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Tammie Twister (clip)

a Laurel & Hardy sketch within a Glasgow pantomime

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Description

This clip presents us with black white footage of a pantomime performance, with two Scottish performers, George West and Jack E. Raymond, taking the roles of Laurel and Hardy. We see the performance from a raised position as if spectators in the theatre. The view then moves down as if onto the stage itself. Both characters and their routines are now much more visible. We see the performance come to an end, with both actors removing parts of their costumes to reveal themselves before taking a quick bow and leaving the stage.

Questions & Activities

Questions

  • Who were Laurel and Hardy?
  • Why do you think George West and Jack E Raymond are playing Laurel & Hardy?
  • Why is the Laurel and Hardy sketch shot twice and what are the differences?
  • What makes this clip funny?
  • Can you think of any modern act of the same genre?
  • What distinguishes Pantomime from other theatre productions?

Activities

Music / Media Studies: Create comedy music and sound effects for this clip. You could find out what Laurel and Hardy'€™s signature tune was and add this to the clip.

Media Studies: Recut the film to make one sequence.

Media Studies / Drama: Devise and film and your own piece of slapstick comedy.

Media Studies / Drama: Compare the mannerisms and facial expression with the other Laurel and Hardy clip - do you think George and Jack are realistic?

History / Media Studies: Find out about George West and Jack E. Raymond and other famous theatrical performers in Scotland

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-163-C
Resource Rights Holder Third Party Copyright
Project Ref 1081
Date c.1933
Genre Comedy Performance
School Subject Media Studies, Drama, History, Music
Who George West (actor), Jack E Raymond (actor)
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:28
Film Length 10:54
References University of Glasgow's Pantomime Scotland Project 
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