Michael Morton (dramatist)

Last updated

Michael Morton (1864 11 January 1931) was an English dramatist in the early 20th century. [1]



Poster for the play Caleb West (1900), adapted by Morton from the novel by Francis Hopkinson Smith Jacob Litt's production of Caleb West a dramatization of F. Hopkinson Smith's beautiful story of New England sea-folk by Michael Morton. LCCN2014635380.jpg
Poster for the play Caleb West (1900), adapted by Morton from the novel by Francis Hopkinson Smith

Detective Sparkes

Morton's comedy called Detective Sparkes opened at the Garrick Theatre in August 1909 to good reviews. [2] He also directed the production which ran into October for a total of 64 performances. [3]

The Yellow Ticket

In 1914, Morton's play, The Yellow Ticket ran 183 performances on Broadway and starred Florence Reed and John Barrymore. It was adapted to the screen and, due to its popularity, several filmed versions were made in the silent era alone. The first, The Yellow Passport (1916), was directed by Edwin August and starred Clara Kimball Young. The second version, The Yellow Ticket (1918), starred Fannie Ward, Warner Oland and Milton Sills. A German version called Der Gelbe Schein was produced in 1918 and starred Pola Negri. Yet another filmed version was a talking picture and was directed by Raoul Walsh in 1931. It was also titled The Yellow Ticket ; its players were Elissa Landi, Lionel Barrymore and Laurence Olivier. James Wong Howe was the cameraman.

Colonel Newcome

Herbert Beerbohm Tree in Colonel Newcome (1917) Tree as Col. Newcome, in uniform LCCN2014684360.jpg
Herbert Beerbohm Tree in Colonel Newcome (1917)

Morton adapted William Makepeace Thackeray's 1854-55 novel The Newcomes into a play called Colonel Newcome , which opened in April 1917 at the New Amsterdam Theatre and starred Herbert Tree and St. Clair Bayfield. [4]

Woman to Woman

His 1921 play Woman to Woman was adapted three times for film.


He adapted Agatha Christie's novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd into a play called Alibi , which opened in London in 1928. This was her first work adapted to the stage and it ran 250 performances. [5]


  1. Michael Morton (I) at IMDb
  2. "HATTIE WILLIAMS IN 'DETECTIVE SPARKES'; Michael Morton's New Play a Success at the Garrick Theatre. STORY OF BALLOON MYSTERY Situations More Clever Than the Dialogue, and Only Two Lines of Lovemaking at End". The New York Times . 24 August 1909. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  3. Internet Broadway Database: Detective Sparks Production Credits
  4. "SIR HERBERT TREE AS COL. NEWCOME; His Playing Far Superior to Anything He Has Done Here Recently. PLAY BY MICHAEL MORTON Old, Rough and Ready Dramatization of Thackeray's Novel Exhibited at the New Amsterdam". The New York Times. 11 April 1917. Retrieved 9 August 2008.
  5. Book and Magazine Collector. Issue 174. September 1998

Related Research Articles

John Barrymore American actor (1882–1942)

John Barrymore was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".

<i>Anna Christie</i> 1921 play written by Eugene ONeill

Anna Christie is a play in four acts by Eugene O'Neill. It made its Broadway debut at the Vanderbilt Theatre on November 2, 1921. O'Neill received the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for this work. According to historian Paul Avrich the original of Anna Christie was Christine Ell, an anarchist cook in Greenwich Village, who was the lover of Edward Mylius the English radical who libeled the British king George V.

Ethel Barrymore American actress

Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Barrymore was a stage, screen and radio actress whose career spanned six decades, and was regarded as "The First Lady of the American Theatre". She received four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, winning for None but the Lonely Heart (1944).

<i>The Royal Family</i> (play)

The Royal Family is a play written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Its premiere on Broadway was at the Selwyn Theatre on 28 December 1927, where it ran for 345 performances to close in October 1928. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1927–1928.

Disney Theatrical Productions Subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company

Disney Theatrical Productions Limited (DTP), also known as Disney on Broadway, is the flagship stageplay and musical production company of the Disney Theatrical Group, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, a major business unit of The Walt Disney Company.

