• Short Summary

    Comedian Nosmo King and Hubert (aka Vernon and Jack Watson) in a heckling routine.

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    Nosmo King is introduced by unknown man in white tie and tails on a stage. We hear a cork pop off-stage and the man says "Pardon me, but I hear my supper's been poured out", and walks off.

    Cut to radio and variety comedian Nosmo King (aka Vernon Watson) in a white bowler hat, braided uniform, white glasses and blackface make-up. He stands on a stage and there is a man standing in the pit before him (probably 'Hubert', aka Jack Watson) . He heckles Nosmo and they engage in some crosstalk and jokes, all barked out without much charm or humour (in this cataloguer's humble opinion!).

    Nosmo starts reading out the weather forecast. Hubert says he can't speak to the audience like that and Nosmo says "Don't blame me if you have a wet week". They talk about a party they went to last night. Nosmo mentions the little girl he was dancing with at the party and complains that she was skinny in the best places.

    He then talks about getting a letter from the husband of a grass widow he's been taking out. At this point Hubert gives Nosmo two wrong feed lines, asking "Did you answer it?" and "What did you say?" a bit too early! Nosmo says "What did he say?" and then goes on with the routine (I'll bet Hubert caught it afterwards for that!). Nosmo says he wants to get out of music hall and talks about the night schools he goes to, including the Bookmaker's night school in Tottenham Court Road. The pair talk about a ten shilling note that Nosmo lost. Nosmo says when a man fell from a third storey window on Oxford Street and landed on the pavement everyone laughed except him - he was the fellow who fell out the window. Item comes to an abrupt end.

    Note: the fact that Nosmo appears in blackface could be offensive to viewers.

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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:
    01:39:41:00 / 01:43:42:00
    PSP 847

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