• Short Summary

    Fascinating story shows actor Charles Laughton putting on stage make-up for his part as a Chicago-Italian gangster in 'On The Spot'.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Audio Interviews - Charles Laughton - The Well-known Actor, talks about his "make-up" for 'On the Spot'."


    In what seems to be the Pathe Studios, we see a mock-up of an actor's dressing room. Charles Laughton enters and is helped on with his dressing-gown by a male dresser. Laughton asks "Has he called the half yet, Brown?"; the dresser replies "Not yet, sir". Laughton sits at the dressing table, asks for a towel and begins combing his hair. He then turns to the camera and says "The main idea about this make-up is to make myself look less like a pudding, and more like a Chicago-Italian gangster than usual - observe the secrets of the boudoir...".

    He turns back towards the mirror and we see various shots of him applying his stage make-up. Laughton's voice on the soundtrack explains each process, including "Greta Garbo eyelashes - very uncomfortable!", 'a nasty little black moustache' and wig. M/S of Laughton putting on a smoking jacket and standing before the camera, smoking a cigar. In character (but with a not very convincing Chicago-Italian accent) he says "Swell fella... nice fella".

    Note: this is a sound version of EP 163.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:45:00 / 01:05:09:00
    PT 037

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