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Charles Penrose (1873–1952)

Son of a master watchmaker and jeweller, Frank Penrose Cawse was born on 11 November 1873 in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Shortly after the birth his parents had a change of mind and re-registered him as Charles Penrose Dunbar Cawse. He began his career as an apprentice to the jewellery trade, eventually rising to the position of jewellery shop ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Derelict
The Derelict Toby's Pal
The Crimes of Stephen Hawke
Den blomstertid...
Den blomstertid... Soundtrack


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 1948 Miranda
Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1939 The Human Monster
Morrison, undercover detective (uncredited)
 1938 Save a Little Sunshine
Agent (uncredited)
 1937 The Derelict
Toby's Pal
 1936 Boys Will Be Girls
Laughing Man in Club (uncredited)
 1936 Dreams Come True (uncredited)
 1935 Honeymoon for Three
Laughing passenger
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 1994 One Foot in the Grave (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Man Who Blew Away (1994) ... (performer: "The Laughing Policeman")
 1940 Den blomstertid... (lyrics: "The Laughing Policeman") / (writer: "The Laughing Policeman")
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 1936 Calling the Tune
Himself - Cameo appearance

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Other Works:

He acted in Szirmai, Arthur Wimperis, and Lauri Wylie's musical, "Princess Charming," at the Palace Theatre in London, England with W.H. Berry, Alice Delysia, Winnie Melville, Ardath De Sales, John Clarke, Eileen Redcott, Peter Gawthorne, Edmund Willard, George Grossmith, and E. O'Bryen in the cast.

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C. Penrose

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Fondly remembered as The Laughing Policeman, he recorded this song seven times between 1922 and 1933. It was composed by Billie Grey (1887-1972), who in real life was Mabel Penrose (Charles's wife). She was born Mabel Constance Anderson on 16 December 1887 in Upper Holloway, London. See more »


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