Showtune Saturday: “The Lambeth Walk” (With Bonus Nazis)

Eddie Pensier writes:

Me and my Girl was a hit musical of 1937, a mistaken-identity dancehall comedy about a Cockney bloke named Bill Snibson who discovers he is the heir to a noble title. The show’s hit tune was “The Lambeth Walk”, whose strutting rhythm and “OI!” singalong became a national craze. It inspired an eponymous 1939 film, from which this clip is taken.

The song eventually spread to the US…and Germany, where a member of the Nazi party denounced it as “Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping”.
A wag at the British Ministry of Information named Charles Ridley took this as an opportunity to assemble a clip, edited from bits of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will,made to appear as if the Nazis were goose-stepping to “The Lambeth Walk”.

Goebbels was reportedly extremely displeased with the clip.

Me and my Girl was given a makeover in the 1980s (including a revised book by Stephen Fry), sufficiently altering it to earn Tony and Olivier awards for Best Musical.  Check out Robert Lindsay and a young and endearingly gawky Emma Thompson in this 1984 video.

About Eddie Pensier

Television junkie, opera buff, connoisseur of unhealthy foods, fashion watcher, art lover and admirer of beautiful people of all sexes.
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3 Responses to Showtune Saturday: “The Lambeth Walk” (With Bonus Nazis)

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  2. Steve Sailer says:

    Goebbels’ motto in life was, “But what I really want to do is direct!”


  3. Toddy Cat says:

    Well, at least according to Tarantino…


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