• Short Summary

    Fantastic compilation of "turns" - comedians, impersonators, singers etc. c. 1933

  • Description

    Reel 4.

    i) 01:41:12 Radio announcer introduces Mario Lorenzo who plays the harp. Camera pans to the record turntable. Mario wears a gypsy style outfit with a headscarf. Various shots of him playing.

    ii) 01:44:14 Set representing a railway station tea room. The man behind the counter is singing a song. Two customers - comedians Clapham and Dwyer - come in, one of whom, Clapham, is a very upper class drunkard. He wears a top hat and a large monocle. He rambles about what he'd like to eat. His colleague has to explain that he wants fish and chips. Man behind the counter says: "We don't sell fish" to which the reply is: "I don't want shellfish." They settle for rissoles and cups of tea. They discuss how they are going to pay for the food. All they have is a spoon and a ladle. The rissole is so rock hard that it breaks the plate when it is dropped down. The super posh toff continues to talk nonsense to his friend and he doesn't see that another man has come up to the counter and is eating his rissole as he keeps waving it around in the air as he speaks. He tells a conundrum. The man who has eaten most of his rissole suddenly stares at the man behind the counter which provokes the other two to stare too. The thief then takes a big slurp of the toff's cup of tea. He starts to tell a saucy riddle but then sees "Frankenstein" - a scowling man, standing at the counter. He tries to tell a joke but gets very confused. Claude Hulbert and Gus McNaughton emerge from a rubbish bin. One of them is covered in muck.

    iii) 01:48:01 Radio announcer introduces the Carlisle Cousins along with Harry Pepper and Doris Arnold. They perform a medley which includes "Shine on Harvest Moon" and "The Old Man of the Mountains.". One of the girls plays the piano, two other stand beside her, they wear pierrot style costumes with large ruffs. Harry Pepper and Doris Arnold play a piano duet. Claude Hulbert and Gus McNaughton emerge from a doorway with a sign which reads: "Copying Office." They are discussing their need for some motor car jokes, they decide to go and listen to Reginald Gardner (or Gardener).

    iv) 01:50:35 Reginald Gardner is dressed as a motor mechanic and talks to his boss about the noises different cars make. His boss ignores him. Reg decides to fill his petrol lighter from the petrol pump, petrol pours all over his small lighter. He makes the noises that taxis make. Suddenly a woman (comedienne Jeanne de Casalis, aka Mrs Feather - SL) driver smashes into one of the petrol pumps there is an explosion. The boss looks angry and says: "Mrs Feather, that's a nice way to come into a petrol station." It is a new car, she had to tickle its various parts to get it going. She wears very large furry gloves and driving goggles. The mechanics rip various parts off the car. She is the archetypical dizzy woman driver and they are the archetypal rip-off mechanics. She powders her nose using one of the wing mirrors they have ripped off the car.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:12:00 / 01:54:45:00

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