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Uploaded on May 14, 2010

Harry Van-Der Sluice adopted the stage name Roy Rene for a vaudeville career that began in the early part of the 20th century. He teamed up with fellow performer Nat Phillips in an act called 'Stiffy and Mo'. The on-again off-again relationship finally ended with Phillips death in 1936.
Mo was a unique performer in that he ridiculed his own Jewishness in part to satirise how Jews were perceived in society. His stage persona, full of brashness and inuendo, was in stark contrast to his quiet and reserved private life. His only movie, 'Strike Me Lucky', was a box office failure. His home was the stage and this success translated exceptionally well to a radio audience that adopted him late in his career.
Mo joined the Colgate Palmolive Unit as part of the 'Calling the Stars' program featuring his 'McCackie Mansion' sketches. His fellow cast members were son 'Young Harry" (Harry Griffiths), 'Spencer the Garbage Man' (Harry Avondale), Horrible Herbie (Jack Burgess) and Lasho (Hal Lashwood).
Unlike Mo's stage performances, the radio program was heavily censored. A large part of the humour was based on Spencer's perceived sexuality combined with his stench.
When the Colgate Palmolive Unit was disbanded in 1952 Mo's success began to decline and he retired after suffering a heart attack in 1953. Mo passed away on 22 November 1954 aged 63.
Roy Rene's legacy still lingers with his famous catchphrases that have become part of the Australian idiom such as 'Strike Me Lucky', 'Cop this, young Harry!' and ''Don't come the raw prawn'.

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