Arthur Harold Wimperis (3 December 1874 – 14 October 1953) was an English playwright, lyricist and screenwriter, who contributed lyrics and libretti to popular Edwardian musical comedies written for the stage. But, with the advent of talking films, he switched to screenwriting, finding even greater success in this medium.
Early in his career, Wimperis was an illustrator. For 25 years beginning in 1906, he became a lyricist and librettist for musical comedies, including the hit The Arcadians in 1909 and many others. After serving in the First World War, he resumed his career, writing for shows like Princess Charming (1926). Beginning in 1930, he moved into writing screenplays for British films, and, by 1940, for Hollywood films, contributing to dozens of screenplays. He won an Oscar for his contribution to the screenplay of Mrs. Miniver (1942) and was nominated for another Oscar for his contribution to the screenplay of Random Harvest (1942). He continued writing screenplays until his death.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 3, 1874 (London), Died October 14, 1953 (Maidenhead)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 47 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||C-8612||12-in.||2/8/1910||Gems from The Arcadians||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-9158||10-in.||7/7/1910||The girl with a brogue||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-10003||10-in.||2/24/1911||Dear delightful women||Reinald Werrenrath||Male vocal solo, with chorus and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-10033||12-in.||3/7/1911||Gems from The Balkan princess||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-13775||12-in.||9/12/1913||Gems from The sunshine girl||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-14507||10-in.||2/25/1914||Friend to the end||Reed Miller||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||C-14567||12-in.||3/12/1914||Gems from The laughing husband||Victor Light Opera Company||Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-17628||10-in.||5/8/1916||Somewhere in France||Lewis J. Howell||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||B-23506||10-in.||12/1/1919||If you could care||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with piano, bells, and orchestra||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-32197||10-in.||4/2/1925||Little peach||Pennsylvanians ; Fred Waring||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Victor||BVE-32198||10-in.||4/2/1925||Homeland||Victor Male Chorus||Tenor vocal chorus, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||4420||10-in.||ca. Jan.-June 1910||The girl with a brogue||Ada Jones||Female vocal solo, with piano||lyricist|
|Columbia||4468||10-in.||ca. Jan.-July 1910||Charming weather||Henry Burr ; Margaret Mayew||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||30691||12-in.||ca. Jan.-May 1911||Dear delightful women||Henry Burr ; Margaret Mayew||Female-male vocal duet||lyricist|
|Columbia||49736||12-in.||1/19/1920||If you could care||Henry Burr ; Prince's Orchestra||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||W140501||10-in.||4/6/1925||Homeland||Shannon Four||Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied||lyricist|
|Columbia||6467||12-in.||approximately 1915||Pipes of pan||Florence Smithson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||6468||12-in.||approximately 1915||Arcady is ever young||Florence Smithson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||6474||12-in.||approximately 1915||My motter||Alfred Lester||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||6484||12-in.||approximately 1915||Come back to arcady||Florence Smithson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||6485||12-in.||approximately 1915||Light is my heart||Florence Smithson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||74043||12-in.||approximately 4/14/1920||My shy love||Thorpe Bates ; Gaiety Theatre Orchestra ; Nancie Lovat ; Arthur Wood||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||74045||12-in.||approximately 4/14/1920||If you only knew||Thorpe Bates ; Gaiety Theatre Orchestra ; Arthur Wood||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||74046||12-in.||approximately 4/14/1920||Not a scrap||Gaiety Theatre Orchestra ; Evelyn Laye ; Roy Royston ; Arthur Wood||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||74047||12-in.||approximately 4/14/1920||You know how much I love you||Gaiety Theatre Orchestra ; Evelyn Laye ; Roy Royston ; Arthur Wood||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wimperis, Arthur," accessed January 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104955.
Wimperis, Arthur. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104955.
"Wimperis, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 January 2022.
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