Sam Linfield - Music-Hall Artiste 1894-1961

Sam LINFIELD 1894-1961


Music-Hall Artiste, Acrobat, Comedian & Pantomimeist.

Born Samuel Lazarus on 18 Apr 1894 at 64, Wrentham Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, son of Joseph Lazarus aka Joe Boganny and Betsy formerly Yellowitz/Yellowitch/Yallowitz.

Brother of Hannah 'Annie' Lazarus, b. 1897 Birmingham aka Annie Boganny and of Douglas Boganny Phipps, b.1905 Chiswick, London by Harriet Phipps of London.

Married (1) Jessie Watson Fraser in 1920 Durham & (2) Eileen Dixon in 1944 Paddington, London.

Father of Eric Charles Lazarus, b.1921 Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, Geoffrey Brian Lazarus, b.1931 and Elizabeth Annie Linfield, 1942, Paddington, London by his second wife Eileen.

Began his performing career touring the UK with his fathers Boganny Troupe of comedy risley acrobats in their sensational act the 'Lunatic Bakers', and known as Sam Clifton & Sam Boganny, also performed with his Uncle Josh Clifton's comedy tumbling routines in the 'Six Ceylons' & 'Five X-Rays'. 

Made his first appearance at the Paragon Music-Hall, Mile End, London. Went solo in 1923 as a knockabout comedian choosing a new name, Sam Linfield, a family name on his mothers side. Toured the UK, Europe, USA and Australia in Variety with his Linfield Troupe of fast acrobatic nonscence acts, 'No Man's Land', 'Odds & Ends', 'Boot Villa', 'HMS Lively' and 'Crazy Scouts & Sailors' and others.

The photo's of Sam with his first wife Jessie, an unidentified dwarf troupe member, and a driver dated 1929 were taken whilst visiting Charlie Chaplin's home in Hollywood.

An article in the Variety World section of The Stage Newspaper of 19 Feb 1930 stated "For the past three months Sam Linfield and Company have been touring with the Fanchon and Marco roadshow in the States. Present engagements extended until next may, and Sam does not expect to be home (England) until the end of the year".

During the 1950's Sam went on the road with his popular slap-stick acts 'The Space Ship Show' & Colonel Sam Linfield's Crazy Space Cadets. 

Died on 16 Sep 1961 at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, England and was cremated on 19th at Golders Green Crematorium, London, England, a notice was printed in The Stage and Television Today, on Sep 21 in memoriam. 


Relationship status - Grand Uncle.