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    Introductory intertitle reads: "And almost a gentleman - " (I think this is Billy Bennett's catch phrase). Billy looks through the window of a set which looks like a very scruffy room with a bottle of beer, peeling wallpaper and washing hanging over the window. Billy is suddenly hit by a flying object. He walks on to the set. He looks around the room and hangs his hat on a non existent nail. He takes off his jacket and looks around for somewhere to hang it - there isn't anywhere so he puts it back on. He walks around the back of a sofa and puts his leg up and onto the back of it. "If you want a waistline like mine, try these exercises, said Billy." Funny business ensues. Billy contorts a pair of fake legs - pretty funny. A bearded fellow walks in - presumably his sidekick. He is Scottish. He says: "Trunk call fra' the Zoo, Sir-r!" Billy walks off leaving the legs (he is in his underpants).

    "Just 11.30 - and the glass is rising - (and falling!)" reads an intertitle. Four bottles and four pints of beer are stood on a table. Billy picks up each of the glasses one by one and then puts them back empty. "Ten minutes later we found Billy taking the part of a lady - he wouldn't say which part." L/S of Billy dressed as a woman kissing a baby. He sprinkles confetti over himself then flings his arms wide, knocking over his Scottish friend. Billy hits him on the head with the baby. "On behalf of my Corporation, (and I've brought it with me), I must get my clothes right before they close." reads an intertitle. Billy is now wearing a kilt. He takes off his jacket and puts on a waistcoat. His friend hands him various hats which he tries on then rejects until he finds one he likes. A small cowboy type hat. He smiles and says: "You can tell these materials come from Aberdeen - they don't give!" He tries more hats. He puts on his jacket and yet another hat and dances off. "She promised to meet me at two-thirty and now it's thirty-two. What keeps her so quick?" He stands by the window fanning himself with a hat. His Scottish friend says: "Ye're carriage, Sir-r, waits without - (horses)" He brings on a wheelbarrow and Billy gets into it. He waves and is wheeled off. Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 565.

    Safety print exists - show print. Probably on "Stars as They Were" roll.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:18:00 / 01:37:33:00
    EP 135
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    EP 135
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    Music Hall Stars Music Hall
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