Jack Popplewell

Jack Popplewell (22 March 1911 – 16 November 1996) was an English writer and playwright. Popplewell was born and grew up in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire. He published his first song in 1940, and his first play, Blind Alley was staged in London in 1953. Blind Alley, opened to positive reviews, and was later adapted to the cinema in Tread Softly, Stranger, released in 1958, and starring Diana Dors and George Baker. Popplewell owned Manor Farm, Churwell, Leeds, where he farmed rhubarb, later moving with his wife, Betty, and 2 daughters (Juliet and Vanessa) to Vaynol Gate, Morley, West Yorkshire. He died in Bath. Mostly premiered in London’s West End, including: Blind Alley (“Q” Theatre, Kew Bridge, London, 1953). Dead on Nine (Westminster, 1955), starring Griffith Jones, Hy Hazel and Andrew Cruickshank. Dear Delinquent (Westminster and Aldwych, 1957), starring David Tomlinson, Anna Massey and Patrick Cargill. A Day in the Life of . . . (Savoy, 1958), starring Naunton Wayne and Alfred Marks. And Suddenly It's Spring (Duke of York's, 1959), starring Frank Lawton, Yolande Donlan and Margaret Lockwood. Hocus-Pocus. Policy for Murder (Duke of York's 1962).


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