• Short Summary

    Comedy patter and songs by the fabulously posh Ronald Frankau.

  • Description

    Jokes and songs from Ronald Frankau.

    Full title reads: "And now The New Empire Review presents another famous Radio, Gramophone and Variety Artists, Ronald Frankau. At the piano Monte Crick."

    M/S of Ronald and Monte in a set dressed to look like a drawing room. Ronald is dressed as a toff in top hat and tails. He begins his patter with a joke about monocles. He says he has forgotten to bring it and he can't possibly sing without it. He walks to the back of the set and puts it on.

    The song begins. It seems to be about Ronald not liking strikes and industrial action or anything to do with violence.

    He gets side-tracked into a discussion about swearing. He says "blooming" then admits he almost made the mistake of saying something a little stronger (bloody). He says that a Shakespearean actor can come onto the stage with impunity and say "This is indeed a .... business" - nobody minds a bit. He discusses the fact that in 1932 a man might be known as a nut or a swank. Anything he does is "nutty" or "swanky". A hundred years previously the same sort of man was known as a "blood" and anything he did was .... He leaves it to our imagination.

    He makes a few more jokes - quite funny ones actually! He continues his chat about strikes and the poll tax (various gags about barber's poles and Polish barbers). Various people get a name check including Gracie Fields, Julius Caesar and Lady Godiva.

    Suddenly a voice is heard yelling "Oi you, get off the set." Ronald pretends to be upset. He sings a song about being just "One of the Crowd". It's a song about being a film extra "at a guinea a day." Very sweet. Ronald has a little cry at the end of his song.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1594.05
    Media URN:
    51272
    Group:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:44:00 / 01:12:59:00
    Canister:
    PSP 746

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