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Variety Acts And Turns Of The Pre War Years 1938 - 1939 DVD - Classic Entertainment

Variety Acts And Turns Of The Pre War Years 1938 - 1939 DVD
VARIETY ACTS AND TURNS OF THE PRE-WAR YEARS 1938- 1939

For over three hours, we celebrate the glorious Variety artists and singers from the golden age of radio, music hall and theatre revues. Meticulously filmed by Pathé newsreels for the delight of the British cinema going public, these performers gave much needed light relief in the tense months leading up to the Second World War.

'Variety Acts and Turns of the Pre-War Years' features the full range of period Variety entertainers; balancing acts, jugglers, dance bands, jazz bands, organists, circus acts, strongmen, comedians, musicians, dancers and singers including The Peters Sisters, Leslie Henson, The Hillbillies, Douglas Byng, Issy Bonn, Lorenzi, The Four Aces, Sydney Burchall, Richard Goolden (Mr Penny), Eric Woodburn, Billie Hale, Ronald Frankau and many, many more.

By the end of the 1930s, Pathé had refined its way of filming variety acts by cutting into the performances filmed locations and atmospheric panaromas. Come 1939 war with Germany was looming, but, in the words of variety - "the show must go on!" - and it did!

So, ladies and gentlemen, sit back and enjoy this definitive record of pre-war variety and light entertainment - the singers, comedians and speciality acts that enthralled a generation.
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TOTAL RUNNING TIME - 202 Mins REGION 0 - PAL
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Variety Acts And Turns Of The Second World War
Another first on DVD! Over 2 and a half hours of the performances and songs sung by the populist, morale boosting variety acts and singers of the Second World War.

Artists who helped the front line troops and home front civilians alike to Keep Smiling Through the dark days of war.

Featuring balancing acts, strongmen, comedians, musicians and singers including Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Robb Wilton, Sydney Burchall, Tommy Trinder, Peter Sinclair, VeraLynn, Max Wall, Joe Loss, Cyril Fletcher, Tommy Handley and Mantovani among many, many more! This release also celebrates the wartime work of ENSA-the 'Entertainments National Service Association' set up in 1939 to provide entertainment for British armed service personnel throughout the war. ENSA endearingly became known by the troops as 'Every Night Something Awful!'

Another winning title in our distinctively retro packaged best selling Second World WarCollection!
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Variety Acts And Turns Of The Post War Years 1946 - 1949 DVD
VARIETY ACTS AND TURNS Of The Post War Years : 1946- 1949

Over two and a half hours of Variety artists and singers from the lost worlds of the music hall, theatrical revues and ENSA. Evocative performances from legendary artists filmed as Pathé Pictorial supporting features or for their prestigious cinema newsreels when some of the much loved stars even hit the news headlines.

Featuring the full range of classic Variety acts; balancing acts, jugglers, strongmen, comedians, musicians and singers. Musical and comic turns include The Beverley Sisters, Flanagan & Allen, Gracie Fields, Tommy Trinder, The Crazy Gang, Arthur Askey, Laurel & Hardy, Bob Hope, Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry), Max Miller, Anna Neagle, Richard Murdoch, Wilfred Pickles, Vera Lynn and many, many more.

One of the undoubted mega-stars of the 1940s must be the incomparable American film star and comedian, Danny Kaye, who is seen here in rehearsal for his 1948 Royal Command Performance. He also visits Madame Tussauds to unveil a waxwork of himself before we see him entertaining at the actual Command Performance in front of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Closing the show is a very young Julie Andrews.

By the end of the 1940s, Pathé had refined its way of filming Variety acts before the advent of mass television. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, sit back and enjoy probably the last era of true Variety!
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Variety Acts And Turns Of The Mid 1930s
VARIETY ACTS AND TURNS OF THE MID 1930s
A comprehensive three hours plus celebration of a glorious age of British Variety featuring the very best performers and singers from radio, music hall and the theatre! Performances rarely seen since they were shown in the Pathé cinema newsreels of the day.

'Variety Acts and Turns Of The Mid 1930s’ is a nostalgic celebration of a rich diversity of Variety entertainers; balancing acts, jugglers, dance bands and jazz bands, organists, strongmen, comedians, musicians, dancers - modern and ballet, roller-skaters, actors, singers and even a ‘Bird Circus’. Artistes include the Mantovani Orchestra, comedian Bert Weston, Arthur Askey, double act Bennett and Williams, actor Tod Slaughter, Naunton Wayne, Ronald Frankau, Leslie Henson, Bob and Alf Pearson and many, many more.
In the mid 1930s, Pathé developed its filming of variety acts by building elaborate sets for their performances. Often, these studio performances would be mixed into filmic 'dream sequences' to enhance their impact. Camera interviews with selected stars also added another new dimension.
Pathé intriguingly filmed a blind man who could see and a Wild West themed set from celebrated act The Van Strattens. Also included here is a visit to the famous Players’ Theatrein London’s Covent Garden.
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, sit back and enjoy this treasure trove of classic British Variety at its very best!!

Release Date: 29/10/2012


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Variety Acts And Turns Of The Late 1930s
VARIETY ACTS AND TURNS OF THE LATE 1930s
Over three hours of glorious Variety artists and singers from the golden age of radio, music hall and theatre as seen performing their acts for the cinema newsreels of the day.

'Variety Acts And Turns Of The Late 1930s' features the full array of Variety entertainments; balancing acts, jugglers, dance and jazz bands, organists, strongmen, comedians, musicians, dancers - modern and ballet, roller-skaters and singers galore. Artistes include Robb Wilton, Robinson Cleaver, Cyril Fletcher, Arthur Askey, Sir Henry Wood, tenor Bernard Clifton, Joe Loss, George Formby, Norman Evans, Bob and Alf Pearson, Ronald Frankau, Gracie Fields and many, many more.
By the end of the 1930s, Pathé had refined its way of filming performers by mixing in evocative filmed locations such as London, Port Talbot, Smethwick, Chorley, Ireland, Scotland and even The Queen Mary.
Pathé also filmed a baker, carpenter and a taxi driver who all became professional singers, a railwayman who became an actor and miners who trained to become a team of high-wire walkers!
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, sit back and enjoy this time capsule celebration of a long lost classic era of British Variety!

Release Date: 29/10/2012
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