• Short Summary

    Young ladies being trained for the entertainment industry in a special school.

  • Description


    L/S of a wall covered with black & white photographs of different girls. Cut to M/S of an elderly woman sitting at her desk. She is Ms Aida Foster, founder and headmistress of the unique school. Pupils in this school have all conventional, formal education, classes and they have extensive entertainment training as well. They can choose dancing classes, drama classes or both. School was founded in 1926 as a hobby, voiceover says, and has created many stage and screen stars since. Jean Simmons is one of the school's ex pupils. (Performing Arts school)

    M/S of a classroom. Teacher is pointing at writing on the blackboard explaining something and girls, wearing blue uniforms, are listening. M/S of the girls preparing for dancing class. Nice shot of the girls smoothing their stockings. C/U shot of a girl applying lipstick. She is Miss Barbara Brown - "who has already been offered long term contracts by film and TV organisations." Cut to L/S of a room with very young girls having ballet class. Several shots of the girls and a teacher. Little girls leave the room and older girls (young ladies) enter. L/S of the girls taking their starting positions. Several shots of the girls at dancing class - some pinup activity can be detected.

    L/S of the students sitting in circle around their teacher in drama class. There is a blue suitcase on the chair next to the teacher's. One of the students rises from her chair, approaches the suitcase, opens it and... Low angle C/U shot of the girl's frightened face. She clasps her hands around her face, almost screams and turns her back to the camera. Panning M/S of the other girls watching. Another girl rises from her chair and walks towards the teacher. C/U shot of the teacher's face. Low angle C/U shot of the girl as she repeats the first girl's gestures but slower. She is probably analysing them step by step.

    Low angle C/U shot of a young boy taking something (probably from the suitcase) in his hand. His face expresses joy and happiness.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:38:00 / 01:37:51:00
    CP 234

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  1. Unknown user says

    For more footage of this story, see clip 2776.14.

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