Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Peer Gynt 1941

Above photo courtesy of Indiana University

I recently re-read Lowry's poem 'The Lighthouse Invites the Storm'. The first part of the poem is called 'Peter Gaunt And The Canals' which has many allusions to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. I came across the above film of Ibsen's play while researching Lowry's original source for his poem.

The 1941 silent, student-made, low budget film version of the play starred a seventeen-year-old Charlton Heston. The film was directed by David Bradley and co-starred Betty Hanisee as Aase.

Here is an extract of the film:


  1. As the current owner of The Croft, original home of David Benno Rappart, I find this blog very interesting.

    Do you have a list of owners from 1910 to 1960 i.e. up to the time when the Neals purchased the house?

  2. Hi Terrence

    Thanks for dropping by!

    The only immediate directory I have is the Allotts 1916 for West Kirby etc - James R. Glover was resident at The Croft. You should be able to trace who lived at your home in the Kelly's Directories available from Birkenhead Central Library or the Electoral Registers - the early ones are located in the Cheshire Records Offices - possibly up to 1960.

    Please give me a shout on my email: