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: Billy Maloney

Comedian Debonair Billy Maloney, 'the man with the silver stick'- he carries a silver-headed cane - is an Australian who came to England with a big reputation as an actor-manager and song-writer. He claims the distinction of having written the first Coronation song, "Who's coming up to London in the merry month of May?" One of his gifts is a knack of getting his audience to sing choruses with him.


Comedian: Billy Maloney

: Ice Hockey

A description of Ice Hockey by Art Child, Earl's Court Royals, Olympic Goal-Minder and Jimmy Chappell Earl's Court Rangers, Forward of British Olympic Team.

Today viewers will see two of England's greatest ice hockey players, Art Child and Jimmy Chappell, both of whom played at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the team that won the Olympic Championship by beating Canada. For this broadcast they will be equipped with their complete kit and padding, and they will explain the finer points of the game. There may be a practical demonstration, too, for it is hoped to introduce into the studio a ten-foot square of ice on which they can perform.
An interesting point about the evening broadcast is that Chappell and Child will have to rush away soon after the programme to play in an international charity match for the Harry Preston Memorial Fund at Earl's Court.


Speaker [Ice hockey player]: Art Child
Speaker [Ice hockey player]: Jimmy Chappell
Arranged by: H.E. Plaister
Arranged by: G. Kenward-Eggar

: Togo

Japanese Juggler


Juggler: Togo

: Music-Makers: Helen Perkin

At the age of three Helen Perkin began to pick out tunes on the piano. She studied with her mother until the age of eleven, when she had lessons with Arthur Alexander. When she was sixteen, she gained scholarships in both piano and composition to the Royal College of Music, where she studied until she was twenty-two, after which she went to Vienna with the Octavia Travelling Scholarship. There she studied composition with Anton Webern and piano with Eduard Steuermann.
Her first broadcast was at Savoy Hill at the age of nineteen, when she played her own composition, a theme and variations for piano. Since then she has been heard frequently as a pianist and composer from the studios and at Promenade Concerts. She is very well known on the Continent too; she has given performances from many European radio stations, including Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Frankfurt, and Leipzig.


Pianist: Helen Perkin

: Ice Hockey

(Details as at 3.20)

: Leslie Weston

Comedian Leslie Weston specialises in singing songs of his own composition, and started on the stage after serving as a despatch rider during the war. For several years he concentrated on concert-party work, before being tempted away by the music-halls. His first West-End date was at the Coliseum-at that time it was a twice-daily Variety house-and he followed it up with an appearance at the Alhambra. He has toured South Africa and almost every theatre of note in Great Britain.


Comedian: Leslie Weston

: Starlight: Claire Luce

with William Walker

The late Texas Guinan was responsible for starting many stage celebrities on their way to fame. That brilliant American star, Claire Luce, whom viewers will see this evening, is one of them. Her first public appearance was made with the Texas Guinan troupe of dancers. She has appeared in the most important productions in the United States, including several Ziegfeld shows such as "Palm Beach Nights", "No Foolin'", and "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1927". London first saw her in her favourite part of Bonny in "Burlesque" - and theatre-goers will recall what a fine artist she showed herself in shows like "Gay Divorce", "Vintage Wine", "Love and Let Love", and "The Gay Deceivers".


Performer: Claire Luce
Performer: William Walker

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