• Short Summary

    Switzerland's gift to Princess Elizabeth - a holiday for British children without fathers.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "A Christmas Month Story". 20 Fatherless British children spend a holiday in the Alps as a wedding gift to Princess Elizabeth from the Swiss People, arranged through Radio Lausanne in Switzerland.

    LS General view of a Swiss town, with snow capped roofs. MS Exterior view of the Radio Lausanne building.

    MS a curtained window showing a light burning within. CU An elderly Swiss couple listening to the radio. The woman does her knitting. CU Back view of a man turning in his radio set. LS a family in a luxurious home listening. CU a young couple in a modest home listening to their radio. (Radio Lausanne broadcasting a running commentary on the arrival of the children).

    Ext. of building in London. CU a little boy, 10 year old John Watts sleeping in bed is wakened by his mother. MS John getting out of bed and putting his shoes on. CU His mother washed his face. NCU and behind his ears. CU John has his tie tied and hair combed. CU Head shot, full face of mother smiling down at him. CU She puts his cap on. CU head shot of John smiling. CU He says goodbye to his cat. CU Mother stuffs an apple and a banana into his pocket. (hands only are seen) MS shot of him walking down the iron stairway outside his house, taken from the top of the stairway. CU Trevor Davis, youngest of the party has his cap put on. MS LS. Walking out of his home in Putney with mother, waves to other children watching from their gardens. LS the children on the tarmac at the airport. CU An Air hostess checks the children as they board the plane. MS CU Children looking out of the windows of the plane.

    LS the plane landing at Geneva Airport. MS on landing at Geneva a crowd of cameramen and commentators welcoming the children on the airfield. MS the children disembarking.

    CU MS Trevor Davis picking up the model aeroplane and taking it into bed with him. MS General view of the boys resting in beds on a veranda.

    MS CU Side, front and back views of the two boys looking into shop windows (some of the shots taken through the shop windows) CU a model railway displayed in a shop window, working. CU a shop window full of goods, eggs, wines, tinned goods etc. CU a basket full of eggs. MS Trays of fancy cakes and pastries displayed. MS CU The boys looking and pointing to the pastries through the glass. CU Pastries are picked up for the boys. CU a banana is handed to each boy.

    CU an icicle hanging from a waste pipe at the corner of a building, showing snow sprinkled mountains and valleys beyond. MS the boys seated at a meal table in the chalet, at Leysin, where they are staying. LS General view of the chalet where the boys are saying showing its beautiful mountain setting. CU a cup of milk. CU Trevor Davis drinking it. CU MS Davis sitting with a woman on a sledge hurtling down a snowy slope. MS General view of the chalet, where the two boys are staying, showing the beautiful mountain setting.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Not available
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:50:05:00 / 01:54:36:00

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