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: Masks through the Ages: 4

Duncan Melvin
In this concluding talk Duncan Melvin will describe the processes used by mask-makers such as Oliver Messel, Angus MacBean, Henry Moore, and Henri Gaudier-Breszka, with illustrations of their work. In addition, viewers will see Duncan Melvin taking a cast of a face and then building the contours of the mask in clay. Specimens of masks for wall decoration in terra-cotta, as made in Austria and Italy, will be shown.


Presenter: Duncan Melvin

: Harry Roy and his Band

with Princess Pearl
Harry Roy went into the music business when he was fourteen by learning to play the piano and banjo. He made up his mind to become a dance-band leader when the box factory owned by his family began to do badly. His first big engagement was at the Cafe de Paris, where he stayed four years. Afterwards he toured Australia, South Africa, and Germany, to return to the Leicester Square Theatre. It was then that he began the comedy acts that have earned him the title of 'The Jazz Jester'.
Harry Roy's wife, Princess Pearl, the daughter of the Rajah of Sarawak, appeared with him in the films "A Royal Romance" and "Everything is Rhythm".


Musicians: Harry Roy and his Band
Singer: Princess Pearl

: Starlight: Clapham and Dwyer (comedians)

Once upon a time Charlie Clapham - the one with the toothbrush moustache and the dithering brain - was a barrister's clerk. He enlisted in the war and was given a commission in the machine-gunners. In those days he managed to play straight parts in war-time concerts without making his audience laugh - a feat he would probably have difficulty in performing now.
After serving in the war, Bill Dwyer followed the family tradition - his father was a Moore and Burgess minstrel - by entertaining. He met Clapham, and in 1925 they worked together for the first time. The following year they had an audition at Savoy Hill, and Clapham, who loses everything off the stage and on, found they had arrived without songs. They talked nonsense as no one else can, and they have done so ever since.


Comedian: Charlie Clapham
Comedian: Bill Dwyer

: Coronation Cartoons

Nicolas Bentley will draw and describe what he saw in the Coronation crowds.


Presenter/artist: Nicolas Bentley

: Some Visitors to London

Thousands of people from abroad and the provinces have come to London for the Coronation. Before they return to their homes all over Britain and the world, the most interesting of them will come before the television camera this evening.

: Rhythm in the Dawn

First Performance of A Modern Rhapsody by Ord Hamilton with the BBC Television Orchestra.
Ord Hamilton's idea in writing this rhapsody was to produce a British work that could retain the same place in the repertoire as "Rhapsody in Blue". But, Ord Hamilton says, unlike Gershwin's famous composition, "Rhythm in the Dawn" cannot be termed 'classical jazz'.
Ord Hamilton took up composing in 1919. He has written music for three West-End shows and eight films, one of which was "Death at Broadcasting House". Among his many song hits have been "You're Blase", "I'm seeking a Ladybird", "Safe in Your Arms", and "The Song of the Grateful Heart".


Composer/musician: Ord Hamilton
Musicians: BBC Television Orchestra
Presented by: Leslie Mitchell

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