Ella Retford (1886-1962)
Last updated: 11.05.21
p_refforde.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Elinor Maud Dawe (née Flanagan) using the stage name Ella Retford, was an English music hall comedian, singer and dancer, and a stage and film actress born in Sunderland.
Somewhere around 1900 she moved to London performing primarily as a dancer in music hall shows, initially as a dancer. By 1906, she was established as a performer in revues and pantomimes playing principal roles. From 1908 she began to make recordings some of her most successful songs includef All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor (1908 music: Maurice Scott; word: A.J. Mills) and Molly O'Morgan (1909 - music: Will Letters; words: Fred Godfrey).
She appeared in Royal Variety Performances in 1912, 1921 and 1938. In later years she also made film appearances as a character actress.
She died in London.
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This list is arranged by title and contains 14 lyrics performed by Ella Retford. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall Keys: pdf15.gif
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url15.gif Hannah, Please Open That Door Kirk McGee (music)
Sam McGee (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif Have You Seen My Chinee-Man? Bennett Scott (music)
A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad Harry von Tilzer (music)
Will Dillon (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif I'd Like to Bring My Mother Percy Greenbank (music)
Paul A Rubens (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark Egbert A. van Alstyne (music)
Harry Williams (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
Hetty King (sung by)
 
url15.gif Popsy Wopsy Bennett Scott (music)
A.J. Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif She's a Girl Up North F.E. D'Albert (music)
F. Godfrey (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif She's a Lassie From Lancashire C.W. Murphy (music)
Dan Lipton (words)
John Neath (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
Florrie Forde (sung by)
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url15.gif Ship Ahoy Bennett Scott (music)
A.J. Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif Smith, Jones, Robinson and Brown Sam Mayo (music)
John P. Harrington (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty A.J. Mills (music)
Fred Godfrey (words)
Bennett Scott (words)
Lily Morris (sung by)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif  There's a Girl in Havana Irving Berlin (music)
A. Baldwin Sloane (co-author)
E. Ray Goetz (words)
& A. Baldwin Sloane1 (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif They're All Single by the Seaside C.W. Murphy (music)
Worton David (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
url15.gif You Made Me Love You Jimmie V. Monaco (music)
Joe McCarthy (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
 
This list is arranged by composer and contains 21 songs sung by Ella Retford who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m) ER
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sm15.gif I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1907) Egbert A. van Alstyne H.H. Williams (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
Hetty King (sung by)
Clarice Vance (sung by)
Della Fox (sung by)
M. Irwin (sung by)
Della Fox (sung by)
May Vokes (sung by)
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sm15.gif There's a Girl in Havana (1911) Irving Berlin A. Baldwin Sloane (co-author)
E. Ray Goetz (words)
A. Baldwin Sloane (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
sm15.gif She's a Girl Up North (?) F.E. D'Albert F. Godfrey (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
sm15.gif She's a Girl Up North (1909) Fred Godfrey Fred E d' Albert (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif I'd Like to Bring My Mother (1915) Percy Greenbank Paul A Rubens (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif Smith, Jones, Robinson and Brown (1920) Sam Mayo John P Harrington (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif Hannah, Please Open That Door (1927) Kirk McGee Sam McGee (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
sm15.gif All the Boys in Khaki Get the Nice Girls (1915) Tom Mellor H. Gifford (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif Five Days Leave (1916) Tom Mellor(w&m) Ella Retford (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Heigh-Ho! (1917) Tom Mellor H. Gifford (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif  We're Irish and Proud of It Too (1914) Tom Mellor H. Gifford (words)
F. Godfrey (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (1916) A.J. Mills Fred Godfrey (words)
Bennett Scott (words)
Lily Morris (sung by)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif You Made Me Love You (1913) Jimmie V. Monaco Joseph McCarthy (words)
Florence Smithson (sung by)
Ella Retford (sung by)
A. Jolson (sung by)
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sm15.gif She's a Lassie From Lancashire (1907) C.W. Murphy Dan Lipton (words)
John Neat (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
Florrie Forde (sung by)
sm15.gif They're All Single by the Seaside (1911) C.W. Murphy Worton David (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
sm15.gif Has Anyone Seen a German Band? (1907) Bennett Scott A.J. Mills (words)
Florrie Forde (sung by)
Ella Retford (sung by)
Florrie Gallimore (sung by)
Daisy Dormer (sung by)
Mina Brae (sung by)
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sm15.gif Have You Seen My Chinee-Man? (1908) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif Popsy Wopsy (1910) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif Ship Ahoy (1920) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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sm15.gif What Do You Say, Molly Molloy? (1910) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
May Mars (sung by)
Cressie Leonard (sung by)
Lyoyd Morgan (sung by)
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sm15.gif I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad (1911) Harry von Tilzer William Dillon (words)
Ella Retford (sung by)
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youtube15.jpg Molly O' Morgan (1910) (2:25) W. Letters 
youtube15.jpg You're Wrong (1908) Mr Wright (2:56)