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    Note: Probably filmed in the Pathe studio.

    L/S's of man walking onto set dressed as a sailor he confronts a man dressed as a porter (Cataloguers note: These are the two famous comedians Wheeler and Wilson unable to identify which is which). The sailor who is quite an aggressive character tells the porter to get rid off the dead mouse under his nose, referring to the large bushy moustache he has. The porter retaliates by calling the sailor a moth-hole. The sailor asks, "What's a moth-hole" to which the porter replies "Nothing with a piece of cloth round it!"

    The porter then points to the strange bird the sailor is carrying in his bird cage. A C/U reveals that it is a bottle of spirits. The sailor says that it is a swallow, to which porter replies "I bet he's full of spirit !". The pair argue and joke their way through the conversation. They then start placing bets on correctly answering each other very silly conundrums. The comic sketch ends with the porter telling the sailor that he'd like to join the navy before they walk off screen together.

    Note; apparently the porter is Jimmy Wheeler and the sailor is "Wilson", who was in fact his dad.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:35:00 / 01:41:11:00
    NSP 138
    Sort Number:
    NSP 138
  • Appears in...

    Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    Variety (BBC4) The Story of Variety Turns 1938
  • Stills

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

Comments (2)

  1. mosart says

    Jimmy Wheeler was my second cousin (I knew him as Uncle Ern). I was born in April 1938 and
    both of our families were living in Latchmere Rd Battersea,London SW11. In the 1950's I seem to remember he used to drive a massive opentop white Buick END 212. In 1953 my Mum Ellen Annie Smedley (nee Williams) asked her cousin Jimmy Wheeler to make an appearance to open a Queen Elizabeth 11 Coronation Street Party in Aslet St. Wandsworth London SW18, where my sister Betty was living at the time. Jimmy Wheeler turned up in the massive White Buick for the opening.
    I do remember the house he and his wife (Aunt Bet) lived in, in Latchmere Rd Lavender Hill SW 11 It had a cupboard under the stairs and as you opened the door it revealed a fully stocked bar complete with optics and bottles of drink etc. What a bar. Upstairs in Uncle Jim's apartment June (his daughter) had a beautiful big doll house complete with all the furniture,what a lovely thing to have. I wonder if June still has it.

  2. Zoya Bassi says

    Dear Mosart,
    I am the great granddaughter of Jimmy, granddaughter of June, I really hope you see this comment
    This is my email :

    I would love to hear more stories and get in touch !



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