Fantastic peek at the British Film Industry of the 1920s - clips from great silent films and newsreels.
Pathe have rights to clips in Time to Remember programmes but not to commentary or whole programme as screened.
Commentary record exists for this film. Enter "Came the Dawn Commentary" into Title box to find.
Check copyright for film extracts - most were originally A.B.P.C. Elstree (Associated British Picture Corporation) - probably currently Canal Plus copyright (1999).
Reel 3. 01:14:02 Begins with a feature film extract - the film is "Nelson" (1926). Narrator (Basil Rathbone) states that there was "A burst of British films on the theme of Empire." Cedric Hardwicke plays the title role. Various scenes - excited crowds line the streets, Nelson waves to his supporters as he leaves on his last voyage which will end in his death and the victory at Trafalgar. "Up the Empire" he proclaims.
01:14:38 British Empire Exhibition in 1924 - aerial shots of the pavilions. Good shots of newsreel cameramen at the Empire Exhibition. They carry cameras and tripods. Great M/S of two cameramen at work wearing top hat and tails. Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) visits the Empire Exhibition. L/S of the Prince of Wales in a film studio making a charity appeal film (charity not named). M/S of the Prince being handed something.
01:15:25 Chinese army on the march. High angle shot of the international settlement in Shanghai, China - various shots of refugees. Troops boarding a boat. Warships. Man pulling rickshaw through streets of Shanghai past barricades.
01:16:06 Basil suggests: "How much easier if they'd all been allowed to relieve the strain in customary movie style." Sequence from a feature film follows Basil says: "...the film's name doesn't matter." British troops storm the Fort at Oombala ? Lots of soldiers ride horses at speed across a desert landscape then march into the relieved fortress.
01:16:26 Feature film extract. M/S and C/U of the "one defender left alive" after the storming of a fort. He stands, exhausted, with a bandaged head.
01:16:33 Shanghai, China - tanks patrol the streets. New French government being photographed, filmed and interviewed by journalists.
01:16:54 Sequence of a feature film set in France starring Monty Banks. Monty knocks over a dog in his large expensive car. The film has a love triangle at its core - various shots of a flirting couple and of Monty giving money to a French maid, who puts it in her garter. Class issues form part of the plot. Two char ladies interrupt a couple in their canoodling. Basil Rathbone states: "Other ranks were put well and truly in their proper place and kept there." The film is probably "The Compulsory Husband" (1930). Deauville - holidaymakers sitting at outdoor cafes. More scenes from the Monty Banks film - a car chase through the streets of Deauville. "General French loose behaviour" ensues with a French woman dropping her handkerchief on purpose for Monty to pick up.
01:18:33 Basil states that the French women were "Not like the British at all" over shots of girls in bathing suits sitting at a cafe. C/U of woman lighting a cigarette. "The average English rose - screen variety - was a sort of tomboy - indeed just like Betty Balfour, warm hearted and capable of expressing vivacious emotions yet always knowing just exactly where mother had advised her to stop."
01:19:02 Scenes from the Alfred Hitchcock film "Champagne" made in 1928. Great shots of Betty Balfour playing a good time girl. She has a romantic clinch with her co-star and drinks champers in a glamorous nightclub. Betty does a little dance in her seat and gets a bit squiffy - her boyfriend and father are not amused by her risqué behaviour. Claude Hulbert and Gordon Harker are featured. Betty gets herself into a situation that "even she might not be able to handle" with the "champion wolf of the whole pack" Sequence ends with Betty back in the embrace of her boyfriend. Betty's co-stars in the film were Jean Bradin and Theodore Von Alten.
01:20:34 Next scene is listed in paperwork as "Activity on a film set at Elstree". I think that it might be a scene from the film "Shooting Stars" (1928) which had lots of "behind-the-scenes" shots as the story line revolved around film-making.
End of Reel 3 - N.B. These reel numbers relate to NEG reels - Pathe's prints have been combined into 2 reels.
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- British Pathé
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- 1920 - 1929
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- HD at Filmfinity
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