• Short Summary

    Colour titles and black and white introduction to compilation by comedian Ronald Frankau.

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    Colour titles read: 'PATHE PICTURES PRESENT - THE PATHETONE PARADE - A scintillating Review of the "Stars" of Screen, Stage and Radio - Robb Wilton, Sandy Powell, Lily Morris, Arthur Prince, Dorrie Dene, Collinson & Dean, Gus Elen, Nesbitt Brothers, Sam Mayo - Compered by RONALD FRANKAU'.

    (The credits appear before a swirling kaleidoscope of glittering stars in golden and amber hues - glorious and rare colour title sequence!)

    Pathe Studio, London.

    Cut to black and white. Comedian Ronald Frankau, wearing his usual 'toff' outfit of top hat, monocle, white tie, tails and long cigarette holder, walks onto a stage and stands in front of the curtain. He greets us ("Hello, persons") and says he is here to introduce nine good turns, each of which deserve another.

    He mentions he is wearing a full tail coat instead of a dinner jacket, so that you get to see the braid on his trousers! He makes a joke about how a double-breasted jacket should be called 'double-tummyed'.

    Frankau tells us that his people are frightfully rich and says he spends all his holidays in "foreign parts - Margate as a rule"! He goes down every year and always stays at the same place, until he went there last year and they'd taken the seat away. He had to stay at one of those beastly boarding houses, where the housemaid comes in in the morning and says "Will you get up please, sir? We want your sheet for the tablecloth"!

    He introduces the first act, Sandy Powell, and walks off. (Item finishes here.)

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:38:00 / 01:07:34:00

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