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Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew

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Mr & Mrs Sidney Drew were an American comedy team on stage and screen The team initially consisted of Sidney Drew August 28, 1863 – April 9, 1919 and his first wife Gladys Rankin October 8, 1870 – January 9, 19141 After Gladys died in 1914, Sidney Drew married Lucile McVey 1890–1925, and the two performed as Mr and Mrs Sidney Drew

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Awards
  • 3 Selected filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Biographyedit

Ad for Help, Taking a Rest, and His First Tooth 1916

Sidney Drew or Mr Sidney Drew as he was usually billed, was an uncle of actors Lionel, Ethel and John Barrymore Drew's origins have been the subject of speculation His mother Mrs Louisa Drew said she adopted him not long after the death of her husband John Drew, Sr in 1862 Researchers have speculated that Sidney was Mrs Drew's biological child either from her late husband or from a love affair It was noticed that she disappeared for some time to the country before returning to Philadelphia with baby Sidney John Barrymore always said Sidney looked too much like Grandmother Louisa to be anyone else's childcitation needed

In his stage career, Sidney Drew was a light-hearted leading man along with his wife, Gladys Rankin, the first Mrs Sidney Drew2 In 1896, the pair introduced legitimate drama to the vaudeville stage3 They entered films as a team with the old Kalem Company in 1911, but achieved greater success after their switch to Vitagraph in 1913 Gladys Rankin Drew died later that year from undisclosed causes Sidney Drew was briefly paired with Clara Kimball Young, with whom Drew starred in the two-reel melodrama satire Goodness Gracious; or, Movies as they Shouldn't Be 1914 directed by Clara's husband James Youngcitation needed

Sidney Drew and Lucile McVey the second Mrs Sidney Drew in 1917

He remarried to Lucile McVey, born in Sedalia, Missouri, a Vitagraph scriptwriter who briefly went under the name Jane Morrow Sidney Drew added his new wife to his one-reel comedies, acknowledging McVey as both a writer and co-director As a comedy team, known as Mr & Mrs Sidney Drew, the team perfected the situation comedy style that the team of John Bunny and Flora Finch started Their style of comedy was usually gentle satire on married life, but also poked fun at the world of show business Sidney took sole credit as director for two five-reel features at Vitagraph, the groundbreaking cross-gender comedy A Florida Enchantment 1914, in which Edith Storey played the leading female role, and the drama Playing Dead 1915, the Drews' only attempt at a "serious" filmcitation needed

In 1916, the popular team was lured to Richard A Rowland's and Louis B Mayer's newly founded Metro company, where they continued to dominate in the field of marital comedy During World War I, Sidney Drew's son, actor-director S Rankin Drew, was killed in action Drew never recovered from the loss The team left Metro for personal appearances but was signed to VBK Sidney Drew died suddenly on April 9, 1919 Lucile McVey Drew died in 1925 from cancer, at the age of 35

Awardsedit

  • Mr and Mrs Sidney Drew have a joint Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame4

Selected filmographyedit

  • Jerry's Mother-In-Law 1913
  • Beauty Unadorned 1913
  • A Florida Enchantment 1914short
  • Boobley's Baby 1915
  • Fox Trot Finesse 1915short
  • Help 1916short
  • Taking a Rest 1916short
  • His Fourth Tooth 1916short
  • Romance and Rings 1919short
  • Bunkered 1919 short
  • The Stimulating Mrs Barton 1920
  • Cousin Kate1921directed by Mrs Sidney Drew

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Sidney Drew: North American Theatre Online
  2. ^ Beasley, David 2002 McKeee Rankin and the Heyday of the American Theater pp 101-102
  3. ^ Slide, Anthony 2006 New York City Vaudeville Charleston, SC: Arcadia p 80 ISBN 0738545627
  4. ^ Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame presumably refers to the second Mrs Drew, Lucile Drew

External linksedit

  • Mrs Sidney Drew at Women Film Pioneers Project
  • Lucille McVey at Find a Grave
  • Sidney Drew on Internet Movie Database
  • Mrs Sidney Drew on Internet Movie Database
  • Lucile, the 2nd Mrs Sidney Drew on Internet Movie Database
  • portrait of Sidney Drew
  • Mrs Sidney Drew Lucile McVey portrait

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