head and shoulders publicity photograph of RD, in jacket and spotted cravat [late 1940s]. /20 Publicity photograph of RD as Sir Robert Morton in film The Winslow Boy, with original typescript caption. By Ray Hearne [1948]. /21 Publicity photograph of RD in hospital bed with bandaged nose [taken at the time of the premiere of The Magic Box which RD missed due to his hospital stay]. Photograph by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd, 85 Fleet Street, London [Sep 1951]. /22 Half-length publicity photograph of RD as the Rev. William Thorne in Lease of Life [1954]. /23 Half-length publicity photograph of RD as the Mandarin in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness [1958].


The envelope in which these prints were originally stored also included the photographs listed in FRD1/10/2/10. The photographs fell into two distinct groupings: photographs of RD (listed here) and photographs of other actors sent or presented to RD.