Beatrice Lillie and Lupino Lane in 'Napolean and Josephine' sketch - dupe of PT 197.
Titles read: "Now Andre Charlot presents - A topical glance at Beatrice Lillie and Lupino Lane (filmed at the Savoy Theatre, London)".
Andre Charlot appears on stage and announces "In the revue 'Please', that I am presenting at the Savoy Theatre, we are showing Miss Beatrice Lillie and Mr Lupino Lane in a new guise...". He goes on to explain they are to play a very dramatic scene as Napoleon and Josephine and that they have promised to treat the author's words with the greatest respect, but he will not be responsible for their actions.
Dissolve to Lillie & Lane on stage as Napoleon and Josephine. Sketch concerns Napoleon informing Josephine they must divorce for the good of France. There is much slapstick and falls as they argue, including tripping up, somersaults, chairs pulled from under Josephine as she sits, Napoleon hit on head with cosh and so on.
Josephine sits at desk and signs divorce agreement. Document is used to mime eating fish and chips out of paper. Josephine invites Napoleon to her 'apartment' and Lane speaks the line "Not tonight Josephine". She hits him in the face with a custard pie which brings sketch to an end.
Note: this is not filmed before an audience. (Intro music is 'Wise Guy'. Pub: Sylvester.)
This is duplicate of Pathetone PT 197 - see separate records for details.