Fantastic look back at entertainers, celebrities, theatrical entertainments, authors and artists.
This copy has been transferred from print - neg transferred on tape PM2869 - neg version will be better quality.
Pathe retrospective. This reel is about musicians and singers. Library material used should be found in more complete versions elsewhere.
01:38:31 The very large Teddy Brown plays the xylophone.
01:38:54 Gertrude Lawrence sings a song standing at the piano with her arms folded. The song is "You're My Decline and Fall". George Posford the composer accompanies her at the piano.
01:40:41 Elstree Studios - the Pathe camera records a "picture in the making" - Richard Tauber in "Blossom Time." He sings a song at the piano.
01:41:44 Charles Coburn sings "The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" and Lily Morris sings "Don't Have Any More Mrs Moore", lifting her skirts up to show her bloomers as she dances.
01:43:10 Tommy Handley does a brief turn with a telephone. Carroll Gibbons plays "Someday Soon" on the piano (he seems to be wearing an identity bracelet - SL). Albert Sandler plays the violin (tune is 'Ochechonya' (sp?) or 'Black Eyes').
01:46:10 C/U of books in a library - two in the foreground are by Professor Joad. We see him in his library and hear an oratory about "knowledge". George Bernard Shaw goes inside the rotating hut where he typed his manuscripts. Pathe film inside the hut as George puts a piece of paper into his typewriter.
01:47:42 Renee and Billie Houston do a turn, one of the sisters is dressed as a boy. They demonstrate a trick with a cup and a match. Charles Laughton puts on his make up for his gangster part in Edgar Wallace's "On the Spot". We see him in his disguise with moustache and dressing gown. "The prince of pantomime principal boys" Clarice Mayne is seen acting in a suit of armour. We then see her as she is "now" watching the film of herself at Pathe's birthday party, smiling and chatting to friends. Teddy Knox of the Crazy Gang (her husband) sits with her.
01:49:47 Group of models in the audience chatting about hairdos and jewellery. C/U of model Pat Squires. She was a driver in the WAAF when Pathe "discovered" her. In a film about the Nuffield Centre Pat was chosen to represent all the other WAAFs. We see Pat in uniform having lunch with a boyfriend. Various C/Us of Pat in her later career as model wearing various hats. Model Sylvia Shelley in the Pathe Pictorial - "Fashion has always been one of its highlights."
01:51:08 Retrospective of fashions featured in the screen magazine. Various outfits modelled for the camera including ornate fur trimmed coats, silky pleated frocks, tea dresses, suits, evening gowns, all from the 1920s and perhaps early 1930s. *Eve's Film Review item "Our Bathing Belles" showing women from the 1920s at Chiswick Swimming Baths in gorgeous swimsuits is seen. Models in the audience laugh at the antiquated outfits. Janette Scott seen laughing in C/U. *material from asterisk to end missing from show print used for telecine transfer. See other reels.