Laddie Cliff

Laddie Cliff
Born 3 September 1891
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Died 8 December 1937
London, United Kingdom
Other names Clifford Albyn Perry
Occupation Actor, writer, Singer
Years active 1922–1937 (film)

Laddie Cliff (1891–1937) was a British writer, choreographer, dancer, actor, producer and director of comedy and musical theatre and film. He was noted for his versatility. His many London West End theatre appearances and films included a long association with fellow thespian Stanley Lupino.[1] He was married to the actress Phyllis Monkman. He died in 1937 after a period of ill health.

Life and theatrical credits

Born Clifford Albyn Perry on 3 September 1891 in Bristol, Laddie Cliff first toured in British, Australian, and American variety.[2] His acclaimed "extraordinary dancing"[2] as a bespectacled comic in the London musical Three Little Widows resulted in his being engaged to choreograph Andre Charlot's The Wild Geese[2] and put him on the road to stardom. He subsequently appeared in the revue Pins and Needles (1921).

As a performer, Cliff was the first to sing "Swanee" on the London stage, in Albert de Courville's London Hippodrome revue Jig-Saw! (1920), and appears on the original sheet music of the song.[3]

Cliff subsequently became a producer and director.[2] As one of the most popular performers on the London stage, his many West End hits[2] included

Laddie Cliff had to leave the cast of Crazy Days (1937) owing to illness[2] and was replaced by Leo Franklyn. He died later that year.

Selected filmography


  1. Gänzl p.394
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 John Kenrick, "Who's Who in Musicals", 2004, from Accessed 13 February 2016]
  3. Image of the original sheet music, publication date erroneously given as 1909 Accessed 13 February 2016. Kenrick gives the first performance as The Co-Optimists (1921), but the original sheet music identifies Jig-Saw! (1920) as Laddie Cliff's debut performance of the song.
  4. Tip-Toes at the Guide to Musical Theatre


External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 2/23/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.