This song appeared in the 1935 George Formby vehicle No Limit
, in which as usual he played a character named George, George Shuttleworth.
Formby performed it in blackface, which like the lyrics of a couple of his other songs including "Mr Wu's An Air Raid Warden Now
" have been known to face the boring charge of racist
. In fact, Formby and his wife were thrown out of South Africa in 1946, literally, in a dispute over playing to black audiences.