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Binnie Hale : biography

22 May 1899 - 10 January 1984

Binnie Hale (22 May 1899 – 10 January 1984) was an English actress and musician. Her father, Robert Hale, and younger brother, Sonnie Hale, were actors. She married West End actor Jack Raine, with whom she had one daughter.

Among films and stage productions, she appeared in No, No, Nanette in 1925 at the Palace Theatre, London. Her recording of the song "Spread a Little Happiness" from the 1928 musical Mr. Cinders is possibly her best remembered work, and the rock musician Sting took a cover version of the song to number 16 in the UK singles chart 54 years later for the movie Brimstone and Treacle.

Other recordings

Binnie Hale made many recordings between 1925 and 1941, the majority for the Columbia label in London. For full details, see Brian Rust, with Rex Bunnett, London Musical Shows on Record 1897-1976, General Gramophone Plublications Ltd, Harrow, Middlesex, 1977, pp. 462–64.

Theatre

  • The Punch Review - (1955) - Duke of York's Theatre, London with Alfie Bass, The Guide to Musical Theatre
  • Peggy Ryan and Ray McDonald - (1950) - Empire Theatre Newcastle
  • Out of this World - (1948) - London Palladium - with Frankie Howerd
  • Four, Five, Six - (1948) - with Bobby Howes
  • Flying Colours - (1943) - Lyric Theatre, London
  • Jack and the Beanstalk - (1935) - Pantomime, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
  • Yes Madam? - (1934) - London Hippodrome - show opened 27 September, with Bobby Howes
  • Give Me A Ring - (1933) - London Hippodrome
  • Bow Bells - (1932) - London Hippodrome
  • Mr. Cinders - (1928) - London Hippodrome - with Bobby Howes
  • No, No, Nanette - (1925) - Palace Theatre, London
  • Houp La! (1916) - St Martin's Theatre - with Gertie Millar
  • Follow the Crowd - (1915)

Discography

  • Spread a Little Happiness (1929)
  • The Debonnaire (date unknown) - with Jack Buchanan and Elsie Randolph
  • Yes Madam? - (1934) - with Bobby Howes
  • No, No, Nanette - (1925)
  • You're Blasé -

Films

  • Magyar Melody (1939) (TV) .... Roszi Belvary
  • Love from a Stranger (1937) aka A Night of Terror (USA) .... Kate Meadows
  • Take a Chance (1937) .... Wilhelmina Ryde
  • The Phantom Light (1935) .... Alice Bright
  • Hyde Park Corner (1935) .... Sophie
  • This Is the Life (1933) .... Sarah Tuttle
  • On with the Dance (1927)
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