Label: Festival Records - L-45431/2,Festival Records - L-45431, L-45432 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Australia • Genre: Non-Music, Stage & Screen • Style: Comedy
In the annals of Australian show business the name of Roy Rene is regarded with awe. He was the most popular comedian to tread the boards downunder and his rapport-with a live audience was mesmerizing. Along the way he had a crack at Vor Meinem Vaterhaus - Unknown Artist - Vor Meinem Vaterhaus movies and radio, but by all accounts these performances were but a mere shadow of his greatness on stage.
Like the Al Jolson of Broadway, there was something magic in the way he communicated across the footlights. When his voice broke, the boy soprano turned to comedy and managed to build an act with the contributions of fellow performers eager to lend a hand. When appearing on the Fuller circuit he used. From the start, Roy was always the scene-stealer but Phillips was content to handle the writing and producing side of things and reap the benefits of a successful team.
The duo played to packed houses for over a decade, gaining notoriety as the bawdiest performers in the business. Three months later, on March 29Roy married an actress Dot Davis but the union was brief although they were not divorced until A blazing row in Adelaide resulted in the two going their separate ways for a time, with Roy teaming with such performers as Jack Davey Connors and Fred Bluett and appearing in a straight play Give And Take with American import Harry Green.
Sir Benjamin Fuller convinced Stiffy and Mo to patch up their differences inand once again they broke box-office records before finally calling it quits a year later in New Zealand. It was during this brief reunion the two recorded a couple of 78s for Parlophone, and thus preserved their teamwork for later generations. Six months later though, he was felled by a nearly fatal bout of peritonitis and although he recovered, his health remained fragile for the rest of his life.
Roy returned to the stage after his illness at the height of the great depression and flesh-and-blood theatre was in a bad way. Sadie, meanwhile, had opted for a career in motherhood and presented Roy a son Sam followed soon after by a daughter Myra. Despite having healthy production values, the film was not successful in capturing the Rene artistry, and he fell ill at ease with no audience to work to.
It was to be his only venture into the movies. Back at the footlights he was in his element, and on the stages of the Melbourne and Sydney Tivoli theatres he reigned supreme. During the war years he took part in a series of revues which played limited runs in the main capital cities, appearing with Bob Dyer, Dick Bentley, Joy Nichols, Charles Norman and old mate Mike Connors.
Sadie also Getting Nasty - Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm* - A Black Mans Soul him from time to time. An era in Australian show business had come to an end.
A fortnight after recording a guest spot in FebruaryRoy Rene joined the list of top radio performers in the Colgate-Palmolive unit, a production team responsible for several popular programs broadcast nationally each week. Sharing a microphone with headliners like Jack Davey and Dick Bentley, many people in the industry wondered I See - MJ Cole - Sincere his visual humour and spluttering diction would transfer to the airwaves.
And, of course, it was very funny. Roy stayed with the unit until the middle of when Colgate moved their sponsorship to quiz shows. By then, his health was starting to become problem but he agreed to star in a proposed A. Unfortunately the pilot episode failed to convince them to go Måndagsbarn Är Fagert Och Fjärt - Various - Vaggvisor & Ramsor with a series.
In Roy ventured back into a recording studio to perform a number of his old routines for the small Prestophone label. Supported by Sadie, Harry Griffiths and others, the sketches lacked the sparkle of his radio work and the response of an audience.
Owing to mismanagement on the marketing side the discs had only limited distribution and have now become rarities although several of Hal Lashwood - The Immortal Mo tracks later turned up on subsequent Festival LPs which enjoyed good sales nationwide.
Before long however, Roy was back on the airwaves for one last hurrah. He was as popular as ever, but in May Jack Davey The Story Teller - Roy Rene suffered a heart attack and had to retire. Mo 3AW Monday to Friday pm c. Accompanying paperwork itemizes those segments featuring Roy Rene:. Memories Of Mo in Hal Lashwood presented a series of 52 half-hour tribute programmes, which included recordings taken from Calling The Stars and Colgate Cavalcade. Rigby Limited, You can follow any responses to this entry through the Hal Lashwood - The Immortal Mo 2.
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