• Short Summary

    Service at St. Paul's church, Covent Garden, to celebrate 400 years of Punch and Judy.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Punch has birthday".

    Covent Garden, London.

    L/S St. Paul's Church. Various shots people arriving at the church for service commemorating arrival of Punch puppet shows in England 400 years ago. C/U Punch puppet. C/U puppeteer operating a puppet. C/U girl with puppet like a fox. L/S as puppeteers go into the church.

    Panning shot man carrying Punch puppet into the church. C/U walking marionette into church. L/S church, pan down to show crowds in front of the church. Panning shot crowds, pan to puppet show in progress. Crowd. C/U a plaque is unveiled reading "Near this spot Punch's Puppet Show was first performed in England and witnessed by Samuel Pepys 1662".

    C/U lots of Punches waving Union Jacks. A cake with one big candle is placed on the puppet stand. C/U small girl in crowd. L/S candle in the cake explodes and the puppets are jumping behind it. Crowd. Panning shot puppets on the stage jumping around, pan to clown playing accordion while the crowd sing "For he's a jolly good fellow". C/U puppets on the stage jumping around. C/U small boy. M/S puppets fighting and mucking about on the show.

    Note: press release on file.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:29:00 / 01:22:36:00

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