Bournemouth - All Seasons! 1930-1940

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    1930s travelogue about Bournemouth.

    Railway station including station clock and the "Bournemouth Belle" train. Steam train pulling into or out of station. People visible in railway carriages reading papers etc. Railway tracks from moving train. Forests of Southern Hampshire. Landscape shots. Sundial - shadow moves through time lapse photography. Three men representing the Victorians who foresaw the potential of Bournemouth. The "original" Bournemouth Belles - girls in old-fashioned long legged swimsuits cavort in the waves. The men ignore the Belles and talk of the potential for growth. The Pier Approach of 1870 - still photograph - contrasted with the bustling pier approach of "today".

    Street scenes, top shots of the town, beach scenes, cliffs, pier, gardens - "chines", promenade, the beach from a moving car. The town itself - the square is shown in a photograph from 1895 and compared to a contemporary shot. Bourne Stream running through natural park land. The Public Gardens. A woman walks by the stream and children play with toy boats. Men play tennis. Meyrick Park. Ernest Whitcombe and Don Curtis play golf on two different courses in the town. A dog retrieves a golf ball. Tree bordered streets. The Square. C/U of sign on a bus. Number 21 to Boscombe, Fisherman's Walk and Southbourne. Footage of the town from the bus. C/U of a conveyancing document detailing the sale of land in Bournemouth for £86. "Today" the site may be worth a million pounds. Municipal college and library on corner of Cambridge Road. Boscombe and Southbourne. Cliffs and bay. Boscombe pier.

    A park with many games being played - bowls, tennis and children playing by pond. Top shots of Boscombe. Promenade. Beach scenes. Women swim - contrasted with the belles of yesteryear. Pier Approach Baths and its sun terrace. A family sits in the sun - smiling.

    Indoor swimming pool. Log rolling in the pool by a man with a woman on his back. A crowd of people watch. Ice-skating rink. Skating on stilts. Man jumps over a row of barrels on his skates. The public skate on the rink. An indoor bowling green (the largest in the world). Couples dance in the ballroom of the Municipal Pavilion. A live band plays. Some women dance together. Top shot of the Pavilion.

    The world famous Municipal Symphony Orchestra plays under the direction of Richard Austin. Shot of the orchestra and conductor. Shots of the musicians. More still images of Bournemouth in previous years are contrasted with contemporary footage.

    Intertitle reads: "Those natural gifts Bournemouth offers to you. For both holiday or residence it is unrivalled". Voiceover states (in reference to the orchestra and its relationship to the town): "Nothing is good enough but the best".

    Note: the mute negative has intertitles. A soundtrack has been made for the film without intertitles. Therefore the track does not fit exactly with our mute. (The soundtrack is almost exactly the same as the intertitle text but has extra bits thrown in).
    This is a duplicate copy of *PM1827*. Check for best quality.

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    British Pathé
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    1930 - 1940
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    Black & White
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    01:23:18:00 / 01:33:13:00
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