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Frank Leighton

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Frank Leighton (1908–1962) was an Australian actor best known for two leading roles in films for Ken G. Hall, Thoroughbred (1936) and Tall Timbers (1937).


Leighton was born in Sydney and studied at St John's School, Darlinghurst, before winning a scholarship to Cleveland Boys High School. He was working for his father when he heard the theatrical firm J.C. Williamson Ltd were conducting voice trials at Her Majesty's Theatre. He auditioned and three months later was employed by the company in a production of The Lady of the Rose.[1] He worked for Williamsons over the next 13 years, acting in dramas, comedies and musicals, including productions of Blue Roses, Hold My Hand, Our Miss Gibbs, The Quaker Girl, The Merry Widow and The Maid of the Mountains opposite Gladys Moncrieff. He understudied for visiting star William Feversham in a production of The Prince and the Pauper.[2]

Leighton also acted in movies, starting with Two Minutes Silence (1933). His most notable credits were leading roles in Thoroughbred (1936) and Tall Timbers (1937) for Cinesound Productions. His co-star in Thoroughbred was Helen Twelvetrees with whom Ken G. Hall claims Leighton had an affair during filming.[3]

Later career

Leighton moved to London in 1937,[4] where he mostly worked in theatre.

He declared bankruptcy in 1950.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1933 Two Minutes Silence
1934 Operator 13 Union Major Uncredited
1934 Hide-Out New Paree Cabaret Headwaiter Uncredited
1934 Splendid Fellows The Hon. Hurbert Montmorency
1936 Thoroughbred Tommy Dawson
1937 Tall Timbers Jim Thornton
1937 The Last Chance Alan Burmister
1938 I See Ice Ice Rink Manager Uncredited
1938 It's in the Air Pvt. Bob Bullock
1957 The Shiralee Fred, the Barman



  • The Lady of the Rose[6]
  • Blue Roses
  • Hold My Hand
  • Our Miss Gibbs
  • Mr Cinders
  • The Quaker Girl
  • The Merry Widow
  • Till, Darling
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • My Lady's Dress
  • Blue Mountain Melody (1934)[7]
  • The Fleet's Lit Up (1939)[8]
  • Dish Ran Away (1950) – Whitehall


  1. ^ 'Frank Leighton Leading Man', Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), Friday 19 June 1936 p5
  2. ^ 'IN SEARCH OF FAME, AN ACTOR'S AMBITION' The West Australian (Perth), Tuesday 27 April 193 p 11
  3. ^ Ken G. Hall, Directed by Ken G Hall, Lansdowne Press, 1977 p 105.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "A Dispute With The Tax Man". The Herald. Victoria, Australia. 13 July 1950. p. 11. Retrieved 14 April 2020 – via Trove.
  6. ^ "[?]wtertawments". Morning Bulletin. Queensland, Australia. 19 June 1936. p. 5. Retrieved 14 April 2020 – via Trove.
  7. ^ "The human touch of Jim Bancks". The Mail. Adelaide. 5 July 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 14 April 2020 – via Trove.
  8. ^ "Studios Seeking Frank Leighton". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. 2 June 1939. p. 11. Retrieved 14 April 2020 – via Trove.

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