Arthur Wimperis

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  
(Results 1-25 of 47 records)

Citation

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.

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