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was an English
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stage comedian and motion-picture actor born in Leeds
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Already a major stage star, Howard made his feature film début in 1929's Jack Raymond
Jack Raymond was a British actor and film director. Born in Wimborne, Dorset in 1886, he began acting before the First World War in A Detective for a Day. In 1921 he directed his first film and gradually he wound down his acting to concentrate completely on directing - making more than forty films...
and went on appearing in unique roles in films such as French Leave
, Up for the Cup
and Mayor's Nest
. Despite his popularity in the 1920s and the 1930s films he appeared in, Howard is almost totally forgotten today. His most revived film is When We Are Married
, in which he played a drunken photographer.
- Up for the Cup (1931)
Trouble is a 1933 British comedy film directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Sydney Howard, George Curzon and Dorothy Robinson. A pair of stewards on a cruise ship manage to foil the plans of jewel thieves.-Cast:* Sydney Howard - Miss Carruthers...
- Girls, Please!
Girls, Please! is a 1934 British comedy film directed by Jack Raymond and starring Sydney Howard, Jane Baxter, Meriel Forbes and Peter Gawthorne...
- Tilly of Bloomsbury
Tilly of Bloomsbury is a 1940 British comedy film directed by Leslie S. Hiscot and based on the play Tilly of Bloomsbury by Ian Hay. It starred Sydney Howard, Jean Gillie, Kathleen Harrison and Henry Oscar...
- Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light
Mr. Proudfoot Shows a Light is a 1941 British World War II public information/propaganda short film, directed by Herbert Mason and featuring cameos from a number of well-known actors of the day. The film was commissioned by the Ministry of Information and was designed to emphasise, in a humorous...
- Once a Crook
Once a Crook is a 1941 British crime film directed by Herbert Mason and featuring Gordon Harker, Sydney Howard, Bernard Lee, Kathleen Harrison, and Raymond Huntley.-Cast:* Gordon Harker as Charlie Hopkins* Sydney Howard as Hallelujah Harry...
- When We Are Married
When We Are Married is a 1943 British comedy-drama film, directed by Lance Comfort and starring Sydney Howard, Raymond Huntley and Olga Lindo.The film is a screen version of the well-known 1938 stage play by J. B...
- Flight from Folly
Flight from Folly is a 1945 British musical comedy film directed by Herbert Mason and starring Patricia Kirkwood and Hugh Sinclair, with music from Edmundo Ros and his famous Rumba Band...