The Crazy Gang (Bud Flanagan; Jimmy Nervo; Teddy Knox; Charlie Naughton; Jimmy Gold)

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The Crazy Gang (Bud Flanagan; Jimmy Nervo; Teddy Knox; Charlie Naughton; Jimmy Gold), by Cecil Beaton, 17 October 1952 - NPG x27531 - © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London

The Crazy Gang (Bud Flanagan; Jimmy Nervo; Teddy Knox; Charlie Naughton; Jimmy Gold)

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 17 October 1952
7 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (191 mm x 189 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
Photographs Collection
NPG x27531


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  • Bud Flanagan (Reuben Weintrop) (1896-1968), Comedian; member of The Crazy Gang. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Jimmy Gold (1886-1967), Comedian; member of The Crazy Gang. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Teddy Knox (1896-1974), Comedian; member of The Crazy Gang. Sitter in 3 portraits.
  • Charlie Naughton (1887-1976), Comedian; member of The Crazy Gang. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • James ('Jimmy') Nervo (1897-1975), Comedian; member of The Crazy Gang. Sitter in 3 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1087 portraits, Sitter associated with 354 portraits.

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Members of the Crazy Gang; Bud Flanagan (1896-1968), Jimmy Nervo (1897-1975), Teddy Knox (1896-1974), Charlie Naughton (1887-1976) and Jimmy Gold (1886-1967) were already well-established performers before they came together for the first time at the London Palladium in 1931. They were made up of three double acts who combined verbal gymnastics, farce, physical comedy and slapstick. Flanagan & Allen's songs were particularly loved, with Underneath the Arches being one of their biggest hits. The Crazy Gang made several films, the best known being the wartime Gasbags (1940). They took part in a number of Royal Command Performances, and also performed privately for the royal family. Television appearances included their own series in 1956. Chesney Allen retired from the stage in 1945, so he does not appear in this photograph.

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Current affairs

King George VI is found dead in his bed in Sandringham; he had been suffering from lung cancer. His daughter Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time, became Queen, the only monarch not to know the precise moment of her accession as her father was alone when he died. Elizabeth was crowned the following year.

Art and science

Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot is performed for the first time in Paris. The play belongs to the Theatre of the Absurd style, which influenced playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap opens in London. It is still going.

International

Mau Mau rebels in Kenya rise up against the British colonial administration. The rebellion was sparked by the growing poverty of the native farmers under the rule of white settlers and called for Kenyan independence. The violence of the rebels, who often murdered settlers and loyalists, was met by the indiscriminate suppression by the British Military, who executed hundreds of suspects.

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