Chelsea Pensioners are seen at the Royal Hospital.
Interior of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, London. "The Great Hall, with its famous battle flags and trophies." C/U of one of the chandeliers. "...the sheltering colonnade..." Exterior of the building. L/S of the colonnade. "...and main gate, with the statue of the "Merry Monarch" who founded the home, in the background." L/S of part of the colonnade showing the statue. "And like much of the outside world our veterans betray a pathetic interest in the wayward "Put and Take." M/S of a group Chelsea Pensioners gathered around a table. One of the men is spinning a coin. Closer shot of the man who is spinning a coin and the man that plays with him.
"Old Henri - age 93 and still going strong" C/U of elderly man in uniform with a large beard. "...and his pal merely "80 odd" C/U of another elderly man. He has medals attached to his uniform. "But on Sunday the roll of the drum, for inspection, and Church Service brings back the days of yore." M/S of elderly man standing playing a drum. L/S of officials inspecting the veterans who stand to attention outside the main building. Various shots of the inspection. "Then steadily shoulder to shoulder...Like the boys of the Old Brigade." M/S of some of the men marching through the colonnade. End shot is of the men again playing "Put and Take" then having a game of cards. Some of them smoke pipes.
Was a Pathe Pictorial item - issue unknown.
Note: this is rather a dark print - intertitles are very difficult to read on cataloguing Steinbeck.
Safety print only.