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    Full titles read: "Now another item from Ronald Frankau of Radio & Film Fame. At the piano ---- " (title obscured by timecode.)

    London (probably Pathe Studio).

    Ronald Frankau enters in familiar 'toff' guise of top hat, tails and monocle. He throws his cigarette off camera, asking if someone can hold it until he's finished; it lands with a loud clang - he says he always was a heavy smoker! He says he always keeps his hat on because his hair is gloriously wavy, and he would rather get by on wit than on sex appeal; taking off his hat we see he is almost totally bald.

    He then sings a 'country boy' song, wearing a scarf, scruffy wig and flat cap. The song is 'I'm In Love With Susie', sung in a posh voice, despite the 'country boy' costume and lyrics. At the end of the song he takes off his cap, then looks down to see it has turned into a huge hat (by a handy trick of the camera). With a bewildered expression he puts it on and walks off.

    He comes back without the wig, hat and scarf and introduces his next song, 'The Comedian' as "frightfully sob stuff". The song is a rather sombre one, about comedians being jesters and clowns on stage, then off stage being "Too tired to laugh, too sad to cry, too bored to chaff, too young to die..." (lyrics by Frankau himself). At the end, Frankau walks off with his handkerchief to his face saying "Exit sobbing". He comes back on in a tiny hat and moustache and false teeth, saying he can't possibly do anything else as he doesn't know any other songs.

    (Followed by Pathetone end titles.)
    Note: pianist could be Monte / Monty Crick who was Frankau's usual collaborator.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:37:00 / 01:25:45:00
    PT 070
    Sort Number:
    PT 070
  • Appears in...

    Fashion & Music Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    Turns 1931 Early 30s Variety Turns Stand Up
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