• Short Summary

    Leonard Henry makes a comical speech and sings 'On Her Doorstep (Birthday?) Last Night'.

  • Description

    No titles. Comedian Leonard Henry.

    Probably filmed in Pathe Studio, London.

    On a set dressed to look like a country lane, we see Leonard Henry in white tie and tails, wearing a funny top (?) hat several sizes too small. He introduces himself and says his umbrella is called 'Nazimova', because if it gets between a fellow's feet it goes "and Nazimova!".

    He then does a funny bit of business, making a speech as if he is opening a new football ground. He gets into a muddle, trying to quote from Shakespeare. More nonsense talk. He says "I did not intend making a speech tonight, and I feel that I have certainly succeeded."

    He then announces he will sing a song entitled 'No Matter How Fast The Fish May Swim, It Never Seems To Perspire.' He takes off the hat, puts down the umbrella and starts to sing a jolly song about Spring and a young man's fancy turning to love. Pan to a couple sitting and 'spooning' on the gate - the man dressed in farmer's smock and the girl in a pretty dress and bonnet. The song might be called 'On Her Doorstep [or Birthday?] Last Night' - Henry details what they did (on her doorstep last night), with shouted chorus from people off camera. At the end of the song, the couple fall backwards off the gate into a pile of straw.

    This probably originates from Pathe Sound Magazine 17.

    Note: item is out of synch throughout due to early sound recording.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:59:00 / 01:39:05:00
    PSM 2 E

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