• Short Summary

    Two comics (one blacked up) make jokes, play a tune and sing a song.

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    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown.

    Two comedians stand on a set. One is blacked up and speaks with an affected African American accent. They make a couple of jokes and then play a tune on trumpet and trombone. The white comic sings a song called possibly "It's a million to one, you're far from home." He plays a trumpet solo as if he is crying, his made up colleague starts to cry in a comic manner too. They pick up the tune in a jolly manner once more.

    N.B. This may be the comic duo - Jackson and Blake.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:24:00 / 01:25:46:00
    UN 59 F

Comments (4)

  1. Unknown user says

    Jackson & Blake comprised my uncle, Jack Block, and Ellis Jackson. As I understood it Ellis Jackson was a black, rather than "blacked up" and I think the accent may have been genuine, although I never met him. He was a musician and dancer and my uncle was a professional trumpet player - clearly they were both 'variety performers'.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Having done a little research since my earlier comment I find that Ellis
    Jackson was a resident trombonist and tap dancer with Billy Cotton's Band. He was the first black person to be a permanent player in a white society band in London.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Hello, I am so thrilled that I found this in the British Pathe archive! Jackson Block is my great grandfather and I recently was researching some pictures that my mother has of Jackson and Blake and found this video! What a gem! Thank you

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  4. keithgoldman says

    The white gentleman was my maternal grandfather, Jack Block, stage name Blake. His partner was Ellis Jackson. I now have that very trumpet amongst my most prized possessions.

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