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    Old-time music hall acts at The Players' Theatre - dupe of PT 414.

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    Titles (over exterior shots of Covent Garden, London) read 'Now Pathetone is taking you over to - THE PLAYERS' THEATRE Covent Garden - London's quaintest little theatre, for a glance at an old time memory "Ridgeway's Joys"'.

    Narrator describes that it is one of the smallest theatres "though great in historic interest. Once upon a time it was Evan's Song and Supper Rooms... Later the home of the National Sporting Club".

    We see four men in evening dress sing a comic version of 'As I Went Down To Strawberry Fair'. (I think one of these is actor Alec Clunes - SL). Narrator describes it as a 'glee'. The Chairman announces that "glasses must be emptied to preserve the licence". We see him drinking his beer.

    Megs Jenkins appears on stage dressed as a waif, accompanied by a flurry of false snow and sings 'Please Sell No More Drink To My Father' - a temperance song.

    Eve Lynd then sings a song about 'The City Toff'. She wears a showgirls costume and carries a long cane. It tells of a man "who knows the way to do La Di Dah". Then the whole company joins arms on stage for the finale, 'Dear Old Pals'.

    Throughout the item there are cutaways to the audience watching and drinking. Seen amongst them and mentioned by the narrator are Dorothy L Sayers, the crime writer and Hermione Gingold.

    This is duplicate of item in Pathetone PT 414 - see separate record for details.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:24:00 / 01:07:23:00
    Turns Can 17 D

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  1. Unknown user says

    Actually Alec Clunes only appears in the line up at the end singing 'Dear Old Pals'. The only identifiable artiste in 'Strawberry Fair' is actor Robert Eddison.
    Chairman was Philip Thornley.
    I have left further comments on the other copy of this clip.

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