"Home of a comic film genius" Boston Favorite Tip by sourbugger

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  Old Mother Riley
by sourbugger

Favorite thing: "Old mother Riley" the Irish washerwoman was a comic creation of Arthur Lucan.
Arther was born as Arthur Towle in 1885 in the small village of Sibsey, near Boston.

He moved to Boston with his family when he was five. It was Shodfriars Hall (which housed a theatre) within sight of his home, that first saw Arthur first tread the boards. The hall still exist, but only now houses a snooker hall and shops.

He went on to top the bill at variety theatres all over the country, and made 15 films.

He was buried in Hull. Itseems a shame that to my knowledge there is nothing commemorating him in Boston.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2014
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