Ivor Novello and Dorothy Dickson in Careless Rapture

Ivor Novello and Dorothy Dickson in Careless Rapture

This photograph shows Ivor Novello and Dorothy Dickson in Novello's 1936 musical extravaganza Careless Rapture.

Novello played Michael, the illegitimate brother of dastardly politician, Sir Rodney Alderney. Michael is in love with the famous musical comedy star Penelope, played by Dorothy Dickson, but she is engaged to Sir Rodney. The plot was really an excuse to show off the resources of Drury Lane theatre as one spectacular scene succeeded another, including a fair on Hampstead Heath, a street scene in China culminating in an earthquake and a Chinese temple with nearly a hundred dancers. This photograph shows Novello and Dickson in the Chinese Temple scene where, in their dreams, they re-enact the Legend of the Temple about a priestess slain because she loved a prince. As one commentator remarked 'No one walks through his own tosh with quite the confidence of Ivor Novello'.