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Welcome to the Arliss Archives. I’m Bob Fells, a life-long fan of George Arliss (1868-1946), and by avocation, a film historian (silents and early talkies), pianist, music archeologist (I’ll explain this at some point), and author of a biography and film critique titled, George Arliss The Man Who Played God (Scarecrow Press, 2004).

Although this book was published a few years ago, I find myself continuing to research Mr. Arliss and collecting Arliss memorabilia for my personal collection. I have since published another two volumes as part of the ARLISS ARCHIVES inspired by this blog. If you are so inclined my three Arliss volumes can be found on Amazon.com. This blog is not about me – I get plenty of attention in my day job as an attorney and trade association executive. This blog is about my friend George Arliss so you won’t be reading or seeing very much about me around here. Please stop by often as I will be continuing adding new posts about once a month for the foreseeable future.  I’d appreciate any comments you may care to offer. Thanks.

Published on February 3, 2011 at 5:05 AM  Comments (5)  

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  1. HELLO MR. FELLS,

    I FOUND YOUR WEBSITE QUITE BY ACCIDENT WHILE TRYING TO DO SOME RESEARCH ON SOME VINTAGE MOVIE COSTUMES WORN BY GEORGE ARLISS IN MY COLLECTION. I WAS ABLE TO FIND SOME REALLY NICE PICTURES OF HIM WEARING THE COSTUMES ON YOUR SITE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS IN MAKING SUCH A UNIQUE SITE DEDICATED TO MR.ARLISS. I AM VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT MR. ARLISS HAS NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN!

    MY BEST,

    DALE VANDEGRIFF

  2. A relative of mine, Ronald Harry Shipley (1899-1958), was the founder and senior partner of Shipley, Blackburn, Sutton & Co, a London accounting firm with deep links to the British stage/film industry from the 1920s into the 1950s – it is said that at one point the firm managed the accounts of half of the West End from chorus girls to Laurence Olivier.

    I’ve recently discovered that George Arliss was a client and friend of Ron Shipley’s and was wondering if in your research you’ve ever come across his or his firm’s name?

    I’m particularly interested in whether Ron was in any way involved in the court case during WWII involving George’s undisclosed North American funds.

    Any information would be most appreciated.

    Kind Regards,

    Andrew Shipley

    • This information is very interesting but I don’t recall coming across any references by Mr. A concerning any Shipley. I have a private letter from Mr. A commenting on his court case. All he says about a money manager is, “I was the innocent victim of another person’s neglect.” I have no idea who he was referring to.

  3. Dear Bob,

    I wonder if you know where I might find a copy of this film? I have searched high and low for a copy for my grandmother who went on a date with my grandfather when it was released at the cinema.
    She is sadly no longer with us, but I would love to watch it myself.

    I hope to hear from you

    Kind regards

    • Josh,

      I’m not sure what film you are referring to. Please advise. Thx.

      Bob


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