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Gloucestershire Echo (18/Nov/1935) - Robert Young Arrives




American Film Star For New British Picture

By Our Film Correspondent

American film stars seem to be crossing the Atlantic in every boat either for a holiday in this country or to work on a picture. When I met Robert Young, the latest arrival, he told me that he had been lent by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to Gaumont British for an important role in a new picture "Secret Agent."

He had already read his part in his new production, and he told me that he was especially pleased that he was to take the part ot an American as he was rather nervous of his accent in an essentially British picture. With him in it are John Gielgud and Madeleine Carroll. He was glad, too, to have the chance of working under Mr. Alfred Hitchcock, whose reputation a director is well known in the United States. With him was Mrs. Young, whose film career he himself nipped in the bud. They both went to the same school, she sitting three rows behind him. Later, they played in the same repertory company, and while they were doing "Robin Hood," in which she had the part of Maid Marion, he tripped over her long tresses. This seemed to seal their friendship, and when she wanted to go into the films he came along and married her. They have been married three years, and have a little daughter, Carol Ann.

Robert Young has not been in pictures very many years, not nearly as long as his brother Joseph. He is hoping now that his elder brother will have his share of the "breaks" and make a name for himself.

Bank-teller, reporter, and stockbroker's clerk he was, before he made up his mind that he wanted to be an actor. Had he not elected to attend a rehearsal of an amateur dramatic society's play instead of working overtime in a stockbroker s office he might still have been in business, although, as he said, the two firms with which his outlook seemed bright are now defunct.