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Verno, Jerry (1894-1975)


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A chipper Cockney actor with music hall background, first as boy vocalist, then in variety; after WW1 service (1914-19) Jerry Verno made his London regular stage debut in 1925; in Shakespeare, pantomime, musicals and modern plays, notably as Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941).

He was in films from 1931, very busy in the '30s and memorable as one of the commercial travellers in The 39 Steps (d. Alfred Hitchcock, 1935). Later in very small character roles, like Alf the bookmaker in The Belles of St. Trinian's (d. Frank Launder, 1954).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Thumbnail image of 39 Steps, The (1935)39 Steps, The (1935)

Classic Hitchcock thriller about spies, secrets and Scotland

Thumbnail image of Belles of St Trinian's, The (1954)Belles of St Trinian's, The (1954)

Anarchic comedy based on Ronald Searle's popular cartoons

Thumbnail image of Broken Blossoms (1936)Broken Blossoms (1936)

A Chinese immigrant finds love in the slums of London's East End

Thumbnail image of Common Touch, The (1941)Common Touch, The (1941)

A suddenly-orphaned 18-year-old finds himself in charge of a large business

Thumbnail image of His Lordship (1932)His Lordship (1932)

Early Michael Powell 'quota quickie' about a reluctant working-class peer

Thumbnail image of Hotel Splendide (1932)Hotel Splendide (1932)

Powell 'quota quickie' about a man who inherits a hotel with a hidden secret

Thumbnail image of Red Shoes, The (1948)Red Shoes, The (1948)

Powell and Pressburger's beautiful and delirious ballet film

Thumbnail image of Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

Early British horror about the legendary barber-cum-killer

Thumbnail image of Young and Innocent (1937)Young and Innocent (1937)

Hitchcock thriller about an innocent man suspected of murder

Thumbnail image of Edna the Inebriate Woman (1971)Edna the Inebriate Woman (1971)

Powerful drama about society's indifference to the destitute.

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