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    Unused / unissued material - This footage could be the trial of Count Alfred de Marigny for murder. Location unknown - could be Bahamas.

    L/S of large white house. M/S black policemen with white uniforms marching. M/S 2 civilian men (one black, one white) and a policeman walk from Central Police Station to courthouse. Various C/Us unidentified man in Panama hat. Various C/Us barristers/ lawyers / judges in wigs and gowns, one is black. Various shots first 3 men and barristers coming out of courthouse.

    For search purposes: Sir Harry Oakes, Godfrey W Higgs.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:47:01:00 / 01:48:09:00
    UN 780 F
    Sort Number:
    UN 0780 F
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    Religion & Politics
    Caribbean Caribbean Jobs WW2: Caribbean WW2: Caribbean
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Comments (4)

  1. British Pathé says

    Does anyone have any information on this trial and of Count Alfred de Marigny?

  2. MikeFraser says

    This is most certainly footage that has been widely used showing the trial of Count Alfred de Marigny charged with the murder of his father-in-law Sir Harry Oakes, who was murdered in 1943 under notorious circumstances in the Bahamas. The causes of his death and the details surrounding it have never been entirely determined, and have been the subject of several books and four films.

    De Marigny, who was 6’5, and is the tall man seen accompanied by a white police officer and black official. He was acquitted and deported from the Bahamas. Sir Harry Oakes is briefly seen in the film (presumably from old film stock) and is the thick set white man wearing a white panama hat in one scene and immediately after is minus the hat. The black barrister – at –law is Godfrey W Higgs who defended.

  3. British Pathé says

    Amazing - thanks MikeFraser. Sounds really fascinating.

    Can anyone confirm that this is the trial of Count Marigny and when it took place?

    What are people's theories?

  4. jamied says

    I can confirm the previous comment that this footage regards the trial of Alfred de Marigny.

    The location for this footage is Nassau, Bahamas.

    Sir Harry Oakes' death occurred in July 1943. The case against Alfred de Marigny began later the same month and ended in November 1943, so the clip's date can very safely be reduced to that year alone.

    I attach two newspaper stories of the era confirming those dates.....

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