Monday 4 July 2016

Carrying On with British Pathe - Peter Butterworth


Some more wonderful old British Pathe newsreel footage has appeared on the interweb and I feel that it's my duty to share some of these gems with you! Right up until the mid-1960s, British Pathe presented regular short films and features on a wide range of subjects, promoting businesses, the best of British events and updating cinema-goers on the latest news from both near and far.

A good many of these brilliant shorts featured some very familiar faces from the world of British comedy and in particular, the Carry On films. I have tracked down a fair few and plan to share them in a series of blogs. They present a fantastic glimpse back into possibly simpler times, to a Britain that probably no longer exists and gives a precious, fleeting glance at some of our comedy heroes still on duty but away from the familiarity of Pinewood.

First up today is the brilliant Peter Butterworth. This film was shot a couple of years before Peter officially joined the Carry On team, however he was already a familiar face from countless film and stage appearances, not to mention his role as a children's entertainer on television. Here he is at one of his favourite hostelries, The Trout Inn in Oxfordshire, accompanied by another comedian, Harry Worth.


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