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When: 01 January 1933

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Arthur Shields as “The Playboy” must have been a wonderful theatrical experience? One of the great Abbey actors, playing one of the iconic roles from Irish Theatre, captured here.

Photographer: Harry C. Phibbs

Date: 1933

NLI Ref: AB9

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Apr/2021 08:17:11

    Arthur Shields at Wikipedia.

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    • 20/Apr/2021 08:21:20

    Bio on IMDb

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Apr/2021 08:23:01

    There surely can't be two Harry C. Phibbses? Here is a statement to the Bureau of Military History 1913-21 by at least one Harry C. Phibbs.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Apr/2021 08:28:15

    Arthur Shields aged 15 in the 1911 census, and Harry Phibbs aged 30.

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    • 20/Apr/2021 08:57:30

    Here is an oddity via Trove ... Evidently the 'Irish Players' toured Australia in 1922 (11 years before this photo), and included J. M. Synge's 'The Playboy of the Western World' (1907) with Arthur Shields as the Playboy. Interesting to read the contemporary reviews in the newspapers.

    ... Arthur Shields presents the central role of the play-boy (idler) from West Ireland, with an admirable realisation of the youthful vanity and eloquence of the selfish, lonesome fugitive who wins all the races on the sands, and is adored by the girls. There was a charming scene which owed much to the winsome qualities of the brown-eyed Mair O'Neill, wherein the young poet drew a picture of her after their wedding, "the light o' seven heavens shinin' in her heart" while the girl cooed forth her faith that he was "drawing nearer and nearer to her, like the star o' Gold!" There was no marriage.
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    O Mac

    • 20/Apr/2021 18:13:08

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    • 21/Apr/2021 11:50:35

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Apr/2021 10:22:33[email protected] Do excuse our slippage through a hole in the space-time continuum. Back in 1933 now.

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