The Squaw Man

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The Squaw Man is a comedy in four acts by Edwin Milton Royle (1862-1942)[1]

Original play

The Squaw Man, tells the story of a White man who marries an Indian maiden and was first produced as The Squaw Man at Wallack's Theatre by Leibler and Company, New York in 1905, printed in 1906 by them.

Performed with the title A White Man in England, inter alia at The Lyric Theatre, London in 1908.

Translations and adaptations

The play was adapted into a novel called The Squaw Man by Edwin Milton Royle and Julie Opp Faversham, and published by Ardent Media, 1906. Apparently the novel too was published as A White Man in London by Hutchinson, 1908

Filmed as The Squaw Man in 1914 by Cecil B. De Mille, a movie which he subsequently remade in 1918 and again 1931. The films were likewise released as A White Man in England.

Performances in South Africa

1908-9: Performed as A White Man by the Leonard Rayne Company , with Leonard Rayne, Freda Godfrey, Cecil Kellaway, Margaretha van Hulsteyn and Clarence Bigge. As usual the tour probably opened at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, and went on various cities, including its inclusion in a season of seven plays opening in the Opera House Cape Town in February of 1909.


Acts of Rebellion: The Ward Churchill Reader[2] AbeBooks[3]

Richard Wattenberg. 2011. Early-Twentieth-Century Frontier Dramas on Broadway. P. 246[4]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.429

Margot Bryant 1979. Born To Act: The Story of Freda Godfrey. Johannesburg: Ad Donker: pp. 80-81 (photograph), 154

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