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Stone’s superior comedy ‘Hi Diddle Diddle’, starring fading silent star Pola Negri and a co-starring role as Dr.

With no work permit she was unable to ply her trade in the United States for several months, but was fortunate to find at least a period of job security with a part in a Canadian theatre company’s tour of the provinces in Noel Coward’s ten one-act playlets, entitled ‘ Tonight At 8-30 ‘.

A year later RKO offered her a minor role in the WW2 London set drama ‘Forever and a Day’ 1943, which brought her to the hub of the film industry and more importantly a chance to resurrect her screen career after a gap of eighteen years.

He made four more appearances on Broadway in the thirties before his departure once again to Hollywood, where his stay this time would be much longer than he probably anticipated.

Before that however he was part of a huge cast convened at the National Theatre New York in 1934 for Sean O’Casey’s drama ‘Within the Gates’, which ran for a total of 141 performances and followed this with the role of Thomas Murphy in Elsie Schauffler’s ‘Parnell’ at the Ethel Barrymore in 1935.

Among his better theatre work in the latter half of the twenties were, ‘Outside Looking In’, a fast moving comedy presented first at the Greenwich Village Theatre and then the 39th St Theatre in 1925 and his Johnny Boyle in ‘Juno and the Paycock’ at the Mayfair Theatre in 1926.

The Hollywood he returned to in 1929 had now changed beyond recognition and was attracting the great and good from the world of theatre.

Wilcox directed musical ‘Three Daring Daughters’ 1948, starring star on the wane Jeanette Macdonald.

Her big screen aspirations finally floundered in a handful of B features during 1951/52 but she did have her moment on the Broadway stage, cast as Lady Brockhurst in director Anton Coppola’s production of English born composer Sandy Wilson’s ‘The Boyfriend’, at the Royale Theatre in 1954.

1945 was slightly better in terms of role significance, the best of which was her Hester Quincey, in director Robert Siodmak’s ‘The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry’, although she managed to work with her daughter again in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, for which Lansbury won a Best Supporting Oscar.

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