• Short Summary

    Remarkable story about a homeless man who is given a makeover.

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    C/U of a pair of hobnailed boots - a "tramp" is sleeping rough on a park bench on the Embankment. A man in uniform sweeps the road beside the bench. Man draws up in a car and speaks to the tramp whose name is Ted Wellings and comes from Worcester. He is whisked away to the Park Lane Hotel where the annual convention of the "International Union of Masculine Coiffure" is taking place. The doorman of the hotel obviously is not happy about letting a tramp into the hotel. He salutes the car driver but not the tramp (acting I presume). Doorman shakes his head in disbelief

    Ted is to be given a "makeover" to show that "grooming maketh man". Hairdo, manicure, new set of clothes, moustache trim etc. Ted sits on a stage and a hairdresser begins cutting his hair. Ted welcomes the opportunity of getting back on his feet, he has had his fill of "adventure and romance as some call it on the road." Manicurist tends to Ted's grubby and broken nails. Ted will start job hunting as soon as his transformation is complete. Various shots of very posh looking audience. Ted has curlers put in his hair (oh, the shame!) and a boy beside him has a hair net taken off to reveal his new do. An electric shaver is used, leaving Ted with a thin moustache. Hairspray is applied to the new hairdo which is suitably named "Hope".

    A slap up meal rounds off the day. Ted is served with food and wine. He doesn't seem to enjoy the wine too much, narrator imagines the voice in Ted's head saying: "thinks, this is what they call living it up?"

    Note: this is quite sad really. With homelessness reaching such proportions in Britain it seems rather condescending to modern eyes although in paperwork and commentary it is stated that Ted is very keen on this transformation. Interesting note in paperwork "While growing the beard especially for this story, he received many shifty looks from the police". Newspaper clipping also on file. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
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    01:20:46:00 / 01:24:14:00
    CP 157

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  1. Unknown user says

    "Man draws up in a car" - the man is hairdresser Leonard Pountney, who features in a number of British Pathe clips. His car is a Vauxhall Cresta.

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