Entertainers In British Films

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Overview

Representing the first attempt to compile a complete catalog of the entertainers who appeared on film in Great Britain from the invention of the cinema in the mid-1890s to the present, this innovative book covers more than 2,000 entertainers. Each entry gives the entertainer's specialty, a chronological listing of his/her films, and the titles of the songs sung, played, or danced to. Uniquely, the catalog lists appearances in shorts and especially series of shorts, such as Ace Cinemagazine, Eve's Film RevieW, and Pathe Pictorial, as well as other prewar series of cinemags. Newsreel performances are also included.

Attempting to compile the first complete catalog of the entertainers who appeared on film in Great Britain from the invention of cinema in the mid-1890s to the present, this innovative reference book covers more than 2,000 entertainers including: comedians, singers, musicians, impressionists, dancers and dance bands, contortionists, acrobats, pop groups and pop stars, and more. Listed here are the complete filmographies for bygone entertainers such as Max Miller, and Tommy Trinder; music-hall artists, including Marie Lloyd and Harry Champion; radio stars such as Richard Murdoch and Norman Long; crooners from Al Bowlly to Donald Peers; and a supporting cast of many more.

Each entry gives the entertainer's speciality, a chronological listing of his/her films, and the titles of the songs sung, played, or danced to. Uniquely, the catalog lists appearances in shorts, especially series of shorts, such as Ace Cinemagazine, Eve's Film RevieW, and Pathe Pictorial, as well as other prewar series of cinemags. Newsreel performances are also included. Based on more than 30 years research by the man dubbed custodian of the nation's nostalgia (The Sunday Times, London), this is a unique and comprehensive guide for all researchers concerned with the history of British film.

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A first attempt at cataloguing the nearly 4,000 entertainers who have appeared in British films since the invention of the medium. Within entries listed alphabetically by name, names the films they were in chronologically; and any known songs, sketches, or music they played or danced to within it. Also includes the names of the production and distribution companies and whether the film was a short or a feature. Does not include people whose only contribution was voice, for example in title songs or animation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313307201
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1998
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

DENIS GIFFORD is the author of more than 50 books, many of them pioneering catalogs of British film production, including The British Film Catalogue, British Animated Films, and The Illustrated Who's Who in British Films.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Entertainers in British Films

Song and Sketch Index

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