• Short Summary

    Billy Mayerl and His Claviers entertain us with music from the past, present and future.

  • Description

    Titles read: "Another famous Variety and Radio Entertainer - BILLY MAYERL AND HIS CLAVIERS".

    London, probably Pathe Studio.

    Billy Mayerl (with teeth like Terry-Thomas) introduces his "new multi-tone piano orchestra".

    A man and two women sitting at upright pianos (sounding like clavichords) play a minuet (Boccherini?) as a glimpse of the music of the past. As Billy announces "And now, modern times!", they all play 'Bunch of Roses' (?), with Billy joining in this time on a grand piano - it sounds like a rumba (?). For a glimpse of the future they play 'Bats in the Belfry' - a fast, number, bordering on boogie-woogie. Billy really goes for it, playing two pianos at once and spinning round (once) on his stool!

    Duplicate in Turns Can 1 - see separate record for details.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1178.32
    Media URN:
    40604
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1938
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:40:00 / 01:59:50:00
    Canister:
    PT 449

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