Person    | Male  Born 1/4/1875  Died 10/2/1932

Edgar Wallace

Prolific writer: crime, novels, journalism, plays films. Born 7 Ashburnham Grove, Greenwich to an unmarried mother. Adopted by a Billingsgate fish porter and wife. Aged 18 joined the army medical corps and went to South Africa for the Boer War but reported on the war rather than fought in it. Returned to London to report on crime for the Mail. Also sent on foreign assignments but still found the time to write novels, lots of them - at his height he was averaging almost 3 a month.

At one time the most widely read author in the world. Founder member of the Company of Newspaper Makers. He went to America to write the screenplay for King Kong but died while working on it, in Hollywood. The Empire State Building scene is his.

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Edgar Wallace

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Edgar Wallace - EC4

Aged 11 Wallace was selling newspapers on this corner.

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Edgar Wallace - SE4

London County Council Edgar Wallace, 1875-1932, writer, lived here.

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Surrey County Cinema

Surrey County Cinema

Originally called the Surrey County Theatre, it was renamed as a cinema in 1929, and in 1947, it became the 'Gaumont'. The auditorium has since been demolished, but the entrance and foyer were reta...

Building, Architecture, Cinema

1 memorial
Odeon Southgate

Odeon Southgate

It closed as an Odeon in 1972 and was taken over by an independent distributor. It re-opened as the Capitol in 1975, closing in 1981. Demolished to make way for the Hobart Court office block.

Place, Cinema

1 memorial
Jack Buchanan

Jack Buchanan

Actor-manager, song-and-dance entertainer. Born Helensburgh near Glasgow. Died in the Middlesex Hospital. His ashes were scattered from the deck of a Cunard Liner in recognition of his 50+ trans...

Person, Cinema, Dance, Music / songs, Theatre, Scotland

1 memorial
Sam Wanamaker

Sam Wanamaker

Actor, director and visionary who recreated Shakespeare's Globe. Born Chicago. In 1952, while working in the UK, he heard that the House of Un-American Activities had black-listed him so he decided...

Person, Cinema, Theatre, USA

1 memorial
Emeric Pressburger

Emeric Pressburger

Author and screenwriter. Born Imre Josef Pressburger at 3 St Peter's Street, Miskolc, Hungary. He moved to Berlin in 1926 to work as a journalist and scriptwriter. In 1935 he came to Britain and in...

Person, Cinema, Germany, Hungary

1 memorial