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    Robb Wilton delivers a monologue as a prison governor.

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    London (probably Pathe Studios).

    Unidentified man sitting beside a gramophone / record player picks up a record and introduces Robb Wilton, "as Governor of a very strange prison". He puts the record on the turntable and we fade into M/S of Robb Wilton, walking towards us from a (studio set) prison gate.

    He delivers a comic monologue about being governor of a prison - he says he started as a convict and worked his way up. He says he has a nice bunch of convicts there - one has been there ten years too long, but he didn't like to tell him to go as he might not have anywhere to go to. He goes on to say they have three murderers, ten manslaughterers and a man who bought cigarettes after 8 o'clock at night.

    One man has escaped twice - Robb says if he does it again he's not coming back. He says the warders and the convicts don't seem to get on well at all; Robb organised some whist drives for the winter evenings, and some of the warders ended up as convicts. He says a big convict turned up and complained about the prison, then said he was in for life for murdering the governor of his last prison. Robb says he went off and wrote out the man's notice. At the end of the piece Robb is pelted with stones (fake), supposedly by prisoners off-camera.

    (Followed by brief end piece from the link man and Pathetone end titles.)

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:11:00 / 01:59:44:00
    PT 113
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    PT 113
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