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 3rd, 1874 (London), Died October 14th, 1953 (Maidenhead)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 34 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||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|
|Columbia||74049||12-in.||approximately 4/14/1920||The guards brigade||Gaiety Theatre Orchestra ; Evelyn Laye ; Arthur Wood||Female vocal solo, with orchestra and chorus||lyricist|
|Columbia||76247||12-in.||approximately September 1918||With a hey! and a ho!||C. Hayden Coffin ; London Pavilion Theatre Orchestra||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||76249||12-in.||approximately September 1918||If you could care||Alice Delysia ; John Humphries ; London Pavilion Theatre Orchestra||Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||76251||12-in.||approximately September 1918||Ninon de l'Enclos||Alice Delysia ; London Pavilion Theatre Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Columbia||76254||12-in.||approximately September 1918||Helen of Troy||Alice Delysia ; London Pavilion Theatre Orchestra||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wimperis, Arthur," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104955.
Wimperis, Arthur. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104955.
"Wimperis, Arthur." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.
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