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    Tod Sloan and Mlle d'Herlys sit at a table, smoke and chat.

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    Undesirable Aliens - Tod Sloan and Mlle d'Herlys deported - 1915.

    This is very mysterious. The footage is of a woman and man sitting at a table; perhaps in a nightclub; with dark palm wallpaper behind them; and a bottle of wine on the table They sit talking; he offers her a cigarette from a case; she takes one; he lights it; she smokes. As for 'Undesirable aliens' - no specifics on that - are they spies? Or just plain undesirable? They really look like decadent nightlife people. The guy is dressed in formal wear; a tuxedo and top hat; and looks like a schemer playboy outlaw; in more modern times he'd be an entertainer with mob ties. The woman wears a shiny little hat with big buckle in front; a coat with black fur collar and cuffs; long beads; etc. like a precursor to the flapper; and with a pale complexion and dark eye shadow or else just dark circles; combined with her languid world-weary presence ... a real decadent underground type; more an opium den habituée than a gun moll. Espionage; mystery; underworld.

    Note: this item consists of just one shot, lasting 28 seconds, of the pair talking and smoking at a table - could be Pathe Studio? The only reference I can find to Tod Sloan is the famous jockey who started the 'crouch' position on the horse and was shunned by society after accusations that he was betting on his own mounts. Mlle d'Herlys could be Simone / Semone d'Herlys, the Ziegfeld showgirl. Any further information or corrections gratefully received - SL.

    G 351 A.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:39:52:00 / 01:40:20:00
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