• Short Summary

    The Three Aspidistras perform songs in deadpan operatic style.

  • Description

    No title - The Three Aspidistras singing.

    Probably filmed at Pathe studios, London.

    C/U of an aspidistra, it moves out of the way to reveal an old fashioned parlour, one man is playing the piano and the other man and woman are looking at an album. Various shots as they sing songs in operatic style in a very deadpan manner, they seem to dislike each other even though they are singing about love and give the occasional glare in the other's direction. The woman holds her note too long and the man nudges her, they finish the song and bow.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1302.13
    Media URN:
    43190
    Group:
    New sound pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1941
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:15:00 / 01:28:20:00
    Canister:
    NSP 259

Comments (1)

  1. Roger Fillary says

    The singers are John Mott (real surname Mottershead) and Elsie French who were married in real life. The pianist is Cornelius Fisher.

    They formed this act in the early 1930s and were one of the very first acts to appear at the Players' Theatre in King Street, Covent Garden when they started their 'Late Joys' Music Hall. The Aspidistras were still performing this act at The Players' in the late 70s/early 80s.

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