• Short Summary

    A woman without arms manages to look after her home and family.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Battersea. Mother In A Million".

    Battersea, London.

    GV Interior, Mrs Lumley with Mr Lumley and their 7 children. CU Mr and Mrs Lumley, pan to their son Roy aged 17 pan to son John aged 12. SV Mrs Lumley on chair as Mark aged 4 and Sonia aged 6 come into room and kneel down in front of her. Mrs Lumley combs Sonia's hair with comb which she is holding in her foot. CU Sonia having her hair combed. CU Mrs Lumley smiling. CU Mrs Lumley with her feet putting jacket on Mark. CU Her feet doing up buttons on jacket. CU Mrs Lumley smiling. CU Mrs Lumley's feet picking out dress from basket, she uses both feet to spread dress on floor, she picks iron up with her left foot and starts to iron dress. She stops ironing to re-fold dress and continues to iron. CU Mark sitting on settee with his mother. LV Mark and Mrs Lumley on settee. MV Mrs Lumley is stretching out small piece of material out on floor ready for sewing. CU Mark looks up at mother in astonishment. CU Mrs Lumley's feet stretching out material, she picks up needle with her toes. CU Showing needle being held between toes whilst other foot threads needle. She pulls thread through needle. CU Mark and mother smiling. CU Sewing with her feet. CU Cigarette box. She lifts lid off cigarette box and takes out cigarette with her toes. She lifts box of matches with other foot, with cigarette stuck between her toes of the left foot she lifts match out of box and puts it between toes of her right foot, and at the same time lifts her left foot with cigarette up to her mouth. CU Cigarette between toes of her left foot. She places cigarette in her mouth, pan down to her left foot taking match from her right foot she strikes match and lifts match up with her left foot to light cigarette in her mouth. Full CU lighted match between her toes lighting cigarette. She waves her foot to put out match and at the same time drops lighted match into ashtray on floor and stubs out flame with her toe. SV Mrs Lumley smoking cigarette which is being held in her toes. She puts her foot down together with cigarette and with the same foot she lifts a cup of tea. She drinks. CU Mrs Lumley turns to camera and smiles.
    A Longer Version did exist - location currently unknown.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:39:00 / 01:54:57:00

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