Harry Hemsley was called up for enlistment during the First World War on 24th June , aged 40, serving with the Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport, perhaps because he was at the upper end of the conscription age. Hemsley put together his own concert party with a twist. He died the following year whilst making a television series. Sometimes there was a theme to the show, such as the broadcast on 27th December to which Harry Hemsley contributed, on the fairly newly created National Programme, when a variety programme themed on golf was broadcast. There was even a comic created for members called Ovaltineys Own Comic in This was not ventriloquism as such, as Harry made no attempt to talk without moving his lips, when speaking as the children he would simply raise a book, newspaper or his hand across his mouth to hide his lips.
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Dick Whittington and His Cat. By July Harry Hemsley was already famous enough with his child impersonation act that another variety artist, Finlay Dunn, was doing impersonations of Harry Hemsley. Harry made a few trips abroad by ship, he spent some time in Durban, South Africa, at least twice, returning from their to Southampton Port on 7th September , alone, and again from and to the same place arriving home on 29th January , this time with wife Florence. In the first years of the 20th Century he was also known to do impressions of celebrities of the day, especially Wilson Barrett. The episode also featured Mabel Constanduros and her imaginary family, in which she played most of her adult family members, including the ever-popular Grandma. One of the biggest shows for Radio Luxembourg was the Ovaltineys Concert Party which started broadcast in December on a Sunday afternoon in an half hour slot from
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Harry starts a Family. Harry had a fifteen-minute sketch to himself on 25th April All eight survive today. The Christmas Rehearsal - Part 2.
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Description: This was a song-book of 12 songs for children with words and piano parts, with side illustrations by Harry Hemsley. It did play at the Cavendish cinema in Nottingham in He recorded on several labels over the years and a number of them are re-recordings of the same material, usually in different pairings. At games and sports we're more than keen; No merrier children could be seen, Because we all drink Ovaltine, We're happy girls and boys! He did the film illusion at the Exeter Hippodrome for the week beginning 31st August