A documentary about British traditions - street football, marbles, skittles, pancake races, etc.
"A British Travel & Holidays Association Film" Commentary by John Glen. Produced by Associated British-Pathe Ltd.
Continued. C/U of a photograph of a group of elderly men. Camera tilts up to show a sign which reads: "Lignum Vitae S.C." This is a skittles club. Various shots of men throwing "cheeses" - flattened leather missiles which look more like a discus than the ball we would usually expect. Shot of the skittles being knocked down. "Conveniently enough skittle alleys are always in some way attached to inns." states the narrator. The winner of the contest makes his way to the bar - he is patted on the back by all his mates. An initiation ceremony for a "flora" scored by a new member is to be "bumped on the cheeses". Two men raise and lower the new boy so his bottom hits a block of wood placed on top of the "cheeses". Quite funny! Good C/Us of men laughing and drinking beer.
Interior of another pub - The Bull Inn at West Clandon in Surrey. Men play "Toad in the Hole" narrator remarks how it looks like a predecessor to the modern "Pin Table" (pinball table). High angle of man writing scores on a blackboard. Pints of beer are on the table beside him. Various shots of the game in progress. Discs are thrown in an attempt to get them into the mouth of a model frog. The Bull are playing the Kings Arms. Good shots of men in the pub including one man who has his dog in his lap.
Pancake race in Olney, Buckinghamshire. Sign reads: "Never too old to run girls - to win a husband." Various shots of the race - it is for women only. All the women wear aprons and hats. The narrator talks of how there is a race being run at the same time in a town in Kansas. Cameraman is seen on top of a moving car filming the race. L/S of the church in Olney with lots of people moving towards it. The winning woman gets a kiss from the Verger. Continued.