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    "With the approach of the bathing season one notes that Eve's costume shows steady signs of shrinking." M/S of a woman in a swimsuit walking towards the camera with a dog in her arms. She walks up the steps of a conservatory which looks out onto a beach (possibly a painted backdrop). She puts down the dog and takes off her jacket to show off her patterned swimsuit "Now, from the "eighties". A row of women pose in swimsuits from the 1800s. They have little signs around their necks showing the dates: 1890, 1880, 1895, 1900 and 1885. A woman wearing a 1918 swimsuit stands in the background of the shot. The women turn to show the backs of their swimsuits. "With the passing years, one sees more and more of Eve." A woman in a black swimsuit poses against a black background. By means of optical printing the woman is "cloned". Two other swimsuits are modelled by the same girl as the superimpositions appear beside her on the black background. Very clever. Her poses are quite cute and sexy.

    M/S of three women posing in swimsuits with a disapproving woman with a sign around her neck "Mrs Grundy". I suspect that Mrs Grundy is the cartoonist and filmmaker Joe Noble in drag. "This model has the new wide knickers - the last word." L/S of the model seen earlier taking off a beach robe to reveal her swimsuit. She is modelling in what looks like the Pathe studio. She holds out her beach robe and a young bellboy walks into shot and takes it from her. She continues to pose. M/S of the cameraman - looks like Joe Noble. Words are painted on the side of the film canisters "Eve's Film Review". The bellboy walks backwards and stands beside the camera. The model continues to pose. C/U of the boy's face as he looks - in rapture - at the model. The cameraman can be seen just over his shoulder. The model continues to pose. The cameraman stops turning and pushes the bellboy out of the way of the camera. He gives him a clip round the ear for good measure just for his lustfulness! The cameraman signals to the model and carries on turning. More posing.

    "For sun bathing (which is likely to become more popular if old Sol obliges), a tape round the neck allows the shoulder straps to be removed." The model undoes the straps of her costume and turns to show her bare back. "The newest in two-piece suits for sun-bathing, or games on the beach." Another model (not as pretty as the previous one!) models some beachwear - shorts and a vest top. She turns for the camera. "Yes, Eve, they get smaller - smaller ..." M/S of a little girl (probably about 3 years old) in a swimsuit standing on a chair with a bucket and spade. She bobs up and down and smiles.

    Animation sequence. Strange stuff presumably from the pen of Joe Noble. A strange cartoon character appears - a man wearing a strange outfit. Writing appears: "Percy, always a devil with the girls, affects the Devil-Fish Costume." Percy holds his hand above his eyes (as if looking out to sea) then scratches his own shoulder with his tail. Writing appears: "Every convenience, usual offices, H & C, Terms Mod." Intertitle reads: "Adam's inventive genius doesn't stop at costumes - take a peep at this - " C/U of a woman's torso - she wears a bathing suit. She presents to the camera a strange contraption which incorporates a canvas shoe attached to a board which bends in the middle. M/S of her putting on the strange shoes. She stands up. We then see her swimming in an outdoor pool.

    "When the silly season really gets going, this may be a method adopted" Animated sequence follows. A man in a top hat has a speech bubble which reads: "Ladees and Gentlemen! Professor Bosko will now attempt his great cross channel rocket swim." He uses a match to light the fuse of a rocket which is attached to the back of a man in striped swimming trunks. The swimmer says: "I can smell something burning!" Suddenly the rocket propels him out of shot. Animated sequence of him bouncing along on the waves and being eaten by a shark.

    "But for all that, our hearts go out to the true sportsman who alone and unaided battles with the Channel!" Animated sequence of a man swimming along the surface of the sea. We are given an underwater view which shows he is cheating - he is attached to a submarine which is aiding him through the water.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 570.

    Note: see other records - I think the animator would have been Joe Noble.

    Safety print exists of first section - not animation section - probably in "Fashion, Fun and Fancy" roll.

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    01:35:49:00 / 01:41:26:00
    EP 237
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    EP 237
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    fashion old footage Temporary workspace: 27.4.2010 19:23 EVE - Fashion Items story of pathe eps 1 and 3 Bathing The History of Women's Swimwear Clare - Mercedes 2 Beaches
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