COATHAM – Coatham Hotel Visit of Film Star Margaret Lockwood

Accreditation Cleveland Standard 08/09/1945   

Miss Margaret Lockwood
will stay at The Coatham Hotel

   Miss Margaret Lockwood the famous English film star is to visit Redcar. She will stay at the Coatham Hotel, and her various engagements include a personal appearance at the Gaumont Theatre Middlesbrough on Monday, September 17th where her latest film, Gainsborough’s musical success, “I’ll be your Sweetheart,2 is to be screened for a week. I’ll be your Sweetheart is Miss Lockwood’s first musical and her many fans will be pleasantly surprised to hear her sing.

   Miss Lockwood will be residing for her stay at the Coatham Hotel and arrangements for her stay at the Coatham Hotel are in the hands of Mr. Charles Amer and Mr. Syd Shillito, who are making every effort to see that her stay in the resort is a happy one. It is expected that another famous star will be staying at the hotel later in the year.

   Margaret Lockwood was born on Karachi in 1916 where her father was a chief engineer to one of the big railways. She came to England as a child and was educated at Sydenham High School. She studied elocution at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was chosen by producer Leontine Sagan for the leading role in “Hannele” at the Haymarket Theatre when she was still a student. From this time Margaret was set firmly on the road to stardom. First one and then another famous producer gave her stage roles and soon the film companies were taking an interest in the young actress.

   She made her film debut if “The Case of Gabrielle Perry” for British Lion and, after she had played with Maurice Chevalier in “The Beloved Vagabond,” Maurice Osterer of Gainsborough Pictures stepped in and gave her a two year contract. When this expired and Margaret had played in a number of “build up” roles, she was put under long term contract to Gainsborough. Her films include a wide variety of parts such as “Owd Bob”, “Bank Holiday,” “The Lady Vanishes,” “Girl In the News,” “A Girl Must Live,” “Quiet Wedding,” “Alibi,” “The Stars Look Down,” “The Man in Grey,” “ Dear Octopus.” Since July 1943 she has appeared in “Give Us The Moon,” “Love Story,” “A Place of One’s Own,” and “I’ll Be your Sweetheart.” Her next Gainsborough film will be “Wicked Lady,” which she has just completed with Michael Rennie playing opposite her.


Lol Hansom May 15, 2013 Coatham, People & Characters