• Short Summary

    Pagan ceremony in Bavaria, a beauty contest in Sudbury and a new parachute is tested.

  • Description

    Titles read: "CINETOPICALITIES IN BRIEF ".

    Various locations of events.

    In a village in the Bavarian Alps in Germany we see men on stilts and wearing costumes that look like a cross between Morris dancing gear and traditional lederhosen. Commentator explains this is part of an ancient pagan ceremony. A man in a strange pointy hat (no stilts) dances about. Men wearing elaborate head-dresses twirl around to traditional music; more men dance about with giant stars on their heads.

    At Sudbury, London, we see theatrical impressario Charles B Cochran judging a beauty contest at an open-air swimming pool. Actress Dorothy Dickson is the other judge. The pretty girls in the contest are all nippies (waitresses) at Lyon's Corner Houses. Desiree Cooper, an attractive girl from the Corner House at Victoria, wins the contest.

    In Italy we see a new parachute made to open almost immediately and manufactured from patented material. Inventor Signor Baccilli (sp? Bachilli?) folds the parachute with the help of a young boy, and then jumps off the 260 foot high Spoleto Bridge with it to demonstrate. L/Ss of Baccilli drifting down to earth with the parachute.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1190.17
    Media URN:
    41012
    Group:
    Pathetones
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1939
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:03:00 / 01:32:14:00
    Canister:
    PT 487

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