"Treat 'em rough" dancing from Xenia and Aston - a sequence full of passion and violence!
Xenia and Aston - "the well known dancers dancers from Victoria Vanities etc." perform an exhibition dance. They represent Grace and Strength respectively. C/U of Xenia lying on a cushioned couch. Aston leans over her as she cowers and he strokes her arm suggestively. She recoils from him and the camera pulls back. He grabs her and throws her to the ground. He then picks her up from the floor and drags her around the floor. She is wearing a bikini outfit, his is in skimpy shorts. Their dance is full of passion and violence - sexy! He lifts her up and throws her around his body. She falls to the ground. She runs away from him, then back again. She jumps up and throws her legs around his neck. He spins around with her hanging from his neck by the legs. He drops her on the ground. He lifts her up and she leans over backwards as he spins her around above his head. She does various acrobatic poses as she is held aloft. He then holds her by one ankle and one wrist and spins her around. We see this sequence in slow motion. He of course drops her on the floor at the end of the spin and she cowers on the ground moving as if to escape him. He grabs her hand and pulls her up again. More throws and spins.
Good C/U of her in a dramatic pose, she leans backwards with her arms above her head as if in fear. He grabs her again and spins her around. Dropping her down, she rolls over and then lies comatose on the ground. C/U of her still body. Aston approaches. He kicks her over. He picks up her limp body and throws her over his shoulder. He then walks over to the couch affair and drops her immobile body onto it. He strides off. Camera moves in towards her body. Her arm drops down to the ground and she lies there as if dead.
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 494.
Note: the set (which is probably in the Pathe Studio) has a kind of "Arabian Nights" feel to it. This is a beauty of its kind - the real "treat 'em rough" Apache dancing.
Safety print exists - show print. Probably on "Frocks, Frolics and Follies" reel.