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Creighton Hale – photos and quotes

Creighton Hale

“When I get through at the studio, I want to get out and get the other fellow’s point of view on things. Going to a picture, or even a play, in the evening, after a man has been hard at work before the camera all day long, has always seemed to me very much like a butcher going to see another cut meat after store hours.”Creighton Hale

Source: Kilbourn Gibson (1917)

 

Creighton Hale“I was born almost on the stage. My father was an Irish actor-singer who used to tour Ireland in repertoire. I went on the stage first before I could talk. Father was playing ‘East Lynne,’ and in that play are used several children. I was placed in a crib up stage, and my sister, who was hidden behind the crib, made such ejaculations as fell to the lot of the character I presumably was playing. With that start I developed, before long, into a boy actor. I played all sorts of Little Willies all over England and Ireland. Father, however, interrupted my histrionic activities and sent me to school in London.”Creighton Hale

Source: Kilbourn Gibson (1917)

 

Creighton Hale

 

Creighton Hale“I came to the conclusion that electrical engineering, and not acting, was to be my profession, and to that end I began to study. Cash was not plentiful, and I had to make shift as best I could. My studies were costing me something, and, to economize, I lived, for a time, in a garret. And it was a darn good garret, too. I studied during the day, and, to help things along, played in vaudeville, or the halls, as we call them, in the evening. I found, however, I couldn’t make it go. There wasn’t enough coming in, and I was never fond of garrets, anyway. I tried twice, but it seemed fate was against me, and I finally gave up all thought of becoming an electrical engineer, and devoted all my time to the stage. I played all sorts of parts in all sorts of plays. I think the only things I missed were burlesque and the circus. It was great training, though….There was one thing in that connection that always makes me smile when I think of it. Whenever I joined a new company to run the stage, the company manager always had to call the players together and make them a little speech to the effect that I was in charge of things back of the footlights – that I was to be taken seriously and to be obeyed.”Creighton Hale

Source: Kilbourn Gibson (1917)

 

Creighton Hale

 

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