• Short Summary

    Roy Fox and his band plus comedian Douglas Byng at Monseigneur Club - dupe of PT 124.

  • Description

    Intertitle reads, 'The New Empire Review presents:- Douglas Byng - the Celebrated West-end Comedian. And Roy Fox and his Band. (Millions have heard 'Roy' on the air - here he is on the screen.) (Filmed at the Monseigneur, London.) Midnight, and dancing feet and smart-frocked swaying forms proclaim the west-end is in full swing - ".

    Opens with Roy Fox and his orchestra playing. Al Bowlly (that is the correct spelling!) is the guitarist in the orchestra and can be clearly seen sitting in the band playing (he became a singer in his own right in later years). Couples seen dancing. Intercut with couples dancing and diners.

    A 'gangway' is brought on and Douglas Byng enters in full evening dress. He announces "by request - a little song of spring". While intro music is played Byng puts lady's gown on over his own clothes plus wig and feather boa. He begins to sing, in exaggerated manner, of "spring in the air". He sings of the birds and bees etc. The song is full of double meanings. At one stage he has trouble with his feather boa and also consults with Roy Fox over the word 'Botticelli' in his lyrics. He censors it with a dismissive aside - "French!".

    He finishes number to loud applause and the presentation of a large bouquet of tattered flowers.

    Note: This is a funny one! The band musicians are laughing at Byng's act - always a good sign! - SL. For search purposes, drag, female impersonator.

    Duplicate of item in Pathetone PT 124 - see separate record for details.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2887.12
    Media URN:
    83572
    Group:
    Turns
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    08/08/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:32:00 / 01:46:35:00
    Canister:
    Turns Can 11 A

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