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    Titles read: 'Hubbell Television presents - Who! What! Where! [Section of black / leader while theme tune plays.] WHO IS IT?'.
    Various shots of ballerina Anna Pavlova (1920s) in performance. American commentator invites us to guess who it is. People dance around her while others applaud, then she springs onto a table and dances on points. Cut to footage of playwright George Bernard Shaw walking across his garden with a walking stick. Commentator says "He's old, but he's fit!". Then we see footage of British silent film star Betty Balfour (1920s) in a fur coat, inspecting a group of men with bandy legs. Animated question mark spins around. Brief shots of Pavlova, Shaw and Balfour as commentator reveals the identity of each one.

    Intertitle: 'What Is It?'.
    Several shots of Blarney Castle in Eire (Republic of Ireland, Southern Ireland). A man at the top shows two girls the famous Blarney Stone. Cut to footage of yarn being piled into a container and fed through lots of small holes in another part of machinery. Then several shots of an elaborate hat with a fish on a plate on top, plus lots of feathers and flowers. C/U of a man looking in disbelief. Animated question mark spins round. Commentator gives us the answers; shot of a girl leaning backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone. Shots of the yarn being spun into rope by a machine. M/S of a woman walking along wearing the bizarre hat in the street as people turn to look at her.

    Intertitle: 'Where Is It?'.
    Shots of a row of thatched cottages. A man outside the entrance to a house shakes hands with visitors. Shot of timbered cottages. Shots of St Peter's Cathedral in Rome, Italy. Several shots of Stonehenge during Druid ceremony. Animated question mark spins round then commentator reveals answers. Shots of plaque detailing 'Shakespeare's Birthplace' and the timbered cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Shot of the Vatican in Rome. Another shot of Stonehenge.

    Blank screen while soundtrack plays out (probably space for credits), then end titles: 'A Hubbell Television Feature - All Copyrights Reserved - Filmed by Associated British Pathe London - The End'.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1950 - 1959
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:51:00 / 01:56:39:00
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    Fashion & Music Historical Figures & Celebrities Entertainment & Humour
    group Documentaries (1976) Documentary warning Long documentary A detailed look
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