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    Titles read: 'Now Pathe Pictorial has pleasure in presenting - Those wonderful little folk FRED ROPER AND HIS WONDER MIDGETS - in 'Lilliputian Moments' (The tallest artiste is only forty eight inches high)'.

    Pathe Studio, London.

    On a set dressed to look like the terrace garden of a cafe or bar we see an extremely tall waiter having a fight with a midget - the midget seems to be winning. The tall man runs away. A normal man in a suit walks onto the set and asks what is going on. The midget says "Just a little argument, and I won". They do some silly chat about the man thinking he had 'flu and the midget saying it's a flea.

    Then a huge group of male and female midgets come out onto the set and start singing 'Back To Those Happy Days'. The women are dressed in long frilled satin dresses and the men wear satin shirts and trousers (gypsy-style). Two of the men play instruments - a saxophone and an accordion. One of the women comes forwards and impersonates comedian Florence Desmond impersonating Hollywood stars Zasu Pitts and Greta Garbo. Then they all join in singing 'Rain', with three women in the front doing hand actions and taking the lead in the middle eight.

    When the song has finished the tall waiter comes out and says "Time gentlemen, please".

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:01:00 / 01:51:30:00
    PSP 933
    Sort Number:
    PSP 933
  • Appears in...

    Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
    Midgets Turns 1936 Early 30s Variety Turns
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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