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    Titles read: "Child humour - surely no variety can be funnier than the artless (and sometimes endless!) questions of a child. The New Empire Review now presents the famous Child Impersonator Harry Hemsley - Star of --- Radio." (title obscures timecode.)

    Location of events unknown - London?

    M/S of Harry Hemsley sitting at an easel. There is an armchair facing him (turned away from the camera) and he tells a child, supposedly sitting in the chair, that he is going to make a picture of her. As he turns towards the easel we hear the child speak - obviously it is Harry, but quite a clever act! He keeps up a conversation with 'the little girl' while he draws her portrait; 'the girl' asks him a stream of questions - it's quite funny.

    When the portrait is finished the child won't admit that it looks like her, so Harry calls out to a little boy, Johnny. Harry then turns the chair around to face the camera so we can see it is empty, and says, in a little girl voice "I've been talking to myself!". He laughs in the same voice - a bit freaky!

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    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:08:00 / 01:11:07:00
    PT 194
    Sort Number:
    PT 194
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    Turns 1933
  • Stills

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

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