the ad is a spirited homage to Wilson, Keppel and Betty, an inter-war variety act featuring Jack Wilson and Joe Keppel, along with nearly a dozen different "Bettys" – who were criticised by Goebbels, who thought their bare legs "bad for the morals of the Nazi youth". They retired from the stage as late as 1963. All of which confirms my long-held belief that, even now in the hi-tech 21st century, most of the roots of British entertainment curl up from the old-style variety hall.So the next time the English Defence League turns up in Market Harborough we should face them like this...
Monday, October 18, 2010
Wilson, Keppel and Betty vs the Nazis
In Saturday's Independent D.J. Taylor wrote of the latest Go Compare commercial: