• Short Summary

    Turns compilation: comedians Collinson and Dean, pianist Percival Mackey and juggler Rebla.

  • Description

    Pictorial Revue of 1943 - Reel 1. (Compilation of turns from the Pathe cinemagazines.)

    No titles. Opens with C/U of radio speaker as we hear commentator say 'Hello everybody, this is Frank Phillips introducing Pathe's Pictorial Revue of '43'. C/U of a photo album with a cockerel on the front being opened. The first page reads 'Collinson and Dean'; the second page shows Collinson sitting at a desk in an office, speaking into a telephone.

    Fade into the picture, then Collinson (the older of the pair) starts speaking, placing a bet! Dean (the young one) enters and says he's come for his wages after having worked for him for a year. Collinson tells him "figures is the basis of all great businesses", and leads him over to a blackboard. There he does lots of sums, based on the number of days in a leap year (366!) and somehow works out that Dean has not worked at all in the past year! Dean says "Blimey, I must owe you something!". (This is missing item 'Business Figures' from PSP 899.)

    C/U of album page being turned, reading: 'Percival Mackey'. Commentator says millions have heard Mackey's band on stage or on the air, but few know him as a brilliant pianist. We see Percival in white tie and tails, sitting at a grand piano, playing a medium tempo version of 'Dinah'. Optical effects show mirror images of Percival's hands playing, then his smiling face is superimposed in the centre. A brief twiddly bit, then Percival swings into a faster tempo 'Dinah'. (This is probably missing item from PT 562.)

    C/U of album page being turned, reading: 'Rebla'. Commentator introduces "a great pioneer in the juggling world". We see conjurer Rebla on a set dressed to look like a palm court restaurant or cafe. He asks a straight man a riddle about a man jumping in a river then does some great juggling with his hat and some balls while keeping a deadpan / bored expression on his face. (This is missing item from PSP 885 - also in Turns Can 19.)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1935 - 1943
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:23:00 / 01:25:38:00

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