8-Year-Old Boy Music Prodigy 1948

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    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Australian newsreel titles read: 'Vic. 8 Year Old Wonder: BOY MUSICAL PRODIGY PLAYS 4 INSTRUMENTS - Ian McDonough recently startled radio listeners with his musical perception. Dick Fair introduces him to you - '.

    Victoria, Australia.

    Australian radio commentator Dick Fair talks to 8-year-old musical prodigy Ian McDonough. Ian tells Dick he can play the violin, piano, clarinet, organ and tin whistle and that he can tell what notes played on the piano are without looking at the keyboard. Dick says "You must have perfect pitch".

    Several shots of Ian playing a jaunty tune on the piano (no sheet music in sight), then he plays the violin, accompanied by a lady at the piano. Then Dick looks on as the woman plays notes and chords and Ian, looking away from the piano with arms folded, says what they are. Next we see Ian playing a little tune on the tin whistle, and the same tune on the clarinet. He bows and we hear applause (dubbed).

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:00:01:00 / 01:02:39:00
    UN 1984 F
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    UN 1984 F
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