y Chic and Joe and Napoleon single work   radio play   humour   sketch (theatrical)  
First known date: ca. 1924-1929 Issue Details: First known date: 1924-1930... 1924-1930 Chic and Joe and Napoleon
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In a trench in France in 1917, during a heavy artillery bombardment, two diggers are about to go over the top when a shell lands nearby. They are joined by another soldier, just returned from leave, who conjures a genie from a whiskey bottle and asks him to bring them Napoleon Bonaparte. The diggers discuss the war with Napoleon before another shell explodes nearby, and they are buried under a pile of dirt. When a sergeant major pulls the men free, they continue their discussion with the French emperor. The first two diggers are subsequently sent to a clearing station as shellshock cases, while the third is sent on fatigues.


  • No radio performance of this sketch has yet been identified. It is therefore unclear if it was broadcast as a live performance from either a theatre or 3LO, then whether it was specially adapted for radio from the 'Enter Napoleon' theatrical sketch.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1924-1929 .
      Description: Typescript
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • 3LO (Melbourne) radio script - 2 copies.


      Held at: Performing Arts Museum Research Library
      Local Id: 2001.025
      Pat Hanna Collection

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This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre (ca. 1850-1930). See also the Australian Variety Theatre Archive
Last amended 7 Oct 2016 10:52:37
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