Celebrity for the week ending
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Happy Fanny Fields (1884-1961),
American vaudeville comedienne,
appears in a short film entitled
Happy Fanny Fields and the Four Little Dutchmen, 1913

Happy Fanny Fields
Happy Fanny Fields

(photo: Claude Harris, London, 1913;
photograph dedicated by Miss Fields to the
English comedian and pantomime dame, George French and his wife)

'For the first time Happy Fanny Fields, the popular variety artiste, has been ''taken'' for pictureco, and appears with four little ''Dutch'' children in one of her typical dances in a field entitled Happy Fanny Fields and the Four Little Dutchmen, which will be shown at the leading picture houses within a very few days. The film is entirely British, being made not far from London. Many more thousands will now see Happy Fanny Fields, and the four little Dutchmen add materially to the attractiveness of the subject. Specially composed and characteristic Fanny Fields music will be issued to the picture theatres screening the film, which, like other ''Selsior Dancing Films,'' is so produced that, when exhibited, any pianist or orchestra can easily synchronise their music with the stops of the dancers by following the bâton of the conductor seen in the corner of the film, and this without any apparatus whatever. The conductor is Geo. R. Hatley, musical-director of the Holborn Empire.
(The Era, London, Wednesday, 16 July 1913, p. 26a)

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