• Short Summary

    The American social set wear crazy hats at a fund-raising ball for the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

  • Description

    Titles read: "L.N.E.R. - PATHE CINEMA CAR - SPECIAL PROGRAMME" [superimposed over M/S of four steam trains coming towards us along the railway track.] "Fancy Headgear".

    Philadelphia, United States of America.

    At the fund-raising Benefit Ball for the University of Pennsylvania Hospital we see men and women in evening dress wearing outlandish hats and head-dresses - American-Indian feathers, huge cowboy hats and so on. Prizewinners Mrs Price-Headly and Paul Dagler (?) sit chatting - she wears a crown on a frilled cap, he wears a globe of the world with international flags sticking out of it.

    Another socialite wears a length of cellophane over her head, tied with ribbons at the neck and crown. George Harrison wears a great hat of a skullcap with a plastic lady's foot and leg on the top! High angle shot of people dancing and wandering about at the ball.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    949.41
    Media URN:
    16201
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1938
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:11:00 / 01:32:17:00
    Canister:
    38/2

Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    The two locomotives passing through the picture at 00:12 are A4 Pacific Number 2512 "Silver Fox", and Class A3 Number 2505 "Cameronian".

    Seen at 00:47 is Fernanda Wanamaker, daughter of American department store magnate Lewis Rodman Wanamaker.

    "Paul Harrison" should read George Harrison (announced by the commentator).

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  2. jamied says

    Footage of the locomotives seen approaching the camera at the start of this clip, shot from the other side of the tracks, can be seen in clip 908.19.

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  3. British Pathé says

    Thanks for your comments. We've updated the tags and corrected George's name.

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