• Short Summary

    American organist Jesse Crawford is interviewed and plays a ballad we can sing along with.

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    Titles read: "Now we interview Jesse Crawford - the world famous Organist - (Filmed on his first visit to England)".

    Location of events unknown.

    M/S of American organist Jesse Crawford sitting at an organ as he is interviewed by a man. He talks about when he first started playing the organ, and how he played the organ for silent films. He plays a little extract to demonstrate what he would have played for different scenes in silent movies. When asked what music he thinks audiences like best he says "Songs of the heart - ballads".

    Various shots of Jesse playing a ballad and the words come up at the top of the screen so that we can sing along. The title of the song isn't mentioned but it could be 'Each Wish Brings You Nearer To Me'.

    Jesse is quite a smooth type; Ron thinks he looks a bit like an evangelist!

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:25:00 / 01:25:23:00
    PT 168

Comments (1)

  1. Wurlitzer436 says

    This was filmed at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square in April of 1933. Jesse Crawford had been engaged for a month-long engagement at the Empire's 4/20 Wurlitzer organ, commencing on April 14th, and then continuing North to play engagements at the Paramount Theatres in Manchester, Leeds, and Newcastle.

    The name of the tune he plays is "My Wishing Song," which he recorded at the Empire on April 30th. He made a total of eight sides for HMV at the Empire on April 30th and May 28th, 1933, before returning to the USA.

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