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  • Short Summary

    Great film showing preparations for a new show at the Grafton Galleries.

  • Description

    THIS DIGIBETA VERSION HAS BEEN MADE FROM THE PRINT - VERSION ON TAPE *PM0870* WILL PROBABLY BE BETTER QUALITY AS TAKEN FROM THE NEGATIVE.

    A film about producing a cabaret show at the Grafton Galleries. The Producer stands and watches a long line of chorus girls performing high kicks. They are in their day wear rather than costumes so this is either a rehearsal or an audition. A musical scene is rehearsed. Various members of the cast sing whilst holding the words of the song. The Producer stands at the front and conducts.

    C/U of one of the leading ladies singing. Then of one of the leading men - looking rather cross eyed and wearing top hat and tails. A younger woman sings in C/U. M/S of the band. Producer throws down his hat and carries on conducting the group. Opening night. Couples move around the dance floor, dissolve into two strangely dressed women presumably announcing that the cabaret will begin. Various snippets are shown - sensual dancing by a woman with a large shawl, chorus girls dressed as chocolate boxes dance in a circle and two dancers perform a rough and tumble dance routine involving throws and cartwheels.

    Chorus girls dance a prim old fashioned dance in large crinolines. A living statue "the Woman in Bronze" holds a smoking pot in her hands and moves it around. She holds the pot above her head and we see her in C/U looking very solemn.

    Note: according to contemporary reviews the Woman in Bronze was the hit of the show! I think that her name was Evon Pinard.

    Safety print exists - show print. Probably to be found in the "Frocks Frolics & Follies" roll.

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    Film ID:
    1084.06
    Media URN:
    37559
    Group:
    Eve pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Sound:
    Mute
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:27:13:00 / 01:30:37:00
    Canister:
    EP 088

Comments (1)

  1. HJHill says

    The woman in C/U at 00:50 looks to be the Spanish dancer Lolita Osorio who was in cabaret at the Grafton Galleries Club in London.

    The Westminster Gazette of Thurs 17 April 1924 reported she would 'join the Grafton Galleries Cabaret programme next week'.

    The Bystander of 14 May 1924 (page 469) has a full page photograph of her. The likeness is certainly the woman at 00:50 in the film.

    Your film dates to April 1924.

    Why am I interested? I was checking out the band, believing they have been wrongly identified elsewhere. Since it is certainly the Osorio cabaret rehearsing in April/May 1924, the band cannot be the one it is thought to be. They had left the UK by then. Sadly, the Pathé camera did not catch the band's name on the drum.

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