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Category: Music Hall
Reference No: 3617
Status: Available
Price: £20.00
  Harry Tate

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British music hall star.

Tate, whose real name was Ronald Hutchison, began as an impressionist, imitating well-known performers such as Dan Leno, George Robey and Eugene Stratton. His first big success came with his 'Motoring' sketch, in which he, a chauffeur and his idiotic son completely failed to get the car started to take the son to college.

The son sat in the back of the car making inane comments such as "It's amazing, pa-pa", and "Goodbye-eee" (which became Tate's best-known catchphrase and was the inspiration for the popular World War I song).

When Tate died in 1940 as a result of injuries during an air raid his act was kept going for some years by his son Ronnie, performing as Harry Tate Jnr.

This is a rare black and white publicity photograph (8" x 6"), as Mr Biggs in the 1935 film Midshipman Easy. There's a mysterious inscription (A? Ice  S.S.S.S) and a fine signature in dark blue fountain pen ink across the image. In very good condition.