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Source: Green Room April 1924, p.8.
Frank Harvey Frank Harvey i(A10428 works by) (birth name: Harvey Ainsworth Hilton) (a.k.a. Harvey Hilton)
Born: Established: 22 Dec 1885 London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 10 Oct 1965 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1914
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The middle one of three generations of Frank Harveys in theatre work, Frank Harvey (1885-1965) was a radio, stage and film actor, a radio and stage producer and a stage and film writer; he is the son of Jean Francois Marie de Soissons de Latanac, who acted in England as Frank Harvey.

Harvey, whose birth name was Harvey Ainsworth Hilton, began his acting career in London, and came to Australia in 1914 to work on stage for J. C. Williamson. After acting in Australia and New Zealand for some fifteen years he returned to live in England. Here he had considerable success with his 'Cape Forlorn'. He returned to Australia in the 1930s, performing on stage in Melbourne, working as an actor-writer on several Efftee films in about 1934, acting in radio plays for the ABC and writing and co-writing screenplays for Cinesound 1935-1939. His credits include Let George Do It (1938) and Dad and Dave Come to Town (1938).

When Cinesound ceased production of feature films during World War II, Harvey produced and acted in plays at Minerva Theatre, Sydney, then turned almost entirely to radio production with the ABC 1942-1952, becoming their senior drama producer.

He was the father of Frank Harvey, the British playwright and novelist, author of the play Saloon Bar and writer of British screenplays including I'm Alright Jack, and the brother of the novelist Marie Harvey.

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  • The Golden Age of Australian Radio Drama (Richard Lane, 1994, p. 48) notes that Harvey 'had borne a similarly grandiose French name' to his father, Jean Francois Marie de Soissons de Latanac, and correspondence shows that his father called him Marie. Like his father, he took the name 'Frank Harvey' when he took to the stage.
  • Other plays scripted by Frank Harvey include: 'False Colours' (Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, 1935), 'The Broken Melody' (1938) based on a novel by F. J. Thwaites, and 'The Poltergeist' ( National Theatre, 1955). For further information see AusStage
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