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  • Short Summary

    Various student rag footage from the 1920s and 1930s.

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    Compilation of various Scottish stories including student rag procession footage.

    i) Pathe Gazette item. "Mr Bonar Law announces his policy at big meeting of his Constituents." Bonar Law emerges from large building with party members and constituents following behind. Large crowd watches car leave.

    ii) Pathe Gazette item from 1924. Glasgow "Always Merry and Bright - Politics or Rail Strikes could not prevent students great annual rag for charities." Procession of students in fancy dress. Some walk and others stand, sit, dance etc on floats. Some are dressed as cavemen. C/U of a group of students, one of whom is pretending to be a cameraman. A group of blacked up students - presumably to represent minstrels - dance with linked arms. Shots of the crowd - many in fancy dress - from a moving vehicle. Low angle shot of a student dressed as a golliwog sitting upon a high street lamp. Print of G1054 item.

    iii) Pathe Gazette item from 1926. "Sir Austen Chamberlain installed Lord Rector of Glasgow University...all the Students "took off" his famous monocle." L/S of Chamberlain with various University dignitaries walking through a courtyard in University gowns. M/S of the group of worthy gentlemen standing on a step, posing for photographers and/or cameramen. C/U of Chamberlain. C/U of a group of 8 students in caps and gowns impersonating Chamberlain - the students are mostly (or perhaps all) women. L/S of the learned gentlemen. C/U of Chamberlain taking off his cap. Print of G1343 item - from Gazette 26/88.

    iv) Pathe Gazette item from 1927. "And a Penny More! Glasgow Students "hold Town to ransom" to beat 1926's record collection of £13,000 for charity." Shots of student rag procession, crowds line the streets - students in fancy dress sit all over lorries as they drive along.

    C/U of group of students waving collection boxes from the back of a lorry. Posters on the back of the lorry read: "Y' Gorra Give" and "We Want Your Money". High angle shot of the parade.

    v) Pathe Super Gazette item from 1929 "Each Year better than last - 'Varsity students top all previous records, one day's joyous rag... £17,000 for Glasgow charities!" M/S of a group of students in fancy dress. Some of the students are blacked up posing as Zulu type warriors. High angle shot of Scottish marching band playing mostly bagpipes, students follow them. Horseback riders dressed in variety of costumes. C/U of Mayor and other dignitaries. Good shot of trucks laden with students passing the camera. They hold out collection mugs and open umbrellas hoping for donations. Students in variety of outfits do a kind of Scottish jig in a city street. Print of G1575 - from Super Gazette 29/7.

    vi) Super Sound Gazette item from 1931. "Scotland - No mercy given or required - in Glasgow students' Annual Rectorial "soot & peasemeal" battle - but eggs were barred this year!" Large group of students run away from the camera towards a large building. Puffs of what looks like flour. Things are being thrown around in the air. M/S of the students throwing small pouches of peasemeal at each other. Various shots of the peasemeal battle. Some of the students fight on the ground. Print of Super Sound Gazette item from 31/87 (mute).

    vii) Pathe Gazette item from 1932. "A Prince & Princess greatly beloved - Duke & Duchess of York receive honorary degree of Doctor of Law & spend busy day in Glasgow." M/S of procession of University dignitaries walking with the Duke and Duchess towards the camera in a courtyard. Duchess walks towards the camera after shaking hands with various dignitaries.

    An umbrella is held above the Duchess' head as she walks along talking to dignitaries. The Duchess seems to be visiting a new hospital. Children lay in beds in the open air. She talks to a Doctor and a Mayor. Lines of nurses watch whilst the Duchess shovels earth into a hole - planting a tree presumably. The Duchess climbs into a car. Print of Pathe Gazette item from 32/83.

    viii) Pathe Gazette item from 1933. "Scotland - A whole City makes Whoopee! Glasgow cheerfully suffer annual "sack" by 5,000 "bandit" students in great Charity Rag." Various shots of rag parade. Students in fancy dress sit and stand on the backs of trucks. They wave collection tins. Crowds line the streets, some give donations. High angle of Scottish marching band playing bagpipes. Students dance behind them. More floats pass by the camera. Print of Pathe Gazette item from issue 33/8.

    ix) Pathe Gazette "News in a Nutshell" from 1937. Glasgow. Panning shot of group of students in fancy dress waving collection cans. C/U of three bizarrely dressed students. One of the students plays a wind instrument (possibly part of set of bagpipes). One of the other students holds a mouse made of balloons. M/S of a float with a large model representing the Flu Bug. HIgh angle shot of men collecting money from the crowd. Various floats pass the camera M/S of a group of bystanders throwing money at the floats - one is possibly the mayor. Strangely dressed student with clown's make up does a mad dance for the camera. He dances in a very short kilt. A student is held upsode down by his friends. Print of Pathe Gazette item from issue 37/8.

    x) Pathe Gazette item from 1938. Various shots of students being handed small packets of flour or peasemeal. A floury battle ensues. M/S of other students looking on and laughing. C/U of student naked to the waist covered in soot. Print of Pathe Gazette item from issue 38/86.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1939
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:15:00 / 01:50:10:00

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