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    Introductory intertitle reads: "Fact may be stronger than fiction - but it's not half so amusing!"

    L/S of two women walking down the path of a town house towards a parked car. One of the women carries a baby. We see her put the baby in the car. Intertitle reads: "This is going to be a dull ride." C/U of the baby crying. Mother is about to get in the car, baby's grandmother leans in through the back window of the car to check on baby. C/U of the baby opening grandmother's handbag. Baby takes out some spectacles. "These might help" Baby plays with the spectacles and puts them on.

    Funny sequence ensues which uses unusual camera lenses to distort images of what baby might see. Images of a stretched face of granny and horses with long legs are intercut with funny C/Us of the baby wearing glasses. "Oo-oo!" reads an intertitle. Baby laughs. Cars and trains are seen through distorting lenses. Baby laughs. Mother's face is stretched - like in the hall of mirrors at the fair. "Can you beat it?" asks an intertitle. Buildings are stretched and wobbled. Looks like America - skyscrapers. Mother leans over and takes off the glasses: "Hey! What's the big idea?" Baby cries. "It may look right to you, but it looks silly to me." Baby cries and wriggles. "After all, who wants reality when you can have illusion?" Ends.

    Note: identical concept to the very early film "Grandma's Reading Glasses."

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    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:09:00 / 01:16:34:00
    PSP 720
    Sort Number:
    PSP 720
  • Appears in...

    Sport & Leisure Lifestyle & Culture
    Comic images The Ones
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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