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    "Millions of listeners-in have heard with delight M. de Groot and his famous Piccadilly Orchestra, but only comparatively few have seen him playing. We found him at home practising..." M/S of de Groot in his drawing room wearing a dressing gown playing the violin. A young boy (his son presumably) sits and listens. De Groot walks as he plays then sits on the piano.

    "One problem is to deal with my ever increasing post", said M. de Groot, as his little boy brought another basketful." M/S of De Groot at a writing desk. He writes with a quill pen. His son walks in with a wire basket full of letters. De Groot takes out two large letters then his son tips the rest on the table. De Groot opens and reads one of the letters while his son sorts the rest into neat piles.

    "Although I have a number of violins, my favourite is one I secured over twenty years ago - " M/S of him playing the violin sitting on a low table. He picks up another violin and starts playing that, tuning it as he plays. "Every year my beloved violin grows sweeter in tone and though I'm sorry to spoil an illusion, it is not a "Strad!" (Normal and slow-motion views contrast the rapid fingering)." C/U of him playing. C/U of the violin, showing his fingering technique - slow motion footage. Wider shot of him playing in slow motion.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:02:00 / 01:23:06:00
    EP 283
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    EP 283
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    Fashion & Music
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