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    "Whether their parts are grave or gay movie-camera folk always enjoy a genial evening..." Panning shot of diners at tables beside a dance floor. They are all dressed very glamorously. "...especially Moyna McGill and Queenie Thomas - " M/S of two tables of smartly dressed folk. Moyna in the foreground smokes a cigarette. "And Florence Turner and Stuart Blackton - see if you can recognise them - " A table of diners seen in C/U. One woman wears an incredible headdress with lots of peacock feathers and beaded fringe. One of the men (who wears a monocle) holds up a lit match and a woman in the foreground blows it out. "The snow-fight - in one episode - beats the last Tube rush." The smartly dressed folk stand on the dance floor then suddenly run towards a pile of white pom poms. They grab handfuls of the "snowballs" then begin throwing them at each other. M/S of the dance floor as couples glide around cheek to cheek. Some of the party-goers are in fancy dress including one couple dressed as pierrots. Closer view of the dancers, some smile at the camera.

    "Leslie assists with the "Hensonphone" A man walks beside the dance floor playing a saxophone. Leslie Henson gets up from his table and pretends that his empty bottle of champagne is a saxophone. "..and "Dacia" the dainty, dances.." M/S of Dacia doing a kind of Eastern dance. Wiggling around - it looks a bit silly. "Alice Crawford's winning smile - " The outrageously attired Alice Crawford steps up to receive a prize. She waves her peacock feather fan (which matches her headdress). "Moyna handles two sides of a situation - " M/S of Moyna turning the handle of a movie camera whilst Leslie Henson goofs around. Moyna laughs. Leslie has a go at being cameraman and Moyna and an unidentified man act out a love scene. Very melodramatic acting ensues. C/U of Leslie who suddenly has a Charlie Chaplin style moustache. He impersonates Chaplin, beginning to walk of in a Chaplinesque manner.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review - issue unknown. Safety print exists. Probably to be found on the "Frocks, Frolics and Follies" reel. Note: only half a frame of the main title remains so title of this story is unknown. Sub-title reads: "Filmed at Italian Roof Garden" - so far unable to ascertain where this was.

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    British Pathé
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    01:18:34:00 / 01:21:06:00
    EP 289
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    EP 289
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    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture
    Nightlife Turns 1931 EP 289
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