became leading Abbey producer, at loggerheads with Ernest Blythe; toured the Abbey in the provinces in 1940; The Money Doesnt Matter played by Ulster Group Theatre (1941); Lovers Meeting (1941); This Other Eden (Abbey 1953) was filmed in 1959; also Cafflin Johnnie (1958); d. 16 June 1951, in a London hospital; his widow [and second wife] subsequently appeared in The Riordans (RTE). DIB DIL IF2 DIW OCIL
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Plays, The Man in the Cloak (Abbey 1937) and The Mousetrap , both in Two Irish Plays (1938); To-morrow Never Comes (1929); The Spanish Soldier (1940); The Money Doesnt Matter (1941); Lovers Meeting (1941); They Got What they Wanted (1947) [filmed as Smiling Irish Eyes]; The Devil a Saint Would Be (1951); This Other Eden (1953); Cafflin Johnny (1958).
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Robert Hogan, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature (Dublin: Gill & Macmillan 1979) cites novels, Death is So Fair (1936), based on 1916, contrasts the romantic revolutionaries Manus Considine with the efficient killer Andrew Gilfoyle in 1916 [DIB: 1916 and 1921], and Rags and Sticks (London: Heinemann 1938) charts the decline of the Superlative Dramatic Company. Plays, The Man in the Cloak (Abbey 1937), based on Mangan; The Mousetrap, printed with the former in Two Irish Plays (1938); To-morrow Never Comes (1929), psychological breakdown of frightened murderer; The Spanish Soldier (1940), a pro-Franco volunteer returns to Irish life; The Money doesnt Matter (1941), Michael Mannion, businessman, makes good - ran 8 weeks run at Abbey; Lovers Meeting (1941), matchmaking tragedy; They Got What they Wanted (1947), reiterates the money-doesnt-matter theme, filmed as Smiling Irish Eyes; The Devil a Saint Would Be (1951), the devil masquerading as a saint guides 70-year old Stacey through apparitions; This Other Eden (1953), Shavian drama of Irish girl and Birmingham business escaping to the opposite isles [to be compared with Shaws John Bulls Other Island and OCaseys Purple Dust, acc. Robert Hogan, in intro. to Seven Irish Plays, 1967]; Cafflin Johnny (1958), comic sketch of a Do-Nothing philosopher. Plays mostly printed or reprinted by P. J Bourke. COMM [as supra].
Kevin Rockett, et al., eds, Cinema & Ireland (1988), Talk of a Million (1951), 105 [Louis DAltons Abbey play They Got What They Wanted retitled Talk of a Million (1951), a British movie, it concerns the Monaghans and their 5 children; poverty-striken, given credit when thought heirs of American estate, setting up successful business enterprises on credit and skillfully outfoxing a local gombeen before the real case is made known], 113 [dir. John Paddy Carstairs]; successfully outwitting a gombeen was the central theme of six plays that Emmet Dalton [sic] was responsible for adapting] 108-10 (124, n.40).
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