• Short Summary

    Astra Gazette issue: South Sea Barber, Crazy Pub, Jill Day's Gym & Return to Biggin Hill.

  • Description

    This contains different stories to black & white Astra Gazette No. 8 (also transferred as UN 2496). This version is in colour.

    Titles over RAF ensign: "Astra Gazette".

    Intertitle: "South Sea Barber".

    Leonard Pountney's barber shop in Hounslow (London) is given a Hawaiian theme with tropical mural and glamorous hairdressers in grass skirts and garlands. One male customer has special hair rinse using beer! This section is identical to story in Colour Pictorial issue CP 089, from 10/09/1956. See record for film id 53.18 for further details.

    Intertitle: "Crazy Pub".

    Old Turkey Cock pub in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. Various shots quirky knickknacks hanging from the walls and ceiling - banjos, comedy signs, old shoes and a deer's head with hats and an onion hanging from antlers. Eccentric landlord serves customers with dish - they open it to find two live guinea pigs! More shots bizarre decorations. VS landlord wearing gas mask to serve smelly cheese to customers at bar. VS landlord showing customers signatures of RAF fighter pilots on wall - during WW2 pilots used the pub as an unofficial mess. Barmaid cutting lemons on bar. MS man using scratching post installed on door frame. More shots decorations. This section same / very similar to missing story from CP 115 from 11/03/1957.

    Intertitle: "Jill Day's Gymnasium".

    Actress and pop star Jill Day shows us the gym she runs with help from partner, Rusty Hood in Earls Court, London. Jill in seen working out, alongside actors Lee Paterson and Robert Brown, as well as bodybuilders James Lawrie and Johnny Isaacs. This section is identical to story in CP 101 from 03/12/1956. See record for film id 55.39 for further details.

    Intertitle: "Return to Biggin Hill".

    Windmill Girls and Sheila Van Damm visit Biggin Hill RAF base in Kent. VS car arriving at base, airmen open doors help out glamorous showgirls and Windmill Theatre boss Sheila. Funny CU airman twisting his handlebar moustache. VS girls meeting some pilots on airfield, one of the girls is helped into fighter plane cockpit, the pilot shows her the controls. VS airmen operating remote controls model rockets made from scrap. VS the Windmill girls signing the rockets. VS Windmill girls and Sheila watching air display by three Chipmunk planes attached together by string of flags between their wings. Unlike rest of issue, this section appears to have been specially filmed for Astra!

    End title.

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    Time in/Out:
    01:00:01:00 / 01:09:51:00
    Astra Gazette Number 8 (DOCS)

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