In August 1927, the Westminster Gazette newspaper created the promotional character Lobby Lud. Reporters would assume the identity of “Lobby Lud” and travel to seaside resorts, doing their best to be spotted by tourists who would then be rewarded with a cash prize for spotting the right man. Greene modelled the Messenger’s Kolley Kibber promotion after the real-life Lobby Lud. Charles Hale is in Brighton as the Messenger’s Kolley Kibber man.
Kolley Kibber Term Timeline in Brighton Rock
The timeline below shows where the term Kolley Kibber appears in Brighton Rock. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part I, Chapter 2
Part I, Chapter 3
Part II, Chapter 1
Part III, Chapter 1
Part III, Chapter 3
Part VI, Chapter 2
Part I, Chapter 1
Charles Hale is in Brighton on assignment from the Messenger, a newspaper. He is distributing Kolley Kibber cards around the seaside town, trying his best to be spotted by a loyal Messenger... (full context)