Mediterranean Cruise - Spain / Gibraltar… 1934

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    Nice story of cruise ship, the Montcalm of the Canadian Pacific, on the way from Liverpool to the Mediterranean stopping off at Gibraltar, Spain, and Madeira.

    Full titles read: "SHOOTING THE SUN"

    L/S's of numerous crew members of ship on the deck of a ship looking out to sea. They are all holding small telescope like devices to their eye. The story opens with a brief summary of the what is to come. There are several shots of the Gibraltar coast, Madeira, 'Spanish Flower girls and conjurers, Portuguese farmers and holiday makers on the the deck of the cruise ship playing a variety of sports.

    Intertitle reads: "LIVERPOOL - looks a grand place - to get away from !"

    Various shots of people walking along quayside with luggage and cargo being loaded onto the ship. Good C/U of ships statue gauge (Full Speed, Half Speed, Standby etc.). L/S's of liner leaving dock and people waving. M/S's of crowd on dockside waving. Good L/S from the deck of the ship looking back on the Liver building. L/S of the ship heading down the Mersey estuary. L/S of bow of ship ploughing through the sea; the sun reflects off the surface.

    Intertitle reads: "The weather soon begins to warm up." Several shots of holidaymakers sunbathing, swimming, and playing games (including pillow fighting over the pool and deck quoits) on the deck of the ship. M/S's of senior crewman in the wheel house. One member (could be the Captain looks through a telescope). L/S of the rock of Gibraltar. L/S of large battleship just off the coast. Good C/U of the ship dropping anchor.

    Good footage of street scenes in busy town in Gibraltar. L/S's of 'donkey wagons' passing by. M/S of tourists barter with locals over straw woven baskets. L/S of view of the coastline form the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. L/S's of old canons inside the mountain which were once used to defend it from foreign invasion. M/S of two Gibraltar police in very British uniform. M/S of man scruffy looking young man sitting in boat with small monkey.

    Intertitle read: "Back on the ship there's a Bathing Girl Parade." M/S's of young women in bathing costumes parading around the deck of the ship, However one of competitors walks in a very peculiar way and smiles at the camera; it turns out that this bathing beauty is actually a man ! M/S and C/U of the winning girl wearing stripy swimming costume, she smiles. C/U of man dressed as sailor with a rubber ring around his neck. M/S's of deck tennis match underway. High angle shots of ships in Barcelona port, the city and cable cars. L/S of large statue of Christopher Columbus surrounded by palm trees.

    Intertitle read: "The famous Ramblas" Nice footage of the Ramblas which the narrator tells us stretches from "...the Columbus statue to the heart of Barcelona" Various shots of busy street scenes and of numerous women in flower sellers. L/S of bullfighting stadium. M/S of bulls in pen. L/S's of bull fight underway. One matador rides a horse and carries long lance like pole. L/S of the bull charging at horse. M/S's of Matador attempting to woo a Spanish lady who sits behind steel railing.

    Nice footage of holidaymakers in smart evening dress attending 'Dinner at Eight'. Several shots of people walking down steps and seated at dining tables, while waiters serve them wine. C/U of 'Canadian Pacific' menu being opened. Good M/S of woman sitting around table in the "Smoke Room". M/S of people on deck sitting back, a woman is knitting.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:04:00 / 01:11:41:00
    UN 125 A
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    UN 0125 A
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    Travel & Exploration
    Spain Brits on holiday MuCEM - Tourisme Mediterranee HOLS cruises and canals Kathryn Ferry AVBA11 Clare - Mercedes 2 Cruises GCRJ 2 Gibraltar
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