Publicity stunt to mark the London premiere of the film The Invisible Man, 1934 (SHC ref 2332/6/11/1/2)

Publicity stunt to mark the London premiere of the film The Invisible Man, 1934
(SHC ref 2332/6/11/1/2)

Sherriff wrote several more plays in the wake of Journey’s End, including St Helena (1936), which he co-wrote with the South African actress Jeanne de Casalis. These plays met with varying degrees of success, never equalling that achieved by Journey’s End. He also published several novels, including Greengates (1936) and The Hopkins Manuscript (1939), which saw him tackle the science fiction genre. For two years from October 1931 he held a special studentship at New College, Oxford, where he later (1937) founded a scholarship.

Sherriff’s Academy Award nomination certificate for <em>Goodbye, Mr Chips</em>, 1940 (SHC ref 2332/8/11/5)

Sherriff’s Academy Award nomination certificate for Goodbye, Mr Chips, 1940
(SHC ref 2332/8/11/5)

Sherriff also began his career as a screenplay writer during the 1930s, and he signed his first Hollywood contract in 1932 with Universal Pictures. The rest of the decade saw him travelling back and forth between California and Surrey, while he wrote and co-wrote various film screenplays, including The Invisible Man (1933), One More River (1934) and The Road Back (1937). Scripts for all three of these films survive among his papers. His biggest success came in 1940 when he was nominated along with Eric Maschwitz and Claudine West for an Academy Award for the screenplay for Goodbye, Mr Chips, released in 1939.

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Click on the links below to see the exhibition text and images:

To Journey’s End and Beyond: The Exhibition

The Man Behind Journey’s End

R C Sherriff’s Family Background

Sherriff and Kingston Grammar School

Sherriff and the Artists Rifles

Sherriff with the 9th East Surreys

The Genesis of Journey’s End

A Star is Born

The Making of a Playwright

Man of Letters: Sherriff’s Later Career

The Curtain Comes Down