An Englishman's Home is a threat-of-invasion play by Guy du Maurier, first produced in 1909. The title is a reference to the expression "an Englishman's home is his castle".
An Englishman's Home caused a sensation in London when it appeared anonymously, under the name "A Patriot", in 1909.The writer Guy du Maurier was a regular officer in the British Army, who had seen active service during the South African War and who was to be killed in France in 1915.
It first played at Wyndham's Theatre on 27 Januaryand went on to be a long-running success. It is now considered a typical example of the invasion literature popular at the time. The play was produced by Guy's brother Gerald du Maurier, possibly without his knowledge and with some assistance from J. M. Barrie. The story concerns an attack on England by a foreign power identified as "Nearland", generally assumed to represent Germany. The home of an ordinary middle-class family is besieged by Nearlander soldiers, and the play climaxes with the father shooting an enemy officer and subsequently being executed. In Guy du Maurier's original version the invaders triumph but J. M. Barrie and Gerald du Maurier revised the ending to provide a last-minute British victory.
The play stressed Britain's unpreparedness for attack, and has been credited with boosting recruitment to the Territorial Force in the years immediately before World War I.The play was revived on stage in May 1939 at London's Prince's Theatre. It influenced niece Daphne du Maurier's 1952 novelette The Birds , which was made into a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
In 1914, the play was made into a silent film directed by Ernest Batley.
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Du Maurier's play was also the basis for the 1939 British drama film of the same name directed by Albert de Courville and starring Edmund Gwenn, Mary Maguire and Paul Henreid.A German spy is despatched to Britain to search out targets for a planned invasion. The film, which was also known as "Mad Men of Europe", was released in the UK by United Artists in 27 January 1940 and in the USA by Columbia Pictures in 26 June 1940.
It was the first film with a wartime setting to be shown in London since the war began.
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