• Short Summary

    Odd item with sound - babies with mothers in maternity ward and being powdered and dressed.

  • Description

    Baby Hospital.

    This item has sound (probably a soundtrack added at a later date).

    Location of events unknown.

    M/S of a woman wearing a white hospital gown and cap sitting in a bed and holding a baby. A nurse tends to two other babies that are lying on the bed. M/S of the mother holding the three babies at once. C/U of baby crying. The soundtrack (which seems to have been added later) is of babies squawking, but doesn't seem to match the pictures.

    Pan across three mothers sitting up in bed in a maternity ward, holding their babies.

    Then cut to a group of nurses standing round a large table. Another nurse wheels a large trolley into shot, with lots of tiny babies squirming about on it. The nurses pick up the crying babies and put them on the table - not very carefully, poor things! The table is soon covered with wriggling babies, like lots of live sausages! With the odd soundtrack it is all a bit spooky. They don't seem to have any identification on them, so how do the nurses know which baby is which and who it belongs to?!

    The nurses powder and dress the babies. M/S of one little baby being fastened into a kind of swaddling envelope.

    Cataloguer's note: this is a bit unpleasant! A good incentive for having your baby at home and not in hospital!

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:32:00 / 01:16:49:00
    ON 140 F (2)

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