• Short Summary

    Pigeons, cats and donkeys enjoy life in their happy sanctuaries - great shots and humorous commentary.

  • Description

    Donkeys - Frosbury Farm, Worplesdon, Surrey
    Cats - Wythams Cat Hotel, Ongar, Essex
    Pigeons - Datchworth, Hertfordshire

    C/U shot of the faces of two donkeys. Cut to a L/S of the birds flying. Tilt down following the birds as they fly down to the roof top of their loft. The birds are pigeons. Cut to a high angle C/U shot of a lovely yellow cat in the cage, playing with a plant. The donkeys, pigeons and cats are all intercut together although they are miles apart.

    C/U shot of a man siting on a garden chair observing racing pigeons through his binoculars - Major Osman, a great admirer of pigeons. Low angle L/S of pigeons flying across the sky.

    C/U shot of the sign "Wythams". M/S of a lovely white country house with red roof. Cut to a high angle shot of the tray in woman's hands. Tray is full of silver bowls with different foods and a jug of milk. Cut to a line of cages. Woman carrying tray walks in. Several shots of the woman feeding different cats, cats eating.

    This is 'a high class cat hotel' in Ongar (Essex) where cats stay while their owners are on holiday. Cats have "their own private chalets and the diet which you prescribed for them, while you are away."

    Cut to a L/S shot of flying pigeons, then to a M/S of a donkey lying on the grass, waving his head. Succession of shots of donkeys on the field. A woman, Mrs. A. H. Roberts (who runs the farm) with her helpers, escorts the donkeys to the stables. Various shots of the workers feeding and brushing the donkeys - preparing them for the 'donkey race'.

    Succession of shots of children preparing the ground for a donkey race. They make jumps out of straw bales. A girl tying bridle to donkey. Cut to the two donkeys ready for the go-cart / go-kart race. M/S of the start, the camera pans as they run - surprisingly fast donkeys. Cut to a L/S of racing pigeon flying across the sky. Cut to the donkeys.

    M/S of children lined up for the main race. Race starts. Succession of shots giving a full picture of the race. Donkeys running, some refuse to run, some wondering around, not following the route, some stopping, some refusing to jump. One donkey even starts to eat the jump! Race ends in total confusion. Extremely entertaining.

    Major Osman and his wife observing the racing pigeons. "...how do you time those racing pigeons? You need a very special clock for this operation."

    M/S of Major Osman and a woman (presumably his wife) as they approach the pigeon's loft. They demonstrate the use of the special clock - a miniature briefcase with sockets on the top and the clock's time-graph on the side - which records the time when the individual pigeons come home. "...and it's as easy, really, as it is for as it is for a factory worker to clock himself out." Each individual pigeon's ring is pushed into socket on top of the clock, docketed and clocked.

    M/S of a yellow cat sitting in the window of her 'chalet' cleaning herself, getting ready for bed, voiceover says. Another cat curls up in her box. Succession of M/S of donkeys being escorted onto the stable for a good night rest.
    Note: paperwork suggests this issue may once have been split into three separate stories, entitled CAT'S HOLIDAY CAMP, DONKEY RANCH and RACING PIGEONS - SL.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:24:00 / 01:07:46:00
    CP 407

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