A luxury liner is the first to employ women into work in the ship's dining salons.
On board the S.S. Transvaal Castle, a luxury cruiser sailing between Southampton and Cape Town.
Top shot of foredeck. M/S two young women in swimsuits look over balcony onto swimming pool. M/S of three young women on deck. M/S of several women in the pool. M/S of three women in bikinis sunbathing - they are not passengers but 'stewardettes'. M/S of two men in white uniforms addressing a group of women in pink uniforms - "meet the world's first stewardettes - girls who have been recruited to work principally in the dining salon". C/U of three stewardettes laughing. C/U of the men - hotel managers - speaking to the girls. C/U of three stewardettes.
M/S of a posh couple sitting at a dining table, a waiter offers them a menu and a stewardette enters to take their order. M/S of the ship restaurant, in the foreground a stewardette is serving food from a trolley, panning shot follows her as she takes food to another posh couple. M/S of the restaurant, a stewardette is carrying plates of food.
C/U of an off-duty stewardette having her hair done. M/S, looking into a mirror, of the stewardette and the hairdresser - "Although stewardettes are not allowed to mix with passengers, they nevertheless share the ship's amenities off-duty". M/S of a beautician giving a facial to an off-duty stewardette lying down. C/U of the beautician. C/U of the beautician's hands massaging the stewardette's face. C/U of a stylus being placed on a record, tilt up to show off-duty stewardettes dancing in their staff room. C/U of two stewardettes playing drafts. C/U of two stewardettes dancing. C/U of two stewardettes in chairs, one is knitting. C/U of another two stewardettes in chairs, one is reading a magazine. C/U of feet dancing, tilt up the bodies of the dancing stewardettes. L/S of the liner sailing away from the camera.
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