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  1. 1950? (1933)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 24, 1933
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Dancers, Drag
    Description: Men in drag perform a high kick routine. "Will it ever come to this?" M/S of a group of actors being made up for a stage performance. They are all boys in drag. The drag queens stand with th...
  2. Aunty In The Drawing Room

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Comedy, Crossdressing, Drag
    Description: Man dressed in drag as formidable middle aged woman sitting gesticulating into camera. Fragment of a comedy - 'Aunty In The Drawing Room". Man dressed in drag as formidable middle aged woman ...
  3. Christine Jorgensen Broadway Debut (1954)

    Collection: Christine Jorgensen Collection
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: 1954
    Topics: Gender realignment surgery, Theatre, Transgender people
    Subject: Christine Jorgensen
    Description: Christine Jorgensen makes her debut on Broadway. Christine Jorgensen, the ex-GI who had a sex change makes her Broadway debut. New York, United States of America (USA). MS nightclub 'Latin Q...
  4. Clothes and the Woman! (1923)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Jun. 27, 1923
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Male impersonators
    Subject: Hetty King
    Description: The fabulous Hetty King impersonates various contemporary male types - toff, cowboy, eastender, among others. "Here's a lady whom everybody knows - when on the stage - Guess - " M/S of a drawing...
  5. Degree Day Rag By Trinity Students (1926)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Jun. 10, 1926
    Topics: Drag, Stereotypes, Universities
    Description: Various shots of students in fancy dress messing about on the steps to an old college building; some are dressed in drag, others as racial stereotypes (Arabs, African tribesmen etc.) and historical...
  6. Ella Shields (1937)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Jan. 7, 1937
    Topics: Characters, Crossdressing, Male impersonators, Songs
    Subject: Ella Shields
    Description: Ella Shields, cross dressed and with glasses, singing `I'm Not All There' seated at office desk with several telephones and papers on it.
  7. Following in Father's Footsteps, No. 2, with Ralph Coram and Bill Coram (1935)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: May 27, 1935
    Topics: Actors, Arts and entertainment occupations, Celebrities, Crossdressing, Dance, Drag, Families
    Subject: Betty Errol, Bill Coram, Edith Grossmith, Ralph Coram
    Description: Ralph Coram hosts an entertainment segment featuring the children of famous performers. Performances include song, dance, and drag. L/S's and M/S's of Ralph Coram standing next to a microphone i...
  8. Hetty King And George Mozart Entertain In Aid Of Hospital- Part 1 (1914-1918)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1918
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Dance, Drag, Male impersonators, Military
    Subject: George Mozart, Hetty King
    Description: Comics Hetty King and George Mozart entertain people for charity. Charity event. High angle shots of cricket match in progress and running race. M/Ss of comics on stage. One appear to be dressed...
  9. Hetty King And George Mozart Entertain In Aid Of Hospital- Part 2 (1914-1918)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1918
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Drag, Male impersonators, Military
    Subject: George Mozart, Hetty King
    Description: Comics Hetty King and George Mozart entertain people for charity. Continued from previous record. Charity event. Hetty King continues to drag man over finish line. M/Ss of Hetty King dancing aro...
  10. Hon. Quick Change (1930)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Aug. 21, 1930
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Geishas
    Description: Japanese man kneeling down on a podium in front of a curtain. He has two drawers of clothes beside him. He puts on various items of clothing and turns himself into a Geisha Girl - a Japanese Drag Q...
  11. Look Out!, Mcgregor And West (1944)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Jul. 3, 1944
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Drag, Female impersonators
    Description: Comedy act of two men in drag as old women in Victorian costume - no soundtrack. Various shots of a variety act consisting of two men in drag as old women in Victorian dress. One visits the othe...
  12. MacGregor and West Issue, Side Line (1942)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: May 11, 1942
    Topics: Actors, Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Drag, Female impersonators
    Description: Animated title introducing comedians MacGregor and West of the Windmill Theatre. They perform a comedy sketch in a solicitor's office set. MacGregor is a solicitor and West (in drag) is a cantanker...
  13. MacGregor and West Issue, Swing Time (1943)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Dec. 27, 1943
    Topics: Actors, Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Drag, Female impersonators, Marriage
    Description: Comedians from Windmill Theatre, MacGregor and West, do sketch set in a matrimonial agency. One of them is the owner of the marriage agency, the other is dressed in drag as a cantankerous old widow.
  14. Meet The Girl Who Became A Man (1937)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: 1937
    Topics: FtMs, Gender identity, Masculinity, Transgender people
    Subject: Peter Alexander
    Description: Peter Alexander, interviewed in Sydney, born and brought up as Mavis Higgins in New Zealand, speaks of his sex change from female to male. He discusses the aspects of his personality when younger w...
  15. Miss Ella Shields (1930)

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: British Pathé
    Creator:
    Date: Dec. 15, 1930
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Drag, Male impersonators, Songs
    Subject: Ella Shields
    Description: Ella Shields - male impersonator - dressed in top hat and tails, enters Palm Court type set, goes to a telephone and asks "Do I want a line? - Yes, I want a line, I want Sweet Adeline". She then si...