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George Robey (1869-1954), known for half a century as the "Prime Minister of Mirth", was one of the most dominating figures the music hall has ever produced. The huge black eyebrows, the little cane, the shabby bowler and seedy clerical costume were notorious throughout the whole of the English-speaking world. So, too, were the catch-phrases he threw with reproving disdain at audiences who persisted in detecting unspeakable double-meanings in the patter which he delivered with an air of archi-episcopal blandness. The Dickensian orotundity, the lip-smacking enjoyment of unctuous polysyllables, were cunningly deployed to reinforce the impression of wild anarchy. His command of the audience was absolute, his diction impeccable, his personality overpowering. When the music hall entered on its decline the versatile Robey shrewdly adapted to the demands of revue, musical comedy, operetta, straight plays and films. He even made his Shakespearean debut as a memorable Falstaff. Behind the public image of red-nosed disrespect there lurked a man of establishment views who gloried in the CBE and the knighthood which his charity work brought him. In private life he was an informed collector of Oriental art and ceramics, a painter in watercolours and a craftsmanlike maker of exquisite violins. He was also a footballer who played professionally, a cricketer and member of Lords, and an accomplished athlete of such physical endurance that, in his late sixties, he could perform his act sixteen times a day in non-stop revue. This book places him in the music hall of his time and re-creates the feverish atmosphere in which he climbed to the top of the bill and stayed there for many years. We meet friends who shared star billing with him - Marie Lloyd, Little Tich, Dan Leno, Nellie Wallace, Harry Tate and Billy Bennett. In the shadows move the impresarios - Oswald Stoll of the icy aspect, elegant Edward Moss, the ebullient "pantomime king" Julian Wylie - who gave their stars an opportunity to shine.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP8843687
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Good. All of our books without an ISBN number (normally pre-1970 in date) are described individually in detail. Books with an ISBN number (this one included) are all offered for sale in a reasonable condition or better: some may be in very good, near fine, or fine condition. If the condition is critical to your decision to purchase, then please contact us and we will let you know our view of its condition. If the book is extremely heavy, we will need to contact you before completion of purchase to advise you of extra postage costs. Seller Inventory # 27299
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1990. Hardback in Dust Jacket. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. xvii, 202 pages, illustrated, bibliography, index. Seller Inventory # 143308
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1991. 1st Edition. Bright copy in tight binding; burgundy cloth with gilt titles on spine; pages neat; dust jacket not price clipped, with good straight edges. Used - Very Good. VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Seller Inventory # BOOKS251323I
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR003874769
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1990. Hardback. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First edition first printing large octavo hardback 224 pages illustrated Near Fine condition in near fine unclipped dust jacket No inscriptions. Seller Inventory # 061274
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1990. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Book in minto condition. Dust jacket not price clipped or marked or torn or creased with very slight traces of handling. 202pp. Biography of George Robey, known through the first half of the twentieth century as 'The Prime minister of Mirth'. He dominated the music hall stage throughout his career. We do not use stock photos, the picture displayed is of the actual book for sale. Every one of our books is in stock in the UK ready for immediate delivery. Size: 9.5 x 6.25 inches. Seller Inventory # 008856
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Fine copy, dj slightly bumped on top edge. Seller Inventory # 8811
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1990. Cloth. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. A lively biography of George Robey, otherwise known as 'The Prime Minister of Mirth," one of the most prominent figures of the music hall era. Robey was one of the most dominating figures the music-hall has ever produced. The author tells how Robey acquired his infallible technique and how he learned to project a natural magnetism which made him the most famous comedian of his time. This book is hard to come by nowadays. This copy is in FINE condition in a FINE unclipped dustwrapper. Ref A4. Seller Inventory # 000077
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London -, 1990. hardcover, 6½" x 9½", with dust jacket George Roby, 'The Prime Minister of Mirth', lived from 1869 until 1954, becoming one of the most dominating figures the music-hall ever produced. His huge black eyebrows, little cane, shabby bowler and seedy clerical costume became notorious, as were the catch-phrases he threw with reproving disdain at audiences who persisted in detecting unspeakable double meanings in the patter he delivered with an air of archiepiscopal blandness. Twenty-two photographs. Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering, with usual stamps, stickers and barcode. VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD unclipped dust jacket 202 pages. Seller Inventory # 39052