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    Unissued / Unused material.

    A variety show marks opening of ABC Television studio in Manchester. Greater Manchester.

    Various shots personalities arriving for the opening. MS exterior of the studio, pan down to crowds outside. MS man operating TV camera, pan down to women rehearsing dance act. LS others coming forward and singing then waving. MS's man giving instructions. CU as another man flicks switches. MS people on the set. MS woman looking into camera and reading. MS as big studio lights are switched on. MS Betty Driver with poodle, Jerry Desmonde sat next to her is feeding it chocolate. MS's floor manager giving instructions. Various shots more personalities arriving.

    MS ABC Television sign outside. MS more people arriving. LS mayor and dignitaries etc. on the set. LS people gathered outside. MS curtain going up. Various shots people rehearsing dances, acrobatics etc. MS Betty Driver being filmed, it looks like she is singing. MS cameras filming people dancing. MS man playing trumpet, pan down to show he is standing on piano stool. MS actress Thora Hird doing scene with Jerry Desmonde.

    MS outside broadcasting van. MS Town Crier with bell talking to two sound engineers. MS man adjusting camera. Various shots of the scene behind camera. MS man on boom. MS camera, pan to light. Various shots as the camera films. CU camera lenses moving round. LS scene on stage. Various shots girls dancing whilst people watch. MS host, Jerry Desmonde, speaking whilst being filmed. MS French woman singing (natural sound) To You, My Love, people applaud. MS as she sings another song. LS people on the dance floor dancing.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:17:00 / 02:03:59:00
    UN 2852 D
    Sort Number:
    UN 2852 D
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Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The building, ( which was demolished in 1999), was located on Parrs Wood Road, Didsbury, Greater Manchester.

    "MS woman (possibly Betty Driver)" - it IS Betty Driver. With her is actor Jerry Desmonde.

    "Thora Hird doing scene with a man" - it's Jerry Desmonde again.

    In the last paragraph, "Jerry Desmond" should read Jerry Desmonde.

    "French woman singing (natural sound)" - the song she's singing is "To You, My Love".


  2. British Pathé says

    A great help. Thanks.

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