Why must Miss Hilda Moore always wear pyjamas?
Hilda Moore’s penchant
for pyjamas was questioned by Richard Jennings, the theatre critic of The Spectator
on 12 February 1927. Since 29 January Hilda Moore (born 1886 in London) had been appearing on the
stage of the St. James’s Theatre in Interference,
a play by Roland Pertwee and Harold Dearden, which was turned into an early
sound film or ‘talkie’ the following year. Hilda Moore (and in the film Evelyn
Brent) played Deborah Kane, a woman up to no good.
I will try to summarise the convoluted and – shall we say - somewhat improbable plot as it is told by Jennings. The story revolves around a Mayfair consultant, Sir John Marlay. Sir John receives a patient, Philip Voaze, in his consulting room who turns out to be Lady Marlay’s first husband. That would not be a problem had not Lady Marlay hoped and presumed her first husband dead. Voaze’s mistress Deborah Kane (Hilda Moore) is blackmailing Lady Marlay, which makes Kane the target for an unsuccessful attempt at poisoning by Lady M. In the end Miss Kane is killed by Voaze who - it turns out - had never loved anyone but his first wife (are you still with me?).