• Short Summary

    Jack Conway plays patriotic songs on the organ while we see lovely scenic shots of Britain.

  • Description

    Titles read: 'Pathe Pictures presents - Melodies of the Motherland - with Jack Courtney at the Organ. Vocalists - Raymond Newell the Celebrated Baritone and Cavan O'Connor the Popular Tenor.'

    Various locations of events.

    Brief shot of Jack Courtney sitting at the organ with his back to us (looks like theatre or cinema stage). Cut to several scenic shots of Scotland (lakes, mountains, waterfalls) as we hear Raymond Newell (?) singing 'Annie Laurie'.

    Several shots of Courtney at the organ. Brief shot intercut showing Duke of Windsor (Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, King Edward VIII). Then several shots of Welsh castles and other scenic views of Wales as Courtney plays 'Men of Harlech'.

    Scenic shots of countryside church as we hear bells chime. Then the sound of Courtney playing the organ. Shots of London - Big Ben, workmen, street scenes, Tower Bridge, as we hear O'Connor singing a folk song about digging for gold in the streets of London. Shots at the end of mountains and lake.

    Brief shot of Courtney at the organ. Then a montage of scenic shots of the British countryside, cities and coastline as Raymond Newell sings 'Land of Hope and Glory'. Very stirring and patriotic. Final shot shows Courtney at the organ, sinking down below stage level (as if in a theatre or cinema).

    End titles: 'Pathe - The End'.

    Amendment April 2011:
    The organ is (was) the Christie organ in the Regal, Odeon Marble Arch. The largest cinema organ ever made and the only one with a full carillon. (Thank you to Mr. Alan Ashton)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1936
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:54:34:00 / 02:01:39:00

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