Leslie Stowe, Veteran of Stage and Screen, Now a Stowaway in the Memory of Film.

Leslie Stowe

Leslie Stowe

Leslie Stowe began his career on stage in 1893 making his debut in the comic opera Ship Ahoy, [1]appearing through the years in the tour of The Merry World; [2] yet another tour company, and productions of, The Student Prince,[3] and Barbara Fritchie [4].” He also had roles on Broadway in Klaw & Erlanger’s production of “Ben Hur,”[5] 1917, Ned McCobb’s Daughter, [6] “Pasteur,” 1923, “Go West Young Man,”1923, and “Babes in Toyland,” in 1931.[7] Stowe acted with Edwin Booth (yes, the older brother of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln), Lawrence Barrett, the Shakespearean repertoire company of Sothern and Marlow, [8] and William Gillette, [9] (in Sherlock Holmes as Moriarty) along other notable actors of the aforementioned eras. Stowe was 45 when he made his film debut in 1912, making just 30 films; his most notable performances being in Bolshevism on Trial, 1919, and The Seventh Day, 1922.

 

A Short Stash of Stowe Movies:

Robin Hood, 1912

La vie de Bohème, 1916

The Copperhead, 1920

Columbus, 1923

Mother’s Boy, 1929

 

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A Short Stash of Stowe Movies:

Robin Hood, 1912

La vie de Bohème, 1916

The Copperhead, 1920

Columbus, 1923

Mother’s Boy, 1929

 

By C. S. Williams

 

[1] Billboard, The Final Curtain, July 30, 1949, Leslie Stowe’s obituary

[2] Springfield Missouri Republican (Springfield, Missouri) Saturday, March 21, 1896

[3] Joplin Globe, (Joplin, Missouri) Tuesday, February 23, 1926

[4] The Daily Plainsman (Huron, South Dakota) July 6, 1929

[5] It was reported (Pittsburgh Press, Sunday, March 17, 1929) that Stowe made his mark in Ben-Hur in the role of  Sempronius, but actually, Stowe was seen most often as sheik Ilderim in the Klaw & Erlanger road production of Ben Hur from 1913-1918. Ben-Hur visited and returned to numerous playhouses throughout the Midwest and east.

[6] Billboard, The Final Curtain, July 30, 1949, Leslie Stowe’s obituary

[7] Internet Broadway Data Base

[8] The Evening Huronite, Huron, S.D. Saturday, July 6, 1929 and the Santa Cruz News, Santa Cruz, California, Wednesday, August 21, 1929

[9] William Gillette, America’s Sherlock by Henry Zecher, Xlibris Corp, 2011, page 485

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