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    Great footage of the Wembley Exhibition of 1925.

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    Reel 2. (Reel 1 on PM1647)

    Crowds enter the Palace of Arts at Wembley Exhibition. Queen Mary's dolls house is seen in a large glass case. The outside of the dolls house is lifted up mechanically so that the rooms inside can be seen. C/U shots of the open rooms and the garden of the dolls house. Details of house - drawing room with paintings on the wall. The tiny piano stool is cleaned with a small brush. Dining rooms are shown. Tiny cutlery is picked up to show how small it is. Wembley Stadium exterior with flags flying. Shots of a pavilion with minarets. Daily Telegraph stand visible. Tiny book taken from shelf of dolls house. Tiny chair and desk. Miniature statue (possibly of Nelson) placed on table.

    Short shots of a black craftsman at work weaving. People walking through an exhibition area. Mechanical exhibits. Engines, weapons, model of large ship. People walk in an area where large elephant tusks are on display. Negative material of opening pageant (?). Crowds of people seated in stadium. Elephants are paraded, people in traditional costumes, men carrying spears, sedan chairs, horseback riders, etc.

    Inside exhibition - man attends to gauges. Traction engine. Locomotive. Flying Scotsman. Man at a machine. A large keyboard perhaps for the printing industry. Difficult to see. A man walks down steps backwards in diving gear. German intertitles.

    Wembley Exhibition. Second section has English intertitles (first sections were in German). A group of women in cloche hats climb aboard the "Never-Stop" railway. They wave to the camera Shot from aboard the "train". An Intertitle explains how the threaded shaft slows down the car at stations. Girls lean out of carriage - one wiggles her leg out of the side. C/U of woman applying face powder whilst looking in her handbag mirror. Crowds of people in the stadium waving hats and handkerchiefs as a parade comes through. Possibly King George V and Queen Mary on podium. High shot of various pavilions. Negative section: The "Punch Bowl" Revue stars have a ride on the "Chute" - a ride which incorporates a plunge into water after careering down a slope. They then experience the "Witching Waves" - a kind of sedate dodgem car ride in what look like bath chairs.

    Intertitle reads "The surprises of the great "Globe". A child sitting on a rock blows through a large horn (difficult to make out in negative but that is what it looks like! I think it is a midget - SL). Women walk through a fun house where their skirts are blown up by a jet of air from the ground. Garters are displayed! The "Racer" is shown - a double roller coaster rather like "The Grand National" at Blackpool Pleasure Beach - two sets of carriages race against each other. The cameraman films the joyriders from the front of the carriage as it races around the track. Dodgems. The "Cresta Run"- couples slide down on mats then the film is reversed for fun. Film taken as the cameraman descends the ride. The "Flying Machines" filmed from the ride. Shot of a man looking "dazed" at all the excitement then a crazy montage sequence illustrating the frantic kinetic activity of all the rides. This sequence includes rocking camera movements, Chinese cartoon lettering, high speed rides and views up ladies skirts.

    Note: positive and negative stock mixed on this reel.

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    British Pathé
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    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
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    01:00:02:00 / 01:17:36:00

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