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    Robb Wilton entertains with a monologue as a First World War soldier who has just found out the war is over.

    Titles read: "Pathetone again presents Robb Wilton - the famous Variety and B.B.C. Comedian."

    London (probably Pathe Studio).

    Robb Wilton enters the set of a domestic kitchen; he is wearing a battered World War I uniform. He says "No one told me a blinking word about the war being over", and says he's been sitting out in a dugout all on his own since 1918! He goes into a funny monologue about how he found out the war was over (he found a man planting cabbages over the top of the trench) and got the ferry from Calais to Dover. Arriving at a London railway station, he asked a railway porter "Who's won?" and the man answered "The Arsenal, 2-1".

    He takes off his ragged Army overcoat and looks in his kit bag for his souvenirs. He takes out an old door knocker, and tells of how they were being shelled by the Germans and there was nothing to drink in the trenches. To make matters worse, Robb could see a nice little pub every time he looked out of the dugout. When things finally went quiet, he crawled on his stomach to the pub, put his hand on the knocker to go in, when suddenly a huge German shell landed and blew the pub clean out of his hand.

    This is one of the best!

    (Followed by Pathetone end titles.)

    Complete duplicate exists in Turns Can 21 (2913.03) (and incomplete version in Turns Can 10 - 2887.10).

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:33:00 / 01:59:09:00
    PT 123
    Sort Number:
    PT 123
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Entertainment & Humour War & Revolution
    Variety (BBC4) 2 the first world war soldier The Lion Hunter. Variety comedy Turns 1932 Chagford
  • Stills

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

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