January 2, 2017


Jack Hulbert (1892-1978) b. Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Jack Hulbert

Born at Ely, Cambridgeshire, Jack Hulbert was an undergraduate at Cambridge and appeared in a number of shows and revues. Hulbert later studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and rose to become an immensely popular entertainer in musicals and light comedies. He made his film debut in Elstree Calling (1930); appearing opposite his wife and frequent stage and screen co-star Cicely Courtneidge who he had married in 1916. His career went through a successful period during the 1930s when he appeared in several film’s including The Ghost Train (1931), Love on Wheels (1932) and Bulldog Jack (1935), a tongue-in-cheek homage to the popular "Bulldog Drummond" films in which Jack was supported by his brother, Claude Hulbert. Hulbert’s popularity waned as the 1930s came to an end, and after the war he and his wife continued to entertain chiefly on stage.

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