• Short Summary

    Wisecracks are made at the expense of soldiers in costume - one jibe sounds very racist to modern ears.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Aldershot. Troops ... for the use of! and many a wisecrack too - at issue of costumes to soldier actors taking part in this year's Aldershot Tattoo."

    Aldershot, Hampshire.

    Troops in fancy dress march forward. Jokes are made about Nelson and about Marlborough needing a haircut. Their costumes are for the military Tattoo at Aldershot Barracks. Several of the men are blacked up - one of the shouts from off camera is (outrageously) "What are you looking black at, Nigger?" The troops form up into ranks.

    An officer walks down the rank inspecting the costumed soldiers.

    One man is dressed as Sir Francis Drake - comments are passed about the size of his cod piece, described as 'the answer to a maiden's prayer'.

    Various characters try on hats - including the man playing Admiral Lord Nelson.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    673.27
    Media URN:
    4960
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    09/05/1932
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:40:00 / 01:35:29:00
    Canister:
    32/37

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