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Uploaded on Jul 17, 2010
Actor-acrobat-dancer Richard Hearne as the madcap, bowler-hatted creation Mr. Pastry.
Richard Hearne was resident clown at the BBC for thirty years. He was born in Norwich in 1908 into a theatrical family. His father was an acrobat and his mother a dramatic actress.
The slapstick antics of Mr. Pastry brought Hearne rich financial rewards. In one week on American television he appeared before an estimated 120 million viewers and received a £2,500 fee. On a previous trip, his earnings were calculated at £125 a minute.