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    Pathetone Parade of 1939 (Part 3). Compilation of turns - continued.

    Visuals for Part 3 have been transferred with soundtrack for part 4 (?). Presumably the other tracks are missing.

    Visuals show comedian Leonard Henry doing a routine where he is dressed as several different characters - policeman, parson and company director. According to an old database record, all the sketches are joined into one comic play of words by means of cutting the different scenes together to conclude the act. (This could be visuals for missing item from PT 251 - 'A Slight Mix-up'.)

    Soundtrack to the above, however is violinist Albert Sandler, pianist Reginald King and Reginald Kilby playing a classical tune titled 'Melody At Dusk'.

    Before the end of the Leonard Henry item, commentator starts to introduce the Six Lai Founs (acrobatic act). Lively music continues.

    The next visual item features Michel and Hero, a man (in black tie and dinner jacket) and woman (in a short dress trimmed with spangles and shorts underneath) who are both playing the xylophone. It looks like quite a fast jazz number. Side view as they both do a tap dance (time-step) while playing. The girl comes to the front of the instrument to take a tap solo, then goes back to play while the man takes a solo. Back at the xylophone they both dance while playing til the end of the number, when Michel does a backflip and Hero does a twirl. What a shame we don't have the soundtrack for this one - it looks really good! (Unable to determine which cinemagazine this originates from - it might have just been used in this compilation.)

    Amendment March 2015: A visitor to the site has written in to say the xylophone performers are Michael and Hero Howe, a husband and wife act. 'Michel' was Michael's stage name while Hero was her real name. They performed throughout the UK in the 1930s. Hero was unfortunately killed during the Blitz in September 1940, however, Michael went on to have a successful stage career in Europe during the 1940s and 1950s. Michael died in Germany in 1982.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:35:00 / 01:24:48:00
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  • Appears in...

    group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
  • Stills

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

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