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  • Short Summary

    Stars of stage and screen mix with the bright young things at the Kit Cat Club.

  • Description

    "Outside - darkness. Inside - the crowded throng dancing joyously beneath the bright lights of London's night life." High angle shot of the crowded dance floor of the Kit Cat Club. C/U of the band with a saxophone player standing centre stage. High angle shot of the dancers then eye level shot. Glamorous types sit at tables in the foreground. "Just pausing for a moment while, say Gypsy Rhoumaje, displays her athletic dancing whirls and twists." M/S of Gypsy Rhoumaje performing a frantic dance routine. She bends over backwards and walks along in a crab then does a very fast Charleston. M/S of group of men at tables - they all wear black suits and black bow ties. Gypsy Rhoumaje does some handstands and cheeky quirky dancing.

    "- or perhaps while White and Manning demonstrate their eccentric dancing styles." M/S of White and Manning performing a comedy dance. It is a slapstick version of the "Apache" dance with the girl being dropped on the ground and thrown about roughly. M/S of a group of merry makers. Man in the foreground pours his wife a large glass of champagne. More antics from White and Manning.

    "Here the Stars of Theatre and Variety foregather. Tonight, Sophie Tucker is singing a farewell duet with Ella Retford." M/S of the two women standing on a small stage singing a comedy song. "And dazzling "Delysia" nearly entices someone from his table." M/S of Delysia doing some flirtatious singing and dancing. Sophie Tucker is seen in the background laughing raucously and powdering her face. "Peggy O'Neil almost persuades Lew Hearn that "she's a little bit fonder of him than of herself". (He's heard it lots of times before in "Mercenary Mary"!)" M/S of the couple singing a song (presumably from the play "Mercenary Mary") She sits on his lap as she sings.

    M/S of a group of bright young things at a table. "And here's a constellation of "Stars" - see if you can "spot" them. Sophie Tucker, Gladys Cooper, Jack Hilton, George Grossmith, Tallulah Bankhead, "Delysia", Fay Marbe, Ethel Levey, Lew Hearn, Cissie Loftus, Heather Thatcher, Ella Retford, Estelle Brodie, Peggy O'Neil & Irving Berlin!" M/S of the group of celebrities. They chat to each other and pose for the camera. "Mrs Berlin was shy but we snapped "Irving" - " M/S of Irving talking to a male friend. " - and for "Sophie" he sang an old favourite - "Remember" (All alone, too!)" M/S of Irving on stage singing in the spotlight.

    Alternative spellings: Kit Cat Club, Kit Kat Club, Kit-Cat Club or Kit-Kat Club.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 244.

    Safety print exists. Probably to be found in the "Famous Clubs and Cabarets" reel.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    998.06
    Media URN:
    36573
    Group:
    Eve pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1926
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:11:45:00 / 01:16:31:00
    Canister:
    EP 289

Comments (1)

  1. johngleeson says

    LONDON'S FAMOUS CLUBS AND CABARETS No.1 (1926). The alto saxophonist standing centre-stage is Al Starita, an American musician who fronted Jack Hylton's Kit-Kat Club Band. The remainder of the band were: Tom Smith, Edwin Knight (trumpets); Ted Heath (trombone); Jim Kelleher (alto sax, clarinet); George Smith (tenor sax); Hugo Rignold (violin); Sid Bright (piano); Len Fillis (banjo); Alfred Field (sousaphone) and Eric Little (drums). Opened in 1925, the Kit-Kat Club was located on the Haymarket in London's West End, and was regarded as one of the most famous nocturnal haunts in the metropolis. The first purpose built up-market nightclub, it occupied the basement of the Capitol Theatre, and played host to musical acts such as the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

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