• Short Summary

    Ronald Frankau in familiar 'silly ass' guise sings about history and gives us his version of what happened to Julius Caesar.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Now for another item from - Ronald Frankau - The well-known Radio Variety Star. At the piano Monte Crick"

    London (probably Pathe Studio).

    M/S of comedian Ronald Frankau in 'silly ass' character, wearing top hat, tails and monocle, standing beside a grand piano. His pianist starts to play a tune and Ronald attempts to "Vo-de-oh-doe" along to it, then laughs and says he can't do that sort of thing. He talks about the Pavilion Theatre and Charles Cochran. and goes into a bit of patter seeing a girl in Shaftesbury Avenue that he thought he knew. When he eventually approached her he realised she wasn't the girl he thought she was - "which just goes to show you how small the world is".

    Monte plays the piano and Ronald asks him if he files his nails, he says he does, Ronald replies that he throws his away! He then goes into a song about how he prefers historical characters to modern ones. More patter about the death of Julius Caesar, going on to talk about Cleopatra, who "put an aspidistra in her bosom and it tickled her to death", and Salome, "the lady who took off her clothes and danced in front of Harrods". A quick reprise of his song and he walks off.

    (Followed by Pathetone end titles.)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:14:00 / 01:32:39:00
    PT 059

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