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I Do Like to Be Where the Girls Are

A jaunty song with a pantomime air is matched to its original audio recording in this Vivaphone film from Cecil Hepworth.

1912 3 mins


A jaunty song sung by a male surrounded by girls, containing a verse about ballet girls rehearsing for the pantomime on which he intrudes, and a verse about Suffragettes in which they beat him. The film here has been matched to the original sound recording for which it was intended to be synchronised (as one of Cecil Hepworth’s Vivaphone films). The song by Harry Castling and Fred Godfrey is sung by Jack Charman. Three of Hepworth’s regular stars feature onscreen; Alma Taylor Violet Hopson and Madge Campbell.

Cecil Hepworth launched his synchronized sound system, the Vivaphone, in 1909. The device synchronised pre-recorded phonograph discs with a film picture which featured actors miming to the recording. This film from the BFI National Archive has been synchronised to its corresponding original recording, supplied to the BFI by Bill Clark. Special thanks also to Glenn Mitchell for coordinating the project and digitising the original recording. This synchronised Vivaphone film has been supported by The Adam S Rubinson Charitable Fund.