• Short Summary

    Amusing interview with George Bernard Shaw on deck of ship arriving in Miami.

  • Description

    George Bernard Shaw, playwright and socialist, speaks to Pathe on arrival in Miami, Florida, United States of America.

    Various shots of ship coming into dock. Various shots of GBS on deck. He is seen leaning on railings talking to a female companion and walking across deck (he breaks in to a funny little dance half way across!). We see him take a seat and ask the camera; "Well, what do you want now?"

    GBS is interviewed on deck of cruise ship by an American journalist. He is in a difficult mood and gives the interviewer a hard time - much to the amusement of people off camera!

    GBS gives his opinions on number of subjects:

    Miami - doesn't like the way people sound their car horns to welcome him and worries it may take some weeks off his life, England and America - claims not to feel anything, the possibility of King Edward VIII taking a wife - "how on the face of the Earth would I know?". He thinks the Americans should abolish their Constitution and that the good work of President Franklin D. Roosevelt is hampered because of it.

    M/S of GBS shaking hands with a man who officially welcomes him to Miami. GBS asks to be introduced to another man standing next to him. The man introduces himself as Mr. Vanderhome and points out he's been on the cruise with GBS for some time now. GBS replies he knows that - he was just doing it for the cameras!

    Note: item looks to be unedited - includes lens changes and some messy cuts. AH 2001.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:24:36:00 / 01:29:28:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Shaw arrived in Miami on 5 February 1936.

    "Various shots of ship coming into dock" - the ship is the SS Arandora Star.

    The woman walking towards the camera at 00:36 is Shaw's wife, Charlotte Payne-Townshend.

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