This is a duplicate copy of documentary also found on tape PM1863 and PM1864 - this version has been transferred from neg so is better copy. Footage is in slightly different order in this version.
Pathe retrospective. This reel is about musicians. Library material used should be found in more complete versions elsewhere.
Clarice Mayne, Ralph Lynn and Harry Welchman are seen in the audience at the Pathe cinema laughing and reminiscing. This section shot sometime around 1955. "Their yesterdays are our brightest memories" states the narrator. A cinema audience is seen and the camera pans up to the screen. Two men sitting at the back of the cinema are seen in semi darkness as the film begins.
1930s nightclub sequence starts with a mixed race band playing "Happy Feet" a tune from Tin Pan Alley . Morton Downey plays the piano and sings Stormy Weather at the Cafe de Paris. Black performer "Hutch" sings "Trees" at a small select nightclub.
Beryl Davies sings Room 504, she is accompanied on the piano by the song's composer George Posford. Charlie Kunz plays a waltz on the piano - various shots. Moreton and Kay play a jazzed up version on the twin pianos.
The Harry Lime theme (from film The Third Man) is played by Anton Karas on a zither. Some very serious women sit and listen in an intimate dining club setting.
Note; apparently the correct spelling of the singer's name is Beryl Davis
- Fashion & Music Historical Figures & Celebrities Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
- RKP LGDBD Clips Batch 1 The Music Hall Music Hall Entertainers Nightclubs Jazz Clubs Mixed Race Cafe de Paris 1950s group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look 1950s Nightclubs Black People in Nightclubs