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    Ditchling, Sussex.

    One of the Pathe Pictorial favourites - Rowland Emett - is featured at home. Various shots of the eccentric cartoonist / artist as he constructs a new sculpture out of bits and pieces bought at junk shops. He checks a plan which he has drawn then goes inside his house to the drawing board. Shot of him painting colour into a cartoon drawing of a crazy invention.

    Nice footage of Emett and an assistant - Denis Newman - putting together one of Emett's nutty contraptions. Various shots of the crazy automatons which are attached to a massive moving umbrella structure. It is very funky with models of a cat playing a string instrument, a diver with net curtains inside his mask and a vicar bobbing up and down on a pole.

    Emett's 16 year old daughter Claire Emett helps her father. We see her in the garden painting part of one of the models. It is a great little boat with a fisherman inside. We also see a great postman model and a woman gossiping on the phone sitting on a sofa. Ends with a comic shot of Emett with a large metal object on his head.

    Note: although paperwork spells the artist's name as Roland Emmett, I believe the correct spelling is Rowland Emett. According to paperwork the locomotive sculpture we see at the beginning is part of a display for the Potato Marketing Board and the ship and postman models are for the "famous GPO model."

    Cuts exist - see other record.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:35:52:00 / 01:38:50:00
    CP 454
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    CP 454
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    Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
    Rowland Emett merrifield Animation
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Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    "Note: although paperwork spells the artist's name as Roland Emmett, I believe the correct spelling is Rowland Emett" - yes, Rowland Emett is the correct spelling.

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