• Short Summary

    An item about singer Marty Wilde's mother, Mrs Smith, and the house Marty has bought for her.

  • Description

    Blackheath, London.

    L/S of a lady and a dog walking up to a garden gate, she goes through and walks up to the front door of a semi-detached house. M/S as she puts the key in the door, the number is '66'. The camera pans up to a wooden sign with musical notes and 'Donna' written in the middle. The narrator says this is the home of Mr and Mrs Smith, the parents of singer Marty Wilde, and it is named after one of his hits. Mrs Smith goes inside, C/U of the house sign. M/S of a record player with an LP playing on it. M/S of an electric guitar with 'Oh Boy!' and 'Marty Wilde' engraved on it.

    M/S of a photograph of Marty in action, playing the guitar and singing. M/S of a framed picture hanging up of Marty showing a guitar to Dame Sybil Thorndike. M/S of another photograph of Marty and his bride on their wedding day. L/S of Mrs Smith in her living room, she picks up a photograph of Marty from the mantelpiece and starts to dust it. M/S of the photograph.

    L/S as she walks to another part of the room with a bar full of bottles in the background, she picks up a silver plate, C/U as she dusts the plate, C/U of her face, she smiles. C/U of the plate, the inscription reads 'New Musical Express 1958-9 Poll - Presented to Marty Wilde voted Runner-Up Favourite Male Singer and Runner-Up Favourite New Singer'. M/S as Mrs Smith puts the plate down and walks out of the frame. M/S of a framed certificate on the wall. The narrator explains that Marty bought this house for his parents when he became famous. M/S as Mrs Smith looks through a scrapbook of cuttings about him. C/U of her hand turning the pages, she is wearing an amber ring and a charm bracelet. C/U of Mrs Smith's face. L/S of her sat on the sofa with a guitar next to her, she is looking through the scrapbook.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:34:00 / 01:43:13:00
    CP 378

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    So this really is Kim Wilde's Grand Mother then, very interesting to see as I am a big fan of her.

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  2. Beejaydee says

    My Husband was their milk-boy, his Dad was their Express Dairy milk man. We were only talking today about the house, and Glen remembered the 'Donna' plaque at the door. He also remembered a huge American car outside.. very unusual in those days. Glad that I found this on here, to confirm his memories.

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