• Short Summary

    The excellent comic actor Stanley Lupino is interviewed at BIP Studios, Elstree.

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    Titles read: "MY AWFUL PAST! by Stanley Lupino - the famous Musical Comedy and Film Star (Interviewed by 'Film Pictorial' at BIP Studios, Elstree.)".

    Elstree, Hertfordshire.

    Stanley Lupino is seen sitting writing at a desk in an ornate drawing room set. The phone rings; he answers it, saying "Speak first, it's your tuppence". We gather that there is a man from a film paper who has come to interview Stanley. The man appears immediately and sits down to chat. Stanley talks about his early career - his father took him on stage at the age of one to show the public the trouble that was coming to them later! He covers his struggling early years, and says he was born in a London taxi cab.

    Stanley mentions he has been an acrobat, a dancer, an author, a producer and even tried to be an actor. He briefly refers to his children, Ida (the famous film actress / director) and Rita. He says he got his big break at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane at the age of 18, and is believed to have been the youngest actor to get a star part there. When the reporter asks if he likes slapstick, Stanley replies that he loves it - "As they say in the West End of London, I always laugh at Laurel and simply howl at Hardy".

    He goes on to say he always thinks it's funny when a man sits on his hat. The reporter agrees, then finds he has done just that. As he leaps up, Stanley flips himself on the nose with his writing mat. Stanley ends by saying there are just two things he likes to hear in films - "Okay camera" (we pull back to show a film crew with camera trained on the pair) "and okay sound, which always means... " - director says "Cut!" and crew member says "Save your lights!".

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:53:00 / 01:36:21:00
    PT 156

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