• Short Summary

    Comedian Ronald Frankau tells story of Nell Gwyn and sings of learning to be a gentleman.

  • Description

    Titles read: "We now have much pleasure in presenting:- RONALD FRANKAU OF VARIETY, GRAMOPHONE & BBC FAME."

    Probably filmed in Pathe Studio, London.

    Comedian Ronald Frankau, dressed in toff costume of top hat, waistcoat, tailcoat and cravat, tells us a rather rambling story about how Nell Gwyn met King Henry V (think he means Charles II). According to Ronald, the King took Nell to Peyps' Dairy for a glass of milk with a cherry in it and then helped Nell in her theatrical career. After fighting in the war against "the Dolphin" of France the King decided he couldn't marry Nell - when she cried he told her to "Gwyn and bear it" (groan!).

    At the end of the story Ronald tosses his cigarette holder off-stage and it lands with a terrific crash. He then sings a song, accompanied by Monty Crick at the piano, asking how gentlemen learn to be gentlemen (seems to be called "The Preparatory School, The Public School, The Varsity").

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:36:00 / 01:04:21:00
    PSP 820

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