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The Daily News (Perth) (06/Dec/1929) - Has Changed a Lot: Cyril Ritchard as Villain




Cyril Ritchard as Villain

Cyril Ritchard, of whom Perth theatregoers retain pleasant memories for his work in 'musical comedy roles has for some years past been a favorite in London, where he has collaborated with the dainty and accomplished Madge Elliott, who also is well remembered in Perth. Ritchard has taken to the films, and has assumed roles far different from those which were his forte before he left Australia.

'Blackmail,' the English film regarding which the censor recently had a good deal to say, introduces Ritchard, who for the purposes of the plot for gets that he is a dancer and light comedian and astounds his admirers as a villain of low repute. Ritchard lately explained to a London interviewer that he was inveigled into 'Blackmail' at the request of the producer, Hitchcock, who happened to be his neighbor during a summer spent at Guildford.

Ritchard, who has developed beyond the knowledge of local theatregoers, has a genius for friendships with people of social and theatrical consequence. During a period when he was appearing on Broadway he became the bosom pal of Irving Berlin, and at one time when he was ill he was invited by the prominent American actress, Elsie Janis, to visit her and her mother at the Janis home, Torrington, New York.