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  • Description

    Titles read: 'Tommy Handley'.

    Pathe Studio, London.

    Comedian Tommy Handley, wearing a tweed jacket, big tweed cap, round glasses and plus-fours, strolls onto set dressed to look like the beer garden of the 'Dew Drop Inn' (pub), whistling and swinging a walking stick about.

    He pours all the dregs of beer from the tankards on a table into one and throws them over his shoulder! He then goes into his monologue, telling us all about a walk he's been on, that was advertised as 'A Pleasant Stroll in the Bunion Country'! He tells of how he followed the directions as best he could, going past a gasometer (actually Davey Burnaby and Teddy Brown) and the glue factory, sewage farm, soapworks and rubbish dump.

    He reaches a 'prehistoric pub' called 'The Fried Fish and Face Ache', passes it with great reluctance, then rests in a slate quarry full of gramophone records, "known locally as 'Christopher Stonehenge'" - Handley makes theatrical chuckle at his joke (Christopher Stone was a broadcaster in the 30s, presumably an early DJ!).

    Tommy tells of how he strode unknowingly into a nudist camp where people were playing 'Blind Man's Buff', then meets two policemen. He asks for directions to 'The Cow and Cucumber'. He comes to 'Hand Me Down Hall' - the country seat of a well-known tailor and eventually arrives at the 'Dew Drop Inn'. He leaves us with a word of advice - "Never visit the Bunion Country until you're certain you know your own bunions" - then makes it into the pub before the door is closed. Interesting look at pre-ITMA Tommy Handley in action!

    This was originally an item in Pathe Sound Pictorial PSP 903 (hooray - a missing item has turned up!). This version also appears in 'Pictorial Revue of 1943' - see separate record.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:48:00 / 01:50:30:00
    Turns Can 23 E
    Sort Number:
    Turns 23 E
  • Appears in...

    Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    Turns 1935 Early 30s Variety Turns
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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