Posts Tagged ‘Claude Harris (photographer)’


Elsie Prince as Cupid in Brighter London, London Hippodrome, 1923

February 7, 2014

Elsie Prince (1902-1988), English actress and singer, as she appeared in the role of Cupid in the revue, Brighter London, produced at the London Hippodrome, 23 March 1923. The cast was headed by Lupino Lane, Billy Merson and Annie Croft. Brighter London ran for 603 performances, closing on 15 March 1924.
(photo: Claude Harris, London, 1923)


Gertrude Lawrence at Murray’s Night Club, London, 1920

September 26, 2013

Gertrude Lawrence (1898-1952), English actress and singer, as she appeared in 1920 as the lead in London’s first cabaret entertainment at Murray’s Night Club.
(photo: Claude Harris, London, 1920)

‘It was a somewhat daring innovation on the part of Murray’s Club to introduce a Cabaret Entrainment each night during the dinner hour, as although very popular in the States and on the Continent the experiment had not been tried in this country, but owing to the fact that Mr. Jack May persuaded a really brilliant artiste to ”top the bill,” Murray’s Frolics have proved a big success and a great draw.
‘Miss Gertie Lawrence, who appears on our font cover in colours [see above], is without a doubt the coming revue star. She made a name for herself at the Vaudeville in Buzz Buzz, particularly with the song, ”Winnie the Window Cleaner,” and in the forthcoming Hippodrome Christmas pantomime she will take Miss Phyllis Dare‘s part at all the matinees… .
‘Miss Lawrence not only has a good voice but is also a fine actress, particularly when portraying a London type of to-day. She is a trained dancer, and was under Madame Judith Espinosa for some time, and studied elocution with Miss Italia Conti. She has been on the stage since she was ten, and comes of a theatrical family. The late Pony Moore was her godfather, and her father was with the Moore and Burgess Minstrels and afterwards interlocutor at the Palladium. She bids to become as well known as either Marie Lloyd or Albert Chevalier, with whose work hers had much in common.’
(The Dancing Times, Christmas number, London,1920, cover and p. 209)


Happy Fanny Fields, American vaudeville comedienne

January 21, 2013

Happy Fanny Fields (1884-1961),
American vaudeville comedienne,
(photo: Claude Harris, London, 1913;
photograph dedicated by Miss Fields to the
English comedian and pantomime dame, George French and his wife)

Happy Fanny Fields appears in a short film entitled Happy Fanny Fields and the Four Little Dutchmen, 1913 ‘For the first time Happy Fanny Fields, the popular variety artiste, has been ”taken” for pictures, and appears with four little ”Dutch” children in one of her typical dances in a field entitled Happy Fanny Fields and the Four Little Dutchmen, which will be shown at the leading picture houses within a very few days. The film is entirely British, being made not far from London. Many more thousands will now see Happy Fanny Fields, and the four little Dutchmen add materially to the attractiveness of the subject. Specially composed and characteristic Fanny Fields music will be issued to the picture theatres screening the film, which, like other ”Selsior Dancing Films,” is so produced that, when exhibited, any pianist or orchestra can easily synchronise their music with the stops of the dancers by following the bâton of the conductor seen in the corner of the film, and this without any apparatus whatever. The conductor is Geo. R. Hatley, musical-director of the Holborn Empire.
(The Era, London, Wednesday, 16 July 1913, p. 26a)