• Short Summary

    A 1920's party at the home of Lady Aberconway, given by Beverley Nichols in honour of his new book.

  • Description

    Film featuring a fleeting glance of Dudley Moore playing in the band The Bassett Hounds.

    Mayfair, London.

    An old fashioned 1920's car draws up in front of a house, the man and woman in it are dressed in 1920's outfits. Another old car draws up behind it full of people in clothes also from that period. Four people get out of the second car, the three girls are dressed as flappers, one of them has a long cigarette holder in her hand. The couple in the first car also get out, they all go up to the front door and ring the bell. The narrator tell us they are at the Mayfair house of Christabel / Christobel, Lady Aberconway and the occasion is a flapper party given by writer Beverley Nichols who has just written a book about that decade call 'The Sweet and Twenties'. The guests enter the house

    Exterior. M/S of Lady Aberconway, Beverley Nichols and L.P. Hartley (novelist) looking at the book and discussing it. C/U of the book. C/U of Beverley Nichols, C/U of the three of them.

    M/S of young people talking, the camera shows the back view of a girl in a gold flapper costume and pans down to show a fringed skirt and red shoes, C/U of the skirt. M/S of young men in brightly coloured blazers and straw boaters. C/U of a young man smoking a cigarette. He is dressed in a black and yellow striped boater and red and yellow striped blazer.

    L/S of the party scene and a young man in an old fashioned one piece bathing costume, he puts on a straw boater given to him by one of the guests. M/S of a young woman in an orange bathing costume from the 1920s walking into the scene, M/S of another young woman in a black bathing costume, the Oxford University Jazz Club are in the background. A male guest lights a cigarette for one of the ladies, she has the cigarette in an old fashioned holder. The man in the bathing costume returns the straw boater to the guest.

    C/U profile of actress Jackie Lane / Laine. M/S of guests. M/S of composer Sandy Wilson (playwright of 'The Boyfriend') and Nancy Spain. M/S of two women talking, C/U of one of the women, the camera pans down to the fringes on her dress. M/S of rain on the lily pond.

    Interior. L/S of people on the dance floor. C/U of girl's legs doing the Charleston. M/S of man playing drums in straw boater and blazer, and another man playing double bass in the background.

    M/S of couple dancing and a man with a camera getting ready to take their picture. Various shots of couples dancing with the band in the background.

    Note: Good shots of couples doing the Charleston.
    Anomalies in the paperwork regarding the spelling of names.

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    Film ID:
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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:20:00 / 01:08:07:00
    CP 183

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