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  • Short Summary

    Summer camp for working lads and public schoolboys.

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    Near Maidstone, Kent.

    Title: "The Camp of Understanding. Working lads and Public Schoolboys camp - and enjoy every minute of the day - together".

    M/S of a crowd of teenage boys walking through their campsite, passed the camera, waving plates in the air as they do so. M/S of a group of boys washing dishes in bowls of water on a trestle table. M/S of a team game taking place in the space between tents; the boys are divided into two teams, each boy has a partner, one gives the other a piggy back. The two teams start on different sides of the fields and rush towards each other, trying to knock the opposing team over.

    M/S of a crowd of boys giving one of their companions 'the bumps'. The crowd pushed the boy into the air, their hands supporting his back. M/S of a crowd of boys in bathing suit on the bank of an outdoor pool. They throw one of the boys into the water, the others jump in after him. Although some boys are much smaller and scrawnier than others, it is difficult to tell which are the ones from more privileged backgrounds.

    Out takes / cuts start at 01:23:04. M/S of a procession of boys marching through the campsite, following a man in a kilt playing the bag pipes. Various shots of boys wrestling on mats in front of the tents, other boys sit by the edge watching. Various shots of a game of football (the teams appear to have many more players than the traditional eleven). Various shots of the boys playing water polo in the outdoor pool. Various shots of boys high jumping. Otherwise shots are the same or similar as those in the edited version.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:21:36:00 / 01:27:03:00
    G 1297

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