• Short Summary

    Interesting montage of footage accompanies the song "Mandalay" performed by Robert Easton.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Now Pathe Pictorial presents the celebrated Bass Singer Robert Easton of Radio Gramophone and Queen's Hall Fame, in "Mandalay". On the piano W.T. Beat."

    Robert stands beside the piano in a set dressed to look like a drawing room. As he sings the song in a very low voice various shots are intercut with shots of him singing. The other shots are as follows: C/U of an Eastern beauty (Burmese or supposedly Burmese) smoking a cigarette in a long holder, L/S of a temple (in Burma presumably), sunsets with palm trees silhouetted, M/S of the smoking beauty - we see that she is kneeling on a piece of fabric with a Buddha beside her, M/S of the woman leaning forward to kiss the leg of the Buddha statue, C/U of the Buddha, elephants being ridden down to a pool of water.

    The song is about soldiers being called back along the Road to Mandalay. There seems to be a romantic reason why the singer wishes to return.

    Robert ends his rendition with a bow.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1592.05
    Media URN:
    51216
    Group:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:06:05:00 / 01:10:17:00
    Canister:
    PSP 740

Comments (1)

  1. FloydRG says

    Recording breaks up from the start, which is a shame as it's one I would like to have purchased. Roger Floyd (first cousin twice removed to Robert Easton)

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