Micheline Patton (1912–2001) was an Irish actress who worked on radio, stage and television from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s.
Micheline Elizabeth Patton was born in Belfast in 1912, and died on 30 June 2001 in Godalming, Surrey. Her father was Billy Patton, a surgeon. She went to school in Malvern Girls' College, and studied Modern History at St Hugh's College, Oxford, graduating in 1935. One of her cousins was the Irish playwright, BBC producer and war correspondent Denis Johnston.
Between 1935 and 1947, Patton read several short stories for BBC Radio, including works by Katherine Mansfield, Anton Chekhov, and Helen Colvill. She acted in radio plays, including playing the role of Winifred in the 1947 BBC Radio adaptation of In Chancery from The Forsyte Saga.
Patton acted in early BBC television broadcasts. In December 1937, she appeared in a backless dress in the final episode of the early fashion documentary Clothes-Line. Patton was shot from behind, giving an illusion of nudity, which led to outraged viewers writing in to complain. The episode was titled Grandmamma Looks Back, inspiring the co-presenter Pearl Binder's quip, "Grandmamma looks back but Micheline has no back to be seen."
|The grand-mother||Nesta Sawyer|
|The grand-daughter||Micheline Patton|
|The album by||Pearl Binder|
|The diary by||James Laver|
She went on to appear in a November 1938 adaptation of Robert J. Flaherty's book The Captain's Chair (produced as The Last Voyage of Captain Grant).
|A narrative of the Arctic based upon Robert Flaherty's novel The Captain's Chair, adapted for television and produced by Denis Johnston.|
The narration will be spoken by the author, Robert Flaherty.
|Adapted for television and produced by||Denis Johnston|
|Captain Grant||John Laurie|
|The Factor||Cyril Gardiner|
|First Director||Douglas Allen|
and in July 1939, a drama based on the Parnell Commission.
|A reconstruction of the famous forgery investigation of 1888–89|
|Sir Charles Russel||Felix Aylmer|
|Attorney General||Wilfrid Walter|
|Eye Witness||Brefni O'Rorke|
|Mrs O'Shea||Olga Edwardes|
|President of the Court||Graveley Edwards|
|Timothy Harrington||Blake Giffard|
|Doctor Maguire||Nigel Fitzgerald|
|Henniker Heaton||Lionel Dymoke|
|Frank Hugh O'Donnell||Harry Hutchinson|
|Court Registrar||Leo McCabe|
|Captain O'Shea||Charles Oliver|
|Servant at Eltham||Moya Devlin|
|Solicitor's Clerk||Russell Hogarth|
|Spanish Policeman||Rafael Terry|
In 1947 Patton had a small role in Weep for the Cyclops, a biographical 1947 television drama on Jonathan Swift, which was written and produced by her cousin Denis Johnston.
|The true history of Dr. Jonathan Swift,|
Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin}}
|Writer / Producer||Denis Johnston|
|Jonathan Swift||Fred O'Donovan|
|Esther Johnson (Stella)||Joyce Heron|
|Esther Vanhomrigh (Vanessa)||Muriel Pavlow|
|Charles Ford||Godfrey Kenton|
|Dr Berkeley||Ivan Samson|
|Rebecca Dingley||Jean Anderson|
|Richard Brennan||Harry Fine|
|Rev Mr Tisdall||Stuart Latham|
|John Gay||Oliver Burt|
|Mrs Vanhomrigh||Marjorie Gresley|
|Moll Vanhomrigh||Ursula Harby|
|A curate||John Chandos|
|First trollop||Sally Travers|
|Second trollop||Micheline Patton|
Patton's final recorded BBC appearance was in 1958, with a role in The Ordeal of Christabel Pankhurst.
|Written by Arthur Swinson|
in which television brings you great moments of history with the news coverage of today.}}
|News Editor||Frank Owen|
|News Reporter||Francis Williams|
|News Reporter||Raymond Baxter|
|Christabel Pankhurst||Sarah Lawson|
Patton's best received role was probably as Emily Brontë in The Brontës, by Alfred Sangster, produced by the Sheffield Repertory Company. She played this role from 1946–1949, receiving generally good notices. in 1946 a reviewer for the Brontë Society noted that Patton was so "exceptionally good that one suspected (perhaps too artlessly) a spiritual affinity. What strength that pale, frigid face reflected!" A reviewer for Punch commented on the "interesting" Patton's ability to "suggest dark churnings of the soul." Less enthusiastically, in 1947, a reviewer for Theatre World commented "Micheline Patton does all that could be done with her material," calling the part "poorly written."
