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    This copy has been transferred from print - neg transferred on tape PM2869 - neg version will be better quality.

    Pathe retrospective. This reel shows stars who made an early appearance in the Pathe Pictorial and artists. Library material used should be found in more complete versions elsewhere.
    Reel 4.
    01:22:09 A young Janette Scott stands in front of her dressing table mirror taking off her school blazer and unbuttoning her shirt and putting on her "very first party dress". She takes off her school socks and takes her "first nylons." out of the packet. We are then introduced to a young honeymoon couple - Susan Stephen and Lawrence Ward. Susan is brought a cup of tea in bed by her husband. He lights a fire. Susan has trouble brushing her hair so Lawrence does it for her. They look into the mirror then kiss.

    01:23:47 Jean Simmons is seen grabbing a roll of bread off the breakfast table and running out in a hurry. We then see her at a deportment school. She walks along with a book on her head. We then see her grown up playing with her pet dog and smiling at her mother. "For many of the stars, the Pictorial is a family album". We see Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer sitting in the garden with their child. Margaret Lockwood and her daughter Toots (also known as Julia) are seen feeding some baby ducks and chickens. A very young Juliet Mills is sitting in a chair, her father John Mills picks her up. Laurel and Hardy are seen using a clothes brush to tidy themselves up.

    01:25:05 Felix the Cat then appears, he is proclaimed to be the first star that appeared in Pathe Pictorial. (He was actually featured in Eve's Film Review which was the sister screen magazine to Pathe Pictorial so that is slightly misleading!) Extract from the Felix story about "very old cheese." Louis Wain is shown drawing one of his cats. Other artists are shown: Augustus John, Arthur Ferrier ("connoisseur of lovely women") and Norman Pett. Norman Pett draws a beautiful woman in underwear who takes off one of her stockings very seductively - she is Christabel Leighton-Porter, the original model for Jane. Giles is seen sketching outside. We see his cartoon.

    01:24:48 "The film is a living record of our times and our contemporaries: artists, musicians, writers like J.B. Priestley have allowed the cameras into their lives so that they as well as their books can live on..." C/U of J.B. Priestley in his library smoking a pipe and looking at a book.

    01:28:17 Enid Blyton is seen with her two daughters in their living room. She gives them some of her writing to read and sits with a typewriter on her lap typing away. Daphne du Maurier is seen walking in her garden. She sits on a bench and reads some of her notes for a new novel. A.P. Herbert "waterman, poet and writer or lyrics" is shown at his writing desk smoking a pipe

    01:29:17 "Trilby" is announced to have been one of the first "star vehicles" at the theatre. Phyllis Neilson Terry was Trilby and Lyn Harding her Svengali. We see scenes from the show - very dramatic acting style. Trilby sings her famous song "Sweet Alice Ben Bolt". Billy Merson is seen in extracts from "The Whirl of the World" at The Palladium in London. Billy with a false moustache preening his hairdo, posing and flexing his muscles. We then see Nellie Wallace in C/U. Shots of the entire troupe. Narrator states that Nervo and Knox were also part of the troupe. They do lots of silly falling over acrobatics.

    01:30:34 Excerpts from "Princess Charming" at the Palace Theatre, London with George Grossmith (faded from the memory of many present day theatregoers). He plays a soldier and there is much posturing and dramatic acting from his female co-star (Winnie Melville?). "The Lady of the Rose" at the Daly's Theatre where Phyllis Dare and Harry Welchman ham it up in a romance scene with chasing, coy behaviour, passionate kiss etc.
    01:31:54 Moments from "Charlot's Masquerade" at the Cambridge Theatre are featured. We see Beatrice Lillie performing a comedy skit on roller skates. Then in "Thark" at the New Aldwych theatre we see Tom Walls and Ralph Lynn getting into bed together then fighting over the bedclothes. One of the duo falls out of the bed.

    01:32:48 We then see Leslie Henson in "Kid Boots" at the Winter Garden Theatre in London. Leslie is given a very rough and tumble massage by a doctor played by Diana Wilson. We then see the "unforgettable moment when London discovered a new star - Gracie Fields" - we see Gracie playing a maid who trips up one of her employer's guests. These may be the missing shots from "Short Shots from "The Show's the Thing." Gracie Fields does lots of gurning and silly walks and gestures including sticking her tongue out at the guests. She cleans some glasses with a feather duster.

    01:33:49 Miss Jose Collins allows us to peep at some of her frocks from "The Last Waltz" at the Gaiety Theatre. Various shots of Jose being mauled by an over-amorous suitor in a military uniform. He tries to kiss her. She gets down on her knees imploring him with many dramatic gestures. Another man appears and she is torn between the two of them. C/U of the three laughing. "Rose Marie" a musical at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane is featured - the female star is not identified, I believe it is Edith Day. Billy Merson does a funny little dance in front of the chorus girls.

    01:34:47 Henry Ainley appears in "Hassan" at His Majesty's Theatre in London. He brandishes a large sword and poses as if about to strike Cathleen Nesbitt. Much dramatic acting, he throws down his sword and collapses on the ground, she falls down beside him and they embrace. C.B. Cochran's great star Delysia appears in "Mayfair and Montmatre" at the New Oxford Theatre in London. Various shots of the star in a glamorous revealing outfit tied up and writhing! The chorus dance around in ornate costumes. A man in a loincloth grabs Delysia and kisses her passionately.

    01:35:57 Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge dance in "By the Way" from the Apollo Theatre in London. They are dressed in top hat and tails. Jack Buchanan and June dance in Boodle at the Empire Theatre in London. The Midnight Follies from the Metropole feature Bobby Howes and Tim O'Connor. One of the two does a tap dance (I think this is Howes - SL). The comedian playing the waiter (O'Connor?) slips around and almost drops the food. Vera Bryer does a high kick routine. Estelle Brody and Rupert Rogers dance together then he gives her a piggy back off stage.
    Note: some of the material on this negative reel is original Eve's Film Review material STOLEN from the neg!

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    01:22:09:00 / 01:38:23:00
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    Sport & Leisure Historical Figures & Celebrities Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
    Music Hall The Music Hall Fancy Shirts J. B. Priestley Mary hagan Libraries group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
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