• Short Summary

    Excellent footage of a live performance at Leicester Square Theatre, London.

  • Description

    Titles read: "BOTH SIDES OF THE CURTAIN - A topical peep at the Leicester Square Theatre. London. 'Snapped' during an actual performance."

    'Meet Percival Mackey and his boys -'

    M/S of the band leader Percival Mackey conducting. M/S of man holding guitar singing and jazz band playing. 'And the famous dancing chorus (with JW Jackson's Girls).' High angle shots of the dancers holding hands and dancing in line on stage. L/Ss of the audience watching. More shots of girls dancing. 'Freddie Forbes doe a spot of introduction.' High angle shot of the comedian Freddie Forbes on stage. He makes a joke about Doctor Crippin. M/S of woman with large pointy hats backstage. Forbes introduces the next act the Three Bonos. L/S of the acrobatic act the Three Bonos on on stage. They are all wearing silly costumes whilst standing on each others shoulders. They perform some comical (but very clever) somersaults. One member of the team announces that one of the Bonos will perform 'a double twist somersault without a springboard - a world record.' L/S of the impressive stunt being performed to the cheers of the audience.

    'Behind the scenes a small army is ready.' Excellent footage of hectic activity backstage, performers get prepare to go on, the props are put into position, and a woman puts a dress on, amongst other things. 'And now for a bark or tow from Morris Chester's famous dogs.' L/Ss of small dogs (including Jack Russells and terriers) jumping around playing a type of doggy football. Excellent footage of the singers the Four Admirals singing 'Where going to put that smile back on your face'. 'A four-legged frolic by the Hartmann Troupe.' Various shot of comic sketch with pantomime horse. 'And now for Yola De Fraine (and everybody) in Pat Aza's 'My Piano Man' (with Syd Roy's Lyricals). High angle shot of men in evening suits dancing on stage, numerous women dance behind in pointy hats. More backstage activity. Several more shots of the act performing watched by the audience. L/S of the curtain falling.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:57:00 / 01:55:51:00
    PSP 755

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