Fantastic peek at the British Film Industry of the 1920s - clips from great silent films and newsreels.
Pathe have rights to clips in Time to Remember programmes but not to commentary or whole programme as screened.
Commentary record exists. Enter "Came the Dawn Commentary" into Title box to find.
Check copyright for film extracts - most were originally A.B.P.C. Elstree (Associated British Picture Corporation) - probably currently Canal Plus copyright (1999).
Reel 4. 01:21:02 Actuality footage of a man being arrested and escorted along a country lane by a policeman in Ireland is followed by scenes from the film "The Informer" (1929) - a film about the troubles. Basil Rathbone speaks of the influence of German Expressionism on British film-making. Director Arthur Robinson (?) is seen on set (I think). A fierce shootout is seen plus dramatic scenes as Lars Hansen (sp?) admits to being an informer. His girl acts great sadness and shock - it is the German actress Lya da Putti (sp?). Scene of great sorrow as the informer visit a bereaved mother. He accidentally drops the money which proves his guilt. The dying Nolan is seen in church, seeking forgiveness for his crime, he falls to the ground - dead.
01:22:56 Over what looks like actuality footage of troops in Ireland, Basil Rathbone calls "The Informer" a movie in which "something of the reality, something of the tragic poetry of the strife torn Emerald Isle found its way onto the screen."
01:23:08 Scenes from "Shooting Stars" of 1928 - film-making within a film. We see the director character explaining to his cast the effect he wants to achieve. We then see some scenes where a husband discovers his wife with her lover. Annette Benson, Brian Aherne, Donald Calthrop, Wally Patch and Chili Bouchier are the stars of the film. Clips from this particular film have been used throughout this compilation piece.
01:24:17 John Logie Baird is seen making tests of his television transmitting equipment. C/Us of various parts of the equipment. Basil Rathbone's commentary is an ironic discussion of the effect television was to have on the cinema. He sarcastically states: "such a device could never have the slightest effect on the motion picture trade, oh not a chance!"
01:24:47 Night shots of a busy London street and of "toffs" at a coffee stall, rather drunk wearing top hats. A fancy dress party. Basil asks the rhetorical question: "Did the movies provide escape for them, or merely mirror them? In retrospect is it possible to distinguish between the fact and the film?"
01:25:11 Sequence from "Piccadilly" (1929) starring Anna May Wong and Charles Laughton. Anna May Wong performs a fabulous Chinese dance. Charles Laughton sits at a table beside the dance floor eating his dinner.
01:25:49 Sequence of "bright young things" footage - various nightclub scenes - cabaret performers, dancers and slapstick nightclub scenes from "A Little Bit of Fluff" (1928).
01:26:36 Credits: Written and Produced by Peter Baylis. Associate Producer - Lionel Hoare. Film research from the Associated British-Pathe Library - Harry Wynder and Charles Chart. Recorded by George Newberry. Executive Producer - Terry Ashwood. Ends: 01:27:19
Note: Scenes showing film-making are probably all from "Shooting Stars" - therefore cameramen and film technicians are actors rather than real practitioners. Documentation file exists which includes shotlist and commentary transcript. See also commentary transcribed from soundtrack by entering "Came the Dawn Commentary" - transcript in documentation file is slightly different. End of Reel 4 - N.B. These reel numbers relate to NEG reels - Pathe's prints have been combined into 2 reels.
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- British Pathé
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- 1920 - 1929
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- HD Cam
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