The Love Game 1931

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    Filmed excerpt from a play called 'The Love Game' at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.

    Full titles read: "Another Topical Pathetone Novelty - a dramatic excerpt from "The Love Game" - Filmed at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London." (new title) "Featuring Marie Lohr - the Mother & Malcolm Keen - the Father with Mercia Swinburne - "Jill" & Frederick Peisley - "Jack". Jack has discovered his Father's infatuation for his Typist and has taxed him with it - the crisis has arrived -".

    Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

    The scene takes place in the set of an upper-class drawing room. Frederick Peisley as Jack confronts his father (played by Malcolm Keen) about his love for his typist, becoming excitable as he asks how his father can cause scandal and unhappiness for them all. Jack then lunges at his father with a knife, saying "You shan't Father, you shan't!" They struggle and Jack drops the knife just as the Mother and daughter enter. Jack is overpowered and shouts to his mother that his father has 'a lady'. The daughter (Jill, played by Mercia Swinburne) takes Jack away and the Father and Mother talk through their 'crisis'.

    The Mother asks if he is going to leave her, he says he is. He talks of his wife still being his best friend and how hurting his wife is the dreadful part of it. He says she has to divorce him, but she refuses, saying he can't take away her entity and her right to call herself his wife. She talks of things they have been through together, including the time when Jill was ill and nearly dying. They argue on, but she still says nothing will induce her to divorce him. She throws a ring at him he had given her the day before for her birthday and falls onto the sofa, weeping. Curtain. Applause from the theatre audience.

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    British Pathé
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    01:07:31:00 / 01:12:45:00
    PT 069
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    PT 069
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