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    Artificial flowers made from specially treated leaves by former actress Beatrix Thompson.

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    Berkley Square, London.

    M/S of Beatrix Thompson adding flowers to a large arrangement on a pedestal in her home. Another large floral arrangement is at the left of the shot. A portrait, presumably of Beatrix in younger years, is on the wall. Commentator informs us she makes everlasting natural flowers out of specially treated natural leaves. C/U of Beatrix arranging the flowers shows them to be rather shiny and unnatural in appearance. We hear the flower making became her career after being invalided home from ENSA work in Burma. C/Us of the flowers, all very colourful and painstakingly constructed.

    M/S of Beatrix sitting with an assistant, taking leaves from a pile of branches on the table. Various shots as she cuts a leaf into shape and twists some wire around it. M/S of two women, Susan Summerville and Mary Paul, working on flowers at the table; Susan, on the left, is seen wrapping wire around some leafs to make a flower shape. M/S of the four women (the fourth is Betty Kirkwood) working away at the table, surrounded by finished flowers.

    A leaf-flower is seen being painted white by Mary; beside her Betty paints very glossy red ones. Commentator tells us the flowers are "wilt-proof against indoor heat, dirt or cold". M/S of a vase of brightly painted, shiny, red and yellow flowers in a vase; C/Us of these. M/S and C/Us of a jug of pinkish-purple flowers; rather garish.

    Note: Beatrix was also known as 'Trixie'; cameraman's notes say 'Susan Summerville' but commentary refers to 'Susan Sommerfield'. There is a magazine article on file about Beatrix plus correspondence from 'Beatrix Thompson Limited' about the filming. Beatrix was apparently a well-known stage actress before her illness, but the only information I can find is that she appeared in the play 'The Great Broxupp' by AA Milne in 1923; it only lasted for 39 performances.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:25:00 / 01:50:29:00
    CP 073

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