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What
What's My Line? - Cyril Ritchard; Robert Preston [panel] (Dec 22, 1957)
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Oh, My Mysterious Lady - Cyril Ritchard and Mary Martin - Original 1955 Telecast - Peter Pan
Oh, My Mysterious Lady - Cyril Ritchard and Mary Martin - Original 1955 Telecast - Peter Pan
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What
What's My Line? - Carol Burnett; Cyril Ritchard [panel] (May 7, 1961)
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"Captain Hook
"Captain Hook's Waltz" from the 1960 TV version of PETER PAN
DATE: 2013/06/08::
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Cyril Ritchard in Hans Brinker, 1969
Cyril Ritchard in Hans Brinker, 1969
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Peter Pan
Peter Pan
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Cyril Ritchard - The Oldest Chorus Boy In London -
Cyril Ritchard - The Oldest Chorus Boy In London -
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Half a Sixpence, Trailer (1967) Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard
Half a Sixpence, Trailer (1967) Tommy Steele, Julia Foster, Cyril Ritchard
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Cyril Ritchard - Come To The Supermarket (In Old Peking) (from Cole Porter
Cyril Ritchard - Come To The Supermarket (In Old Peking) (from Cole Porter's "Aladdin") (Stereo)
DATE: 2015/04/25::
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"I
"I'm One of the Whitehall Warriors" Sung by Cyril Ritchard & Carroll Gibbons Col DB 1919
DATE: 2013/06/30::
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Hook
Hook's Tango (Peter Pan - 1956 Broadcast)
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MOTHER GOOSE 1958 (Cyril Ritchard, Boris Karloff, Celeste Holm).wmv
MOTHER GOOSE 1958 (Cyril Ritchard, Boris Karloff, Celeste Holm).wmv
DATE: 2011/08/11::
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What
What's My Line? Carol Burnett; Cyril Ritchard [panel] (May 7, 1961)
DATE: 2015/01/18::
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" The Oldest Chorus Boy in London"  Sung by Cyril Ritchard &  Carroll Gibbons & Orch Col DB 1919
" The Oldest Chorus Boy in London" Sung by Cyril Ritchard & Carroll Gibbons & Orch Col DB 1919
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BLACKMAIL (1929) - Song " Miss Up-to-Date " - Cyril Ritchard
BLACKMAIL (1929) - Song " Miss Up-to-Date " - Cyril Ritchard
DATE: 2012/10/19::
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Mother Goose (Caedmon TC-1091) - Cyril Ritchard, Celeste Holm and Boris Karloff
Mother Goose (Caedmon TC-1091) - Cyril Ritchard, Celeste Holm and Boris Karloff
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What
What's My Line? - Carol Burnett; Cyril Ritchard [panel] (May 7, 1961)
DATE: 2015/01/18::
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Aladdin - Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking - Feb 1958
Aladdin - Come to the Supermarket in Old Peking - Feb 1958
DATE: 2014/05/03::
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What
What's My Line? - Cyril Ritchard; Robert Preston [panel] (Dec 22, 1957)
DATE: 2015/07/01::
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Tarentella-Captain Hook
Tarentella-Captain Hook
DATE: 2009/05/01::
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3: A Wonderful Day - The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd
3: A Wonderful Day - The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd
DATE: 2011/10/02::
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Pulling Down London
Pulling Down London
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Hook
Hook's Tango
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Finale: I
Finale: I've Gotta Crow (Reprise) ; Tender Shepherd (Reprise) ; I Won't Grow Up (Reprise) ;...
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Captain Hook
Captain Hook's Waltz
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Oh, My Mysterious Lady
Oh, My Mysterious Lady
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Tarantella
Tarantella
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -13- Tarantella
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -13- Tarantella
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We Sail The Ocean Blue from HMS Pinafore performed on Omnibus
We Sail The Ocean Blue from HMS Pinafore performed on Omnibus
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -10- Hook
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -10- Hook's Tango
DATE: 2010/05/09::
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The Dangerous Christmas of Little Red Riding Hood Liza Minnelli Vic Damone Cyril Ritchard The Animal
The Dangerous Christmas of Little Red Riding Hood Liza Minnelli Vic Damone Cyril Ritchard The Animal
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -24- Finale: Never Never Land
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -24- Finale: Never Never Land
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -22- Tender Shepherd Reprise
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -22- Tender Shepherd Reprise
DATE: 2010/05/09::
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 8 - Arrival in Neverland
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 8 - Arrival in Neverland
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LIZA MINNELLI in rare perk singing "Ding-a-ling, I Feel SO ChRiStMaS-eY!"
LIZA MINNELLI in rare perk singing "Ding-a-ling, I Feel SO ChRiStMaS-eY!"
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 5 - Never Never Land
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 5 - Never Never Land
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 9 - Pirate Song
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 9 - Pirate Song
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Where Would You Be Without Me?
Where Would You Be Without Me?
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (19600 - 6 - I
Peter Pan Soundtrack (19600 - 6 - I'm Flying
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -18- Captain Hook Waltz.
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -18- Captain Hook Waltz.
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -15- Oh, My Mysterious Lady
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -15- Oh, My Mysterious Lady
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The Beautiful Land (Reprise) / Sweet Beginning
The Beautiful Land (Reprise) / Sweet Beginning
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -19- Captain Hook Waltz Reprise
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -19- Captain Hook Waltz Reprise
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George Formby - In My Little Snapshot Album
George Formby - In My Little Snapshot Album
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -17-  Distant Melody
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -17- Distant Melody
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 7 - Journey to Neverland
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 7 - Journey to Neverland
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -23- We Will Grow Up
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -23- We Will Grow Up
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -16- Ugg a Wugg
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) -16- Ugg a Wugg
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 2 - Tender Shepherd
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 2 - Tender Shepherd
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Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 3 - Peter Arrives at the Darling House
Peter Pan Soundtrack (1960) - 3 - Peter Arrives at the Darling House
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Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard & Eddie Mayehoff VtaSP.jpg
Ritchard (left) and Eddie Mayehoff in Visit to a Small Planet (1957)
Born (1897-12-01)1 December 1897
Sydney, Australia
Died 18 December 1977(1977-12-18) (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois
Years active 1918–1977
Spouse(s) Madge Elliott

