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  • Short Summary

    Interesting film about a house facade that hides a railway cutting.

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    "Once upon a time a young man went to a London Taxi-driver and said in a loud voice - "Drive me to 23 Leinster Gardens."

    M/S of a taxi driver sitting on the running board of his cab talking to the young man. Taxi driver shakes his head. C/U of a piece of card upon which the address "23 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater" is written. The man gets into the back of the taxi and is driven off. "In the course of many moons, and countless traffic blocks, they reached the "house" - and the driver (who knew something) departed, enriched." M/S of man getting out of the taxi and paying the driver.

    "Steps, Door and Windows - but for all that "a house that never was" reads the intertitle. M/S of man standing in front of the door and looking up at the sign above the door which reads: "Leinster Garden Mansions." He tries to find a door bell or knocker with no luck. He turns and says something to his driver. C/U of the taxi driver who smiles a gap toothed smile and taps his head as if to suggest that the man is a bit mad. He drives off. L/S of the street, pan upwards. M/S of a the front of a building, pan upwards.

    "Behind - a mere shell, just one of the Underground's little jokes - to hid a railway cutting!" High angle shot of railway tracks behind the facade. A train passes underneath. Camera tilts up to show our man standing on a bridge.

    This was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 478.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:44:00 / 01:59:57:00
    EP 193

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