Fancy dress party for the Cinematograph Exhibitors Association (?) - some great costumes.
L/S of a crowded dance floor at the C.E.A. conference in Brighton in 1926.
Couples move around the dance floor. Another view of the dancers, this time a closer shot. Nice crowded dance floor. Two women dancing together pass the camera. C/U of unidentified man (possibly a known cinema owner). More shots of the dancers - several more women dancing in couples. An exhibition waltz is performed by Franklyn Graham and Barbara. The two perform quite close to the camera whilst people stand on the edge of the dance floor and watch. C/U of some of the crowd. A rough looking boy who wears a neckerchief is standing very close behind a young woman. He pulls her hat over her eyes. The exhibition waltz continues. An intertitle reads: "The one-step seems to embody the very spirit of Carnival time." Shot of the one-step is missing unless this title is spliced in at the wrong point. "The Grand Parade with its variety of fancy dresses is the next feature." A large group of people in fancy dress parade in front of the camera. Outfits include a Grenadier, a Red Indian, a cowboy, an Egyptian, a Rudolph Valentino etc. Group of judges are seen - not recognised by this cataloguer but presumably well known at the time. The female contestants parade for the judges. Outfits include: a Japanese Geisha girl and a pierrot. Another parade takes place led by a young boy in a cowboy outfit riding on a small pony. Other strangely dressed folk follow behind including quite a few cowboys and women dressed as men. C/U of some of the contestants - a cowgirl or hillbilly in the middle. A group of women wearing strange garb pose for the judges - they wear big floppy hats and dresses made from loud checked material. M/Ss of various groups of spectators - all very smartly dressed. C/U of two contestants in historical costume. More dancing ensues.
Note: some of the intertitles may be incorrectly placed. If any researchers know what the CEA conference was, please let us know! Pathe staff guess at "Cinematograph Exhibitors Association".
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