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  • Short Summary

    Novelty item showing famous people and places.

  • Description

    Animation of question marks swirling about page.

    Various shots of ballerina Anna Pavlova dancing, other dancers crowd around her, people sitting at tables applaud her (1920s?). Various shots of George Bernard Shaw, playwright and renowned wit, strolling in gardens. Various shots of actress Betty Balfour - inspecting group of men in britches, all with very bandy legs.

    Swirling animated question mark.

    More shots Pavlova, Shaw and Balfour. Various shots of Blarney Castle in Eire (Southern Ireland, Republic of Ireland). Two girls visiting castle kiss the Blarney Stone. Various shots of industrial process - we see rope being made in factory. Various shots of man and woman in hats. Man wears conventional flat cap, woman wears outlandish creation - an Easter bonnet? We see her walk down street. Three separate sequences are intercut with each other.

    Intertitle: "Sub-title".

    Various shots of quaint old cottages, probably in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Group of people meet outside and shake hands. Various shots of St. Peter's cathedral and Vatican in Rome, Italy. Various shots of Stone Henge in Wiltshire. A druidic ceremony is taking place.

    Intertitle: "Sub-title".

    C/U of plaque marking William Shakespeare's birthplace. More shots of Stone Henge.

    Note: this may originally been a novelty quiz item - difficult to make sense of it as soundtrack is missing. AH 2001. See version b for item with soundtrack.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:35:00 / 01:40:49:00

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