• Short Summary

    Comedian Ronald Frankau performs a song about public school police.

  • Description

    Titles read: "NOW Pathe Pictorial presents - Ronald Frankau of Variety, Gramophone and BBC fame."

    Pathe Studio, London.

    The act opens on a set dressed to look like a drawing room. Monte Crick (?) is at the piano. Comedian Ronald Frankau sits on a table with his back to us; he is wearing a policeman's helmet. We hear a man say "Constable... I've just arrived by train and someone's stolen my bags". Frankau says the man can't go about without them so he'd better buy a new pair (referring to Oxford Bags - fashionable trousers of the day).

    Frankau gets up and walks towards camera. He wears the helmet with a dark jacket, light trousers, monocle and a very long cigarette holder. He sings (or rather speaks) a song about public school-educated men becoming policemen - could be called 'When You've Fellows Like Me In The Force" or 'Hoorah For The Public School Police'. He mentions warning criminals in Latin and charging them in Greek and holding up buses with manicured nails. It's quite funny.

    In a break in the song Ronald gives us some patter concerning the mystery of the two princes in the tower, saying they were smothered in a vat of marmalade and ended up as golden shreds. He talks of Richard Whittington, the first hiker.

    He goes back to the song for a final burst. He hears a policeman's whistle and says he must return to his posse. He says "Au revoir" and walks off.

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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:
    01:44:51:00 / 01:48:49:00
    PSP 813

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