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    Southport, Lancashire.

    L/S of a front door. Narrator states: "If you have a pet, don't keep it indoors all day, take it out for a walk. No need to feel self-conscious because no-one ever stares." The door opens and a woman steps out with a large lion on a lead. The lion pulls her down the steps in front of her house. The lion's owner is named but it is difficult to discern - Mrs Helen Farrar. The lion is called Rajah. Helen attempts to entertain the lion with a tennis racquet and some balloons - he doesn't look impressed at all. Helen and her husband own Southport Zoo.

    Low angle shot of Helen looking down on her cuddlesome pet then high angle shot of Rajah. She gives him the balloons to play with. He is more interested in biting Helen's arms. They have a little play. Rajah is given a drink of milk from a basin. Narrator informs us that Helen sometimes has to sleep in Rajah's cage "until he is settled down".

    C/U of a small woolly monkey (looks like the monkey is actually at the zoo rather then in Helen's garden). He eats something. C/U of Rajah looking towards the monkey. "Why is this chap looking so worried?" asks the narrator over a C/U of a bespectacled geek cutting a hedge with a cigarette in his mouth. High angle shot of a film camera standing on a tripod. Rajah is just about to knock it over. Rajah grabs an item of clothing that has been left under the tripod. "Oh well," quips the narrator, "we can always get another cameraman".

    Note: print is quite badly scratched. On file is an article from the Daily Mirror with photos of Rajah, plus cameraman's notes on the story.

    Also appears in Colour Pic 003 Int'l: there may be minor differences. See separate explanation record for CP 001: 'International Pictorials'.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    Time in/Out:
    01:38:20:00 / 01:40:00:00
    CP 071
    Sort Number:
    CP 071
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    Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
    Terry's London clips Films featuring an uninterrupted quirky shot
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