It was June 1891. A music-hall star famous for his comic songs and his ability to ‘pull mugs’, Harry - a seasoned traveler - was on his way from New York to his home in London, after a busy season appearing in a play by W H Crane. As the crew prepared the lifeboats, Harry looked back at his life - his apprenticeship with the Royal Christy Minstrels, his acclaimed tours of Australia and the USA, and his marriage to the vivacious but temperamental singer Lizzie Watson. Was this to be the end?
In this well-researched and lively biography, full of fascinating social background, Janet Muir (Harry Braham’s great-great-niece) brings to life the world of the Victorian music-hall and traces Harry’s career from minstrelsy through to ‘legitimate’ theatre and finally to moving pictures, where he landed a part in D W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation.