Arthur Lucan (1885–1954)

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Arthur Towle was in show business from 1900 when he left school until his dying day. He started as an "Irish" character comedian in British music halls; touring Ireland with this act in 1913, he met and married Kitty McShane (she was 15, he 26). They gradually evolved the act of "Old Mother Riley and her Daughter" (Arthur, in drag, playing the ... See full bio »

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 1952 Vampire Over London
Mother Riley
 1952 Music-Hall (TV Series)
Old Mother Riley
- Episode #3.13 (1952) ... Old Mother Riley
 1950 Jungle Treasure
Old Mother Riley
 1950 Old Mother Riley, Headmistress
Old Mother Riley
 1949 Old Mother Riley's New Venture
Mrs. Riley
 1945 Old Mother Riley at Home
Mrs. Riley
 1943 Old Mother Riley Overseas
Mrs. Riley
 1943 Old Mother Riley Detective
Mrs. Riley
 1941 Old Mother Riley's Circus
Mrs. Riley
 1941 Old Mother Riley's Ghosts
Mrs. Riley
 1941 Old Mother Riley in Business
Mrs. Riley
 1940 Old Mother Riley in Society
Mrs. Riley
 1939 Old Mother Riley Joins Up
Mrs. Riley
 1939 Old Mother Riley M.P.
Old Mother Riley
 1938 Old Mother Riley in Paris
Old Mother Riley
 1937 Old Mother Riley
Old Mother Riley
 1937 Kathleen
Mrs. Riley
 1936 Bridget's Night Out (Short)
Old Mother Riley
 1936 Stars on Parade
Old Mother Riley (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He and Kitty McShane performed in the show, "Twice Nightly Variety," at the Holborn Empire Theatre in Holborn, London, England with Sophie Tucker, The Western Brothers (George & Kenneth), Murray & Mooney, Paul Paetzold & Company, The Three Biltmorettes, Joe Milton and Anita Martell in the cast.

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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Personal Quote:

I've got one foot in the grave, one foot in a bedsock, and I'm kicking the bucket with the other!


In 1934 Lucan and his wife Kitty McShane introduced "Bridget's Night Out" which became a classic act in the English music hall. See more »


In films, always worked in 'drag' as Old Mother Riley


Old Mother Riley

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