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    Titles read: "Now Pathetone has pleasure in presenting - The famous American Variety Star - VIC OLIVER".

    London (probably Pathe studio).

    Variety star / comedian Vic Oliver walks onto the set and tells a joke about English hotel rooms, then says he got back to his room last night and found a "big blonde girl" in there. He was so angry he told her "I don't know who you are but I'll give you just 24 hours to get out of my room!"

    Vic says he is going to play something on the violin for us, saying he is known as America's foremost exponent of the cat gut, and asks for someone to lend him one. No one comes forward - Vic says "Death takes a holiday!". He then starts to sing 'O Sole Mio' very badly, and a man comes on and hands him a violin.

    He introduces a number that he wrote himself after hearing it only four times, and says it is called 'I Don't Have To Look At The World Through Rose-coloured Glasses, Because My Eyes Are Naturally Bloodshot'. After a crazy fanfare introduction, Vic plucks two strings on the violin and says "And now for my next selection....". He shows off two medals on his chest and tells a funny story about how he got them, talking gibberish at the climax as the orchestra plays 'The Stars and Stripes' furiously.

    I love this one - a real class act!

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    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:36:00 / 01:11:01:00
    PT 289
    Sort Number:
    PT 289
  • Appears in...

    Variety (BBC4) 2 The Story of Variety
  • Stills

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

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