• Short Summary

    Cowboys and Indians in harmony at the western saloon of Marshall Robert Patience in Ilford, Essex.

  • Description

    M/S of a wooden ranch house on a cold wintery day - obviously in England! Sign hanging from a wooden arch outside says 'The Ranch House Club" - a western saloon in Ilford, Essex; we see a man dressed as an American Indian walking through the gate accompanied by his squaw on horseback; people dressed as cowboys are approaching from the opposite direction. M/Ss as the squaw gets off the horse and ties it to a rail, and she and the Indian go through the door of the ranch house, tilt up to show a sign above the door reading 'Tombstone Saloon'. There is a pair of antlers attached to a first floor balcony above the door.

    M/S inside the ranch house, in a western style saloon with lots of people in cowboy outfits sitting around. The Indians enter and are searched by the Marshall and his wife for weapons; the Marshall finds a tomahawk under the man's tunic and confiscates it. C/Us of a chandelier made from a wagon wheel hanging from the ceiling; then a sign reading 'Check your guns here'; M/S of the gun checking point - a lady in 1870s (?) style costume stands beneath it in a booth and checks the guns of various cowboys/girls.

    M/S of the bar in the saloon; the Marshall stands behind it (he is the owner, Robert Patience, "who happens to be a genuine deputy Marshall in Tombstone, Arizona" says the commentator). Lots of people sitting around at tables; all are dressed western-style. M/S as three Indian squaws go up to the bar; C/Us as we see them drinking what looks like shandy or cider in half pint glasses. C/U of a sign reading 'Big Chief Sitting Bull "No touch", The Marshall regrets that Indians cannot be served with intoxicating liquor (we mean Red Indians)', tilt down to show a statue beneath of Sitting Bull.

    M/S of the saloon bar; one of the squaws leans forward and whispers something to RP who looks around him, then beckons her to follow him. M/S at the end of the bar as he produces a bottle of Indian Fire Water from under the counter; C/U as she examines it and RP pours her a glass - the liquid smokes! Commentator says "If the US Cavalry had drunk this stuff General Custer might well have defeated Sitting Bull"; C/Us of the Sitting Bull statue; the squaw as she drinks; M/S as RP walking back up the bar.

    Various M/Ss of the saloon; lots of people sitting at tables in the dining area, everyone dressed either as cowboys or Indians; waiters in white serving people, some unconvincing false cowboy beards and squaws with dolls for papooses strapped to their backs; Indians (including a chief) meeting at the bar; two barmen in white with penciled-on curly moustaches polishing glasses - great stuff! M/Ss at the bar as a drink is slid down the length of it; a waiter picks it up and puts it on a tray to serve it.

    M/S of three cowboys standing at the bar; the gun-checking lady comes into shot and starts to hand the guns back to them; cowboy on the left checks his gun and puts it in his holster then they all stand talking (one of them is wearing huge chaps!). C/U of the cowboy on the left who practices drawing his gun. C/U of the head of the Sitting Bull statue.

    Note: nice footage of people in cowboy and Indian costumes; it looks a bit like a Butlin's theme bar.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:46:11:00 / 01:49:09:00
    CP 278

Comments (1)

  1. pc49zx says

    I lived down the road from the ranch house club as kids at the time we loved it great times.

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