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