Lovely posing by amateur beauties in this cinematic competition run by Pathe.
THIS DIGIBETA VERSION HAS BEEN MADE FROM THE PRINT - VERSION ON TAPE *PM0860* WILL PROBABLY BE BETTER QUALITY AS TAKEN FROM THE NEGATIVE.
Intertitle reads: "The next lady is - Miss F.G Horton of Cardiff and her number is 18." L/S of Miss Horton standing in a flower garden in a Macintosh. She turns her head. C/U of Miss Horton - she is the same No. 18 as seen above. She is standing amongst trees with her hair in ringlets. She turns and feigns coyness, sadness and happiness - all very overacted by modern standards.
L/S - woman with very long blonde hair worn loose sits on a garden chair and poses for the camera. She turns her head and smiles at the camera. M/S of the same woman who wears a white dress. She moves her head around to show her profile and expressions. Intertitle reads:
"The next lady is - Miss Molly McLeod of Bayswater and her number is 20." Molly stands on the balcony of a house which has climbing roses all around it. She also wears a white dress but has her dark hair pinned up. She takes a rose in her hand as if to smell it. C/U of Molly moving her head and looking out at the garden. "Just to refresh your memory... No.17." Short C/U of a woman sitting and smiling. "No. 18." Short C/U of woman standing beside trees and smiling whilst holding the back of her head. No.19 - first woman seen. Again in C/U. No. 20 - C/U of Molly. End title reads: "Look out for 4 more Screen Beauties in next weeks "Pictorial". Further details will be found in the "Sunday Express."
Note: Pathe ran a "Screen Beauty" competition in 1920. Women were invited to send in their photographs, 24 finalists were chosen for these screen tests. Cinema patrons chose the winner - Miss Phyllis Nadell - she never made it in the movies!
There is a letter from Florence Horton to Frederick Watts in the Evepic correspondence file.
Safety print exists - show print. Probably to be found in the "Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever" roll.