The Two Mrs. Carrolls

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls is a 1935 play by Martin Vale (the pen-name of Marguerite Veiller, 1883-1969) [1].

The original text

A suspenseful play about an attempted murder set in the South of France before World War 2. Originally written as a three-act play, performed in 1935 and published by George Allen & Unwin in 1936.

Later reworked as a two act play and published by Samuel French in 1951.

Translations and adaptations

The play was translated into Afrikaans by Ignatius Mocke entitled Gevaarlike Huwelik (1935).

Translated into Dutch as De twee vrouwen van mr. Carroll and performed by Paul de Groot's company in the Netherlands, 1936.

Translated into French as Les Deux Madame Carroll by Meg Villars and Max Viterbo (1938)

Adapted for film in 1947, produced by Warner Brothers, screenplay by Thomas Job, directed by Peter Godfrey and featuring Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, and Alexis Smith.

Performance history in South Africa

193?: Performed in Bloemfontein, starring Aubrey Gallow.

1935: Performed in Afrikaans as Gevaarlike Huwelik was performed by the André Huguenet Company in 1935, with André Huguenet, Paula Styger and Lydia Lindeque.

1937: Presented in English by the Cape Town Repertory Theatre Society at the Little Theatre in December, directed by George Vollaire.


The South African Theatre, Music and Dance, 1(1), 1939.

Helikon, 2(9):10.

Geleende Vere programme notes.

Inskip, 1972. p.122.

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