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Ronald Colman playing the banjo.

An instrument he learnt when he joined the Bancroft Amateur Dramatic Society, where he “…acted Wilde, sang the English drinking songs, learned Gilbert and Sullivan and how to play the banjo.” 

The last picture is from the set of The Magic Flame, where “…he played a circus clown and a villainous count. He introduced the idea of the clown playing a banjo, being an old virtuoso from his amateur theatrical days, and serenaded the astonished company with his repertoire.”

Extracts from Ronald Colman: A very private person by J.B. Colman

(Source: matineemoustache)

Posted on August 16, 2013

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    Will hope to read the biography
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    I think that this post is one of the greatest thing I’ve ever seen on the Internet. I mean, my God, Ronald Colman...
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  19. ronaldcolmans said: Do you know about a facebook group called Ronald Colman Appreciation Society? Your beautiful scans (and the caption) have been reposted there and I know by whom, because that person reposted a lot of my photos too…
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