Clowns In Clover  (Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Irene Russell, Bobbie Comber, Dennis Cowles, Chick Endor) (Palaeophonics 165)
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Clowns In Clover  (Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Irene Russell, Bobbie Comber, Dennis Cowles, Chick Endor) (Palaeophonics 165)
PE0366. CLOWNS IN CLOVER, A Revue devised by Ronald Jeans. Music: Noel Gay. Lyrics: Donovan Parsons. Additional material by Desmond Carter, Vivian Ellis, Chick Endor, Herman Hupfeld, Huntley Trevor, Leslie Sarony, et al. Sydney Baynes Cond. Adelphi Theatre Ensemble; Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Irene Russell, Bobbie Comber, Dennis Cowles, Chick Endor, June, Jack Wright. (England) Palaeophonics 165, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 32pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Adelphi Theatre 1927 production & biographies. CLOWNS IN CLOVER opened at the Adelphi Theatre, London, 1 December, 1927 and ran for 508 performances and is among Palaeophonics' most delightful presentations! Excellently transferred from the Electrical 78rpm rarities.


“Cicely Courtneidge (1893 - 1980) was the daughter of the producer Robert Courtneidge and made her first professional stage appearance in his play THE ARCADIANS at the Shaftesbury Theatre in July 1909. In 1916 she married her stage partner, Jack Hulbert and their careers encompassed the stage, radio, television and film. She also recorded popular songs such as Noel Gay's THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A SOLDIER. In 1972 she was created a Dame for her services to entertainment.

Jack Hulbert (1892-1978), studied at Cambridge and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Following an appearance at the Queen's Theatre, he was hired by Robert Courtneidge, for his first professional stage performance in THE PEARL GIRL at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 1913. In 1931 he appeared in his first film SUNSHINE SUSIE, and throughout the thirties, successfully went on to act, write and direct films. After the war he and his wife, Cicely Courtneidge, transferred their popular entertainment to the theatre and radio, performing revues and musical plays, that encompassed their own brand of light comedy, song and dance."

- University of Bristol Theatre Collection

“Born on March 24, 1901, Irene Russell hails from Tasmania, Australia. As in 2022, Irene Russell's age is 121 years. She is known for THE HAPPY ENDING (1931), MUMSIE (1927) and THE GOLDEN SPURS (1926).”

- Filmifeed

“Edmund Comber (8 January 1886 – 1 March 1942), known professionally as Bobbie Comber, was a British comedian, singer and actor. He was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He first appeared on stage in 1904 in Bournemouth; He served in the military in the First World War, and then toured the country in musical revues and the comedy CHU CHIN CHOW. He first appeared on stage in London at the Adelphi Theatre in a production of THE NAUGHTY PRINCESS in 1920. Comber's first broadcasts were in excerpts from the show CLOWNS IN CLOVER, and he made more regular appearances as a comedian on BBC radio from 1929."

- Wikipedia

“If you are interested in what original audiences of early 20th century English operetta and musical comedy heard, there is a great source for such recordings – the record label Palaeophonics. Dominic Combe prepares CDs for them from his huge collection of shellacs and a few cylinders.

I came across these somewhat hard-to-find CDs on the website of the mail-order company NORBECK, PETERS AND FORD, ( which is specialized in historical performances from the beginning of recorded sound all the way through to the 1960s.

There are now over fifty Palaeophonics CDs, and more are being prepared or scheduled for future release. Each CD comes with a lavishly illustrated program booklet with reviews, information about the shows and fantastic publicity photographs, and artwork from the original London productions, in the form of reproductions of the magazine PLAY PICTORIAL.”