Schoolgirl In Egypt 1956

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    M/S of a small girl in school uniform, Gay (Gaye?) Ashwood, walking across the airport tarmac to a Swissair plane; she is accompanied by an air hostess, a crowd of other passengers follow, and there seems to be a large crowd of people gathered on the observation terrace of the airport (probably in Switzerland; this story follows on immediately from CP 056 'St Moritz' story). Nice M/Ss and C/Us of the passengers showing their tickets to a hostess and boarding the plane.

    M/Ss from the observation terrace as spectators look out towards planes being loaded with luggage; the Swissair plane is seen taxiing for takeoff. C/U of Gay in her seat on the plane, looking out of the window and talking to the air hostess. Commentator tells us in a few hours she will be in Egypt.

    L/S of the Pyramids at Giza; two camels enter foreground of shot, carrying Gay and her guide, Sammy. C/U of Sammy talking, pan left to show Gay shielding her eyes against the sun. M/S as the camel handler gets the camels to kneel down and helps Gay off. Sammy takes her by the hand and walks off over the sands with her towards the Sphinx (just seen in the distance); the handler sits down to wait.

    L/S of the Sphinx as a man rides quickly across the foreground on a camel; C/U of Sammy and Gay walking over the sand towards the figure; tilt up to show the Sphinx. C/Us of Sammy explaining the history to Gay; the Sphinx; M/S as they walk among the nearby temple (ruins?). L/S panning right of the stone quarry where the pyramid stones came from; M/S as we see Sammy and Gay walk towards the quarry hand in hand.

    L/S of the Citadel in Cairo; some people are seen walking across the square before it. M/S panning left along the wall towards the mosque; M/S of minarets. M/S of Gay and Sammy outside the mosque, tilt down to show they are having large slippers tied over their shoes before entering. Various shots of the pair walking around the courtyard; some local men are seen washing at a fountain before entering the mosque to pray. M/S panning right of the minarets of the mosque. L/S of the Citadel, with the Egyptian countryside seen before it. Sammy and Gay walk into shot and look at the view.

    Note: print is badly scratched - neg is missing. I assume Gay Ashwood is related to Pathe producer Terry Ashwood, probably his daughter. She appears in quite a few of these Colour Pic travelogues.

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    01:20:00:00 / 01:24:13:00
    CP 056
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