• Short Summary

    An entertaining item about Phrenology and how bumps on your head determine the brain underneath.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Just bumps!

    M/S of a model of a head showing different parts of the brain and what they do. M/S of a phrenologist feeling the bumps on a woman's head to determine the brain underneath. M/S profile of a woman, a cartoon line is drawn around her head and this fades to various diagrams of different parts of the brain.

    M/S of a man dressed as a professor, with robes and mortarboard, he is in front of seaside backdrop, and his hut says 'Phrenology' with a picture of a head on it. Two pretty girls in bathing suits walk past and he encourages them to have their bumps read. They agree, he tips his mortarboard at a rakish angle and follows them into the hut. C/U as he points to various parts of one girl's head and neck and we are shown a diagram to illustrate what each part means, for example parental love, love of life, tune, colour and form.

    Various shots of Joe Noble's cartoon heads showing different functions for each part of the brain, for example weakness and gluttony. One cartoon has a large bump on the back of his head and they wonder if it is love of music, he replies "yes, that's where the missus hit me with a fiddle!" M/S of a little girl on the beach looking at her doll's head while another builds a sandcastle. M/S of the professor sat by his booth, narrator says you have to watch you don't get a palmist next door, M/S of a diagram of a hand appearing in front of the head, making it look like it is thumbing its nose.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:45:39:00 / 01:48:30:00
    PT 328

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