Showbiz, Paris 1905

Felix Mayol Performs The Trottins Polka
R: Alice Guy. D: Felix Mayol. P: Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont. Fr 1905

Felix Mayol (18 November 1872 – 26 October 1941) was a French singer who was born in Toulon, France. His parents were both amateur singers and actors, who arranged for Felix to make his debut stage at six years of age. (…) In 1895 he went to Paris and the Montparnasse Quarter where he began a career in entertainment that spanned more than forty years. He adopted a camp and effeminate manner on stage as part of his theatrical persona.”

Five O’Clock Tea
R: Alice Guy. D: Armand Dranem. P: Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont. Fr 1905

Armand Dranem performs Five O’Clock Tea in this phonoscene by Alice Guy, the world’s first female filmmaker. This early form of music video was created using a chronophone recording of Dranem, who was then filmed ‘lip singing’. Guy would film phonoscenes of all three major Belle Époque celebrities in France: Polin, Félix Mayol, and Dranem.”
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Le vrai jiu jitsu
R: Alice Guy. D: Armand Dranem. P: Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont. Fr 1905

About Armand Dranem (1869-1935):
“Born Armand Ménard, in Paris, he began working as an apprentice jeweler in a local shop before embarking on a career in entertainment. Adopting the singular stage name of Dranem, an anagram of Menard, he made his debut performance in 1894. In 1895, he performed with fellow newcomers Félix Mayol and Max Dearly in the ‘Concert Parisien’ from where he went on to become a leading music hall entertainer in his own comic absurdist genre. In 1899, he was signed to perform at the famous Eldorado Club where he appeared regularly for the next twenty years.
He made his screen debut in the 1902 Gaumont silent film Bonsoir m’sieurs dames directed by Alice Guy. Although he appeared in two more silent films, as well as two 1905 Phonoscènes (an early Sound-on-disc system) the advent of synchronized sound film in the late 1920s made him much in demand for screen roles featuring his singing routines. In 1932 alone, he appeared in six films and another six over the next three years.”

>>> original soundtrack: Messters Tonbilder