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Stanley Woolf

Club Affiliation

Amateur Cinema League

Gender:

Male

Awards/Recognition

ACL Ten Best 1950 - Honorable Mention

Films:

Haiti—The Black Republic

  • Date produced: 1950

Profession

Theatre Actor / Director

Biographical Notes

"Stanley Woolf was born in New York City and moved to Milwaukee as an older child. He returned to New York as an adolescent and became an avid theatre-goer. By the mid-1920s he was performing with the Keith-Albee Vaudeville circuit with his own comedy and dance act called "The Vest Pocket Revue," and later in an act titled "Clowning's Quite Clever." In 1932 he began working as an indedendent booking agent for the vaudeville circuit and later with the Columbia Entertainment Bureau. In 1933, Woolf was arrested and then paroled on federal charges of passing counterfeit money. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and worked as an actor-director during his service. He also directed the Orpheum Players of the Orpheum Theatre in Reading, Penn., in the early 1940s. After World War II, Woolf directed the Civic Drama Guild, which toured plays and musicals, and later established the Stanley Woolf Players and the Stanley Woolf Circuit, which took theatrical performances to summer resorts in the Eastern United States. Woolf, named "the Belasco of the Borscht Belt," died in 1959."

Bibliographic Resources

See the Stanley Woolf scrapbooks, 1912-1950, held by the New York Public Library.