• Short Summary

    Miss E. W. Cain wins the Post Office's Golden Voice competition and becomes the voice of the first talking clock.

  • Description

    Item title reads - The Golden Voice. Miss E. W. Cain wins the Post Office competition.

    M/S of Miss E. W. Cain sat at a switchboard reading poetry into the mouthpiece, other operators sit behind her. M/S of Postmaster General Major Tryon thanking the judges. M/S as the camera pans across the judges who are, Stuart Hibberd of the BBC (British Broadcasting Company / Corporation), Dame Sybil Thorndike, John Masefield, the Poet Laureate, Mrs Atkinson, chosen as the perfect telephone subscriber, and Lord Iliffe, they are all listening to Miss Cain speak through the telephone. Hibberd asks Sybil what she thinks of her voice and she says it's charming with a good sense of rhythm. M/S of Miss Cain reading out the time.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:49:43:00 / 01:50:52:00

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The name "E W Cain" on the title card may well be incorrect, for practically all sources I can find name the lady as Ethel Jane Cain.

    "Postmaster General Major Tryon" is George Tryon.

    "Mrs Atkinson" is Mrs E D Atkinson.

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