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Category: Comedy
Reference No: 2007
Status: Available
Price: £18.00
  Albert Burdon

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South Shields-born British comedian and comic actor in music hall, pantomime, theatre and film.

Burdon began his career as a champion child clog dancer, working the pubs and clubs on Tyneside. In his teens and twenties he toured the country starring in such revues as League of Neighbours and Love on the Dole and by 1930 he was on the London stage in Jessie Matthews’ blockbuster musical, Evergreen. 1934 saw Burdon in the stellar cast of the Jerome Kern musical Three Sisters at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
He made eight films for Gaumont British Pictures in the 1930s and during the war entertained the Forces.
After World War II Burdon toured the Moss Empire circuit with his own revues, and every Christmas he appeared in pantomime all over the country.

In variety he was most famous as "The World's Worst Wizard", an incompetent conjuring act which inspired Tommy Cooper.
This is a fine early 1930s 8" x 10" black and white photograph of a young and cheerful Albert Burdon, nciely signed in dark blue fountain pen ink across the image. Some pinholes in the white margin and minor corner "bumping" (these faults are clearly visible on the scan) but in good overall condition. RARE.