Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Jack Warner

I thought I had uploaded some tracks from this LP on the Music For Pleasure label (1968) but seems I haven't which is much remiss of me. I have fond memories of Jack in Dixon Of Dock Green that was on TV for many years from the 50's through the 60's on the BBC. He made his name earlier though as a star of music hall and variety performing monologues very much like you hear on this record but these have been re-recorded in the 60's.

Wikipedia says-

Jack Warner OBE (24 October 1895 – 24 May 1981) was an English film and television actor.
He was born in London, his real name being Horace John Waters. His sisters Elsie and Doris Waters were well-known comediennes under the names Gert and Daisy. Like them, Jack Warner made his name in music hall and radio, but he became known to cinema audiences as the patriarch in a trio of popular post-World War II family films beginning with Here Come the Huggetts. He also co-starred in the 1955 Hammer film version of The Quatermass Xperiment and as a police superintendent in the 1955 Ealing Studios black comedy The Ladykillers.
Warner attended the Coopers' Company's Grammar School for Boys in Mile End, while his sisters both attended the nearby sister school, Coborn School for Girls in Bow. The three children were choristers at St. Leonard's Church, Bromley-by-Bow, and for a time, Warner was the choir's soloist.
By the early war years Warner was nationally known and starred in a BBC radio comedy show Garrison Theatre, invariably opening with, "A Monologue Entitled...".
It was in 1949 that Warner first played the role for which he would be remembered, PC George Dixon in the film, The Blue Lamp. One observer predicted, "This film will make Jack the most famous policeman in Britain". Although the police constable was shot dead in the film, the character was revived in 1955 for the BBC television series, Dixon of Dock Green, which ran until 1976. In later years though, Warner and his long-past-retirement-age character were confined to a less prominent desk sergeant role. The series had a prime-time slot on Saturday evenings, and always opened with PC Dixon giving a little soliloquy to the camera, beginning with the words, "Good evening, all". According to Warner's autobiography, Jack of All Trades, Elizabeth II once visited the television studio where the series was made and told Warner "that she thought Dixon of Dock Green had become part of the British way of life"."

Jack Warner - I Didn't Orter 'A' Ett It

Jack Warner - My Bruvver In The Life Guards

Jack Warner - Walking Hup And Dahn The Rawlway Laines

Jack Warner - You Can't Help Laughing

Jack Warner - Sea Lions And Seals

Jack Warner - Funny Occupations

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