- 1936 on the London stage
- Stubble Before Swords at Globe
- A Bride for the Unicorn at Westminster Theatre
- 1940 in Dublin
- Roly Poly (Boule de Suif) was withdrawn until Wartime Emergency Legislation
- 1941 in Belfast
- The Passing of the Third Floor Plan was concurrently with the first Luftwaffe air-raid
- 1944-1945 in various provincial Scottish theatres
- Dundee Repertory Theatre
- The Patsy
- The Housemaster
- A Soldier for Christmas
- Seven Bottles for the Maestro
- Perth Repertory Theatre
- Charley's Aunt
- Androcles and the Lion
- 1946 English provincial theatre
- Bristol Old Vic
- Weep for the Cyclops
- 1946-1949 Sheffield Repertory Theatre and touring - most saliently, St James Theatre London
- The Brontes
- 1949 London Players
- 1950 St James Theatre
- Venus Observed
- 1951 Citizens Theatre Glasgow
- As You Like It
- 1954 Hythe Summer Theatre
- The Powder Magazine
- 1957 Piccadilly Theatre
- The Rape of the Belt
- 1960 Richmond Theatre
- Gracious Living
Patton appeared as Mrs. Broome in The Yellow Teddy Bears in 1963.
- Adams, Bernard. Denis Johnston: a life. Lilliput. pp. 205, 207, 240, 268, 283. ISBN 978-1901866674.
- St Hugh's College, Oxford - Chronicle 1935-1936 p.28
- "Oxford University Gazette: Colleges, Halls and Sections Obituaries". Oxford University. 22 Nov 2001. Archived from the original on 3 Feb 2002.
- Stewart, Bruce. "Denis Johnston: Life". RICORSO: A Knowledge of Irish Literature. Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.
- "Feuille d'Album, 31 January 1938". Genome: Radio Times 1923-2009. BBC. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.
- "Rothschild's Fiddle, 16 August 1938". Genome: Radio Times 1923-2009. BBC. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.; "The Kiss, 16 March 1939". Genome: Radio Times 1923-2009. BBC. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.
- "Short Story (Angelina of Intro d'Acqua), 24 November 1935". Genome: Radio Times 1923-2009. BBC. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.
- "In Chancery". Genome: Radio Times 1923-2009. BBC. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.
- Taylor, Lou (2004). "Ch 1: Dress history debates from 1900". Establishing Dress History. Manchester UP. pp. 56–57. ISBN 978-0719066399.
- Radio Times (9 Dec 1937), "No 6: Grandmamma Looks Back", Clothes-Line (Ep 6), 57, BBC Television, p. 19
- Radio Times (9 Nov 1938), The Last Voyage of Captain Grant, 61, BBC Television, p. 18
- Radio Times (18 Jul 1939), The Parnell Commission, 64, BBC Television, p. 16
- Radio Times (21 Aug 1947), Weep for the Cyclops, 96, BBC Television, p. 32
- Radio Times (4 Jun 1958), The Ordeal of Christabel Pankhurst, You Are There, 139, BBC Television, p. 13
- "The Brontes, St. James, 25th June". Theatre World. Iliffe Specialist Publications Ltd. 43-44: 6. 1947.
- "Brontë Society Publications". 10-12, Part 61. Brontë Society. 1946. Cite journal requires
- "Punch". 215. Punch Publications Limited. 1 Jan 1948: 16. Cite journal requires
- "The Yellow Teddy Bears (1963)". BFI. British Film Institute. Retrieved 19 Nov 2014.