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Cicely Courtneidge performs an Apache Dance 1933

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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2011

From the 1933 film Aunt Sally.
There seemed to be a bit of a vogue in 1930s British films for guying the classic Apache Dance. Another noteable example can be found with Gracie Fields in the film Queen Of Hearts (1934).
Cis Courtneidge was born in Sydney, Australia in 1893, daughter of producer Robert Courtneidge.
She appeared in may early Musical Comedies from 1909 onwards and went on to become half of a popular partnership with her husband Jack Hulbert., starring on the West End stage and a number of musical films in the 1930s.
She was made Dame of the British Empire in 1972, and died in 1980.
The Apache Dance was first reported as a domestic street fight between two men and a woman in the 'Montmart section' of Paris in the front of a night club that was indirectly responsible for the name "Apache." A local Parisian gazette journalist reported that "The fury of a riotous incident (a fight) between two men and a women rose to the ferocity of savage Apache Indians in battle." These participants, proud of their reported deed, formed "Apache Bands" which were actually street gangs that would become known as "les Apaches."

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