Cyril Ritchard (1 December 1897 – 18 December 1977) was an Australian stage, screen and television actor, and director. He is probably best remembered today for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of Peter Pan. In 1945, he played Gabriele Eisenstein in Gay Rosalinda at the Palace theatre in London, a version of Strauss's Die Fledermaus by Erich Wolfgang Korngold in which he appeared with Peter Graves, Irene Ambrus and Ruth Naylor. The show was conducted by Richard Tauber and ran for almost a year. [1]

Life and career[edit]

He was born Cyril Trimnell-Ritchard in Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia, to Sydney-born parents, Herbert Trimnell-Ritchard, a Protestant grocer, and his wife Marguerite, a devout Roman Catholic who ensured her son was raised as a Roman Catholic. Educated by the Jesuits at St Aloysius' College, Cyril was a lifelong devout Catholic who attended Sunday Mass wherever he happened to be.

Early in his career, Ritchard played in numerous musical comedies, including Yes, Uncle! and Going Up, both in 1918 with actress Madge Elliott (who became his wife in September 1935). [2]

He achieved star status in 1954 as Captain Hook in the Broadway production of Peter Pan co-starring Mary Martin, with whom he shared the same birthday (1 December). For his work in the show, Ritchard received a Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical.[3] Both Ritchard and Martin reprised their roles in the NBC television productions of the musical, beginning with a live color telecast in 1955. In 1959 he won second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Pleasure of His Company"

He appeared onstage in Sugar (1972), and The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd (1965), with Anthony Newley.[4] He was also a director, directing on Broadway The Happiest Girl in the World (1961) (in which he also appeared), Roar Like a Dove (1964)[5][6] and The Irregular Verb to Love (1963), in which he also appeared.[7]

His film appearances include a villainous role in Alfred Hitchcock's early talkie Blackmail (1929) and much later in the Tommy Steele vehicle Half a Sixpence (1967).

Ritchard's wedding photo, 1935.

Ritchard also appeared regularly on a variety of television programs in the late 1950s and 1960s. For example, he did a stint as one of the What's My Line? mystery guests on 22 December 1957, episode of the popular Sunday night CBS-TV program.[8] In the 1960s Ritchard played the comic lead in Jacques Offenbach's operetta, La Perichole at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Later Ritchard served as a guest panelist on the Met's radio quiz show, where he was, perhaps comically, referred to as 'Sir Cyril'. However, Ritchard was never knighted.

A memorable television out-take features Ritchard saying 'Goodnight' to an audience, before spinning a ball on a roulette wheel. Ritchard watches as the ball rattles around the wheel, seemingly interminably, before it finally bounces off the wheel, hits the spindle and flies off-screen.[9]

Death[edit]

Shortly before he died, Ritchard performed as the voice of Elrond in the Rankin/Bass television production of The Hobbit.[10] Ritchard lived at The Langham, a famed apartment house in New York. He suffered a heart attack on 25 November 1977, aged 79, while appearing as the narrator in the Chicago touring company of Side by Side by Sondheim. He died a month later in Chicago, aged 80, and was buried at Saint Mary's Cemetery in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where he had long resided in his rural home. His funeral Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Fulton Sheen. His wife Madge predeceased him in 1955 as did a baby boy who died in infancy in 1939.

Label[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Theatre Guild on the Air The Pickwick Papers[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Charles Castle, This was Richard Tauber, London 1971
  2. ^ "Madge Elliott and Cyril Ritchard". 
  3. ^ "Tony Awards, 1955" broadwayworld.com, accessed 26 March 2012
  4. ^ Ritchard Listing, Broadway Internet Broadway Database, accessed 26 March 2012
  5. ^ "Roar Like a Dove Listing" playbillvault.com, accessed 26 March 2012
  6. ^ Roar Like a Dove Internet Broadway Database, accessed 26 March 2012
  7. ^ The Irregular Verb to Love Internet Broadway Database, accessed 26 March 2012
  8. ^ "What's My Line?: Episode #394". TV.com. 
  9. ^ It'll Be Alright on the Night 3, ITV 1981
  10. ^ Cyril Ritchard's IMDb profile imdb.com
  11. ^ Kirby, Walter (December 21, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved June 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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