• Short Summary

    Spanish dancer Margarita takes time out to show a little English girl (and us!) how to play the castanets.

  • Description

    Margarita Restaurant, Cork Street, London.

    Various shots of Spanish dancer Margarita dancing and playing castanets in traditional dress as part of the floor show at a Mayfair restaurant. We see diners who are turning round to watch her. A large part of the dance is without musical accompaniment; natural castanets and heel-stamping sounds! C/Us of people in evening dress applauding at the end of the dance.

    Various shots in a backstage area where Margarita shows a little English girl how to play the castanets (natural sound). Another female dancer looks on as Margarita explains the lower sounding castanets is the 'boy' or rhythm line; the higher one is the 'girl' or melody line (this scene is in natural sound). The little girl has a go on the castanets; the second dancer motions to Margarita that it is time for the next number; Margarita grabs a red dress hanging on the wall and they both walk out.

    Back in the restaurant another dance routine is seen; the two girls dance around each other and play their castanets. Both are wearing traditional Spanish frilled dresses and shawls. On a small stage behind the dancers a musician plays guitar while another claps and sings in the traditional Spanish style. A Chinese woman in the audience looks on.

    Note: On file is an article from the Daily Mirror about learning how to play the castanets.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:07:00 / 01:40:34:00
    CP 060

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