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Sport of Kings - Savoy Advert - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W


Sport of Kings - Savoy Advert - Framed Print - 20"H x 16"W

The Sport of Kings was a 1924 play by Ian Hay. In which a stern Justice of the Peace takes over a firm of bookmakers.

Interestingly, more is known about the 1931 British comedy film directed by Victor Saville and starring Leslie Henson, Hugh Wakefield and Gordon Harker, which is based on the play by Ian Hay.

Ian Hay was the pen name of Major General John Hay Beith, CBE, who was a British schoolmaster and soldier, but is best remembered as a novelist, playwright, essayist and historian

In 1907 he published a novel, Pip; its success and that of several more novels enabled him to give up teaching in 1912 to be a full-time author. During the First World War, Beith served as an officer in the army in France. His good-humoured account of army life, The First Hundred Thousand, published in 1915, was a best-seller. On the strength of this, he was sent to work in the information section of the British War Mission in Washington, D.C.

After the war he made a considerable career as a dramatist, writing light comedies, often in collaboration with other authors including P. G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton. During the Second World War Beith served as Director of Public Relations at the War Office, retiring in 1941 shortly before his 65th birthday.

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