Ivor Novello was a star of stage and screen during the 1920s , 1930s and 1940s staring in such films as The Rat, The Lodger and Down Hill.
With films moving from the silent screen to talking pictures he was much in demand for his skill at writing and music composing. Writing the dialogues for such films as the most famous Tarzan the Ape Man, adapted from the Edgar Rice Boroughs novel, which starred Johnny Weismuller.
He also wrote the music scores for the several hit films of the period including Glamorous Night, The Dancing Years and Kings Rhapsody.
It is worth mentioning that he also wrote the famous wartime song Keep the Home Fires Burning.
In 1955 the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (B.A.S.C.A) founded the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards, in his honour.