• Short Summary

    Unidentified soprano (Helen Millais?) in a wonderful dress sings a ballad in the studio.

  • Description

    No titles. Unidentified Lady Singer - could be Helen Millais?

    Probably filmed in Pathe Studio, London.

    On a set dressed to look like a veranda or terrace we see some French doors open and a very glamorous brunette lady in a fabulous 1920s sparkling tulle dress appears, accompanied by a man in evening dress. The man walks off while she walks down the steps.

    She sings a ballad in a soprano voice, while clutching a silky scarf. Towards the end of the song, she starts to sing it at a faster, more upbeat tempo, and waggles her hips as she moves to the music.

    Unfortunately, there are no details to confirm this lady is Helen Millais, or what she is singing. If anyone knows, please get in touch!

    Note: item is out of synch throughout due to early sound recording.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1929 - 1930
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:26:00 / 01:32:40:00
    PSM 2 C

Comments (1)

  1. ANTOINE says

    No clues about the lady or her piano acccompanist, alas. However, what she's singing is a 1919 song called "The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise", by Ernest Seitz (music)
    and Gene Lockhart (lyrics). As both were Canadians, author's copyright in this work (as distinct from Pathé's neighbouring rights in the clip) extends to 50 years after the death year of the songwriters, this being 1978 for Seitz and 1957 for Lockhart, respectively. So, while the lyrics may be out of copyright, the music is definitely still protected.

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