Maurice Barrymore

Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blythe, known professionally by his stage name Maurice Barrymore, was an Indian-born British stage actor. He was the patriarch of the Barrymore acting family, father of John, Lionel and Ethel, and great-grandfather of actress Drew.

<i>Whose Life Is It Anyway?</i> (play)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? is a play by Brian Clark adapted from his 1972 television play of the same title, which starred Ian McShane. The stage version premiered in 1978 at the Mermaid Theatre in London, and subsequently opened on Broadway in 1979. The play involves a sculptor who is paralysed.

<i>Twentieth Century</i> (play)

Twentieth Century is a 1932 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur based on the unproduced play Napoleon of Broadway by Charles B. Millholland, inspired by his experience working for the eccentric Broadway impresario David Belasco.

<i>Sleuth</i> (play)

Sleuth is a 1970 play written by Anthony Shaffer. The Broadway production received the Tony Award for Best Play, and Anthony Quayle and Keith Baxter received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance. The play was adapted for feature films in 1972, 2007 and 2014.

Sean Mathias British actor

Sean Gerard Mathias is a Welsh actor, director, and writer. He is known for directing the film Bent and for directing highly acclaimed theatre productions in London, New York City, Cape Town, Los Angeles and Sydney.

Platonov is the name in English given to an early, untitled play in four acts written by Anton Chekhov in 1878. It was the first large-scale drama by Chekhov, written specifically for Maria Yermolova, rising star of Maly Theatre. Yermolova rejected the play and it was not published until 1923.

<i>The Yellow Ticket</i> 1931 film

The Yellow Ticket is a 1931 pre-Code American drama film based on the 1914 play of the same name by Michael Morton, produced by the Fox Film Corporation, and directed by Raoul Walsh. The film stars Elissa Landi and Lionel Barrymore and features Boris Karloff. It is also a noteworthy example of productions from the pre-Code era in that it includes brief nudity.

<i>Sherlock Holmes</i> (play)

Sherlock Holmes is a four-act play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, based on Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. After three previews it premiered on Broadway November 6, 1899, at the Garrick Theatre in New York City.

<i>The Yellow Passport</i> 1916 film by Edwin August

The Yellow Passport is a lost 1916 silent film drama produced and distributed by the World Film Company. Based on Michael Morton's 1914 Broadway play of the same title, it was directed by Edwin August and starred Clara Kimball Young. On the stage the lead characters were played by Florence Reed and John Barrymore. Morton's story was filmed several times in the silent era and made as The Yellow Ticket in 1931 with Lionel Barrymore and Elissa Landi.

The Yellow Ticket is a 1914 Broadway play by dramatist Michael Morton, which premiered at the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre in Manhattan on January 20, 1914.

<i>Meet Mr. Callaghan</i> 1954 film

Meet Mr. Callaghan is a 1954 British crime drama film directed by Charles Saunders and starring Derrick De Marney. Based on the 1938 novel The Urgent Hangman by Peter Cheyney, which Cheyney had then turned into a play.

<i>The Complaisant Lover</i>

The Complaisant Lover is a 1959 comedy play by Graham Greene. Consisting of two acts, each of two scenes, the play revolves around an affair between Mary Rhodes and Clive Root, the book seller friend of her husband, Victor. The play takes place in the Rhodes family home and an Amsterdam guesthouse.

<i>Peter Ibbetson</i> (play) Play by John N. Raphael

Peter Ibbetson is a play based on George du Maurier's 1891 novel of the same name. It debuted in the United States in 1917.

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is the live show, stageplay and musical production arm of Warner Bros. Discovery. The company forms a part of Warner Bros., one of the major business segments of Warner Bros. Discovery. Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is led by Mark Kaufman.

Diplomacy is an 1878 English play which is a translation and adaptation by B. C. Stephenson and Clement Scott of the 1877 French play Dora by Victorien Sardou. It saw frequent revivals and was a popular play for over fifty years.