Monday 8 August 2016

Carrying On with British Pathe - at Noel Coward's birthday party!


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. 

Today we're going back to 1969 for a very glamorous event at the Savoy in Central London. One of the most legendary theatrical Knights was celebrating his 70th birthday and a host of famous names from the world of entertainment were there with him. While it's fascinating to glimpse the likes of Joyce Grenfell, Stanley Holloway (father of Julian) and Margaret Rutherford, there are a couple of Carry On faces in there too. Look out for the lovely Angela Douglas, fresh from starring in four Carry Ons, attending the party with her husband, the actor Kenneth More. Also watch out for the wonderful Frankie Howerd too. What a do!


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