MAX MILLER ~ THE CHEEKY CHAPPIE



Notable Stage Appearances


1922 Shorditch Hall

First London appearance in variety.

1926 Holborn Empire

In variety where Tom Arnold spotted him, the impresario who booked him for the starring role in a touring revue called Piccadilly. 

1931 (11-May) London Palladium

First Royal Command Performance. 

1932 (Apr) Orpheum in Johannesburg, South Africa

Big 50/50 Show (on the stage 5 Star Acts; on the screen Bride of the Regiment) 

1937 (15-Nov) London Palladium

Second Royal Command Performance.

1939 (Dec to Jul-40) Holborn Empire

Starred in Haw Haw! billed as George Black's new laughter show and also featuring Syd Seymour and his Mad Hatter Band, Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon.

1940 (Aug to Nov) Holborn Empire & 1941 (Mar to Dec) London Palladium

Starred in Apple Sauce, a review that opened at the Holborn Empire and ran there until the theatre was bombed. It returned to continue its run at the London Palladium. Also appearing were Florence Desmond, Jack Stanford and Vera Lynn.

1943 Coventry Hippodrome

Highest paid music hall entertainer earning £1,025 per week. 

1944 London Palladium

20 weeks of variety, the longest run at that time for a variety artist.

1950 (13-Nov) London Palladium

Third and last Royal Command Performance.

1958 (Mar) London Palladium

Last variety season.

1959 (Apr) Palace Theatre

Last West End season.

1960 (Dec) Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Last stage appearance in variety.


Radio & TV

Max had to tone down his material for the BBC. Broadcasts were, in those days, usually live, and on one, in 1940 he slipped in an unscripted gag. In 1944 he began a gag which the producer judged too risqué so he was faded out. The BBC took him off the air and the ban lasted for five years.

Notable radio appearances were:

1936 Radio Luxembourg

Starred as Charlie Merrimer in Horlick's Sea-Time Hour.

5-Jun-53 BBC Light Programme

Appeared in a special Coronation Show Let's All Go Down the Thames.

Jul-62 BBC Light Programme

Last radio broadcast recorded at the Playhouse Theatre, London.

Television

Max's appearances took place when TV was still in its infancy. He feared that TV appearances would eat up his material too fast.

5-Jan- to 26-Apr-56 ITV

Appeared with Nat Gonella in five 60 minute shows called You'd Never Believe It! Jack Hylton Production.

1-Oct-56 BBC TV

Appeared with Terry Thomas in a 60 minute show Around the Town.

6-Jan-, 13-Feb-and 13-Mar-58 ITV

Shared top-billing with Tessie O'Shea in Jack Hylton's variety series called See You, Soho!

Recordings

Max's recording career began in 1932 with the gramophone record Confessions of a Cheeky Chappie, parts 1 & 2 for the Broadcast Twelve label. He recorded regularly until 1963 when he made The Market Song and Tit Bits with Lonnie Donegan for the Pye label.

First 78 rpm record Confessions of a Cheeky Chappie in October, 1932.

Recorded the LP Max at the Met on 30 November, 1957; considered his best recording. Now available on CD.  

A complete Discography can be found in the Appendix to John M East's book, Max Miller - The Cheeky Chappie.

(Almost all of Max's earlier 78s, EPs and LPs have been digitally re-mastered and transferred to CDs)

Newspapers & Magazines

Sunday Dispatch, provided a page of gags each Sunday from December 1939 to July, 1940.

Film Fun Weekly and Film Fun Annual, featured as a cartoon strip character from 1935 to 1948 

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