George Robey making a promotional film, 1932.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of British actor George Robey (1869-1954) during the making of a promotional film for the Daily Herald's 'Help the Hospitals Contest', taken by Tomlin for the Daily Herald newspaper on 25 February, 1932. Robey poses on a garden bench whilst the film crew sets up a shot behind him. A sound van is parked on the right. The Daily Herald's widely advertised prize draw had a top prize of £20,000, with the proceeds from ticket sales going to English hospitals. George Robey was one of the most succesful music hall stars in the country, known as 'The Prime Minister Of Mirth'. He made several films in his career, in particular playing Falstaff in Lawrence Olivier's Henry V (1945), and Sancho Panza in Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Don Quixote (1933).