Early colour film - nature study, American writers and artists and a visit to Guatemala feature.
Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown. 1928?
Early colour film (probably from America) - Colour quality varies from scene to scene.
CU of yellow flowers.
Intertitle reads: "Some very dumb puffins -- they don't know what to do with their fish."
Stop motion shots of pink flowers opening.
Intertitle reads: "The gaudy Hawaiian hibiscus - - she has no conscience."
Shots of puffin sitting on rocks. Its beak is full of small fish. Shots of other sea birds - possibly razorbills with fish.
Intertitle reads: "All is well - - the lonely bee has found his blossom".
Honey bees gather pollen from inside a white flower. CU of bee on head of flower.
Intertitle reads: "This definitely closes these flowers for the season."
Stop motion shots of purple flowers closing.
Intertitle reads: "Gulls -- no ocean is complete without them." VS of gulls - possibly herring gulls. Standing and in flight. Slow motion shots of man throwing bread to flying gulls.
Intertitle reads: "The cormorant -- he has no respect for a fish".
CU of cormorant on edge of boat. A hand feeds him a fish.
Intertitle reads: "Look what the color artists did to poor Robin Red Breast in France". Shots of robin feeding young birds in nest (the bird has been tinted blue). -- Spacing --
Intertitle reads: "Among New York's most interesting studios is that of Fred Dana Marsh, one of America's leading mural painters." VS of American artist at working his studio.
Intertitle reads: "Although his creations are designed to enliven lofty domes and high-walled rooms, his habit is to paint them on the floor." VS of kneeling artist drawing designs.
Intertitle reads: "Originality is the keystone of his art". VS of mural by Marsh, he is adding finishing touches with a paint brush.
Intertitle reads: "His pet hobby is making these...". CU of puppet of Charlie Chaplin dancing. CU of head of puppet. CU of puppet possibly Mary Pickford. CU of puppet of William S Hart. CU of puppet of (possibly) Theda Bara. CU of Marsh operating puppet.
Title reads: "Pathe Review". Intertitle reads: "Interesting People - Pathe Review - Three Gentlemen from Indiana."
Intertitle reads: "-- and most of them have not run off to New York to seek fame. At Indianapolis for example, lives Meredith Nicholson." VS of author Meredith Nicholson and family outside house. Intertitle reads: "Best known by his romance novel, 'The House of a Thousand Candles,' his favourite pastime, when not writing, is being a granddad." MS of Nicholson holding baby. MS of author writing on pad.
Intertitle reads: "And in the same home town there's another genius who, Will Rogers says, is the 'funniest guy in America". Shot of Kin Hubbard walking past camera. Intertitle reads: "- Kin Hubbard, the creator of 'Abe Martin' - that witty backwoods philosopher known in every corner of the nation". VS of Kin Hubbard reading. Various intertitles with quotations from 'Abe Martin'.
Intertitle reads: "And at Brook, Indiana, we find George Ade's estate - which he calls his 'private country club'. Neighbors are always welcome for golf". VS of George Ade, American author, and others playing golf. Intertitle reads: " - personally conducted tours of his spacious gardens - ". MS of Ade walking through gardens with two other gentlemen. Intertitle reads: "- and chats at his log cabin clubhouse." Men walk into building in wood. Intertitle reads: "Ade is often called the 'dean of American humorists.' His Fables in Slang are national classics. MS of Ade at work behind desk.
Title reads: "Pathe Review - Snappy Scenery. All of Guatemala in two easy minutes". Shots of coastline from boat.
Intertitle reads: "First we go for a canoe ride on the Rio Motagua". Shots of kayak style canoe being paddled along tropical river. LS of ship at sea, pelicans in fore ground.
Intertitle reads: "Guatemala City is sometimes noted for its open air five and dime store". Shots of open street market. Good shots of South American women carrying baskets on their heads around the market.
Intertitle reads: "Here comes the national defense". VS of troops marching along road.
Intertitle reads: "The Maya Indians of long ago left their trademarks all over the landscape." CU of ancient Indian carving / totem pole. An archaeologist is pointing out various features.
Intertitle reads: "You can see the Mayas were real chisellers". Shots of Mayan sculpture.
Intertitle reads: "Where the famous coffee comes from". Pan across valley with coffee plantations on either side. Shots of village in shadow of large mountain.