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Arnold Ridley (1896–1984)


Having sustained injuries during World War I , the young Arnold Ridley was forced to give up a budding acting career and turn to writing. He hit the jackpot with 'The Ghost Train' which was a great West End success and has been filmed several times. This was followed by a number of other plays during the 1920s and 1930s. In later life he returned ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1975 The Amorous Milkman
Cinema Attendant
 1973 Thriller (TV Series)
1st Old Man
- A Place to Die (1973) ... 1st Old Man
 1972 The Persuaders! (TV Series)
Uncle Rodney
- The Ozerov Inheritance (1972) ... Uncle Rodney
 1971 The Flaxton Boys (TV Series)
Mr. Mooney
- 1928: Snake in the Grass (1971) ... Mr. Mooney
 1971 Crossroads (TV Series)
Guy Atkins
- Episode #1.1495 (1971) ... Guy Atkins
 1971 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Captain Bligh's Crewman
- Episode #5.2 (1971) ... Captain Bligh's Crewman
 1970 W. Somerset Maugham (TV Series)
London club waiter
- Virtue (1970) ... London club waiter
 1969 Special Branch (TV Series)
Mr. Turner
- The Children of Delight (1969) ... Mr. Turner
 1969 The Contenders (TV Mini-Series)
Walrus
- Round One (1969) ... Walrus
 1969 Out of the Unknown (TV Series)
Munnings
- Random Quest (1969) ... Munnings
 1968 The Caesars (TV Series)
Nigrinus
- Caligula (1968) ... Nigrinus
 1968 The War of Darkie Pilbeam (TV Series)
Hospital patient
- Phase III: August 1945 (1968) ... Hospital patient
 1968 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Tunnicliffe
- To See How Far It Is (1968) ... Tunnicliffe
 1967 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Herbert Whittle
- Episode #1.700 (1967) ... Herbert Whittle
 1967 Z Cars (TV Series)
Gardener
- I Never Meant to Drop Him: Part 1 (1967) ... Gardener
 1967 The Avengers (TV Series)
Elderly Gent
- Never, Never Say Die (1967) ... Elderly Gent
 1967 Mrs Thursday (TV Series)
Director
- The Train from Dunrich Station (1967) ... Director
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
Innkeeper (uncredited)
 1966 Sergeant Cork (TV Series)
Dr. Diamond
- The Case of the Fellowship Murder (1966) ... Dr. Diamond
 1966 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Series)
Barbedienne
- Torture (1966) ... Barbedienne
 1965 A Slight Case of... (TV Series)
- Identity (1965)
 1965 The Wednesday Thriller (TV Series)
Mr. Damson
- The Initiate (1965) ... Mr. Damson
 1965 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Mr. Rudman
- Episode #1.805 (1965) ... Mr. Rudman
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Elderly man
- Heartbeats in a Tin Box (1964) ... Elderly man
 1964 Crooks in Cloisters
Newsagent
 1963 First Night (TV Series)
Frank Starrett
- Do Me No Favours (1963) ... Frank Starrett
 1963 Wings of Mystery
Mr. Bell
 1962 Brothers in Law (TV Series)
Mr. Butterworth / Mr. Merivale
- Without Due Care (1962) ... Mr. Butterworth
- Separation Order (1962) ... Mr. Merivale
 1960 Inside Story (TV Series)
Mr. Whittle
- The New Broom (1960) ... Mr. Whittle
 1959 The Men from Room 13 (TV Series)
The Cashier
- The Man Who Watched Birds: Part 2 (1959) ... The Cashier
 1959 Great Expectations (TV Series)
Jack
- Episode #1.12 (1959) ... Jack
 1959 Charlesworth (TV Series)
Bank Clerk
- Money to Burn (1959) ... Bank Clerk
 1956-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
John - The Barman / Policeman / Doctor Russell
- Miss Em (1958) ... John - The Barman
- Not Proven (1957) ... Policeman
- Stolen Face (1956) ... Doctor Russell
 1958 White Hunter (TV Series)
Prof. Rosehill
- Run to Earth (1958) ... Prof. Rosehill
 1958 Starr and Company (TV Series)
Harry Crane
- One Side of the Family (1958) ... Harry Crane
 1958 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Sodini
- A Gust of Wind (1958) ... Dr. Sodini
 1958 The Man Who Sold Death (TV Movie)
Mr. Penley
 1955-1956 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Blind Beggar
- Jane Clegg (1956)
- The Inward Eye (1955) ... Blind Beggar
 1951-1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
English doctor / Dr. Chambers
- Such Men Are Dangerous (1954) ... English doctor
 1952 Stolen Face
Dr. Russell
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Tom Cuffley
 1949 The Interrupted Journey
Mr. Saunders (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "The Ghost Train", produced on Broadway. Drama. Directed by Norman Houston. Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre: 25 Aug 1926-Oct 1926 (61 performances). Cast: Arthur Barry (as "Herbert Price"), Eric Blore (as "Teddie Deakin"), Claudette Colbert (as "Peggy Murdock"), Isobel Elsom (as "Julia Price"; Broadway debut), Gladys ... See more »

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Personal Quote:

I wrote "Ghost Train" in 1927 and they have been rewriting it ever since.

Trivia:

He got the idea for his most famous play, The Ghost Train, when he was at a deserted Mangotsfield Station, on the outskirts of Bristol, waiting hours for his connection to Bath. The station buildings have since largely disappeared, though it's possible to see the remains via the Bristol to Bath railway path, which has replaced the railway line. See more »

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