This is a duplicate copy of documentary also found on tape PM1863 and PM1864 - this version has been transferred from neg so is better copy. Footage is in slightly different order in this version.
Pathe retrospective. This reel is about musicians and singers. Library material used should be found in more complete versions elsewhere.
C/U of books in a library - two in the foreground are by Professor Joad. We see him in his library and hear an oratory about "knowledge". George Bernard Shaw goes inside the rotating hut where he typed his manuscripts. Pathe film inside the hut as George puts a piece of paper into his typewriter.
Renee and Billie Houston do a turn, one of the sisters is dressed as a boy. They demonstrate a trick with a cup and a match. Charles Laughton puts on his make up for his gangster part in Edgar Wallace's "On the Spot". We see him in his disguise with moustache and dressing gown. "The prince of pantomime principal boys" Clarice Mayne is seen acting in a suit of armour. We then see her as she is "now" watching the film of herself at Pathe's birthday party, smiling and chatting to friends. Teddy Knox of the Crazy Gang (her husband) sits with her.
Group of models in the audience chatting about hairdos and jewellery. C/U of model Pat Squires. She was a driver in the WAAF when Pathe "discovered" her. In a film about the Nuffield Centre Pat was chosen to represent all the other WAAFs. We see Pat in uniform having lunch with a boyfriend. Various C/Us of Pat in her later career as model wearing various hats. Model Sylvia Shelley in the Pathe Pictorial - "Fashion has always been one of its highlights."
Retrospective of fashions featured in the screen magazine. Various outfits modelled for the camera including ornate fur trimmed coats, silky pleated frocks, tea dresses, suits, evening gowns, all from the 1920s and perhaps early 1930s. *Eve's Film Review item "Our Bathing Belles" showing women from the 1920s at Chiswick Swimming Baths in gorgeous swimsuits is seen. Models in the audience laugh at the antiquated outfits. Janette Scott seen laughing in C/U.