Harry and Max Nesbitt: South African Double Act

Max (1903-1966) and Harry Nesbitt (1905-1968) were a South African double act of close-harmonizing brothers (real name Horowitz) who also played banjo and uke, danced, and made with snappy cross-talk. The boys had been performing together since they were children of 8 and 6. They also wrote their own material, including 200 songs, such as “That Certain Thing”, “I Kiss Your Hand, Madame, and “My Baby’s Got Read Hair and Freckles”. In 1927 the Nesbitts came to the U.K. to play the halls there, and they also toured American vaudeville. During these years their act was captured several times, by DeForest PhonoFilm in 1927, by Vitaphone in 1931, by a British concern called “Screen Vaudeville” in 1934, and several early TV experiments (1936-39). They also appeared as actors in the film Old Soldiers Never Die (1931). In addition to live performance they also cut records and appeared on radio over the years. In 1957 they were on the BBC TV variety show Alan Melville takes you from A-Z. 

To learn more about vaudeville, please see No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous