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[COWARD, Noël 1899-1973]; WILLIAMSON, J. C.

[MELBOURNE] His Majesty’s Theatre … Friday, 29th November, 1940 … Matinee in aid of Red Cross funds : personal appearance of Mr. Noel Coward in association with favourite stars of the stage.

$40.00 AUD

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Melbourne : The Specialty Press Ltd. [for J. C. Williamson], 1940. Quarto (290 x 230 mm), original pictorial wrappers featuring a portrait of Noël Coward (light foxing and abrasions, short edge tears), staple bound, [20] pp, with sepia tone photographic illustrations and advertisements for Melbourne businesses (including a full-page Foster’s Lager beer ad); includes the programme for the afternoon’s entertainments, headlined by Coward performing selections from his own repertoire; producer for the event was Melbourne’s own Alec Coppel, who went on to be a successful screenwriter in the U.K. and Hollywood (he co-wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock’s Vertigo); contents very clean.

The following article on Coward’s morale-boosting wartime visit to Australia, written by a Melbourne correspondent, appeared in the Kalgoorlie Miner, 3 December 1940:

‘Loyalty to the Empire
MR. NOEL COWARD IMPRESSED. Melbourne, Dec 1.— It had not been fashionable in some parts of the Empire openly to declare loyalty to one’s country, but this form of snobbery did not exist in Australia. Mr. Noel Coward said at Wesley Church to-day. The abiding loyalty and devotion Australians felt for England was one of the ‘foremost impressions he would take’ when he left Australia. This loyalty, was beyond waving flags or blowing trumpets. To find its flame burning so clearly at the other side of the world was a wonderful experience and had touched him more than all the kindness he had received here….’