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ALAN STAFFORD

TOO NAKED FOR THE NAZIS

THE TRUE STORY OF WILSON, KEPPEL & BETTY

 

SYNOPSIS

Wilson, Keppel and Betty.  They sound like a firm of solicitors and look like a bunch of Tutankhamenís hieroglyphs that suddenly fancied a boogie.  To many they are the epitome of the bizarre speciality act, shuffling through silver sands during the golden era of British variety.  They inspired Morecambe and Wise, Legs & Co, the Chuckle Brothers.  But what do we know about the Englishman and Irishman who clog-danced round America, returned home with two fezzes and a Cleopatra from Kansas, and proceeded to walk like three Egyptians?  Precious little.

Until now.  This lovingly pieced together story of their lives, onstage and off, reveals for the first time the flirtatious Irish dandy with the dicky ticker, the scruffy Liverpudlian party animal, and the teenage tearaway turned tap-shoed temptress who abruptly changed career and became a frequently outspoken war reporter.  Their dancing outraged Hermann Goering; years later, in Nuremberg, Goering performed while Betty wrote the reviews.

Alan Stafford has ransacked dusty attics, thumbed crumbling newspapers and buttonholed countless experts and colleagues to discover the trioís hidden past.  Heís unearthed rare photos, and movies that were presumed lost.  And heís tracked down and interviewed three women from the long dynasty of Wilson and Keppelís subsequent Bettys.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When not obsessing over skinny sand dancers and sexy showgirls, Alan Stafford writes for comedy performers such as Mitchell & Webb, Punt & Dennis, Jones without Smith, Sue without Mel, two-thirds of the Goodies and both the Two Ronnies (25 years apart).

He has scripted radio documentaries for Lee Mack (about Sid James), Jimmy Carr (about Kenneth Horne), Toby Jones (about the movie Peeping Tom), Barbara Windsor (about two skinny sand dancers and a sexy showgirl), and an epic seven-parter for Tony Hawks, concerning comedy characters who are talked about but never turn up.

His attempts at serious drama have featured Bill Nighy being sworn at in sign language and Matt Lucas auditioning vacuum cleaners. He is currently transforming thousands of puns and smutty gags into a non-Booker-prizewinning novel. Alan used to find it impossible to write about himself in the third person, but now Iíve totally got the hang of it.

 

 


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