• Short Summary

    Excellent footage of Alfred Hitchcock and others auditioning young actresses at Elstree.

  • Description

    Elstree Studio Casting (Borehamwood, Hertfordshire). 1925 - 1929?

    Possibly for film “Elstree Calling”.

    Motion pictures; production. Casting at Elstree film studio in London; c. 1925? Great raw footage of Elstree directors; including a young Alfred Hitchcock; looking over would-be actresses at a cattle call audition.

    Group of young women; nearly every one w/ her hair in fashionable marcel waves; parade in a circle around a room; past table where the studio men sit; frowning and smoking cigars and making notes. The girls are a mixed bunch: some are very pretty; some are rather plain; some seem to be experienced models w/ confidence and professional moves; others stiff and awkward. They are dressed in a variety of day and evening dresses - great fashions.

    The aspiring ingenues step up to the table one at a time and read a few lines from script - shots of this from various distances and angles; CUs of two of the girls reading. Hitchcock sits (or rather slumps) on the left end; if one is facing the table. Finally a shot of girls sitting in 2 rows looking nervous; boys wait their turn in 2 more rows of chairs in back; Theatrical / movie lights; wooden frames for movie sets; a pulled back curtain; etc. all add to atmosphere.

    Note: if anyone knows who the other directors or actresses are, please let us know! - SL.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    2412.13
    Media URN:
    76522
    Group:
    Old negatives
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1925 - 1929
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:11:00 / 01:43:57:00
    Canister:
    ON 328 A

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