The Luck of the Navy (play)

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The Luck of the Navy is a British comedy thriller play by Mrs Clifford Mills in which a Royal Navy sailor is nearly framed by an enemy agent for the theft of secret documents. It was first performed in 1918 and continued to be performed post-war in London and by touring companies. Between 1919 and 1930 it was performed over 900 times in 148 theatres. [1] It was also performed internationally: [1] in Adelaide in 1920, Sydney in 1928 and Wellington in 1920. [2] [3] [4]


It was revived at the Playhouse Theatre in London on 24 December 1934 and ran for 22 performances. [5]

Film adaptations

In 1927, it was made into a silent film, The Luck of the Navy , directed by Fred Paul.

In 1937, it was adapted into a sound film, Luck of the Navy , directed by Norman Lee and starring Geoffrey Toone and Judy Kelly.

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